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Tired?

At the end of a long Winter there are a lot of people with that “malaise” or feeling of tiredness that seems to drag them down. It is an understandable state, and it is very easy to let it affect you.

I have a friend who was talking about co-workers who are really not putting in a “regular effort” because they are tired, and it was frustrating to her.

The reality is that it is 90% in the head … if you feel tired and accept that you are tired then you will act tired and be less productive.

I asked if their employer should decide to pay less because they were not working at a regular pace … and the employer might feel “tired” of paying for under performing employees? It was a tongue in cheek comment, but the reality is that we all owe it to ourselves first, but also to our employers to do our best!

I have written many times about attitude and the will to succeed. About the fact that if you have to work to earn a living (like almost everyone) then why not take pride in that work and excel!

Here are a few blog entries to check out:

Attitude … from Feb 2006.

Do You Care? … from July 2006.

Attitude … the Answer …. From October 2006.

Your Job and You … from March 2007.

The thing about attitude is that often people assume the winner is the employer when someone takes pride in their job. The BIG winner is that person who feel that pride, who has a sense of worth and that is why you really need to do this!


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6 thoughts on “Tired?

  1. “I asked if their employer should decide to pay less because they were not working at a regular pace … and the employer might feel “tired” of paying for under performing employees?”

    Corollary: if I am feeling energetic and productive, should my employer pay me *more*?

    🙂

  2. “I asked if their employer should decide to pay less because they were not working at a regular pace … and the employer might feel “tired” of paying for under performing employees?”

    Corollary: if I am feeling energetic and productive, should my employer pay me *more*?

    🙂

  3. Most employers expect their employees to operate at full speed and that’s what they pay for. If people are EXTRA productive then the real benefit is to themselves … they feel good about their worth, their accomplishments and what they learn. Its hard for people to understand this when often their whole “programming” is centred around “us and them” … workers and management etc. What is my immediate return for what I am doing now.

    That was my reality growing up and it took a LOT of years for me to “get it”.

    Just try it … focus only on doing the best, most productive work you can for a period of time. No slacking off. No smoke breaks. No water cooler chat. No instant messaging with buddies. No surfing the web for news etc. Just 100% work work work … and see how YOU feel. See how productive you are and the CHARGE that gives YOU.

    The other answer of course is that in a commissioned environment, (where the employee accepts some risk with their income)more effort will generally result in more income (no guarantees).

  4. Most employers expect their employees to operate at full speed and that’s what they pay for. If people are EXTRA productive then the real benefit is to themselves … they feel good about their worth, their accomplishments and what they learn. Its hard for people to understand this when often their whole “programming” is centred around “us and them” … workers and management etc. What is my immediate return for what I am doing now.

    That was my reality growing up and it took a LOT of years for me to “get it”.

    Just try it … focus only on doing the best, most productive work you can for a period of time. No slacking off. No smoke breaks. No water cooler chat. No instant messaging with buddies. No surfing the web for news etc. Just 100% work work work … and see how YOU feel. See how productive you are and the CHARGE that gives YOU.

    The other answer of course is that in a commissioned environment, (where the employee accepts some risk with their income)more effort will generally result in more income (no guarantees).

  5. Actually, ‘malaise’ refers to an overall feeling of unwellness, not just being tired.

  6. Actually, ‘malaise’ refers to an overall feeling of unwellness, not just being tired.

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