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…]

Negative Nellies: Confront them, isolate them or cut them loose?

Tired of whining and complaining

Left unchecked, negativity can poison the workplace and undermine productivity.

Veteran employees generally dismiss the rantings of a single negative co-worker, but new hires can be very vulnerable.

That’s the situation manager Amy Colton faced when one of her bright new hires was getting dragged down by a co-worker’s negative comments. [Read more…]

No More Whiners: How to Reduce Workplace Negativity

The way some workers whine and complain, you’d think it was part of their job description.

It’s important to remember the responsibility is on us – the managers – to get a handle on these down-in-the-dumps staffers before they wreak havoc on company morale.

Turn ’em around

Here’s a four-step strategy to help managers transform a negative worker into a positive one: [Read more…]