How to Be Happier at Work: 8 Tips To Raise Your Spirits

Everyone strives to be happy. We aim for the utmost happiness when it comes to our families, our friends, our significant others, our social life. Even Superman makes time for Lois Lane!

So why shouldn’t we aim to be happy at work? After all, we spend a huge chunk of our time in the workplace. And that time will be much more enjoyable – or at least bearable – if our moods are lighter and we’re having a little bit of fun.

The best part is, making yourself happier at work isn’t even hard. Here are a few easy tricks that’ll keep you in better spirits at the office: [Read more…]

What If the Office Gossip Is You?

Eleanor Roosevelt, the Wonder Woman of American history, once said, “”Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

You might be nodding your head right now, but who hasn’t shared a secret or two? Or you might read this and think, “That’s not me, that’s the villainous Linda in accounting. She’s pure evil. I would never gossip about my fellow Avengers!”

Work gossip happens more than you’d think. A recent survey showed 21% regularly gossip at work and 15% admitted to occasional gossip. Not only does gossip hurt morale, it also affects productivity, ruins your professional credibility, and creates strained relationships with co-workers. [Read more…]

Gasp! 10 Warning Signs You May Be The Office Villain

It can happen to the best of us: Jean Grey turned into Dark Phoenix; the second Robin became Red Hood; even sweet little Anakin Skywalker was eventually consumed by the Dark Side.

If they’re not careful, heroes can slide into villainy. It starts small – letting your nemesis off with a warning here, a little micromanaging there – but before you know it, you’re plotting to take over the world and employee morale has evaporated.

Here are 10 warning signs you might be the villain in your own story – if any of these sound familiar, it’s time to save yourself… before it’s too late! [Read more…]

The Top 4 Leadership Myths

You don’t need super powers to be a leader.

Some people seem to inherently have leadership skills, much like Superman was born with an array of impressive powers. But others have to earn it the hard way. Even Bruce Wayne had to climb a mountain to learn how to be a hero.
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Dark Side Management Tips: How to Lead Like a Star Wars Sith Lord

Movies – is there anything they can’t teach us? Probably. But they can definitely teach us how to be an evil manager.

Let’s take Star Wars: Force Awakens for example. In this newest installment, we get to see a new face of the dark side in the form of the New Order, managed by the sinister Kylo Ren.

Like his predecessor, Darth Vader, and the Empire of the original trilogy, Kylo demonstrates a solid management style. [Read more…]

Employee badmouths company online: What do we do?

The Scenario

HR director Stu Capper had just gotten out of his car Monday morning when supervisor Eric Cottrell yelled his name.

Eric ran across the parking lot. “I need to talk to you,” he told Stu. “I got a problem I’ve never run into before.”

“Better follow me to the office,” said Stu. [Read more…]

Employee freaks out when long-term co-worker becomes her supervisor

The Scenario

“I want to register a complaint,” Lucy Alschuler announced as she stamped into Stu Capper’s office.

“About what, exactly, Lucy?” asked the HR director, motioning Lucy to a chair.

“About Linda Webster. My new boss.” Lucy spat out the last word. [Read more…]

How to deal with a backstabbing employee

Employee smiles to your face, then trashes you behind your back

No matter how good morale is, there are always some employees with negative attitudes.

The worst may be those who offer sweet smiles to your face – and then badmouth you or the company to other employees.

It can tarnish a manager’s image, undermine his or her authority and crush morale.

That’s the situation manager Katie Adams faced when she heard a worker badmouthed her to others. [Read more…]