Workplace Drama: How To Deal With A Difficult Co-Worker

Career Realism

Having problems with a difficult co-worker? In fact, circumventing your colleague and going straight to a manager can cause a deeper rift between you and this person, causing more office drama. So, instead of letting this problem stew, consider the following tips when dealing with a difficult co-worker. Don't Try To Make Your Co-Worker Look Bad Talking behind someone's back is never the answer.

4 Ways For Dealing With A Negative Co-Worker

Career Realism

4 Ways For Dealing With A Negative Co-Worker. To more seasoned workers, that may seem like a lot, but staying in a job two to five years looks like it is going to be the norm for millennials (the generation born between the early-1980’s and early-2000’s). Workers that change jobs more often can potentially count on working with more different co-workers in different organizations, all of which are going to have a unique organizational culture.


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4 Tips On Giving Constructive Feedback to Your Manager and Co-Workers


Some of you may cringe at the thought of giving your co-workers constructive feedback. As an outsider you can provide your co-workers with valuable insights into their performance and point out certain behavior they may not be aware of. Your co-worker may already have a specific skill in mind that they’re trying to develop, for example improving their sales pitch or presentation skills.

Sometimes Great Teammates Decide To Let Co-Workers Live With the Consequences of Stupid Decisions.

The HR Capitalist

Change Communications Culture Employee Relations Leadership Performance Management Talent WorkplaceSometime after your first year with your company, you start to settle in. All the onboarding is complete, the honeymoon is over and you've accurately assessed your job as a mix of positives and negatives. If you're still there and not on the market after a year, that generally means you're content.

ANSWERED: HR Manager Is Trash Talking Me! Who Do I Go To?

Career Realism

Eric recently discovered that the HR manager at his company is trash talking him, specifically to new hires. Workplace drama Workplace relationships Workplace culture Workplace interaction Workplace issues Embarrassing workplace situations Office Office drama Office culture Co-workers Human resources Productivity Professional etiquette Professional reputation Well this happened

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How To Stand Out At A New Job (And Fit In Too)

Career Realism

Understand The Company Culture First, take time to get to know the culture of your new company. This will give you a good feel for how adaptable (or how slow) the company culture is to change. For example, if you are entering a company as a finance manager, find out who the key business leaders are whom you will be supporting in your position. Show Your Commitment To The Job Next, have a career conversation with your manager. Congratulations! You got the job!

2019 57

Managing Gossip and Bullying In The Office

Ms. Career Girl

A good manager will have a discussion with the entire team about how that is not acceptable behavior and won’t be tolerated. What can you do if you’re a manager? If you’re in a management position, it’s a great idea to being your team together and discuss the topic of gossip. If it continues, follow your company’s performance management process to write them up. Also, remember to keep your private life private and DON’T connect with co-workers on social media.

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Finding Your Fit: Why Company Culture is More Important More Than Ever.

Ms. Career Girl

The post Finding Your Fit: Why Company Culture is More Important More Than Ever. A company’s culture should be something you research and know before making the commitment to work there. At first, the co-founder and employees agreed that the job was great, until I was able to speak to one of the women working there in private. A high salary or good benefits can seem enticing, but company culture may leave you feeling dissatisfied with your new position.

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Social & Workplace Influence–When the Grapevine is Good (Part I.


Conversations among co-workers happen. Whether it’s talking shop about the boss, layoff rumors after a less than satisfying quarterly earnings report, or gossip about Susie in Accounting and her supposed office extra-curriculars, conversations among co-workers are a guarantee. Management has battled with gossip and the grapevine since the beginning of time. This concept is the basis of cultural anthropology and the concept of micro-cultures.

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5 Tips to Uncover Company Culture

Career Realism

The culture of an organization is incredibly important when you are making a job switch. Have you ever taken a job thinking the company culture was “A” but it was really “X”? To clarify, an organization’s culture encompasses several elements. What is management’s motivators? They accepted a job offer thinking the company culture was inline with their goals, only to discover after being in the new job 6 months to a year, that they mis-read the culture.

