Passive-aggression is difficult to deal with under any circumstances, but at work, it's a potential career killer -- especially if the passive-aggressive person in question is your boss. The worst part is, it's not always easy to tell when your manager is guilty of this destructive behavior; on the outside, he might seem sweet and easy to work with. Here's how to spot the tell-tale signs and cope with the situation effectively.
You’ve had a horrible boss, crazy colleagues, and an extremely stressful job, but you’ve finally been able to break free and now have an offer from a new company. You can’t wait to start at your new job. In most organizations, you will be scheduled for one last meeting with HR -- your exit interview. The question is, what to say during that final chat. Do you spill your guts and spit out all the pain, because this is, after all, your last chance?
You really want the job and it seems like a good move for your career. But how can you tell if you'll like the job, once you take it? There are a few questions you can ask during your interview that will help you spot a toxic work environment, before you get stuck in it.
Some bosses seem to think they are the center of the universe. They can be extremely difficult people to work with or for, but before you run screaming from the office, consider these four ways to cope.
With the welcome approach of summer and warm weather, many of us excitedly stash our wool sweaters and winter clothing away and stock our closets with lightweight attire. As much as we want to be comfortable at the office, tank tops and flip-flops are career-limiting moves. Follow these four rules to be taken seriously -- without spending breaking the summer dress code.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back after traumatic experiences. It is also the ability to thrive under pressure and in stressful situations. Increase your resilience, and you'll be able to achieve more and enjoy career success.
Life and work would be so much simpler if everything was in black or white. Unfortunately, we deal predominantly in shades of gray. So how do you handle work situations with a boss who tests your limits and breaches your belief system? If only choosing your own boss was an option!
We know that walking improves your circulatory health and can help you lose weight. It also seems boosts your creative thinking and productivity during the work day. But is working all day on a treadmill desk the answer to improving our job performance?
Do you like clear expectations and a known chain of command, or do you prefer a more free environment at work? While hierarchy can seem to stifle creativity, we cannot simply throw all order out the window. At the same time, we don't want to miss out on the creativity of workers. Ideally, there's a way to benefit from both.
Rarely, if ever, does any manager or employee speak of their fondness for the annual performance review, that ritual outlining of personal mistakes, successes, strengths, and weaknesses. So, if everyone hates them so much, why are are we doing them? That's the question Adobe asked before deciding to eliminate the process in 2012, and the company hasn't looked back since. Here's why.
Resilience is a person's ability to adapt. Resilience is not just about "bouncing back" from trauma and tragedy, but also from difficult experiences at work or financial stressors. And those who are able to bounce back after stress-producing life events, large and small, are much more likely to succeed.
Are you using your own smartphone at work? If so, you're not alone -- by 2017, Gartner predicts that half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes. But what happens when you quit or get fired? If you're using your own device for work, you'll undoubtedly have months, if not years, of personal information on that phone -- including photos of loved ones, texts between friends, and other (very) personal information. You could lose all of that, along with access to your corporate accounts.
Everyone's been in a meeting with that person. A colleague is presenting on a topic, and while it might be boring, most everyone else is doing their best to be respectful and pay attention. However, there may be one person who keeps checking their phone, heads down sending messages, emails, or maybe even playing a game. It's annoying, it's distracting -- and it's rude.