If your supervisor isn’t breathing down your neck or bitching at you in closed-door meetings, you’re doing enough to get by. And for some of us, that’s good enough. For the rest of us — those of us who enjoy little things like being challenged and significant raises — it’s not. And it’s not that you need a pat on the back to know you’re doing a good job; you simply need clearcut goals to accomplish. Without those it’s tough to understand if you’re meeting or exceeding expectations (unless you’re in sales and you’re blasting through your quota, obviously).
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Turns out, if you’re lacking specifics as to what your end game is at your job, you’re not alone. A recent study found that half of the companies that took part in the Towers Watson 2014 Talent Management and Rewards Study had inadequate managers who didn’t provide their employees attainable goals to strive to achieve.
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Now, it could be due to being overworked or underpaid, or that those 50 percent of managers are simply a bunch of Bill Lumbergs. Point is, if you’re skating by playing on MyFace all day — isn’t that the social network the kids use? — you’re a lazy employee. If you have a manager that allows it, you’re a lazy employee with a shitty manager. And the latter has been shown to cause more stress in the workplace and — not surprisingly — low productivity among workers.