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…]

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…]

Spot the Bad Guys: 6 Signs It’s Time to Let an Employee Go

Superheroes in comic books and movies have it made: It’s easy to tell the good guys apart from the bad guys. Hint: The bad guys are usually the ones laughing maniacally in poorly-lit lairs.

Managers, on the other hand, have a tougher job. It’s not always easy to spot the villains and goons lurking in your department. Many of them have gotten good at blending in with the rest of the crowd – so good, in fact, that some of them may even be managers!

The good news: Every bad guy has a tell – and you don’t need X-ray vision to spot them. Here are six signs you’ve got a villain-in-the-making on your hands who needs to be let go. [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…]

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…]

When to deal with unacceptable behavior

Whining is a warning of a more serious problem

Let’s face it. Most change isn’t part of a grand strategic plan.

It occurs every time you make new hire.

Of course, we try to hire folks who’ll fit in and make us better. But sometimes a single person alters the group chemistry in a way that hurts the operation.

And it’s not always the new hire who is the culprit. [Read more…]