When we fall short in our professional lives, it is easy to blame someone else-the company, low pay, uninspiring coworkers, a stale love life, lack of coffee, a bad boss, or whatever. While these things can play a role, sometimes we have to look closer to home and admit, "It's not them, it's me." We...more
Do you have a former manager or boss who stands out in your memory? Most of us do. Some stand out because of their incompetence, and others because they were unprofessional jerks. And yet others because they did their job and taught us something valuable along the way. I worked for...more
Whether the workplace culture is casual or conventional, most employers agree that there are certain things you just don't do or say in the workplace. Well, not if you want to develop or maintain a professional image and avoid ticking off your coworkers and boss! Let's start by taking a look at seven phrases that...more
Keeping workplace compliments sincere and within the legal boundaries is simple, if your reasons for giving it are sincere.A few synonyms for the word “compliment” are admiration, endorsement, and congratulations. These all sound innocent enough. However, a compliment veiled in flattery and flirtation can quickly turn into an awkward situation and labeled...
Are you anticipating another disagreeable interaction among your guests? Is there one guest who always seems to stir things up? It's incredible how one person can ruin a gathering. Sometimes it's the combination of guests can make for a volatile situation. Regardless, as a host, your goal is to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all. And,...more
Have you ever said something in the workplace and immediately regretted it? Or, after a meeting, a coworker whispers to you, “Wow, that was rough.” about a comment you made? It happens to all of us at one time or another but the key to getting past it, for the sake of workplace civility, is...more
Discussing politics in the workplace can be risky, but it happens, especially around every election season. Politics can divide and create an explosive atmosphere, which is why I strongly suggest avoiding the topic altogether. However, for those who feel the need to bring politics into the workplace, here are some things to consider before doing so.