Most Valuable Employee

Question and Answer Series with Michelle Mccullough

 

 

 

Many employees go to work every day in fear that they may lose their jobs.  With the many responsibilities to provide for families, pay off debt and save for the future there is a lot on the line to maintaining stable employment.
Today the blog features four ways that you can be the most valuable employee in your organization.

We are going to tackle this topic today in the form of Q&A. Let’s get right to it.
Question #1: What is your first tip for being an invaluable employee?

Michelle: Number one is, to have a good attitude – even if things are bad.  Complainers are toxic to a team, a department and a company as a whole.  If you have complaints, voice them privately and don’t go cubicle to cubicle recruiting allies.  Complain in private and compliment in public.  Studies show that all qualifications being equal, managers will promote those with the best attitude and that are the easiest to work with.

Question #2: What if things in the organization need a lot of improvement, how do you avoid being negative?

Michelle: Be a problem solver.  There can be a lot of reasons to complain, but if you can find solutions and not problems, you’ll be seen as a team player and an invaluable employee.  When I’m hiring, I will hire first temporarily before I bring people on part or full time.  I’ll give them a project, and if or when there’s a problem I look to see how they solve it, or how their attitude effects the work environment.

Question #3: Do you like employees that come up with solutions and do them without being asked?

Michelle: Absolutely.  Sure, there are times where someone can overstep their job position or take a responsibility that should be done by someone else, generally speaking I’m looking for employees that are proactive and not reactive.  In addition to being a problem solver, I want them to see problems BEFORE they happen and be willing to make changes or adjustments to smoothing things out ahead of time.  That said, questions are not a sign of weakness.  If you have something you don’t understand or need more clarity on to proceed, don’t waste time (Yours or the company’s)  Ask for help so that you can be effective and efficient.

Question #3: What is your final tip for people who want to be rockstar employees?

Michelle: Go the extra mile.  It sounds cliché, but this simple task can make you invaluable in an organization.  I’m not saying you have to work late every night and burn a candle at both ends, but ask yourself, “What MORE could I do that would benefit my boss, team or organization?”  And then do it.  I love the quote by Dan Clark that says, “You aren’t paid by the hour, you’re paid for the value you bring to that hour.”  How can you increase your value at work?

Is Facebook Watch a Good option for a Video Marketing?

KSL Browser 5.0 TV Segment

Last month on KSL we talked about video marketing in general. This month we’re taking a look at a specific strategy: Facebook Watch.
As Facebook works to compete with YouTube for video views and market share many companies are wondering if Facebook Watch is a viable strategy for business.
In this segment, I share some tips about how to use Facebook Watch if you do decide to use it as a business marketing strategy.
Here are some pictures from my time in the studio this week!

What are the Do’s and don’ts of Handling Stress?

Question and Answer Series with Michelle Mccullough

 

A study done by the American Psychological association found that 48% of respondents noted that they feel like their stress has increased over the last five years. With the everyday roles and responsibilities on our plates every day, it’s no wonder we’re stressed and overwhelmed.

Stress is a big problem for a lot of us today. I narrowed down how to deal with stress by compiling a simple do’s and don’t list. Today’s blog topic will best be discussed through a series of questions and answers. Let’s jump right in to the first one.

Question #1 : When you’re stressed, what’s on your Don’t List?

Michelle: Number one hopefully happens before you get stressed. Don’t Over-Schedule Yourself. Some of our stress is self Imposed, make sure you give time in your schedule for relaxation, sleep, etc.

Question #2: Some of that sounds easier said than done. What’s on your DO list to help people in stressful times?

Michelle: Focus on the present. There may be a lot of challenges in the future, but the present is all that is in our control. We need to spend more time focusing on what we can control and let the future come what may. The old adage that worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere, is true. Spend your time thinking about the things in your control.

Question #3: Many of us have taxing jobs and a lot of personal responsibilities what would you recommend that we do first?

Michelle: Ask for help. The demands we have on our lives AND the worry combined are a lot so we need to not do it alone. Whether you’re a CEO or a stay at home parent we all need help with our responsibilities. So whether it’s hiring good help or trading with friends – not only does it lift a burden, but it helps us remember that we’re not alone. Community and solidarity are great antidotes to stress.

Question #4: What would be your final tip for to de-stress?

