What’s your reason for doing business with someone? Is it the timely service? Geographically convenient? Or is price at the top of your list? Well, you won’t find it at the top of mine. While budget may dictate whether I can go ahead, the decision to engage in a business relationship has already been determined. My...more
Category Archives: Workplace Soft Skills
After you’ve rolled your eyes and let out a sigh of frustration the next time a colleague does or says something rude, consider this; could it be their apathetic and arrogant attitude? Is it a generational divide? Could it be their lack of workplace experience? Or maybe cultural differences? While these are not excuses for...more
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. A reasonable argument would be, so is the dog in the cubicle next to me. So is the coworker “om’ing” in the open-concept creative space. So is the...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 inappropriate,...
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