Trying to think through the best path to close the customer deal is exhausting. It is too hard to remember the entire product line. I can’t forget to leave for the meeting at 2PM. Are you committed to workplace thinking or would you rather just brush it off?
Physical work can be tiring, so can intense mental effort.
When we listen to all the problems, the issues, and the drama, we may grow tired. Tired of thinking, tired of worrying, and tired of working.
What we do cognitively can be exhausting so we sometimes brush it off. We ask questions, because we want quick responses that don’t require us to think.
Does Part A fit with Part B or do we need to sell Part C too?
What is the policy on blue jean Fridays?
Does our insurance cover a specialist without a referral from our regular doctor?
Likely, someone will answer. Sometimes people are too tired or lazy to find the answer for themselves. Certainly, helping seems like the right thing to do.
Our memory is important, and sometimes requires energy.
Remind me to lock the door before we leave today.
Don’t let me forget to send that customer order before 3:00 PM.
I have the meeting on my calendar for next week, which day is it?
Tired of Thinking
Our workloads, physical or cognitive, can tire us out. Some people will push harder, own the situation, and be considerate of the load on others. Yet others will try to dump that load on someone else.
We live in a World of creating more ease. Staples has an EASY button. We can order McDonald’s through an app, and we can watch our floor get vacuumed by a Rumba.
Does workplace thinking still occur? Do your teams have the energy, consideration, and respect for others, or are they just dumping work?
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.