Inspiring Thoughts from EAC

Define Your Expectations

Did you know that when you have clearly defined, well communicated expectations, you will be happier and more successful than people whose expectations go unspoken or unrealized?

As we approach the end of another year, it is always a good time to assess our goals and accomplishments, and this can include expectations.  At work, there are generally ten areas where we have expectations: autonomy, balance, career growth, diversity, environment, expression, recognition, stability, structure and teamwork.  Whether or not you’ve considered and discussed these expectations with those around you at work (your boss, your team, etc.) expectations are the key drivers of your attitude which impacts your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  My intention with the next several blog posts is to write about each one of these ten areas and encourage you to evaluate if they are spoken (you’ve shared them with your boss or people on your team) or unspoken (you’ve kept them to yourself). I’d also like you to see how expectations that are met or not met impacts your performance, commitment and job satisfaction.  Let’s start with teamwork.

Michael Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” Most jobs today require people to work as part of a team, and many times, rewards are based on team performance. How important is being part of a team to you? In order to answer this question, think about the following statements:

  1. You believe everyone should have a chance to contribute regardless of their job title or status.
  2. You want to work with people to actively seek out other’s opinions and share theirs.
  3. You expect co-workers to share their expertise with each other.
  4. An atmosphere of collaboration is important.

If these statements are true for you, then rank them on a scale of 1-10 (10 being high or best) of what degree they are in your current work environment. Consider creating a plan to discuss any items you’ve ranked a 5 or below with your manager or your team.  Two important factors to create effective teamwork include: establishing a common goal by getting agreement on shared responsibilities and outcomes and defining your role on the team (i.e. Do you like to create new ideas or refine them? Help keep the process moving along? Execute the final details?)

If these statements are not true for you, that probably means being part of a team isn’t an important part of your work environment.

What should you do if they are important but not present in your current job? Create a plan to communicate with your boss or your team how you think and feel about teamwork and how to create more team work in your current environment.  Need help?  An EAC counselor is a close as your phone.  We can be reached at 800-227-0905.

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