This is the first Work Wednesday feature and the subject I want to chat about came to me where I hope many other people get great ideas, an early morning shower. I think it must have something to do with the brain being more active with spare capacity given the routine nature of the task of getting ready for the day.
The idea of talking about perspective came from reflecting on my night’s sleep.
The Samsung S-Health app I use asks me to rate the sleep it has tracked and I noticed that I got an hour less sleep than the night before. I also woke up at around 2am because I had forgotten to turn the lamp off and so my first reaction was to think I had slept worse than the night before.
Here is the thing, the night before I had experienced less deep sleep and so despite getting an hour more sleep, the app rated this sleep as only ‘fair’ compared to the ‘good’ sleep I was being asked to give a star rating to at that moment in time.
I am getting a little sidetracked with details perhaps. Here is my point. I wanted to give the same or one less star rating (out of 5) to sleep that was actually more restful (particularly after reflecting on how I really felt) simply because I saw that I got an hour less than the night before.
Perspective in the Workplace
Coming back to how this relates to work (I should include a disclaimer to do as I say and not as I do perhaps) the way we rate our work environment, business ideas, performance etc all requires a little more perspective than perhaps we are getting.
Working in a technology environment as an example, I often have to remind myself and my colleagues that the average customer is less concerned and educated on technical details of a product. This is important when choosing the kind of language you use to communicate the features or benefits of a new product.
If you are unhappy in your job, have you spoken to colleagues about how they feel only or have you looked outside your immediate reference point? Perhaps you should try to reach out to people in other companies and industries and learn about their work environment and culture. Don’t just believe what their perspective is of their situation, their ‘star rating out of five’ but ask questions that can give you an idea about more factual details.
Perspective is also a very important principle to apply to your business ideas. Often we get caught up and attached to our ideas to the point that we are blind to their flaws or risks. It is understandable given the emotional attachment which we have to our ideas – and I would not want to kill that passion off as it can increase your chances of success, but having a realistic view of the risks in your idea is extremely important.
So to end off with, try and relook at situations from a different perspective. You may still come out finding that your original view was accurate, but it could help you find other solutions to problems and perhaps a little more empathy with people as you move forward in your career. It is easily said, but not always easily practised, so be patient with yourself as well.