Active listening is about listening to people and understanding them, rather than being understood. It is about valuing the speaker, their speech and their feelings and also finding out the unspoken.
You hate your job and feel that life is one long nightmare! Is there anything you can do to make the situation better? The answer is yes!
Beware of the waffling work friend -- that fickle, fair-weathered co-worker who can't decide whether she is friend or foe. Learn the 5 warning signs of workplace frenemies and how to deal with them.
Examining Office and Workplace lighting, with a particular interest in the belief that brighter light is most conducive to higher productivity. Source material is academic and scientific, with support from industry and soft sciences where appropriate.
Red flags to watch for during the interview process. Seven types of bad bosses and how to deal with each one.
After you get over the initial shock of an acquisition, this article outlines some things you can do to shift the odds of surviving the acquisition or improving your situation in your favor.
Emotional abuse is alive and well in the workplace. Here are suggestions on how to identify and overcome it.
Brief history of why I became a teacher, teaching in Charter Schools, and the reality that I would die of some stress-related ailment if I didn't quit eventually.
Not a fan of staff parties? These tips on how to control your nerves and handle yourself with poise will get you through even the most cringe-inducing, awkward staff parties and social situations.
Labor unions have fallen on hard times lately. Have they become a thing of the past; or are they still viable in today's competitive marketplace? Please take our poll at the bottom of this article.
If you've been a target of bullying at work like I have, you may wonder: Why was I chosen? Contrary to popular belief, research shows a bullying victim is not a doormat. She's typically a skilled worker, honest, ethical, independent, and well-liked.
It is not unusual for there to be friction between co-workers who work side by side at the job site. It is very important for management to address the matter before things blow up at work.
Did you know there are legal protections for you if you get sick or if you need to care for a family member who is sick? It can be a difficult situation to navigate, let me share my experience!
Navigating the requirements of workplace etiquette can be tricky enough, but handling an office crush is another topic altogether. Here's how and why you should deal with this common office dilemma.
Shift work is something hundreds of thousands of people experience on a daily basis. Are you up to the task of working in a profession that requires shift work? Find out in this article.
The swing shift can be a rewarding, but difficult shift to work. However, for the right person, the afternoon shift can be the perfect fit. Learn if it's the right fit for you.
Building satisfying working relationships with your co-workers is a worthwhile investment. This article explains five simple ways you can undertake to improve your relationships with your co-workers.
Are you dealing with that type of boss - no matter how hard you tried - you just couldn't receive a fair shake with recognition or respect? Believe it or not, there may be hope.
For single employees, the biggest pool of potential dating partners could be at work. What do you need to know when your crush is in the next cubicle? Is an office romance worth the risks involved?
What does it take to be successful in today's competitive work environment? These few ideas helped triple my income.
Working 10-hour shifts and having an extra day off during the week is very attractive to employees who are given the opportunity to work such a schedule. However, such shifts come with pros and cons.
The article includes the signs of a toxic work environment, reasons to avoid profanity on the job, and methods to help you avoid using vulgar words at work.
When I landed my dream job in HR for a Fortune 500 company, there was one small catch, the Office Mean Girl (OMG). Despite backbiting, exclusion, and personal attacks, eventually I flourished.
Textiles, garment factories, they are all the same. All except the one where my buddy, "Ron" and I worked.
Do you have good ideas but your boss knocks them down? Are you hatching ideas that your boss should have been incubating herself? Are you outshining your co-workers?
Are you leading a team of direct sales professionals? Sooner or later, you will find yourself navigating through a conflict. Use this article as a guide for a successful resolution.
Tough Managers, Bully Bosses and Illegal Harassers differ in their motivations and behaviors. Understand the differences.
When a best coworker leaves, it can be stressful for the whole office. But the breakup of a working relationship can be amicable at least, and a stroke of luck at best.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with too much work? I stumbled on a way to tell my boss what was happening with a positive attitude. Here's how I talked to my boss about it, and got positive results from the interaction.
We spend the majority of our day at work, so it's only natural for it to become dull after a while. Discover ways to make your job more enjoyable while also preparing you for advancement.
As a supervisor handling a difficult employee can be one of the most stressful things on the job. This article instructs you on how you can manage those difficult employees effectively.
Working from home may sound like a dream to some people-- no commute, no time clock, and no co-workers! Working from home has long been associated with internet scams and get-rich-quick schemes. In today's world, though, remote employees are becoming a staple of both large corporations and startups.
Are exit interviews required? When you quit your job, your boss may ask you to do an exit interview. There is a downside to doing an exit interview, so think carefully before you say agree to one.
