6 work culture issues that will do your head in daily (Blog #37)

Employee confused.

Well, it’s been one hell of a ride with you so far, telling you all about my experiences in the corporate world, the good, the bad and the ugly. And with #37 blog posts down, I can tell you I’m only just warming up.

I can’t tell you how good it feels to pull apart experiences, theories, ideas and perceptions and just get down to the bottom of what worked and what was an absolute waste of time. All the things I wish someone from my uni lecturers/tutors, managers or senior colleagues, ANYONE could’ve told me about.

I still can’t believe how such an important topic that so plainly determines the success of a business can be so overlooked. To the point that when it’s mentioned it gets covered in such a broad context that it doesn’t even get close to touching the things that actually make a difference.

From the university business graduates to the mangers, senior managers and CEOs – there’s a gigantic gap in the actual understanding of what makes you dread your job like the plague on a daily basis and what needs to be done to improve it.

As I’ve mentioned to you in numerous blog posts, that’s the reason why I needed to start writing about this topic. I was going crazy and at how much people were missing the point.

And what completely blow my mind is how people within very senior positions, with a lifetime of work experience behind them, could be so wrong about it. How is it that they could still believe that we’ve got work culture covered by shouting a lunch here or there, or by providing a few extra days of leave a year?

I can tell you from firsthand experience – IT DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE AT WORK.

With every blog post that I write, my aim is to explain to you how good your workplace/job could be by using my experience, knowledge and advice.

Why? Because there’s this overwhelming belief that it just has to be that difficult, stressful, miserable, etc. It’s simply what comes with a corporate job. (Yeah, only if you’ve never seen any better and don’t know any better.)

But other than just sharing another blog post with you, which I look forward to doing every week, this time I’ve taken it a step further.

I’ve put together a FREE 7-Day Mini Course on the work culture issues affecting your life daily and the reasons behind it.

Yes, those 6 things that will do your head in every day. What everyone working in the corporate world should know and understand.

By the end of this FREE 7-Day Mini Course you’ll have a better understanding on the work culture issues faced in everyday corporate life than a lot of mangers I’ve worked with, with 20 plus years’ experience. And if you think I’m exaggerating, simply check out blog post #9 – 3 signs that you’re a corporate dinosaur. This is a really good example of how off the mark managers can be.

Who’s it for?

Everyone working in the corporate world or aiming to get into the corporate world. The beginners (newbies and uni students), those with a decent amount of experience and managers, no matter how far up.

Beginners (aspiring uni students or newbies at work)
It’d be great to have a good understanding of all these issues at the start. Trust me, if I was able to spot all these things when I first started off, I’d have avoided many, many moments of self-doubt, low confidence and confusion over sometimes the simplest things.

Those with a decent amount of experience
Even if you’re well experienced you may be surprised at what you’ve become oblivious to over the years. What you simply can’t spot anymore. You may think you’re happy, but there’s a good chance that you’ve become one of those people that have simply settled. One of those people that say, “I like my job” but…

  • have lost their hair due to stress
  • have let their health go, and anyone that sees them after a long time is absolutely shocked at the change
  • have asked to have Mondays permanently off as the thought alone of going to work on a Monday causes them to experience severe migraines.
  • are always in the worst mood at work and are only a little bit happier on a Friday.
  • can’t stop complaining about it or gossiping.
  • needs wine at the end of the day to get through it all
  • always looks forward to a project being over and done with and hopes that things will be a bit better after that
  • says things like, “It’s not that it’s that bad, it’s just…” and finishes the sentence with every excuse under the sun, other than just admitting that, yes, it’s really that bad.

Sound familiar?

And managers
Even if you think you’ve got it covered, which there’s a good chance that you don’t, take it as a refresher that covers a point of view that you may not have considered. What might not be bothering you, might be bothering all those other people working under you (hint hint).

How do you get your hands on my FREE 7-Day Mini Course and find out what those 6 issues are that do everyone’s head in daily?

It’s easy! Simply subscribe TODAY by clicking right here and it’s yours within an hour! Or simply scroll to the bottom of this blog post and subscribe! It takes about 5 seconds to subscribe.

It’s safe to say I’ve seen a lot of unnecessary suffering and I don’t want this to happen to YOU!

It’s still going to suck a bit, but let me make it less gruelling for you by sharing with you all the things I wish someone told me about the corporate world 10 years ago.

Subscribe TODAY and get the 7-Day Mini Course FREE!

Talk to you next week, where I’ll give you a prime example of a HR work culture activity that did nothing other than waste valuable company time. This one’s a beauty.

