Talents - January 2016

How can I give ou work its righful place?

Our brains are extraordinary cognitive and emotional machines and are capable of accomplishing multiple tasks. This is why we are able to perform tasks in various areas of expertise without being a specialist in that domain.

However, the reality behind this advantage is that we can't always do things perfectly, which is something we must all come to terms with.

For example, how can you be a chef in the kitchen, a perfect parent and an exemplary business owner (extreme example)? Here's a video to get you thinking (click on image, content in English).

Learn to manage your time

The notion of working hours has been completely turned on its head by digitalisation and other new technologies: the advent and deployment of mobility solutions (tablets, smartphones) have blurred the lines between people's professional and personal lives.

It is difficult to say whether this is due to the role of the employer or that of the employee: knowing how to disconnect oneself is a skill that one develops individually, but may also be sustained at company level.

Because ultimately, what is at stake here?

Blurring (a progressive blurring of the line between one's professional life and private life):

  • 78% of managers are requested to work outside of their working hours
  • 81% of managers have to settle personal problems during their working hours

(click on the image to access the computer graphics; French content)


The appearance of the term BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is testament to this: at least 75% of managers and 40% of employees admit to using their computer hardware outside of their working hours. Many even claim that such a constant connection is a factor of stress. Let's not forget that being addicted to a constant connection to something can be a disease!

Allocating oneself enough time is a good way of feeling better in one's life (for those with less flexible routines) and therefore performing better at work. More and more managers are using coaches to review their priorities and find ways of organising their professional and private lives. In addition, more and more companies are aware of the importance of well-being in relation to employee performance.

So what are the keys to success?

  • Incorporating positivism involves listing everything that has been done and keep updating a list of the most important tasks to be carried out (avoid stressful lists of everything still to be done, in the smallest details).
  • Have an outlet for stress: read on public transport, take 5 minutes of deep inhalation/exhalation, change out of your work clothes...
  • Disconnect your phone and plan your free time, weekends and holidays
  • Resume simple hobbies (preferably those that don't involve technology)

What about at Comexposium?

Let's be reminded that there are fairly straightforward collective operation rules when it comes to organising working hours and the right to disconnect from work. Excerpts:


It is not possible to work more than 6 consecutive days per week.
Sunday is a non-working day, unless required by our activity (assembly/dismantling operations, exceptionally high visiting numbers during exhibitions).
Every manager and every employee must respect everybody's disconnection time.
Meetings must be held within the 9:00-18:00 time slot in order to avoid them starting at 18:00.

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