Are you looking for a better way to stay up-to-date and learn the newest ways to perform your job? Do you or any of your employees show signs of burnout because of long hours and too few breaks? Are you working with a boss that’s younger than you or employees that are much older? In all three cases, the way you handle these situations can go a long way toward getting you to the level you want in your career. Stay updated and be the resident expert; help create a program that requires breaks be taken; find a new way to relate to a different generation and you’ll experience success.
Science Says This is the Most Effective Way to Learn (but You Weren’t Taught it in School)
Even though a school day for a child is spread into blocks of time where one subject is studied for the entire length doesn’t mean that’s the best way to learn. This method is simply the most organized for the school system to teach subjects, but there is a better way. The most effect way of learning, and its backed up by studies, is to study for a short period of time, take a break and then study for a short period of time again. These short bursts of intense learning can make all the difference in the quality of the learning and the ability to retain the information needed. This is something you can practice as an adult when you’re leaning something new or trying to get a better understanding of the way you want to solve a problem at work.
Employee Burnout is Becoming a Huge Problem in the American Workforce
Most of us are more productive now than we were fifteen years ago. Similar to the technology we use, we’ve adapted over time and have become more efficient because more is expected of us. Not only have we become more efficient, with the technology that’s advanced, we’re more accessible to our employers than ever before, making it nearly impossible to leave the workday behind. The average workweek has grown to be nearly 47 hours and many of us have started to experience burnout because we can’t find time to take breaks or to decompress. It’s important to be able to relax and leave work behind at times, but more companies expect us to be reachable during off hours. If this is a problem in your life, you need to discuss it with your boss so that you can come to an understanding of the need for down time that’s not interrupted with work.
When the Boss is Half Your Age
The New York Times Article:
Younger bosses are sprouting up all over the country in a variety of companies while at the same time older employees are working later into their retirement years. This leaves a generational gap that has to be dealt with in order for a company to succeed. Younger bosses do need to hear ideas and respect the work ethic and experience of the older generations while the older generations need to understand the tenacity, tech savvy and gusto of these younger bosses. When these two groups collaborate and become a great team, they can accomplish a great deal, but when they’re at odds with each other it can be devastating. If you have a younger boss, take a step back and evaluate your relationship with them to decide if you’re handling it the right way.