Ask Bonnie (FAQs)

1How do you balance life with work (work-life balance)?
The idea is to set boundaries or targets for yourself regarding your work. Sometimes, it’s just impossible to get a lengthy task done quickly, but even then, when you break things down, they can be achieved more effectively when they are segmented and time-governed. If you learn how to manage your work speed, you can train yourself to be more accurate in measuring the broken down time as well as the overall time you need. Having said that you can set time limits for tasks within your work hours, you have to know when to stop, not just because you need family, social or personal time, but more because working excessively with no breaks (especially in the long run) can be really unhealthy, and ultimately unproductive. Moreover, let’s remember that you’re working for yourself and your family. If you can’t spend time with them, there’s no point in putting in so many hours that they or you won’t benefit from. At the same time, you need to make sure your family and friends understand that you have allotted time to work and these boundaries must be respected if they really support what you’re working for.
2Should you always dress professionally?
This question has been subject to much debate. However, as a general rule, if you have to face customers, you need to look your best and be at your best. So, dress well. You can have casual clothing on as well while dealing with customers, but it doesn’t quite create the impact as compared to when you are dressed formally. Another thing to consider is the work you put in, in terms of the hours you work. You’ll notice that a lot of technical people these days, especially in Silicon Valley, dress in jeans, t-shirts and sports footwear. This is because they tend to work longer hours and need to feel comfortable so that they can keep going. At the same time, it is now almost the industry norm to dress this way, largely because tech-based companies like to show customers that their way of working and their lifestyle is laid back. And you’ll find a lot of the representatives of these companies dressing this way. However, when it comes to other industries, you’ll see that a formal well-dressed approach is the order and nothing less than that will do.
3How do you handle a bad boss and/or a disgruntled employee?
It’s easy to get ticked off and make a noise when you have a bad boss or co-worker that annoys you. However, every time you feel this way, notice that after you react (whether that includes yelling back or going into a shell, etc.), you’ll notice that you feel that you have exhausted your energy and lost your focus. Therefore, it’s better to pause the next time you experience an encounter and try and channelize those emotions into not just turning your attention to something that takes your mind of the problem, but also gives you some benefit. This could be in the shape of reading some of your favorite material or attending webinars, and this will be akin to feeding your mind and your emotions with the right fodder, which can certainly put you way ahead of your peers.
4How do you manage (provide leadership) a multi-generational workforce?
The answer to this lies in how you can bring the greatest value to an organization. If you have a multi-generational workforce, you must explore ways to bridge communication gaps. The workforce must know that they can contribute and that they are most welcome to introduce what more they can do besides the set of skills that they have been hired for. Once they know that they are all on an equal playing field, things will run smoothly.