Dating Mr. Manager – 5 rules for dating at work

Ms. Career Girl

But given the majority of our days are spent in geographic proximity with our colleagues, sometimes it’s something that can’t be avoided in every company culture. So if you are thinking about going on a date with Mr. Manager, here are 5 things to keep in mind: Rule 1: Allow yourself to break an unspoken rule. Do not discuss anything about him or your relationship with your co-workers. The post Dating Mr. Manager – 5 rules for dating at work appeared first on Ms.

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14 Ways To Research Company Culture

Career Realism

My friend and I were talking recently about how to research company culture before you start working there. In the past, we’ve both been burned by companies that looked good on the surface but eventually turned out to have a terrible culture of one sort or another. A Mindset Change Is Required All too often, when we’re looking for a new job, we become blinded to the negative and would move over even if the hiring manager promised to kick us in the kidneys four times a day.

Managing Up or Out: The Underbelly of Employee Engagement


Even if it’s little more than from a supply-chain perspective, most thinking managers understand the importance of employee retention and the critical role engagement plays. But, after the confetti has been swept up from the engagement party, work product must still be produced, which requires managing the people who produce the product. Even theoretically “manager-less” enterprises are grappling with how to handle raises and promotions. It’s Easy for Hiring Managers to Hide.

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Stop Shaming, Start Praising (Growing Up in a Shaming Culture)

Personal Excellence Blog

And the story doesn’t end there: his subordinate isn’t just an entry-level executive (not that it would have been okay if he were) but a senior manager in his forties with people reporting to him! And some of this manager’s own direct reports were in that very meeting where he was openly shamed! Was it really appropriate to shame the manager, much less before a group of people who are working under him? In entered my then-manager.

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5 Tips For Talking To Your Boss About Stress

Career Realism

If a particular situation doesn't immediately spring to mind, take a moment to write down everything you do at work and how much time you spend on each activity, including favors you do for co-workers and responding to emails.

2021 68

How to Work for a Younger Manager

Evil HR Lady

What do you do when your co-workers and boss are all younger than you? If you're not fitting in, it might be culture, not strictly age, that's getting in they way. I give you some suggestions over at BNET. Go read, comment and recommend it. Plus, isn't the picture cute? I wonder whose darling little boy that is

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How to Work for a Younger Manager

Evil HR Lady

What do you do when your co-workers and boss are all younger than you? If you're not fitting in, it might be culture, not strictly age, that's getting in they way. I give you some suggestions over at BNET. Go read, comment and recommend it. Plus, isn't the picture cute? I wonder whose darling little boy that is

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How To Pitch Permanent Remote Work To Your Boss

Career Realism

If you're going to make this pitch to your manager, here's what you need to do: Be Prepared To Talk About Productivity Businesses want to be efficient and profitable, so they expect a certain amount of productivity from employees.

2021 76

10 Mistakes New Managers Make

Career Realism

Even though the company provided extensive training, it was spread out over months and competed with the organization’s culture for successful application. Related: Managers: Get Things Done More Efficiently. The new managers exemplified some of the common mistakes of new managers. New managers frequently believe that they need to change everything. They immediately favor co-worker friends for key assignments, schedules, and so on.

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Why Team Building Should Play a Central Role in Corporate Culture

Corn on the Job

To appreciate the implications of this statement, we need to understand what is meant by Corporate Culture. Corporate culture” is in fact a microcosm of national culture: the beliefs, behavior, dress, environment, habits, traditions, and personal traits reflected either on a national level or within an enterprise or organization of whatever size. Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day, and culture is our guide…”.

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coworker has appointed herself the food police

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager coworker has appointed herself the food police February 16, 2011 A reader writes: Lately, several members of the office staff have been whispering about the disturbing exchange between two of my co-workers. Co-worker A is 20-something, tall and very thin. Co-worker B is 50-something, short and…well…not so thin. Co-worker A is 20-something, tall and very thin.

How to Personalize Your Work-Life Balance


But when we hear about flexible hours, co-working situations, and idiosyncratic weekly schedules that don’t apply to our needs, what does work-life balance mean for us? It’s important to take a moment for self-review and consider what you value in your personal and professional lives, and then contextualize that for the modern workplace culture. What works for your co-workers is not necessarily going to work for you. Career Advice work life balance workplace culture

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3 Essential Office Etiquette Tips

Career Realism

If you're dressing like your manager or the people in the next hierarchical level of the company, you're probably appropriate for the workplace. Here are a few additional office etiquette tips to encourage positive working relationships: Be friendly and encouraging to co-workers. Your co-workers are not mind readers, so make sure you're communicating with them and your manager on a regular basis.

