Human beings tend to avoid criticism. We don’t like being challenged, even in a constructive manner, and often perceive it as being personal. Our desire to avoid criticism can even lead us to blame external forces such as bad luck, ‘acts of God’, circumstances beyond our control, and even other people. We seem to do this instead of accepting that we have perhaps made a mistake, or that there may be an alternative, potentially better way of tackling a project.
Statistics are a funny thing…on the one hand, they are just numbers that can easily be ignored or forgotten. On the other hand, they have the ability to represent huge proportions of critical information. For example, did you know, that on average, a working man or woman will spend 35% of their total waking hours (over a50 year working life) at work? That’s 92,120 hours. A massive chunk of time! Because this is such a big portion of our life, we should surely make the time we spend in the office as pleasant as possible.