Company culture often comes from the top and trickles down. However, employees also contribute to the feel of the work environment. If your company culture could use some improvement, here are a few ways you may help effect change.
Just because you’ve punched out for the evening, doesn’t mean you’re not at risk of getting fired. Many of the things that can land you in hot water at the office apply to when you’re off the clock as well. Phoenix Business Journal recently had employment law attorney and partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP, Shayna Balch, detail some of the more common fireable offenses.
We have so much advice to sift through, when it comes to achieving work-life balance. One expert says to get a hobby. Another advises us to stay positive, or to cultivate friendships. While the rest of us are focusing on these things, it seems the office grump is better at his job -- even though he probably doesn't care what any of the experts say.
Negative people obstruct productivity in the workplace in a handful of ways. Their pessimism serves as a buzzkill when, every time you suggest an idea or improvement, they say, "No, that will never work." Complaining and gossiping at the office undermines morale, which also undermines productivity. If you can't get away from these folks, you need reasonable strategies to deal with them.
It's easier if you can just avoid dealing with manipulative people, but when the person in question is your boss, that's not really possible. If you don't recognize his pathology and learn to appropriately assert your own boundaries, you'll lose yourself while attempting to please him. These five tips will help you maintain your sanity and survive your difficult boss.
Before accepting a job offer, we often spend a lot of time learning about the organization's structure, compensation and benefits plan, job responsibilities, and so on. But a very important -- yet often overlooked -- aspect of working for a company is the organizational culture. Would you be able to thrive in its environment and work culture? What do you even know about it?
Do you ever want to take a nap after lunch, or feel like your brain has turned to mush, and it takes every ounce of strength you have to accomplish the simplest of tasks? You are not alone. These quick fixes help temporarily boost brainpower.
The real science behind how to be more productive may surprise you. It's easier and feels better than berating yourself for not having enough willpower. It's all about working with your brain, not against it.