Why The “Do-Everything” Approach to Work Isn’t Sustainable

If you say “No” at work do you immediately think you’ll be viewed as a slacker?  That you aren’t a team player if you say “No”? That you’ll be labeled as “difficult to work with”? Or worst of all, that you’ve disappointed your boss!  So instead, you say “Yes” to everything, because you fear that tidal wave of criticism.




The “do-everything-that’s-asked” approach  isn’t realistic and over time, it will get to you. You’ll feel overwhelmed, stressed out and you might even see a dip in your productivity, morale and overall performance.   So how do you spot the “do-everything” symptoms? Here are two types that come to mind:


The Newbie: This employee wants to make a great impression straight out of the gate!  They have an enthusiasm for the job but they don’t even really know what the job is.  This is the person that comes in early and stays late, volunteers for projects and is always offering to help out where they can.  They’re enthusiastic, but in some instances incompetent because they just don’t know anything yet. Did we have that attitude when we were the new hire? Sure. But most of us didn’t stretch ourselves thin by continuing to up the ante. We took some time to acclimate to our surroundings and learn from our peers and co-workers.  Helping new employees establish a routine to become familiar with their team and their day to day tasks is critical to keeping burnout levels low.


The Frantic: This employee is constantly on the edge. Their motor is always running, but it’s a nervous energy. Tasks – whether weeks out or last minute – are accepted with both a “Yay!” and a “Agghhhhh!” and the more it goes on, the two emotions soon intersect and that employee is frantically working to finish everything and will make mistakes along the way – rather than pump the brakes, adjust their workflow and find a happy medium that’s beneficial to the end product.


In the end, hard work is having the energy to be great at your job, and you’ll expend vital mental energy (and feel physically exhausted) saying yes to everything like you’re a parrot. Being productive isn’t about accepting every request; it’s about dissecting your To-Do list, putting off requests that aren’t critical, and doing quality work.

New Video: Top Workplace Injuries

When you leave for work in the morning, you expect to return home safely that evening. Loss of life is the furthest thing from our minds, but it does happen, no matter what industry. Between 1992-2012, there were nearly 120,000 fatal work injuries. There are plenty of scenarios – from falling objects to driving accidents – that make up workplace accidents.


In our latest video, we cover the 4 most cited workplace injuries of the last year, and discuss how your company can keep your employees and the workplace safer.



With Thinkzoom and our Workplace Safety Curriculum, you have the easiest way to communicate safety training and awareness to your staff. Check it out now with a free 15-day trial.

Why Hillyard Chooses ej4

See why Hillyard continues to use ej4 for their training needs and points to our short, targeted courses as a reason their employees embrace training now more than ever.



How can we help you with your training needs? Contact us today for more details or go ahead and take a trial of ej4’s content right now.

ej4’s Course of the Month for July is…

Not sure about you, but around the ej4 West and East offices, the weather has been pretty reasonable for the most part. Although like many cities across the country, summer is just starting to heat up. July and August typically show the hottest temperatures, and whether you’re working outdoors or indoors, you need to take steps to make sure you avoid potential dangers such as heat stroke, or worse.


Check out our Course of the Month for July, Working in Hot Weather now! Click the image below to go directly to our eLearning Videos page to watch the course from start to finish.


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Be More Assertive at Work

Being nice doesn’t mean you’re passive, it means you’re nice.  Here’s what I mean:


  • Another lane opens up at the grocery store. It’s clearly your turn, but someone jumps in front of you. You shrug it off.


  • Friends ask you to carpool them to a party for the 5th time in a row because your car has “more room.” You oblige.


  • You want to add your two cents to something at work, but don’t want to come off as being too critical, so you say nothing.


  • You’re out to dinner and the steak you ordered is well done, not medium rare. You contemplate the wait time, the inconvenience and other scenarios instead of just ask for the correct steak.


There are so many “passive” scenarios out there. Some of us are comfortable with them because we don’t want to disrupt the balance. But being assertive doesn’t mean you need to be angry or aggressive. You don’t have to raise your voice or threaten to get what you want. And you don’t have to over explain why you want what you want – just get to the point quickly.


Assertive Verbal Skills


Our updated, 3-part series Assertive Verbal Skills shows you how to be more direct and get what you want at work, and away from it. Contact us today to learn more about this series!