What is the graveyard shift? How can you handle working a graveyard shift? This article covers the advantages and hardships when working the graveyard or night shift.
If you are stuck at work over the Christmas holidays, take advantage of office downtime to achieve your career goals and increase your network of friends, supporters, and allies.
The American Association of University Women found that men are over four times as likely to negotiate a salary for a new job as are women.
How many times have we complained to our friends about work? How many times have we thought about quitting in the hopes that it might make us happier? But it doesn't have to be this way. Here are 10 simple things you can do to feel happier at work.
The old advice about never burning a bridge ain't always so. Do not engage in relationship pyrotechnics lightly or too often. But sometimes it's necessary to blow up toxic relationships and be done.
No matter the job or profession, there is constant gossip in the workplace. It can cause hurt feelings, a sense of distrust, and even ruin lives. Learn how to stop gossip before it starts.
It is common for the workplace bully to use mobbing to abuse an employee and force him or her out of his or her job. Find out what is mobbing and how to handle it.
Having someone at work you call a good friend can help boost your on-the-job satisfaction. But if the friendship becomes strained, it's easy to feel alone. Learn how to recognize an unhealthy friendship at work and keep it from harming your career.
What to do when you learn a colleague at work is spying on you and undermining your relationship with your boss.
How reporting to work ill hurts coworkers, customers, employers, and the sick employee. Don't spread the love. Take to your sick bed.
Interning is a necessary step to getting career experience. But the nature of internships brings about certain challenges. Here are 7 common challenges and how to overcome them.
The intent with a fika is to eat something sweet or a snack, while having a pointless, or meaningful conversation with one or several friends. A fika can mean success at work and also on a first date!
Few people would argue with the fact that that workers who enjoy job satisfaction are likely to be the most productive, and for many it is the ultimate goal - to do something they like and to get paid for it.
Sometimes businesses change hands and you end up with a new boss. Here are some tips for employees on how to deal with a change in management or a transfer of business ownership
If you're unsure how to close a formal letter or simply tired of signing off letters and emails with "sincerely" or "regards," take one of these zingers for a spin!
My thoughts about a recent news story of a company micro-chipping employees. There are so many questions right now that do not seem to have good answers. Thoughts and questions to ponder.
Are filthy words like f-bombs spewing in your workplace? Here's what you need to know about cussing at the office: why we curse, the social side of swearing, and what a dirty mouth says about you.
Do you have an annoying co-worker? Difficult co-workers are the worst! Whether it is a jerk, gossip, whiner, slacker, or inconsiderate co-worker, here is how to deal with them at work.
Let’s face facts: At the end of the day, a lack of productivity can affect a business more negatively than a pair of jeans ever could.
Your boss is showing you a little too much attention. It's not serious enough to label harassment and you really don't want any trouble. How to create boundaries at work without creating drama.
The common perception is that working in an office is safe and free from dangers. However, the truth is that offices can be very dangerous to your health...
Ever accidentally swear at work? OOPS! Hope the boss wasn't listening! Here is a list of safe (and highly creative) swear words for the workplace and elsewhere!
We all need more time. In today’s world there simply is not enough time to get everything we need and want done. Unfortunately it is frequently those things that are most important to us that are left by the wayside. Work is, more often than not, what saps most of our time and energy. Life balance is hard to achieve. There are, however, ways in which to resolve this issue...
Being a layoff survivor can be awkward for you and scary for the coworkers around you who were let go. This article walks through what you can do to help those coworkers get back on their feet.
A tongue-in-cheek look at 10 ways to demoralize your employees. Describes how things are done in some businesses. Corporate culture that doesn't motivate employees can mean death to an organization.
What do you do when your employees have no respect for office equipment and use office supplies like disposable toilet paper, flushing your hard-earned profits down the drain?
If you have a job, chances are that you've come across at least one person who is difficult to work with. In fact, most of us over the course of our careers will have encountered many of these difficult coworker types. I sure have!
This is a continuation of a rant concerning the ineffiency of restaurant layouts and how it hurts employees and their sales. This follow-up hub actually throws down some insightful solutions to some of the many problems restaurants have. These solutions could lead the future in intelligent restaurant design.
Your professional image at work contributes to your success. Your office or place of employment may not have a dress code, but knowing what is appropriate does reflect your attitude and ambition to others. Learn how to dress to present your best image.
Do you think your boss is watching everything you do? Does it make you paranoid? Do you want to do something about it? Find out if your boss is spying on you and what you can do about it.
Employees facing Tough Managers, Bully Bosses and Illegal Harassers have three important action items. This is the second in a two-part series, "When the Boss is a Bully, or Worse."
