1. Clearly define work goals, with concrete outcomes. Otherwise your efforts will produce few tangible results.
Most of us get overwhelmed by workplace bottlenecks because we allow them to persist, according to the new book, Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work (McGraw-Hill/Available in January). Author Russell Bishop presents time-saving ways to deal with the daily frustrations that all professionals face – obstacles to productivity such as endless meetings, relentless e-mails and pointless processes that get in the way of getting the job done. What's puzzling, Bishop contends, is that the majority of employees are likely to complain to co-workers about these distractions, but few are willing to challenge the system head on. Many fear the consequences of confrontation, which is why he presents a workaround approach rather than a confrontational one. Bishop is a speaker and consultant with Fortune 500 clients in aerospace, IT, telecommunications and other industry segments. He is also a frequent columnist for The Huffington Post. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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