The first thing you need to know about your job: Your job isn’t your home and your home is not your office.
But, if you are looking to get more work done, you need some help in making the most of your time here.
“I know it’s hard to talk about it, but you need an understanding of your work environment,” says Dr David Kavanagh, senior lecturer in human resources and the workplace at the University of Queensland.
He recommends that your employer set a goal to make your work life a lot more productive and you also need to be aware of how that can help you in your career.
“You can start to work on the ‘how’ when you’re not sure you’ve hit the mark yet,” he says.
Kavanagh says there are two key areas in which you need your workplace to be at its best.
First, the workplace should be inviting to everyone, from your co-workers to your colleagues.
Secondly, it should be welcoming to your family.
“Family life and social interaction are very important when you have work and family responsibilities,” he explains.
The first area to improve is your environment.
Workers at a high-end fashion design company might spend much of their days in an office with a large TV, but if you’re a low-income person, it may not be an ideal place to work.
“The environment is one of the most important things in terms of how you are interacting with people and the way you are being valued and treated in the workplace,” Dr Kavanah says.
You may have noticed that most workplaces have a lot of red carpeted areas around the office, including a gym, a cinema and a cinema room.
“The idea here is that this is going to be your place to go and work, so if you want to, you can get in there and work,” he suggests.
You can also try to make it as informal as possible by having a small group of colleagues join you.
“If you’re working from home, you might want to do something like that to socialise,” he advises.
But while there are some rules about how you can do this, Dr Kavannagh says you should never force it.
“If you don’t have any expectations and you don to some extent have control over how your work is done, then you’re going to have to do it,” he adds.
If you want a more structured way to get your work done around the workplace, he suggests getting in touch with your boss and asking to discuss your expectations.
“He or she might be willing to make a suggestion,” he cautions.
But what if your boss is very demanding of you?
“You have to be flexible, but there are times when you need a little bit of help to do your job,” he warns.
Dr Kavanag says you can work out the expectations for yourself.
Ask your boss about your expectations from the start.
Find out what your boss considers acceptable behaviour for your work group.
And if you have a problem, talk to your co, partner or a supervisor.
Dr Karavanagh also recommends that you have some support in managing expectations.
For example, he recommends you look at your own work and ask yourself what your team members expect from you, as well as the team’s expectations for you.
When you feel you’ve achieved your goals, he says you may want to take a step back and look at how you’re feeling, and see how you could be doing better.
“What you can actually do is be positive and make sure that you’re doing your job well, and that’s a great way to go,” he said.