‘Office Politics’ Category

January 16th, 2015, 6:00 am

How to Handle Unsolicited Advice

By Hadley Catalano Communication is frequently heralded as one of the most important pieces to a healthy workplace. A notable, and perhaps the most aggravating, form of communication presents as unsolicited advice. As any recipient of spontaneous feedback, unabashed suggestion, or voluntary recommendation from colleagues can attest, these interactions are typically uncomfortable and unwelcome. While […]

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January 15th, 2015, 6:00 am

Double Standards in Tech Reviews: Is it your Performance or Personality?

By Gina Scanlon TIME Magazine recently included the word ‘feminist’ in a poll entitled, ‘Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?’ Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs later issued an apology for the word being added to this list after widespread controversial chatter ensued following its publication. With the steady hostility of the word ‘feminism,’ could it […]

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December 19th, 2014, 6:00 am

Year End Annual Reviews: How to avoid de-motivating your team while giving honest and useful feedback

By Tolami Franklin You are a manager leading a team. You arrange 1:1 meetings with each member of your team to have that conversation, typically relegated to take place once a year – the annual performance review. Its very mention can prompt anxiety for many, a response which prior experience suggests is often real and […]

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December 16th, 2014, 6:00 am

Men and Women Unite to Achieve Gender Equality in the Workplace?

By Josh Durso We have never been better poised to fix the culture that exists around women in the workplace. Men still dominate the workforce’s highest paying positions, and even for the women who manage to claim those positions, working harder, justifying your position or vying for power can be a less than appealing task […]

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September 25th, 2014, 6:00 am

Career Advancement: Why it’s Worth Taking Risks

By Nneka Orji “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”  T.S. Eliot We seem to be encouraged to take risks in many aspects of life in the hope or expectation of reaping greater rewards; from high-risk, high-return financial investments to extreme sports for “the thrill”. In […]

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September 16th, 2014, 6:00 am

Ethics at Work: Are Women Generally More Ethical than Men in the Workplace?

By Louise Ogunseitan With ethics and codes of conduct being so pivotal to the internal success of companies, industries and consumer based trust – a heavy onus is on organisations to foster a culture that nurtures and promotes adherence to them irrespective of gender. However, there has been many articles written about one gender being […]

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August 14th, 2014, 6:00 am

Offices without Borders: The Nine Ways to Overcome Team Language Barriers

By Cathie Ericson Offices without borders: The Nine Ways to Overcome Team Language Barriers Today’s professionals are accustomed to working with multi-national teams in our pervasively global workspace. While most quickly learn to navigate logistical issues, which might include teams’ diverse geographic locations and time zones, there is an element to global teams that is […]

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August 5th, 2014, 6:00 am

Four Steps to Understanding Your Own & Others Motivations

By Gabrielle Rapke Hoffman An employee leaves shortly after receiving a raise. A team exceeds an ambitious stretch goal. A top achiever’s performance slides for no apparent reason. Sometimes managers are surprised by these outcomes, which may be due to a mismatch between a manager’s beliefs about employee motivation and what actually motivates a particular […]

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July 30th, 2014, 6:00 am

Why Crying at Work is OK.

By Louise Ogunseitan Are you familiar with the saying ‘Big girls don’t cry?’ Well, according to recent research on emotion in the workplace by Anne Kreamer, author of the 2011 book, It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the workplace, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The dominant perception that crying at work is detrimental to […]

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July 24th, 2014, 6:00 am

Micro-messages: Managing Small But Powerful Communication

By Nneka Orji A slight raising of the eyebrows expressing doubt, a subtle gesture which others may not necessarily have noticed but you have, and you start to doubt your ability to contribute to group discussions effectively. It happens again and again, eroding your self-esteem and increasing the feeling of alienation. Mary Rowe first wrote […]

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