Mimoza

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Even if the work you’re doing kicks your butt, it doesn’t mean it has to be stressful! (Blog #36)

people doing very challening work

It was Saturday night and we were having a get-together at a friend’s house for their daughter’s 7th birthday. As we were all hanging out the topic of stress, work and video games came up. And boy did I get worked up. My friends must have walked away thinking I was a bit of a pyscho.

But whenever you get onto the topic of something you’re passionate about the green-eyed monster in you will definitely come out from time to time.

So, as we were hanging out eating our delicious charcoal kebabs, Afghani style, in the lounge room, one of my friends mentioned how she had started playing a video game before bedtime and how it’s helped her relax, forget about work and have a good night’s sleep.

As much as I tried to stop myself I couldn’t leave it without asking her, “What’s the problem? Why are you stressed? Why are you having trouble sleeping?”

Did I think it had to do with work culture? You bet I did! Which is why I just couldn’t leave it alone.

So, then I started with the questions.

“Are you truly happy with what you’re doing?” Her reply was “Yes!”

I then said, “Then why are you stressed? What’s the problem?”

To her defence, our other friend, came out with a whole string of comments;

“Do you think it’s easy what she does?”
“Do you think it’s easy to invent something from scratch and experience no stress in the process?”
“Do you know how many people she’s responsible for?”

Implying very clearly that it simply was part of the job because her job was very important.

What we need to remember is that stress has become such a big part of our lives that, most people out there, believe that it comes hand in hand with any job that has any kind of importance attached to it.

But I still didn’t stop and dove deeper with the questions. Yep, even though my husband was looking at me like, can you please just stop NOW?!

But I couldn’t.

So we spoke more and more about the everyday scenarios that my friend had to face.

And were they difficult?

Of course they were!

It involved all kinds of things. From if an employee dropped dead the issues involved in finding someone else to do the job, while at the same time meeting the requirements for the funding and producing the results within the timeframe required. And my friend persisted about how stressful this was.

I merely asked the question “Why?”

And the answer my friend gave (drum roll)…

“Mimoza, it’s the system. Do you know how long this process would take? Do you know how hard they make it for you?!?”

Hallelujah!!!!

Wouldn’t you know it, another overly agonising, torturous system operating in the workplace that would cause any person to lose their mind. Surprise, surprise (NOT!).

And that’s when I said, “There you go, that’s the problem.”

And then the other friend came out with a comment that made me lose my head and literally stand up out of my chair (like what the hell was I going to do – thank god they’re good friends and know me well) and said, “But you can’t change the system!”

YES, YOU CAN!      YES, YOU CAN!      YES, YOU CAN!

There are two things that I have to say in my defence for not letting go and persisting to get down to the bottom of it.

  1. I’m very passionate about this topic. I mean who else would get up early Sunday morning, pregnant, while the kids are still sleeping because I just couldn’t wait to write this blog post? Can you think of anyone? Because I know I can’t.
  2. I’ve seen so much unnecessary suffering from bad systems in the workplace, that apparently were unchangeable only to see them change when someone with a bit of sense, and more importantly, guts came into position.

So, when someone says to me “You can’t change the system” I think – WHY THE HELL NOT?!

And we flash back to job #9. We got to a point where everyone in the team was solely focused on protecting their own butt, people were quitting on a weekly basis and those that were there were using all the inner strength they could conjure up just to get through to the end of the day.

And when I had a meeting with my manager to point out all these things, this is what I got from her, “Mimoza, it is what it is. Management has changed and this is what it is! There’s nothing we can do about it, nothing is going to change!”

Within two weeks the head of the department was removed from the company and within a matter of days the dynamics of the team changed from having to kill ourselves for projects that just couldn’t be stopped to them not only stopping, but some being cancelled altogether. (Wait a second, I thought they couldn’t be stopped? Funnily enough they could (lol!).

Blog Tip #34 – There’s an assumption that most people within the workforce will make that is so freaking wrong, it’s not even funny. And here it is…
for a job to have any kind of significance it needs to be stressful. So, in other words, if you want to have an important job, as a criteria, it needs to kill you slowly.

Wrong!

When this is the case there are work culture/system issues that need to be addressed!

And what people tend to get mixed up is that when I talk about stress, I’m not talking about problems or challenges.

Problems and challenges are inevitable. That’s where we learn and it’s what makes us better at what we do.

Stress is when things are just made more difficult because 30 years ago someone put a system in place that forgot to consider that people are human beings and since then no one has bothered to challenge it.

Why?

Because it is what it is. (Sound familiar?)

Never let anyone stop you from asking “Why”!

What did you think about blog post #36?

Have you dealt with systems that just make you want to rip your hair out?

What’s been the most torturous thing about them?

Tell me about it by leaving a comment below.

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Talk to you soon.