2019 59

What To Do If You Work One Of The 'Worst' Jobs

Career Realism

One benefit of working a tough job (and doing it well) is that it gives you an opportunity to sell yourself as a hard and resilient worker. Time management is also crucial. Keep communication open with co-workers and look for opportunities to delegate responsibilities. Look For Bonding Opportunities With Co-Workers via GIPHY In the old days, it was very common to see a handful of newspaper reporters at the bar after deadline.

2019 61

PUSH: Productivity at Work: Part 1 – People


You have to be genuinely interested in the obstacles your co-worker is facing , or you’ll become a bull in the china shop of your office. Appreciate your co-workers. Never run down your co-workers, clients, or suppliers, even if they deserve it! PUSHing Your Peers to Being Productive at Work. Think about the most effective folks at your job.

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3 Biggest Red Flags To Watch Out For In A Hybrid Workplace

Career Realism

They made the announcement that employees can either work remotely or in the office, but there are no policies or procedures in place, and possibly no guidance available to workers. If managers don't plan ahead with this concern in mind, the hybrid workforce could fall apart.

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6 Essential Apps Working Professionals Should Know About

Career Realism

Trello Trello is an app that really comes in handy when you work in an office where you have multiple projects going on with different co-workers. The platform allows co-workers to know what each other is working on and where the project is in the production process. Like most mobile apps, Trello can be accessed from anywhere, so co-workers that are miles apart can remain in the loop. We all spend too much time on our phones and computers.

2019 44

Should Open Offices Be Closed Forever?

Water Cooler Wisdom

The open office trend has reached a fever pitch, with nearly 70 percent of American workers now residing in them. He found that, though open offices made employees feel like part of a more laid-back, innovative enterprise , they were damaging to the workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction. In an open office, you are at the total mercy of your co-workers’ presence.

2014 61

Virtual Reality is Coming to an HR Function Near You

Water Cooler Wisdom

Many spend all their waking hours in the simulation – working, taking classes, exploring different cultures, and trying out new hobbies. The book became a pop culture phenomenon when Steven Spielberg signed on to direct the film version, but that’s not why I was interested in it. She could walk through the facilities, meet managers and co-workers, and start a project. But most importantly, she could get a much better sense of the culture.

2015 56

6 Essential Apps Working Professionals Should Know About

Career Realism

Trello Trello is an app that really comes in handy when you work in an office where you have multiple projects going on with different co-workers. The platform allows co-workers to know what each other is working on and where the project is in the production process. Like most mobile apps, Trello can be accessed from anywhere, so co-workers that are miles apart can remain in the loop. We all spend too much time on our phones and computers.

2019 40

Bringing Out the Best in Your Sucky Boss


I first came across this concept as I struggled with my own relationship with a previous boss and co-worker at my first job out of college. According to leadership researcher Wiseman there are two types of managers: diminishers and multipliers. Leaders within an organization aren’t always managers. They are people who bring out the best in their managers and teammates by multiplying up. Bosses. We’ve all had them.

2011 118

Better Office Seating Arrangements Increase Productivity

Water Cooler Wisdom

The study was built upon the concept of “spatial management,” or the pursuit of how to best physically locate workers within an organization. This data included worker performance on three key metrics: productivity , or the average length of time it took a worker to complete a task; effectiveness, or the average daily rate at which a worker needed to refer a task to a different worker to solve; and quality, or the client’s satisfaction with the task.

2017 57

Rachel Dolezal (Spokane NAACP) and the Deep Circle of Self-ID in the Workplace.

The HR Capitalist

Managed by the OFFCP, the Self-ID process is generally done at some point in the application process and allows candidates and future employees alike to tell us who they are across a wide variety of protected classes. But within a few years, her already deep commitment to black causes and culture intensified. Co-workers and relatives began hearing from her or others that her background was mixed-race — and even that she had called herself black.

