Destructive Myths In The Workplace

Maraming maling paniniwala sa ating trabaho. Hindi tunay na nalalaman ng ating mga boss at kapwa empleyado ang tunay na sukatan ng isang magaling na empleyado. Bagamat marami ng mga makabagong teknolohiya ay makaluma pa rin ang kanilang pinapanigang prinsipyo. Maaring mas pinapaboran natin ang mga empleyadong sa ating paningin ay isang simbulo ng kasipagan dahil sa kanyang pinapakitang dedikasyon. Hoy, mag-isip-isip at baka kayo ay nalilinlang lamang.

Myth #1: Mas magaling daw ang kayang gumawa ng maraming bagay ng sabay-sabay (Multitasking is critical in a world of infinite demand).

Gayahin daw natin ang computer na pwedeng mag-process ng iba’t-ibang gawain all at the same time. This myth is based on the assumption that human beings are capable of doing several cognitive tasks at the same time. We’re not. Instead, we learn to move rapidly between tasks. When we’re doing one, we’re actually not even aware of the other.

If you’re on a conference call, for example, and you turn your attention to an incoming email, you’re missing what’s happening on the call as long as you’re checking your email. Babanat ka pa na kaya mong makinig sa conference call habang nagbabasa ng email? Akala mo lang yun. Sa totoo lang ay walang kayang mag 100% kapag maraming gawain kaya hati pa rin ang lahat. Maaaring 30% lang sa isa at 70% sa isa pa. Equally important, you’re incurring something called “switching time.” That’s the time it takes to shift from one cognitive activity to another.

On average, switching time increases the amount of time it takes to finish the primary task you were working on by an average of 25 percent. In short, juggling activities is incredibly inefficient.

Difficult as it is to focus in the face of the endless distractions we all now face, it’s far and away the most effective way to get work done. The worst thing you can do as a boss is to insist that your people constantly check their email.

Myth #2: Mas OK daw na may kaunti tayong pangamba at pag-aalala para mas maayos ang maging trabaho natin (A little bit of anxiety helps us perform better).

Kaunting takot at nerbiyos para mas gumaling tayo? Think for a moment about how you feel when you’re performing at your best. What adjectives come to mind? Almost invariably they’re positive ones. Anxiety may be a source of energy, and even motivation, but it comes with significant costs.

The more anxious we feel, the less clearly and imaginatively we may think, and the more reactive and impulsive we may become. That’s not good for you, and it also has huge implications if you’re in a supervisory role.

As a boss, your energy has a disproportionate impact on those you lead, by virtue of your authority. Put bluntly, any time your behavior increases someone’s anxiety — or prompts any negative emotions, for that matter — they’re less likely to perform effectively.

The more positive your energy is, the more positive their energy is likely to be, and the better the likely outcome.

Sino ba nag may gusto na magtrabaho sa isang opisina na palagi kang kakaba-kaba at walang peace of mind?

 

Myth #3: Ang pagiging isang malikhain ay namamana at hindi natututunan (Creativity is genetically inherited, and it’s impossible to teach).

Mahirap daw turuan ang isang di natural na ipinanganak na may kakayahan para maging isang master o eksperto. In a global economy characterized by unprecedented competitiveness and constant change, nearly every individual hungers for ways to drive more innovation. Unfortunately, most individuals don’t think of themselves as creative, and they share with the rest of us a deeply ingrained belief that creativity is mostly inborn and magical.

Ironically, researchers have developed a surprising degree of consensus about the stages of creativity and how to approach them. Our educational system and most company cultures favor reward the rational, analytic, deductive left hemisphere thinking. We pay scant attention to intentionally cultivating the more visual, intuitive, big picture capacities of the right hemisphere.

As it turns out, the creative process moves back and forth between left and right hemisphere dominance. Creativity is actually about using the whole brain more flexibly. This process unfolds in a far more systematic — and teachable — way than we ordinarily imagine. People can quickly learn to access the hemisphere of the brain that serves them best at each stage of the creative process — and to generate truly original ideas.

Unless damaged ang ilan sa iyong mga brain cells ay may equal opportunities tayong lahat na maging creative. Minsan pa nga ay kung sino pa ang kulang-kulang o kaya ay isip-bata ay siya pang mas nagiging malikhain.

Myth #4: Mas kapaki-pakinabang ang taong madalas mag-overtime (The best way to get more work done is to work longer hours).

Ang hindi nag-oovertime ay unproductive daw. Madalas ay hanga tayo sa isang empleyado kapag lagi siyang huling umuuwi. No single myth is more destructive to employers and employees than this one. The reason is that we’re not designed to operate like computers — at high speeds, continuously, for long periods of time.

Instead, human beings are designed to pulse intermittently between spending and renewing energy. Great performers — and enlightened leaders — recognize that it’s not the number of hours people work that determines the value they create, but rather the energy they bring to whatever hours they work.

Rather than systematically burning down our reservoir of energy as the day wears on, as most of us do, intermittent renewal makes it possible to keep our energy steady all day long. Strategically alternating periods of intense focus with intermittent renewal, at least every 90 minutes, makes it possible to get more done, in less time, more sustainably.

Nag-overtime ka nga at marami kang natapos na gawain nung araw na yun. Pero hindi natin alam kung maayos ba ang iyong nagawa, at kung may lakas ka pa para gumawa ng maayos kinabukasan. Tutulog-tulog ka at hindi makausap ng maayos dahil napuyat ka sa overtime mo. Kulang sa tulog kaya hindi rinnaging maayos ang trabaho mo sa araw na ito.

Want to test the assumption? Nais mo bang subukan kung totoo ang mga pinagsasabi ko dito? Puwes, choose the most challenging task on your agenda before you go to sleep each night over the next week. Set aside 60 to 90 minutes at the start of the following day to focus on the activity you’ve chosen.

Choose a designated start and stop time, and do your best to allow no interruptions. (It helps to turn off your email at huwag muna mag-Facebook.) I guarantee that it will almost surely be your most productive period of the day. Malalaman mo na mas magiging maayos ka bilang isang tao na mas makabuluhan at may tunay na galing at talento. Mas relaxed at kalmado, at mas malinaw at mabilis ang pag-iisip. Lalabas ang tunay mong potential at mas magiging masaya ka sa loob at labas ng opisina. Pati pamilya mo ay maninibago dahil hindi ka na aburido at mas maganda ang aura mo.

When you’re done, reward yourself by taking a true renewal break, at pwede na ring bumalik sa Facebook para i-update ang iyong status at magpasalamat ka sa akin by writing a comment here.

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