What do You Need at Work
What do you really need at work? Do you need time to think and focus? I do. Can you have it? Jason Fried from Basecamp did an amazing TED talk called Why Work Doesn't Get Done at Work and he basically talks about the fact that it's a constant interrupting environment and so, no work gets done and he makes suggestions actually for how to make it possible to get work done at work. How unreasonable it is, to think nowadays that people could actually get their work done at work. So if that's a problem for you, you need to do something about it. How can you affect the work environment where you work, to say maybe we could change this, maybe we could have, he suggested, Thursdays, silence. No one talks to anyone on Thursdays because that's the day to get work done, right? Anything like that, whatever you need, but if you need time to think and focus to get your work done then you need to ask for it. Do you need no interruptions? Do you need more resources? That means more time, more money, m...
ore people to help you. You need to know and you need to ask for them which doesn't mean you're going to get it but you need to be able to speak up and take that action and ask for it. Do you need fewer meetings? It seems to me, many people need fewer meetings. What else do you need at work, right? What are you looking for at work? Do you need professional development and mentorship? Do you need community? Is that why you go to work because that's where your people are? Do you work remotely and if so, what do you need to not be so isolated? Do you need money? I think most of us do. Do you need recognition? Do you need someone to pat you on the back or is it enough for you to know you did the best you could. Right, what do you need and how do you get it. Do you need security in your job? Good luck, because it doesn't seem to me there is much job security out there these days, right? Do you need to be liked by the people at work, by your clients, by your boss? If so, you may not speak up for yourself. You may not get respect if what you're looking for is being liked, right? Do you need respect at work? These are all the things you need to know about yourself so that you can go get them.