Efficiency. If todayâ€™s workplace has a holy grail, chances are that it is summed up by the â€śEâ€ť word. Okay, I know what some of you are thinking, what about profitability?
The days of being â€śinefficientlyâ€ť profitable are over. If there is a â€ślocation, location, locationâ€ť like mantra for being successful today, efficiency is undoubtedly part of the equation.
Unfortunately there is one place where efficiency must take the back seat, with our people. Why?
Because people are inherently inefficient. We have to take time to earn their trust, to get to know them to appreciation their subtle contributions.
Iâ€™m born again when it comes to appreciating that people are a powerful tool, but like all powerful tools, it takes time to learn how to use them properly. Loads and loads of time: coffee breaks, drives to offsite meetings, email exchanges, furtive glances during meetings, all that and much more.
With my new job Iâ€™ve been working the halls. Getting to know people and learning from them what works and what doesnâ€™t. Itâ€™s been insanely helpful. Heck itâ€™s even been fun.
Back to the â€śEâ€ť word, so many of us are in such a rush that we increase the time, odds and difficulty factor for our projects by taking the people we must work with for granted. And then we get sabotaged or just plain struggle.
The key is to see your time bonding with people as an investment, an investment for you, for your company and for your desire to accomplish something at work.
If youâ€™re a leader, here is a simple tactic to use. Next time someone comes to you with a problem donâ€™t seek to be efficient, donâ€™t just tell them what to do. Ask, â€śWhat have you tried?â€ť â€śWhat worked?â€ť â€śWhat didnâ€™t work?â€ť And the one we all overlook, â€śWhat can I do to help?â€ť
Youâ€™ll learn something. So will they.
About The Author: Bob Rosner is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. For free job and work advice, check out the award-winning workplace911.com. Check the revised edition of his Wall Street Journal best seller, â€śThe Bossâ€™s Survival Guide.â€ť If you have a question for Bob, contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org.