Tag: work relationships

The passive-aggressive boss

If you’re struggling with the effects of your boss’s toxic personality, you aren’t alone. According to Mental Health America’s examination of over 17,000 employees...

When email turns ugly

Lee had spent the entire weekend preparing for the presentation. Not only did he know the numbers inside and out, he was also excited...

How office politics corrupts potential

The answer is, it’s mixed. On the one hand, science has given us robust tools and powerful theories to quantify the key indicators of...

Should you share your feelings during a work conflict?

Of course, just because you feel angry, doesn’t mean you have to express it. And the real issue is not whether you reveal your...

Awakening compassion at work

But we can easily overlook the importance of these bonds. As popular writer and researcher Adam Grant has noted, the pressure of tight deadlines...

Introducing compassion to your workplace has big benefits

Compassion not only improves workplace culture, but it can also help a company’s bottom line. Employee retention Would you want to work for a boss who...

Shifting the power with an abusive boss

This flip approach is based on the understanding that power structures within organizations are malleable over time. Power at its core arises from dependency....

The high cost of incivility

The nasty looks and belittling comments reached a point at law firm Bryan Cave, in Irvine, Calif., that the partners held a civility workshop. Managing...

Face-to-face is 34 times more successful than email

Despite the reach of email, asking in person is the significantly more effective approach; you need to ask six people in person to equal...

Cool heads prevail

I recently stood in front of an executive team, allowing their unproductive to-ing and fro-ing to continue a little longer. It was a gold...

How to handle a colleague who’s a jerk when the boss isn’t around

You may be tempted to call out the inconsistent behavior, but before you do anything, take the time to understand why the person behaves...

Want to be more productive? Sit next to someone who is.

Research suggests that who employees sit next to affects how they perform—and grouping the right types of coworkers together improves productivity and work quality. We...

Deep breath

Is there a way to draw attention to the comment without putting the other person on the defensive? And are you risking your reputation,...

The long view on your connections

Networking is linked to many measures of professional success—including getting promoted, having influence, earning more money, and feeling more satisfied in your career. “Research...

Signs you may be a toxic colleague

The research paints a very different picture, namely that most of the time there is remarkably little overlap between how other people see us...

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