Michelle: Create a “Play List” . In my book The Make It Happen Blueprint, one of the ways we tackle the feeling of being overwhelmed is through things that bring us joy. It can be making time for a hobby, reading a good book, or even learning something new. I recommend to corporate clients and high performance individuals to make sure they do something every day that takes their mind off the stress and also helps them develop personally with things they enjoy.

How Can I Better Manage my Emails?

Question and Answer with Michelle Mccullough

Studies show that employees waste 17 hours a week on pointless work email. Take 17 and times it by all of your employees and that’s a hefty expense for businesses. Today’s blog will help us all better manage our email whether you work in an office or not.

Let’s start with some questions.
Question #1: Is that your actual email number? You have 62,000 unread emails?

Michelle: Yes I do have that many emails, and trust me I wish that wasn’t me. I have 7 different emails for 4 different companies that I manage every day. I’m not the person who gets my inbox to zero before being done for the day, but there are some things I do to help keep me sane, because there are many weeks I spend MORE than 17 hours a week in email.

Question #2: What would you say is the number one things professionals should do when managing their email?

Michelle: They should set a schedule for when they look at email. It shouldn’t be open all the time and notifications should be turned off. A study by Basex research shows that that if you’re in a project and you get interrupted, it takes 20 minutes to get your brain back to the point where you were. Productivity would increase if you check your emails 3 times a day. Morning when you get in, right before or right after lunch and right before you leave for the day.

Question #3: Many people get SO many emails, that only checking 3 times a day doesn’t seem like enough to sift through everything. What would your advice be for that?

Michelle: That’s why I recommend opting out of emails and there’s a great service called unroll.me that will tell you what lists you are signed up for and you can opt out on the screen with a click of a button. Cut back the junk and it makes the important stuff easier to respond to.

Question #4: How do you recommend people sift through email so they are focusing on the biggest priorities first?

Michelle: I recommend using folders. In most email clients you can set rules to send certain messages to certain folders so you can access them easily. You can also have your email client Star or bold emails from certain clients or your boss. If that’s not enough, I found out about a service called Sanebox that goes even further with rules and folders so that you can take back your email.

4 Ways to Be an Indispensable Employee

KSL Browser 5.0 Segment

I’m being asked by corporations to come and encourage the basics: positivity, productivity and all aspects of peak performance.
Employers are recognizing the need to make some things that seem common sense more common practice.
I wish I had 10 minutes to dive into each of these a little deeper! It was great to be back in the studio for my 4 favorite things employees can do to set themselves up to succeed AND to be indispensable!

Motivation and Success Strategies Video Segment

Michelle is Interviewed on Park City TV

It was an honor to be invited to Park City TV. We discussed my book The Make It Happen Blueprint, talked about motivation and success strategies and even talked about the National Speakers Association Mountain West Chapter.

Dreams and Despair – My TEDxRiverton VIDEO is LIVE

How I Got Into Speaking and Why THIS Video Matters

For a decade I’ve been speaking to groups and audiences on two different tracks: Marketing and Motivation.
My educational and corporate experience background is in marketing.  I studied marketing, advertising and public relations in college.  I worked at three advertising agencies, a television station, a radio station and I started a newspaper at the college I attended. I initially was asked to speak about marketing planning and execution, and I started to create products and programs to support this side of my business.  Social media came along and I was an early adopter and I created speeches and programs to help businesses through what I called The Social Media Blueprint.  I loved being part of this conversation and this industry that is every growing and ever innovating.
I was speaking while running 3 different businesses with two young kids at home.  People started asking me, “Michelle, HOW do you do it all?”
Enter the second kind of speaking I do on a regular basis: motivation and peak performance.  I’ve always loved conversations around productivity and goals.  I was speaking at women’s groups and on panels about life balance and success.  Companies invited me to talk to their teams about getting more done, being more effective and how to truly love what they do. That’s when my book, “The Make It Happen Blueprint” was born.
This TEDx is the answer to “What’s next for you, Michelle?”
Peak performance, success and productivity will always be a part of my business…but Happiness, and The HappyIST are my focus moving forward.  Businesses, non-profits AND individuals are effected by the levels of happiness of their employees.  In fact, the culture of your organization is not just shaped by your mission, but the people who embody that mission.
Life can be challenging and everyone has their own unique challenges to face, in addition to providing for themselves and their families.  That’s why this conversation is so important to businesses as well as individuals.
I wish I had a 60 minutes to share more thoughts, and in the coming days and weeks, I will.
For now, I hope you’ll watch this 10 minute video.  I was honored to be selected for TEDxRiverton.  Enjoy!