Many employers believe that browsing on social media during work hours is distracting. It requires time to refocus and make up for loss of productivity and mood shifts. Surely you can't help but resist the urge to check your phone when you want to see if anyone commented on your new Facebook post, or check...more
Category Archives: Workplace Civility
Lying in the workplace can have serious consequences. Take, for example, the recent case of Empire star Jussie Smollett, whose lie about being attacked in a hate crime has led to the implosion of his career and the possibility of facing criminal charges. That said, when it comes to lies on the job, are there different...more
Has the relationship between you and your boss become chummy? Has it developed into a friendship outside work? When your colleague becomes your friend, the line between professional and personal behavior can easily be blurred, putting the relationship and business decisions at risk. This is especially true in the dynamic between boss...more
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...
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.
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