DEFINE WHAT MAKES YOU RESENTFUL OF WORKNeil Fiore, PhD www.neilfiore.com
Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo! was interviewed on KQED's Revolutionaries program and spoke about being hired as Google's first female engineer and becoming the Vice President of Maps, and Location Services.
In her capacity as a manager and vice president she instituted an interview process with her employees in which she asked,What would make you resentful about work if you didn’t have it in your week?
Some employees said they would be resentful if they missed their Tuesday dinner with their friends from college; others said if they were late for an event for one of their children.
Rather than keeping that mom for another five minutes at work, Mayer insisted that she leave in time to see her daughter’s performance. Mayer has the wisdom to know that being able to have both a job and a life makes employees more loyal, creative, and productive.Marissa Mayer promoted her own version of “Guilt-free play” [see The Now Habit] and uses it effectively to manage people and keep them working creatively in what she calls “a rhythm.”
If you have “Guilt-Free Play” in your week you are less likely to be resentful of your work. In fact, when you have a planned event to attend and people to see outside of work, you are more likely
to complete your work more rapidly and efficiently, and are less likely to procrastinate because you are not resentful or ambivalent.
Make sure you have events in your weekly schedule to look forward to – sports, yoga, dinner with friends, music – and you will avoid the resentment that causes procrastination and burn-out. See The Now Habit for Overcoming Procrastination and The Now Habit at Work for more strategies for achieving Optimal Productivity by maintaining your commitments to your life and family.©2013 Neil Fiore, PhD www.neilfiore.com