How To Regain Motivation At Work?

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about regaining motivation: 

Question:

I have been at my job for almost two years now and I have lost the excitement and motivation of being there. What are some tips that could help me increase my motivation to work at my job and generally to regain motivation at work?

Signed,

Feeling Blah

Answer:

Dear Feeling Blah:

You don’t say what kind of work you do, but I’ll assume that it is engaging enough for you to have once felt excited and motivated about working there. I’ll also assume that you are in a job where you can interact with people, at least sometimes. If your situation is much different than that, let us know. The following are some thoughts that might be helpful, although I’m sure you’ll have to adjust them for your personality, the work culture and work environment. If you adapt them, I’m confident you can regain motivation at work. read more

Staff Meetings Are Not What They Should Be

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about unproductive staff meetings: The supervisor hands out an agenda and follows it; however, it seems no one knows what is going on; can we make them more productive and get everyone on the same page?

I work in one of the Residence Halls, which is part of the University’s Residence Life & Housing Department. Our hall has a staff of nine people. I feel that our staff meetings are not very productive. My supervisor types out an agenda for us and we go over it during the meeting, but I feel like we are missing something. Also, even though we have an agenda, it seems like no one knows what is going on half the time. It seems like none of us are on the same page. With our nine person staff, I am one of the seven resident assistants (RA). The last two staff members are my supervisor and our desk manger. Anyway, as an RA, I am in charge of 53 residents on my floor. In this role, I am someone the resident can come to with problems. I have programs for them to attend, and I enforce the rules. Along with enforcing the rules, it is my responsibility to make sure my residents have a fun, are safe, and enjoy a friendly atmosphere to live in. In conclusion, please share your thoughts, wisdom, and guidance with us. read more

How To Stop Being Late To Work

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being late to work: 

In the past I have had a problem coming to work late. Is there anything I can do to fix this? When I get up in the morning, sometimes I have a hard time going through my morning routine to get everything done. It’s not that I have a lot to do in the morning before I go to work, it’s just I will either spend too much time checking Facebook or just stalling around. I have been working with a wakeup call service and this seems to be helping me out a lot. Do you have any other suggestions for how to stop being late to work? read more

Strategies & Contribution Assignment

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a course assignment: How can a secretary contribute effectively towards managing the boss’s office? What strategies can secretary implement to make management aware of her contribution towards the company?

How can a secretary contribute effectively towards managing the boss’s office? What strategies can secretary implement to make management aware of her contribution towards the company? This is for my assignment and regarding general work of a secretary. I’m following a Administrative & Secretary Course. So that institute has given these 2 assignments for me. Also I’m not an employee. Hoping for a favorable reply. 1) How can a secretary contribute effectively towards managing the boss’s office? 2) What strategies can you implement to make management aware of your contribution towards the company? Thank you for your consideration. read more

Limiting Workplace Interactions-No Schmoozing

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about restriction on non-professional interaction: What would be the best way to approach my concern? Or should I just accept this new limitation?

I work as a subcontractor in a city government building. I have developed work friendships with individuals employed directly by the city. Due to a recent incident between one of the subcontractors and a city employee (one of whom blew the incident way out of proportion), our employer has told us that we are guests of the building, we should remain professional at all times, and “interactions must be limited to business purposes only.” I feel limiting these interactions will create a sterile, unfriendly, awkward, and unpleasant work environment. My direct supervisor seems to be in agreement with upper management/HR on this. What would be the best way to approach my concern? Or should I just accept this new limitation? read more

Angry Employee After Being Corrected

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about angry subordinate:

I invited one of my employees whom I consider to be on track for a management position, to a 2-day strategic session with other managers and a vendor. The first day he spoke almost the entire time, interrupting people and myself. I’ve since discovered that on that day he had a very lengthy sidebar conversation with another manager, which concerns me.

On Day Two, I was speaking and standing at the white board. On the first sign of his standing up to interrupt, I asked him to go back to his seat and that it was my turn to talk. I meant to say it in a way that was somewhat playful, but I may not have carried it off. He crossed his arms and stayed that way for the rest of the day, contributing little or nothing to the discussion, even when I invited him to speak. read more

What Does WEGOS Mean?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a word that is not in the dictionary:

I like your signature sentence “Working together with head, heart and hands takes and makes big WEGOS” but I can’t quite work out what WEGOS means.

Signed,

Dear ???:

Think for a moment about the difference between playing a game of ping pong and working on a jigsaw puzzle with someone. Ping pong players each see if she/he can hit a ball so that the other player can’t return it and therefore scores a point. The winner consequently feels superior to the loser. It is an ego thing. When working on a jigsaw, participants seek to find pieces that contribute to completion of the picture. When they finish it is a feeling of accomplishment–a we did it, a WEGO THING. read more

Seen as a Workplace Jerk

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being seen negatively: What do you recommend I do to improve my situation?

I’m seen as a jerk in the workplace, some of it deserved and some not. I’m seen as not a team player, sometimes because I used my initiative and it wasn’t welcome. I think I’m seen as abrasive. I want to change. I want to fit in better with my coworkers. What do you recommend I do to improve my situation? Thank you.

Signed, I’m Seen As A Jerk

Dear I’m Seen As A Jerk: read more

Workplace Productivity and Concentration

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about the work environment.

If a workplace has a closed environment, what is the effect on the concentration of a normal individual and how does it affect her/his productivity? Is there a time one should take from that closed environment to maintain productivity and concentration?

Signed, Curious

Dear Curious:

I have reworded your question to show you how I interpret it. Please feel free to send a more specific description of what you are asking and what provokes your question if my re-write is not what you mean. Your question strikes me as academic rather than something that has surfaced in your current work situation or at least that your curiosity springs from recalling something you read about a closed work environment. read more

Can I Cut The Mustard?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a challenge: I can’t do anything right, I am so insecure and feel so incompetent that I am making really silly mistakes like putting the wrong month on a huge email to everyone, or the right day but wrong date.

I have been at a job for almost 9 months now. Over that time I have found out that I have replaced two employees and do much more than they ever did.In addition these two employees evolved into the position I am in, over a 13-15 year time frame. There are so many moving parts that just getting the basics down took some time. read more