Procrastination and time management: work efficiently despite open-plan office and difficult colleagues



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Notoriously chattering, nagging or quickly disabling colleagues can cause an immense loss of time, especially in the open-plan office. How do we best deal with them? Clarity, recognition and serenity are the cornerstones of the strategy.

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Procrastination - Out of the line of fire

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I already have Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® tells how I personally escape people who steal too much of my precious time. Today it should be about how to solve this problem Company, with employees and colleagues solves. Corinne Maier has given the following rather cynical tip in her book The Discovery of Laziness:

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"Never accept a responsible job under any circumstances ... Choose ... the most superfluous jobs in the largest companies: consulting, expertise, research, investigation. The more useless you are, the less you can quantify your contribution to the creation of wealth in the enterprise. Avoid operative items like the plague. It is ideal to be transported to the siding ...

Time management in the open-plan office

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This sounds pretty general, but seems like the optimal solution to avoid the thieves: you just go out of their line of fire. Unfortunately, this does not always work. Especially in open-plan offices that is extremely difficult. After all, they are and will be a big problem for many employees. A study by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences showed some time ago that the rate of illness is increasing with the number of colleagues working in the open-plan office:

"If about half of employees with a single office say they did not miss out on sickness last year, that figure drops to 38 percent for two-person offices. It looks even worse in offices with more than 16 employees: Only three out of ten of the employees work without any absences over the year. "

Work more efficiently despite colleagues

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And once again, it has to be noted extra: open-plan offices are not just bad, they can even improve collaboration among colleagues and are even more efficient in the Theori than single offices. However, these must not be laying hens' offices, which work together in a confined space and without individual opportunities for withdrawal.

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Just as many people work together in open-plan offices today, it is no wonder that many no longer care for their jobs, torture themselves daily in the office and even wish for illnesses in order to be able to take care of the bed.

Difficult colleagues who steal your time - and tips on what you can do

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It is no wonder that so many employees are overbearing, resistant to advice, scrupulously perfectionist, garrulous, impatient, ungrateful, obstinate or boastful towards bosses and colleagues. That's just what makes them too difficult, the other people's time. And now? How do you deal with such time-consuming colleagues?

1. Get rid of babblers

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A typical time waster, for example, chatty colleagues who stand in the office door and talk and talk - it would have so much to do. And while you initially listen patiently and slowly feel the patience to travel, you have already made the first mistake: To even engage in a conversation. Better is always a clear "No" right at the beginning of the conversation. It is elegant to deal with the talker in a friendly and unobtrusive way, eg "Could you do me a great favor and clarify something for me?"

Sometimes, however, psychological instincts are needed: babblers are only too happy to go into self-praise and display seemingly great self-confidence. In fact, they seek recognition. Do you give them a little of it, you take them wind at the same time from the sails: "Yes, I also think that you have made your last project well. Keep it up."

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2. Loathing colleagues put off their nerves

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The cause of recognition can also work wonders from ever-grumbling colleagues who always read out the negative from all situations and thus make fruitful cooperation difficult. Just praise such pessimists, because they often have a weak self-esteem or are just dissatisfied.

3. Help, a choleric

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Finally, cholerics can be time-consuming. They are sociable and productive as long as they go their way. But alas, they run a louse on the liver - then they suddenly raced off, while the others helplessly search for the trigger. How do I handle this? Look at the drama as calmly as possible and wait until the anger is gone.

Small trick: Imagine, you examine as a director an actor during the audition on tantrum. Or: Focus on a specific detail - "If the vein on the right swells even further, it will burst ...". Important: Demonstrate your self-confidence in body language. Be sure to keep eye contact, because if you knock down your eyes, you automatically go into penitential pose. Take an upright posture, do not sink on the office chair in you. So you do not unnecessarily prolong the choleric's show, and the time loss stays at a minimum.

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  1. Thomas P.

    Your content really gives you the courage to deal more with your own time management. Can I have some more, please!

  2. Gerd

    Good contribution, I know the problem very well!

  3. Marion

    I'm pretty excited about your blog and just had to get rid of it.

  4. Holger Prieske

    Procrastination is work-in-front. I can not find anything that goes in this direction in this article.

    Instead of telling a colleague "I do not have time for you now" should one think up a meaningless job and apply it to him so he leaves?
    This is a guide to dishonesty and wasting money.
    It may improve one's well-being, but in no case serves the good of the company.

    • Simone Janson

      Thank you for the advice. I see that differently, but fortunately, tastes are different, as you know.

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