What drives the workplace bully to harass his coworkers? How does he do it? Why does he get away with it? Here’s an inside look at what’s going on with this highly dysfunctional office scenario.
Definition of retaliation claims and protected classes, and how these claims can succeed where hostile work environment claims fail.
Writing a self-evaluation is an important tool for a company to assess your performance and show your superiors that you should be awarded a raise or promotion. At the very least, a performance review gives you the opportunity to determine whether you are in the right job or career and make adjustments accordingly.
Sitting postures to avoid back pain while sitting at a computer workstation or desk starts with an office ergonomic chair. Choosing the right office chair to lower pain is key to good posture for computer use. Lower your lower back pain from sitting while sitting by selecting a good office chair with a good back chair and by having good posture while sitting.
Employment-related stress is a common symptom of today's modern work world. Here are some tips for how to ease work-related stress and get through a bad day at work without losing your mind.
Changing jobs can be a daunting endeavor. Understanding the nuances of new employment will make any new hire ready to be successful in their new role.
Sometimes idle chatter can ruin work relationships. Here are some pitfalls and tips to improve work conversations.
A lot of people say they minister to people on their job. They use their workplace as a place to let others know about God. There is a proper way to do it without losing your job.
Employee retaliation claims are on the rise. Learn what constitutes unlawful retaliation and what employers can due to avoid liability.
Sexual harassment is illegal in the US and other nations, but is sometimes difficult to prove. Stringent, consistent documentation is required from day one of its inception in order to prove a strong case. Read about some of the results here.
You can spend upwards of 30 – 50 hours a week with your co-workers in the same office. Is it any wonder that over time, some of the things your office mates say and do start to drive you bonkers?
Learn more about the pitfalls of communicating with your employees via email instead of face to face.
In this article, we will discuss what counts as sexual discrimination in the workplace, what you can do if you believe that you are the victim of sexual discrimination, and what you can do to find out more.
Tips on managing up for a more organized boss. Build trust, communicate clearly, minimize interruptions, and help your boss manage email and prioritize. Plus, make him think it's all his idea!
We are often left in the dark about how wages and salaries are established and their fairness in comparison to other positions in the company and the general labor market. The attached evaluation chart can be used by both employees and employers to answer the equality question.
Burnout isn't just about working too much. Feeling unfulfilled at work and resentment play a major role in burning out. Here's how to deal with your feelings of resentment at work.
Group projects typically have at least one individual who doesn't pull their weight. This is the most effective way to deal with that individual.
Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) may be good news for stockholders, but what do they mean for employees? Know what to anticipate. Here are 10 insights from an HR insider.
I've seen it before. Bosses dropping workload on you that isn't yours, and overburdening you with more than you can handle, or with more than you're being paid to do. Resolving this is tough for most people, but you can learn some clear, direct and calm communication skills to resolve this assertively.
This article addresses the most frequently raised questions regarding age discrimination and its potential effect on your employment.
Learn how to start an office compost program with these tips, videos, and resources. Going green at work is definitely a team effort, but the positive returns are worth it.
You need to not only work well with your coworkers, but your boss as well. This article covers how to do that without brown nosing or disappointing your boss.
In places of work, learning, healing and creating, cultural competence is key to people from various cultures to learn, work, plan and develop together. This is a simple guide to cultural competence.
Learn how to maintain your cool and handle disagreements at work with poise and professionalism. How you handle conflict says a lot about you so make sure you're putting your best foot forward.
You should have the right to speak your mind and disagree with your boss, as long as you communicate in a fair and respectful manner.
Women worldwide are saying, “me too.” We, as a civilization, have reached a tipping point. This makes me wonder: where is the “line” when it comes to sexual harassment?
Help your intern's career development and your own by learning to effectively communicate and assign tasks. Challenge yourself to make interns more effective at their work and stretch your own leadership skills. Guide for managers or other full-time employees to make the most of summer interns.
Nearly 1 in 3 people is irritated by scented products that other people wear. Are coworkers, customers, and friends offended by your fragrances? Could you be making others sick? What you need to know.
More than likely you have had to deal with a bad boss in the workplace. Or you could be dealing with one right now. Find out what options are available to you on how to deal with a bad boss.
Loud people in the workplace can be distracting and annoying, especially if it's on a constant basis. This article will discuss how to handle that loud person to give you some peace of mind.
Read a collection of original farewell messages for colleagues, bosses, and employees that you can incorporate into your own personal message.
Age discrimination and forced retirement can be stressful to an older person who is still a good worker and doesn't want to retire. This article examines pros and cons of age discrimination.
