A number of years ago, when I was working for a large, Seattle-based e-commerce company, my wife and I traveled to England for the wedding of my college roommate. While at dinner, we made small talk …
Anyone who's ever had a job knows the impact a boss can have on the happiness of employees. A bad boss, whether she be cruel, overly demanding, or simply incompetent, can be enough to drive workers out the door. But, it turns out that the behaviors and attitudes of managers might have a bigger impact on the lives of employees than is immediately obvious. Let's look a little more closely at how managers' behaviors affect the people around them.
In the last few years, we've been bombarded with warnings about the dangers of sitting too much. We've heard that even if you exercise, prolonged periods of sitting can kill you. We know that, even if do we manage to escape premature sitting-induced death, those of us who sit too much are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes. We've even heard sitting compared with some of the unhealthiest "habits" out there – most notably, that sitting is the new smoking.
Hopefully, it's a rare occurrence these days for a male co-worker or boss to summon a woman at the office with a demeaning nickname like "sweetie," or "honey," or (heaven forbid) "baby." Unfortunately though, it does still happen.
Some people like to listen to music while they work, believing that it helps them improve their focus, and maybe even their mood. But, is there any truth behind the idea that listening to music around the office is good for productivity? Might some music do the trick better than others? We looked to science for some answers. Here are a few things we discovered.
Given the amount of time we spend at work, it's understandable that a lot of us get pretty comfortable there. It's a good thing when you can really be yourself at work, and it's nice to have friends there, too. But, no matter how much your workplace feels like a home away from home, the truth is that it isn't. Your workplace is a professional environment, and there are some lines that should never be crossed. Let's take a look at a few things that you should never say to your co-workers. Really. Never.
As the primary races heat up, many of us are getting more and more engaged in the upcoming election. This election cycle, in particular, has given us a lot to think about, and a lot to talk about, too. But, the standard rule for discussing politics at work is pretty simple – just don't do it, ever. Here are a few good reasons to consider taking that principle seriously.
When we think of office gossip, a lot of bad associations come to mind. The popular idea is that this kind of chatter is counter-productive, harmful, hurtful, and just plain bad. But, there is another side to office chit-chat. It turns out that gossip might not actually be entirely, innately, negative. Here are a few reasons why office gossip might be not only impossible to eliminate but also potentially beneficial.
The old saying goes, you're only truly yourself when you're alone. That's because it's human nature to change the way we behave, even just slightly, depending on who we're with. This is just as true in the workplace as it is in our personal lives.
In the workplace, there's a fine line between joking around and being offensive -- and there's always that one co-worker who just doesn't seem to get it. If you find yourself being put in uncomfortable situations due to a colleague's lack of manners, then you'll want to read on to see how you can professionally and effectively handle your officemate's distasteful behavior.