Monthly Archives: June 2009

Change in the Workplace

Camouflage is one of nature’s basic techniques for ensuring the survival of species. Flatfish have the same colouring as the seabed where they dwell. Females of bird species which nest in vulnerable places tend to have less colourful plumage then their male counterparts, to conceal them from predators while they incubate their eggs. The pheasant is a good example of this. Stick insects resemble the foliage of the plants on which they live. There are hundreds, thousands of similar examples. Some animals and birds actually change colour depending on their surroundings. The Artic Fox is brown in summer and white in winter, to match the snow. The Ptarmigan, a type of grouse that inhabits the snowy arctic tundra, does the same. It is not only the famed Chameleon which changes colour to camouflage itself. To stand a chance of seeing a camouflaged creature, you have to look carefully, in the right places.

How is this reflected in the business world? Who uses camouflage techniques to conceal themselves? Many people at work put on their camouflaged ‘business face’. The face that nods agreement sometimes when they should really be shaking their head to disagree. The face that agrees with you when in the same room, but who spreads discontent, rumour and innuendo amongst friends and colleagues behind your back. The face that tells you what they think you want to hear.

This is especially true in times of change within the company. When processes are reviewed, waste of one form or another is almost always uncovered. This ‘waste’ will be all or part of some people’s daily roles within the company and they will become very uncomfortable if they think that their job is in jeopardy. When told of impending changes in their department they may smile and nod agreement with the proposals. Underneath, they may be very worried and can react in a number of ways:

  • They can decide that it is time they found a new job with a new company and so will start job hunting. The organisation may or may not wish to keep the employee and the follow up action will depend on this position. Ultimately, the employee’s actions will have a fairly ‘passive’ effect on the proposed changes.
  • The employee may seek clarification from their line manager –‘how will the changes affect me?’; ‘if my job goes, will I find another position within the company?’; ‘How much redundancy pay can I expect to get if my job goes?’, etc. If there is a likely to be a positive outcome and the employee finds a new position, this too will have a ‘passive’ effect on the proposed changes.
  • Alternatively, the employee may be a ‘blocker’, someone who reacts negatively to any change. They may start off with a camouflaged face but quickly come out in to the open. They may still nod in agreement in public, but will spread negative (and usually exaggerated) rumours about the implications of the changes amongst the other members of staff. These people have very ‘active’ (and negative) effect on the proposed changes and they can change the overall opinion of the workforce unless they are managed correctly and speedily.

The important point is to recognise that some people wear a disguise when at work. Understand this and its implications. Key to this is Communication, the topic covered in the next instalment of ‘Natural Processes’.


Rob Horlock specialises in helping the commercial side of businesses to manage projects ands improve individual and team working efficiencies. If you would like to find out more, see or email:


Time is Gold

Guest blog by Nishada Silva

We all have heard the saying “Time is Gold”, which emphasizes the value of time. The problem with that quote is that
if you lose gold you have a chance of recovering it, while if you waste time it’s gone forever! In this fast moving world where we seem to have thousands of things to do and so little time to do them, learning to manage your time is essential. Managing a blog while working as a software engineer and doing a course in Internet Marketing is not easy but, if you do some self analysis, you are likely to find some time wasters.
Below are a few things that I did to save more time to do things that are really important to me.

Reduce time spent on Social Media / Social Networking sites

Without a doubt social media can play a big role in branding your business, but if you are not careful it can be very addictive and a huge time waster. Facebook is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to wasting office hours which is the reason more and more companies are blocking access to Facebook. With tiny applications and lots of neat little questionnaires it is very easy to be drawn to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. As a blogger, I can’t neglect social networking sites but I can’t afford to waste time on them either. So now, what I do is spend about 15-20 minutes in the morning on social media sites answering mails, etc and in the evening spend around 1 hour checking out the relevant groups and joining in the discussions. You have to find your own way to handle social networking sites but make sure to cut down on the unnecessary time spent on them.

Don’t mix business with pleasure

Having a separate e-mail account for your personal e-mails and work related e-mails is a must. Some people completely shut down their e-mail when working, to reduce the disturbance. If you can’t afford to do that, in case you get important business mail, it is always a good idea to have a separate e-mail for work only purposes. If you are heavily into social media then it is a good idea to have a separate mail for social media sites as well 🙂

Remove all unnecessary games

The concept is simple, if you don’t have it you can’t play it! This applies to Facebook games like Mafia, Warbook, etc. The problem with these games is that, to be successful, they require you to be constantly online. And the competitive nature in us kicks in and we strive to be the best of the lot. You will keep saying “I will quit when I reach this level and that”, but very few get around doing it. Do yourself a favor and uninstall them as soon as you finish reading this post….

The above three tips helped me a lot in saving time for the things that are really important to me. I hope the tips will be helpful to you as well. Now that I have stuck to a regular posting pattern I’m finding it easier to get more and more work done. Now, I have time to work on my affiliate marketing and the earnings are improving. Once you start to see the benefits, it becomes really easy to get rid of those bad habits. So give yourself a week and see the difference 🙂


Nishada Silva has being making money online for close to two years. He uses Forex trading , affiliate marketing and blogging to make money. You can visit his blog to learn more about Making money online from blogging.

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