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A way to gain additional background into a sensitive matter is to pretend to know nothing or very little about that matter. Generally, if one person believes a second person is unaware of a matter, he’ll provide details necessary for … Continue reading
If tempers are flaring at work, calm things down by inserting pauses in the conversation or creating small diversions. It momentarily distracts people from their antagonized feelings, giving them and you time to process and formulate responses constructively (without the … Continue reading
If you find key members of your subordinate team competing against you, consider reminding them (tactfully) that your success ensures their success and vice versa.
Lessons from the Wisconsin public union battle: The sooner you accomplish something, the sooner people forget. By launching the battle immediately following the last big election, Governor Scott Walker and the Republican members of Wisconsin’s congress front load the risk … Continue reading
When you undermine your manager or your employer, you undermine your own career.
If you’d like to maintain cohesion and respect between you and your team, and your team and others, do not complain to your subordinates about problems with your boss or other leaders within the company. By acting as a buffer … Continue reading
Occasionally we need to vent. Generally, the workplace is not the best place to vent. If you need to vent in the workplace, put it in writing. Don’t put it in writing with the intent to send it, but, as … Continue reading
If you’re questioning something you’re going to do, or plan to do something extreme, consider the following. How will other people perceive your action? What are the most likely consequences and outcome of your actions? How will you feel about … Continue reading
If it seems too good to be true, it usually is. If a company with a lot of turnover or dubious reputation makes an offer that is exceedingly above market or below market, consider the following. Companies with high turnover due to … Continue reading
Try not to make assumptions, because your assumptions might be wrong. Common examples are assuming that a large person is pregnant or that the person on the phone is a woman when it is a man. This has significance in the … Continue reading
Could your blog be impairing your chances of securing a job? Or a promotion? While blogging provides catharsis during difficult times, without care, it can be damaging, as well. For example, ranting about an employer’s decision not to hire you validates that employer’s … Continue reading
Don’t immediately involve your Supervisor in interpersonal conflict. Try to resolve it yourself. If you’re unable to, give it a month – ignore the conflict and avoid any attempts to draw you in. Smile and maintain a positive affect. Most people … Continue reading
Bosses don’t know everything. They are not Oracles. They make bad decisions. There will be times that you’ll be smarter, more mature, more well-informed than your boss. Accept this.
Emotions have no place in the office. Strive not to let them get in the way. No matter what is going on or how you might feel about your workplace, consistently display a positive and engaged persona; regularly go out of your … Continue reading
Do you find yourself changing your behavior in order to avoid conflict with one of your subordinates? For example, do you limit who may review the employee’s work or with whom the employee is assigned to work because she’ll disrupt … Continue reading
It is not appropriate to have a meltdown at work – especially several meltdowns within a few months. If you’re having multiple meltdowns at work, stop using your coworkers and manager as emotional crutches and seek professional guidance. If you feel that you are about to … Continue reading
Poll: Has a supervisor or colleague stolen an idea from you?
Get over your need for drama – it doesn’t belong in the workplace. Make an effort to get along. Make an effort to be habitually kind, courteous and considerate. Set aside your inclination to respond to perceived insults – operate under … Continue reading
Recognize your biases and note how your actions reinforce the biases of others.
Never show lack of confidence. People often respond to the tone set by others. A shopper may react negatively, assuming an error has been made, to a clerk’s display of deep insecurity or undue servility. Influence a situation’s direction by masking anxiety: take … Continue reading
Hiring managers, repeat after us: if a person does not pass a behavioral or psych exam, do NOT hire this person! There is a reason the applicant failed the exam.
If you are having serious problems with a fellow employee, such as a supervisor that is making advances or a misogynist or bigot that has chased away several employees of a protected class in the last year, carefully assess the situation and the … Continue reading
Ramifications from a bad work relationship can spread across a work environment and community. Don’t kid yourself that these people don’t have friends or connections. These “apples” can infect any positive relationships you have after you leave if you don’t actively … Continue reading
Poll: Does religion belong in the workplace?
Bad employees disrupt team productivity and cohesion. The ramifications are long term. It costs more to keep the rotten apple then to remove it from the well. Dump the apple and decontaminate the water.