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Working for yourself can be rewarding but it can be tough. There is something to be said for having a 9 to 5 job with the associated benefits. Saying that, being your own boss can lead you to taking back control. So, I ask you, are you somebody really happy in the job you are in with the same daily routine? Or, do you want to take a risk to get what you want? Nevertheless, going it alone has it's own risks and added stress so you need to ask yourself if you are right for this uncertain journey.
If you are thinking of going it alone, or working for yourself but struggling, it may be helpful to see if you have the traits to succeed in setting up your own business.
The Locus of Control is a concept devised by Phares but developed further by Rotter and considers the amount of control an individual has in their life. Try the questionaire associated with the idea and see what your score says about you. Don't forget it was devised in 1954!
Phares and Rotters work considers the factors within ourselves that we as individuals have power over such as self direction and the exterior forces that may influence us such as fate or coercion.
If you scored between 1-10 you are more likely to succeed setting up your own business, for reasons I will shortly outline.
However, this is not as clear-cut as the Locus of Control implies. For instance, it is arguable that setting up a business will be influenced by customer interest which is still uncontrolable no matter how much research you do. Of course, it is also clear that you cannot just let life guide you when it comes to working for yourself.
Individuals high in internal control tend to :-
Identify strategies to deal with uncertainties.
Be inquisitive about how the world/business world works.
Persevere in difficult tasks.
Be willing to commit to long term goals.
Be self starters.
Take calculated risks.
Be satisfied with their work.
Believe that hard work leads to rewards.
Use persuasion to be productive.
Lead a team through rewards, respect and expertise.
If you do not fall into these categories you can change your mindset. For instance :-
Realise plans does not mean control; consider the worse case scenerio and consider a backup plan. Think about unknown factors but don't obsess on these - keep moving instead.
Question ideas and develop them. To do this try to obtain information from experienced people in their field, as this may help generate ideas. To do this, look out for local business support groups or regular monthly get-togethers.
When times get difficult don't give up.
Goal-set using measured strategies. Life coaching through Direct Action can help with this.
When considering a risk, balance up the costs with the rewards.
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Recent research has found that an unhappy workplace produces negative output and increased abseentism. So, how do you bring smiles to the workplace?
WELCOME YOUR TEAM.
Believe it or not, a simple hello can be really helpful in the office! As team members arrive, welcome them and extend this to regularly querying how workers are during the day. It will make staff feel valued and boost self-esteem.
HAVE SOCIAL SPACES IN THE OFFICE.
Remember the days of the tea lady popping by with coffee and snacks? Sadly, that was left in the 80s! But, the premise that a mid-morning or late-afternoon bevie relaxes the workplace and in turn increased output is still important today. No, I am not talking about a galley kitchen with a microwave and a kettle! I'm talking about an area where workers can catch-up and socialise at break-times. Encourage team members to have a break and use the are.
LEAVE WORK IN THE OFFICE.
Try to discourage where possible working outside of office hours, at weekends and in the evenings. In the social space show interest in lives outside the office - but don't become nosey!
In meetings try not to overdo flow-charts and technical jargon - your staff members will only fall asleep! Make language clear and avoid meetings that are not necessary.
MAKE STAFF FEEL PART OF THE BIGGER BUSINESS.
Publish a monthly news letter for staff to read; they will feel valued, understand the business more and have a sense of belonging or association with the company.
ENCOURAGE FACE-TO-FACE COMMUNICATION RATHER THAN EMAIL OR INSTANT MESSAGING.
Email contact or instant messaging can isolate people in 9-5 jobs and reduce regular contact. Through regular face-to-face communication staff members will feel more confident and relaxed about the work they do.
USE RELAXATION STRATEGIES.
I am not talking about a trip to the spa! What I mean is having a relaxed Friday where staff can come in casual clothes or a regular lunch get-together.
HAVE PLANTS IN THE OFFICE.
Bring the outside in! The plants will improve team members mood and will have a claming effect.
Have a gym on-site or offer mindulness sessions or yoga classes. It will ease stress and will activate feel-good endorphins which could increase output.
DON'T CLOSE YOUR DOOR
Closing your office door creates a barrier. Promote openess and encouragement through keeping the door to your office open as staff members will feel they can turn to you if there is a problem.