2015 109

New Challenges for Managers in a Changing World of Work


We are currently going through a management crisis. Alarmingly, Gallup found that 50% of workers who quit their jobs left due to issues with management, supporting the idea that employees leave bosses, not jobs. What employees are now looking for are companies with less layers of management and more freedom in the workplace. This begs the question, is it time to get rid of management? Culture trumps benefits. Remote Workers.

2016 80

Creating a Red Rubber Ball Moment in the Workplace


My first experience in a post-college and professional environment was while working for Target Corporation as part of the company’s store management team in an HR capacity. While I worked exhausting hours and two to three weekends a month, I regularly visited the store on my day’s off to spend time with my co-workers over breakfast, dinner, or just checking in. It’s the foundation of what Tony Hsieh talks about when he describes the culture at Zappos.

2011 105

Make LinkedIn and Other Social Media Profiles Your Second Resume

Professional Resume Services

Will you fit into the corporate culture? By far, the best platform to use for personal branding for senior level managers is the professional networking site, LinkedIn. Expand your network as much as possible by connecting with relatives, friends and former co-workers. Blog Job Search Social Marketing/Online Branding LinkedIn profile linkedin profile service personal branding for senior level managers

How to Avoid Being Invisible While Working From Home

Ms. Career Girl

” Figuring out how to stand out in a crowd and form meaningful relationships with managers is more important than ever. In this study, employers of remote workers agreed overwhelmingly (96%) that staying visible when working from home is essential for career advancement and growth.

5 Questions: Should Amazon Employees Take the Company Offer (10K, 3 Months Pay) to Quit?

The HR Capitalist

If the whole “we’ll pay you to quit” sounds familiar, it was the rarified air of the HR culture darling, Here’s how the thinking went – if you’re not sure this is for you, we’ll pay you to eliminate the cultural misfit and just go. The offer is open to most part-time and full-time Amazon employees, including warehouse workers who pack and ship orders. Do you ever vent to your spouse for long periods of time about co-workers?

2019 90

Glassdoor Ranks 5 Star Companies

Water Cooler Wisdom

However, you can promote a startup-like culture – through the fostering of innovation, flexible schedules, and shifting challenges and responsibilities – in order to capture some of the Glassdoor magic. Rather, it’s the camaraderie and support of co-workers that keep them enthused to show up at work. Thirty-eight percent of reviewers commented on the importance of their team, and managers that promote group cohesiveness and bonding were mentioned as well.

2015 53

Would You Work For Them? Here Are The 5 Greatest TV Bosses

Career Realism

Work culture and pop culture come together often in television shows. Despite that, she still manages to be a great boss. Liz Lemon (30 Rock) via GIPHY Liz Lemon may work a little too hard, but it's because she cares about her job and her co-workers. She's willing to do whatever she can to help her co-workers. He leads the 99th precinct on "Brooklyn 99" and he has the respect of all his co-workers.

2019 40

Becoming A Sales Territory Manager With NES Rentals

Career Realism

With the ability to create connections with clients and foster relationships with co-workers comes many unique qualities of a company’s culture. Open Position: Sales Territory Manager in Richfield, OH. Check out this available position as a Sales Territory Manager, and see if the personas that fit the job describe you, too: Personas: Who Fits This Position? The post Becoming A Sales Territory Manager With NES Rentals appeared first on CAREEREALISM.

2015 74

4 Ways to Empower Bored Employees and Build Engagement


You just have to adjust the way you manage your team, empower them to be better, and create a culture of engagement. It’s all about communication…so why do some managers forgo it and assume that team members know which direction to go towards? That way, you’ll always be aware of your team members’ progress and can communicate with them as they need it — and their co-workers can too. How Bored Employees Impact Your Recognition Culture.

2012 112

10 Secrets to Managing Your Expat Career

The Undercover Recruiter

Sure you worked 15 years in shipping or marketing but this doesn’t mean anything to a manager in a foreign country looking for a new team member. As the expat population grew so did the ‘incidents’ with the local population, due to a lack of cultural knowledge. From losing your job to ending up in jail , cultural awareness can be vital to thriving in your new home. Just don’t write about your co-workers. Tweet. Do you dream of working in a foreign land?

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