6 Personality Types Your Office Doesn’t Need

Even with superpowers, you’re not going to get along with everyone.

Certain people just rub others the wrong way. And unfortunately, in a work environment, this can make for an unproductive team. So it’s a good idea to use those superhuman abilities to weed out the weaklings and troublemakers.

Your office is your S.H.I.E.L.D., so channel your inner Nick Fury to determine who’s worthy of your organization.

You can do yourself a lot of favors during recruitment by knowing what personality types to avoid. [Read more…]

3 Secrets to Choosing Your Battles Wisely

Batman has the Joker. Spiderman has the Green Goblin. Superman has Lex Luthor.

Just because you’re a hero doesn’t mean you have to get along with everybody.

Conflicts happen. These superheroes had their nemeses, and, as the hero of your workplace, you probably have yours.

Whether it’s a difference of opinion, conflicting personalities, or even a flat-out argument, people don’t agree all the time – especially when there are multiple people clamoring for leadership, eager to prove themselves. (If a group was meant to have more than one leader, Professor X and Magneto probably would’ve gotten along a whole lot better!) [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 Five Management Powers That Make You Superman

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound! All pretty solid descriptors for your management style, right? It’s time to take off those glasses, Clark Kent – we all know you’re Superman!

But just because you’ve got heat vision and ice breath doesn’t mean you know how to use them. Workplace villains are powerful, but you’re super, and you need to keep your management powers sharp. [Read more…]

Increased job load is sapping employee morale: What should supervisor do?

The Scenario

Supervisor Kent Woynowski stuck his head into HR director Stu Capper’s open door. “Got a minute, Mr. Human Resources?”

“C’mon in, Kent,” Stu. “But I can’t imagine any conversation with you taking only a minute.” Stu and Kent went back a long way.

“You got me there,” said Kent. “And solving this problem going to take a lot longer than a minute.”

“What’s up?” [Read more…]

Are you crushing employee engagement – without even knowing it?

Employee engagement is a little like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but changing it’s another matter.

You know that in the workplace – as employee engagement goes – so goes productivity.

The front-line warriors in the employee engagement battle are The Manager!

Well-meaning, but dangerous

Can you think of any manager who actually sets out to kill employee engagement? Probably not. Many times, it’s a lack of awareness.

Other times, managers let short-term productivity pressures interfere with the right decisions – and end up paying for it down the road. [Read more…]

5 sins managers make – that crush employee morale

Focus on removing de-motivators vs. trying to motivate

Managers often focus on incentive programs and other “flavor-of-the-month” ideas to improve employee morale. But there’s a simpler way to attack this: Identify and change the behaviors that are crushing motivation.

When employees start a job, most have tons of energy. They want to run thru walls to achieve great things. For many, something happens along the way that destroys their motivation.

That something is usually their manager.

Here’s a list of 5 common sins managers make – and specific steps to change those actions – courtesy of Cyndi Maxey [Read more…]