If you're thinking about quitting your job, read this article before you hand in your resignation letter. Some careful planning can help make the process of leaving your job a little less stressful.
Are you having trouble understanding the definition of sexual harassment in these increasingly difficult times? If so, this article is here to help you.
Find out how being more appreciative and thankful at work can make a huge difference to your level of job satisfaction. Daily gratitude can improve your work relationships and attract new business.
Passive-aggressive behavior in the workplace is common, and it can be a very serious problem. Read on to find out how to recognize and deal with it.
If you are having a hard time dealing with a critical boss or co-worker, these tips on how to deal with criticism at work might help.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg points out, rightfully, that we need time to mourn. Not all businesses are able to grant that.
In this article, we will discuss UK law and basic information about bullying and harassment at work. We will also summarize the responsibilities of employers and outline some of the options open to employees.
An employment tribunal is a public body tasked with solving conflicts between employers and employees. We will discuss their roles and responsibilities and compare them to an ordinary court of law.
Learn the reasons why you may be the Office Jerk and not even know it. Recognize common jerk behaviors and resolve to change your interpersonal nastiness at work.
Conference calls often do little more than breed multitasking and snarky conversations on Slack or Gchat. At their worst, they're a full-on waste of people's time or a drain on morale. Sometimes they're unavoidable, so here's how to make the most of them.
You’re in management now. You’re not sure about all the others working for you and they are not sure about you. Wouldn’t it be great to have an ally about the place? No. Here are 5 reasons why not!
Let's face it folks, conflict happens everywhere. The fire service is no exception to that rule and often times conflict in the fire service can be crippling if not handled delicately and quickly.
Learning how to speak properly is all about developing great oratory and conversational skills that boost your personal and professional image. Let's take a look at how you can master the art of conversation and say goodbye to those Ummmms, Errrrrs and long pauses while you speak to your friends, family and work colleagues on the phone or face to face. You'll be surprised what a big difference improved speaking skills can make in your life!
Recognize the symptoms of work-related stress and get some ideas on how to combat them in a healthy way.
From calling you the wrong name to pointing out imperfections in your appearance, find out how bitchy bosses make you feel inferior. Their calculated moves are used to make them feel more powerful and you feel weak and self-conscious. But, once you spot their maneuvers, you can counteract them!
Learn how to conduct an employee investigation and how to tell when someone is lying. These are the techniques skilled investigators use to make credibility determinations when conducting workplace investigations.
Al types of bullying can occur in the workplace. Be aware of what may happen to you or your children at work, and help to spread the word. Some US States are considering Anti-Workplace Bullying laws.
While employees generally look for ways to promote and advance throughout their career, some employees have valid reasons to take a lesser paying job.
The new civil rights movement (represented by the Black Lives Matter Movement and other activist groups) has marked a resurgence in racial consciousness. Listed below are five game changers for the workplace.
Mental illness affects 1 in 5 American adults at any point in time. Learn how to effectively manage your work relationships when someone you work with is mentally ill.
The Office Diva is the Dynamite performer who is Infinitely self-confident, Victorious against the odds, and an Attention-seeking maven. Is this you? Identify and own your divadom at work!
Job burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion created by chronic stress. Learn its signs and symptoms, causes, and tips for dealing with it.
Average employee office space has decreased dramatically since the cubicle was introduced, but at what cost to workers? Cubicle courtesy tips can help reduce stress, enhance productivity, and maintain harmony.
In today's business relations, it's a small world after all. As more companies turn towards global markets, professionals are finding themselves in foreign locales, wheeling and dealing like never before. However, the key to effective communication...
This article discusses some issues involved in cross-cultural communication. One of the first steps to find a solution to a problem is recognizing what factors might be contributing to the problem.
Teamwork is important in every business. But can minimalism play a role? Whether you're making presentations as a team, or working towards the same deadline, understanding your co-workers is vital to being a successful business.
Workplace bullying can have serious consequences. Learn how to recognize workplace harassment and find out what you can do to help yourself or a co-worker who is being bullied.
So what should you do if this quiz indicates that you have been the victim of a work place bully? First, although the quiz asks what you've experienced in your whole career, the need to take action depends upon how many of these indications you are currently experiencing.
A tongue-in-cheek look at the just cause standard for discharge. Learn the five sure-fire ways you can get fired from a corporate employment attorney's perspective.
I counsel a lot of people who have been written up or terminated from their jobs. Most people who are terminated feel that there was an injustice done.
You'll likely be spending many hours at work. Here's how to assess whether or not your prospective employer's work environment can meet your basic needs for comfort, cleanliness, and safety.