Mimoza

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Is your work turning you into an Igor? (Blog #35)

igor character wiht latern

One of the most ridiculous things that I’ve been told by managers and other employees, when commenting on why someone is so miserable, moody or pissed off, all the time, at work, is that it’s just how they are. Like it’s a character trait to constantly be mad, pissed off and down in the dumps.

Sure, there are negative people in the world. But when you’re seeing this is a person every day at work it’s safe to say, with no hesitation, that it’s a direct result of their environment. In other words – they hate their job.

And it astounds me at how obvious these signs are and yet people still refuse to believe that the cause is their job.

3 examples for you.

Example 1
Mimoza:
“Tina is so difficult to deal with and she is so moody and pissed off all the time. She doesn’t want anyone talking to her and constantly seems depressed and in a bad mood. It’s obvious she hates her job.”

Manager: “Oh no. She’s doesn’t hate her job. It’s just how she is. She’s like an igor that’s all. That’s her character.” (Are you freaking kidding me?)

Example 2
Mimoza: “Why is Karen so difficult to talk to all the time. Every time you go up to her it’s like you’re draining blood from her or something.”

Manager: “You know she has 5 kids between herself and her partner and every time I see her react like that I just remind myself that that’s probably why.” (Yep, and it’s nothing to do with the fact that she hates her job, of course not. (lol!))

Example 3
Mimoza:
“How’s Lachy going with his job now? Is he happier these days?”

Manager: Looks at me a bit confused. “Yeah, he’s fine. What made you think he hated his job?”

Mimoza: “Because he literally said to me that he hates his job with a passion and makes no secret of hiding it, word for word.”

Manager: Looks puzzled and shrugs it off like nothing important. “No, he’s fine.” (No he wasn’t. The manager simply got use to him always being miserable).

There were two approaches that seemed to be used by managers and employees that I worked with. It was either, “That’s just how they are” or the manager would try and find any excuse under the sun to justify and ignore the fact that it had to do with WORK!

How much more obvious did it need to be?

Blog Tip #35 – Don’t complicate it. If you’re feeling unhappy, frustrated, annoyed, etc, AT WORK. Then there’s something that is bugging the living daylights out of you AT WORK. Not across the road, not because of something that happened to you a year ago. AT WORK! Whether it’s the work system, a person, a degrading task – it’s AT WORK.

Acknowledge it for what it is and do something about it. Don’t fall into the trap of accepting it as it being just the way you are.

To read about how work environments can change a person to the point where you feel like you never knew them, check out my blog post #3 – …then he said “Go and get nicked!” – How an ugly environment produces ugly behaviour.

What did you think about blog post #35?

Have you had any experience with these types of situations?

I’d love to hear your story.

Tell me about it by leaving a comment below.

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See you next week.

Mimoza

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This doesn’t mean that your company has a good work culture! (Blog #34)

A person faking a happy face

It was Friday afternoon and as I met up with a client for lunch for a delicious beef krofta baguette and some beautiful crème brûlée at one of our favourite places in Adelaide, Muratti, we got onto the topic of work culture.

It amazed me at how she described her company’s work culture. And how after that description she believed that the company she was working for were leading the way in that area.

The conversation went like this, “When you put it down on paper our company is doing pretty good in that field… I guess. They’re making sure people are developing and are putting the responsibility on managers to make sure their team is covered as far as courses and other things are concerned, so… I guess it’s pretty good.” (Are you kidding me?)

All of this was said with a tone that was a little bit too unsure and timid. I think it’s safe to say her tone alone indicated deep down inside she wasn’t convinced either.

My reaction?

“Victoria, you can usually tell when people are happy with where they work and let’s just say that it’s not coming through with what you’ve just said or how you’ve just said it. And, didn’t you say to me a couple of weeks ago that it was plagued with politics, hidden agendas and inefficiencies?”

In a nutshell, even the job I hated the most for any outsider seemed not like a good job, but like a freaking great job.

Why?

Well, it had all the perks that a great office job has. The office looked great. They provided all the things that they were legally meant to plus more, life insurance, income protection, a superannuation scheme, etc.

So, why did I and a good chunk of the people there HATE IT?

Because all those things count for nothing, when the everyday culture of the place is a “protect your own butt no matter what” culture.

Blog Tip #34 – It’s the everyday things that you go through at your job, no matter how tiny or big, that contribute to whether you work in a healthy work culture or not. All those things that look good down on paper don’t build a good work culture! All they can merely do, at the most, is complement it, if there’s a good work culture already in place.

What did you think about blog post #34?

What does a good work culture look like to you?

What is it about your work culture that has actually made a difference to your everyday work-life?

Tell me about it by leaving a comment below.

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Talk to you soon.

Mimoza

 

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