Sometimes work is the last place you want to be, but that’s no excuse to let your negativity show. There are good days, and bad days, and how you act has a direct effect on the people around you. Here’s how karma works, a guide to be a decent human being at work. Offer to Help Someone Who Seems Stressed Do you see someone visibly stressed or struggling in the workplace? It’s easy to ignore them and go about your day, but you can get a karmic boost by extending a helpful hand. There’s no need to take over their responsibilities, but something as simple as grabbing lunch for them while they’re stuck at a desk, or bringing over a caffeinated beverage, can reduce their stress level considerably. Befriend the New Person It’s always awkward to come into an office as an outsider. Groups and cliques are already formed, and it’s hard breaking in. Be the connector who takes the new person under your wing, and acts as their friend and person to sit with at lunch until they branch out and … [Read more...] about How Karma Works – A Guide to Be a Decent Human Being at Work
In today's workplace, there's been a big push for employers to value identity, and for employees to learn how to be authentic at work. It's easy to see why: One study found that 61% of people admitted to covering up some part of their unique identity in the workplace, to the detriment of their self-esteem and well-being. Hiding our true selves at work can be costly for employers, too. Research suggests that when people cover up their identities, it can actually lead to more stress, lower work performance, and generally less satisfied, less effective employees. For greater personal satisfaction, better work performance, and stronger relationships, spend some time considering how to be authentic at work. Step 1: Get in Touch with Your Values In order to reap of the benefits of being your true, authentic self in the workplace, you'll need to find out who that person is. For some, this might not be so easy. You might have no problem being an authentic person with your friends and … [Read more...] about How To Be Authentic at Work (And In Interviews)
The 2011 World Series clearly presented the differences between good and great managers. For every move Tony LaRussa made, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington had no answer. The stark differences in management skills between good and great managers are also readily apparent in the workplace. Legendary leadership guru Peter Drucker created several theories based on observation that defined great management skills. The Drucker Way on How to Be a Great Manager Drucker passed away in 2005, but his legacy endures in defining how to be a great manager. He maintained throughout his career and within the voluminous books that he wrote that leadership comprises only one-albeit, and important one-component of great management skills. Drucker never over-analyzed what made great managers. He predicted his theories on the axiom that successful managers demonstrated the professional skills to do things the right way. … [Read more...] about How to Be a Great Manager
Ask 10 people to describe their favorite cheesecake and you might receive 10 different answers. That should never be the case for describing what makes a good employee. Sure, employers differ on some of the traits that define good employees, but six characteristics separate run-of-the-mill employees from employees that make significant contributions to your business. Dependability Employers should regard employee traits in the same way the federal government regards the food pyramid, except employers, should never change what's inside of the employee traits pyramid. At the base of the good employee, pyramid sits dependability. After all, a bright, hard-working employee that's always late to work diminishes his or her contribution to the team. Highly skilled employees blessed with strong communication skills that no-call, no-show bring absolutely nothing to the table. Employers must recruit dependable employees that show up and show up on time. … [Read more...] about What Makes a Good Employee?
Self Assertion-the act of expressing or defending your rights, claims, or opinions in a confident or forceful way. Merriam-Webster has defined pretty much anything under the sun, including the sun. Self-assertion represents a recent entry into the venerable dictionary's ever growing list of words and terms that keep us not only informed, but also on the good side of diction. Yet, the definition of self-assertion by Merriam Webster doesn’t give us a road map on how to "self-assert" ourselves in the workplace. Outside of the bedroom, no other place has more importance for self-assertion than what takes place at work. Hence, we offer a guide on self-assertion at work. … [Read more...] about A Guide on Self Assertion at Work