Category Archives for Building Morale

Assertive v. Aggressive – How to Draw the Line

Drawing the line between aggressiveness and assertiveness is always a difficult proposition, whether you’re managing a team or trying to advance in your career. When you must take a stand, you may second-guess yourself: “Will I step over the line? If I do nothing, will I lose ground?” You can walk the tightrope by increasing […]

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What Does Casual Dress Really Mean Today?

6 Wardrobe Tips for Career Success. Casual dress has become a mainstay in the workplace – but along with the shift is greater ambiguity in knowing what will help or hinder your career. The policies, written or not, can vary by company; department; industry; your boss; geographic location; day of the week; the day’s events; and more. […]

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“If You Want to Keep Something Priceless…”

(Like People You Work With) Companies are not built of brick and mortar; they are “built” of people, and losing that “most valuable asset” can cause a major setback. Not just in terms of lost time on projects, but also in restarting the hiring and training process; potential lost business or corporate practices shared with […]

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A Humanized, Trusted Workplace Equates To Success

Bosses and employees seem to have a legacy of dichotomy in the workplace. When I hear them discuss each other, I often feel this dynamic has burrowed too deep into workplace culture. It seems that each side sees the other as a problem to solve, rather than an opportunity to build on. Both sides spend […]

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Are You a Good Boss or a Bad Boss?

The Test That Really Matters “Boss” is a word that has so many negative connotations, people sometimes forget “good bosses” even exist. No-one is going to make a movie called “Wonderful Bosses” anytime soon, or remake “The Office” with Tom Hanks as a team leader that’s just so darn loveable. Anybody who has dealt with […]

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Sharp Wit As A “Weapon” of Success

There’s a saying (whose author, unfortunately, is unknown): “Every survival kit should include a sense of humor.” Not only survival, I’d argue – every “success kit” should necessarily include it as well. There’s a reason why motivational speakers start with a joke or a humorous anecdote — it captures the audience’s attention, lightens the mood, […]

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Are You In Danger Of Becoming An Office Tyrant?

Your Own Employees Can Help   Bad bosses seem to be ubiquitous—employees’ surveys keep pointing that way. There are, though, few truly incorrigible office tyrants—most bad bosses behave badly episodically. When under stress or frustrated, many bosses—just like most humans—aren’t on their best behavior. Overwhelming stress can turn a suave charmer into an angry beast […]

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Have You Seen The Horrible Bosses Sequel?

(I Hope It Doesn’t Remind You Of Someone You Know)   Horrible Bosses Two is in theaters, and whether you’ve seen the movie or not, whether you are a boss or an employee, it’s a good reminder to check whether those two words also sum up your current work situation. Bosses with exalted, entitled views of their authority […]

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Listen Up!

(So People Don’t Have To Shout)   Problems of communication in the workplace are nothing out of the ordinary, accompanied by various degrees of frustration. Nothing is more frustrating, though, than a repeated failure to get through to the one person your advancement is dependent on. For most people, it’s their boss. Your employees may […]

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

A must in a humanized workplace I see respect in the workplace as a great “humanizer” that fosters productivity. Feeling respected puts you at ease with your environment and makes everybody more willing to work as a team. Lack or respect, on the other hand, can make even routine collaboration a heavy chore. For a manager, […]

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