Productive employees usually have something that elevates them above their peers. It isn’t intelligence, skill, or training (although those can help); the things that make them tick better are their habits.
Every employee can be productive. It’s just a matter of making a habit out of good, positive things. Some habits of productive employee include:
They party hard but come to work sober.
Stress is an everyday factor of one’s working life. Good employees know how to manage stress so that it won’t affect their performance. It’s all right for a hardworking person to drink and party after a hard day’s work. In fact, play is essential to remain effective at work and to avoid burning out. Speaking of burning, it’s even okay to smoke weed to relieve stress in some parts of America today as cannabis is now accepted as a legal recreational drug.
However, there should be no excuse for an employee to come to work drunk and/or high. Good employees know when to relax and when to work. As such, good employees won’t panic when their boss brings a THC test kit into the office.
They know how to manage their time well.
For an employee, time and energy are the two resources that are in meager supply. Working overtime could either mean that the employee is ineffective or that they are inefficient, while slacking off and wasting time proves that they are both.
Ideally, employees must achieve their daily goal/quota within work hours, and although it may seem counterintuitive, a person who knows when to take breaks and for how long will be able to meet said goals more efficiently. Nonstop effort at work can be draining. In order to be re energized back to their full capabilities, employees need to take a break in between tasks.
They exercise daily and eat healthy.
The body (including the brain) is like a machine, and one that is vital to do work. It needs to be well maintained in order to function properly.
Productive employees know this, which is why most of them keep fit by working out and eating balanced meals. Workers who are unhealthy will tire out easily, affecting their performance. A healthy lifestyle will also make one more resistant to stress and enabling them to manage it better.
They know which task to prioritize.
Multitasking is a myth. It takes more energy and gives off more stress to do everything at once than to focus on one task at a time. On the other hand, putting off big assignments is even worse, especially when their deadlines get nearer and no significant progress on them has been made yet.
Good workers prioritize the important jobs first so that they’ll have an easier time to take on the smaller ones. They don’t let any barrage of incoming workload faze them. They keep their focus on the task at hand before steamrolling through the other menial assignments.
Are You a Productive Employee?
All in all, being a productive employee means being able to handle and manage work stress. Work is not a race; work is a marathon, and stress can be likened to runners’ fatigue. If one’s work habits do not make it easier to combat stress, one’s productivity may suffer.
To partially quote Gandhi, “Your habits become your values; your values become your destiny.” Is it your destiny to be a failure? Or are you going to succeed as a productive employee?