A simple disagreement can easily lead into a full blown shouting match. This can jeopardize interpersonal relations in the workplace and productivity. Jay Heinrichs explains why it’s important to consider the purpose of the discussion before losing control of your emotions.
Some leaders are often guilty of patronizing others, even unintentionally. An essential aspect of effective leadership is respecting the people that work for you. Being attentive to your employee’s needs and being understanding of their time only creates mutual respect. In today’s work environment, it is especially more important to engage with those around you.
Is your office full of negative people who only bring you down? In order to create a more positive, powerful environment, you must create and maintain a healthy distance from those unhealthy, toxic people. Karen Nourizadeh offers her advice on how to do just that. See her eight tips for distancing yourself from those negative personalities, and how they can lead you to greater productivity.
Are the best ideas always the ones that make it to the execution stage? Do some ideas remain unspoken in favor of an authority figure’s desires? Cass Sunstein has written about groupthink and social psychology, and recently sat down with AMA for an exclusive interview. See how he would combat groupthink and inspire effective group contributions, so that everyone’s ideas are heard and considered.
Is there someone in your office that constantly gets under your skin? Are they too loud or patronizing? Most likely, there is at least one person who is bothersome at work. Michelle Tillis Lederman has dealt with several different types of difficult co-workers, and offers her advice on how to deal with them and get back to work. See how to deal with four types of difficult co-workers before the problem gets worse.
When you are in a conversation with your peers, employees, or managers, are you really listening? Active listening is an important skill that shows you are paying attention and are engaged in the conversation. Howard Miller offers his advice on how to become a better active listener, and how improving your business conversation skills can help raise performance levels in your organization.
Are your words hurting your productivity? Perhaps even your career prospects? There are some phrases that you simply should never say in the workplace. Either they show you are negative and insecure, or they are unhelpful and inappropriate. Darlene Price wants to help maximize your career success, and explains why you should banish ten phrases from your workplace vocabulary.
How often are you on your smartphone? There is a good chance that using your smartphone is interfering with your ability to focus and reach your highest level of productivity. This is especially the case in meetings, where some of the most important decisions must be made, says Sander Flaum. See why he believes the best meeting strategy is one that doesn’t involve any smartphones, and why you’re better off leaving your phone on your desk.
When you have a problem at home, who do you turn to? Preferably, there is someone you can trust to confide your issues or troubles in. At work, the first place we turn to for help is often HR, but can you really trust them? Keli Trejo and Maya Townsend explain why your HR department is the best place to turn in times of crisis, and offer advice on how to build a trusting relationship with your HR partner to create a safe environment of free speech.
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