I know many of you are like me and have been in the same position for years. After a while, you forget what it’s like to be in the candidate’s seat looking for employment. If you ever really want to feel what it’s like, be a juror.
I recently read an article entitled “You’re Too Focused on What You’re Focused On.” The title itself made me think for a minute and intrigued me to read further. The gist of the article is that when we are deeply focused on something, we assume the people around us are too. But this isn’t typically the case. In reality, what’s important to one person may not be of equal importance to another.
It’s that time of year, and you might be surprised that I haven’t talked about the Detroit Tigers yet. Sparky Anderson used to say that you needed 40 games before you could truly assess how a major-league team is going to do for a season. We’re approaching that point now, so the time is right to give you my take on this year’s team.
Some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs did not complete a college degree - Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. However, their respective companies – Facebook, Microsoft, Apple – require degrees for most positions. Is this hypocritical? Are college degrees really necessary for most jobs?
Workplace culture is more than ping pong tables, casual Fridays, and group outings. One of the most important cultural aspects is management style. If you have weak managers in your organization, the culture will suffer. Employees will not feel valued, trusted, or successful. Hire and develop strong leaders.
Every office has politics – it’s unavoidable. But if leadership creates an engaging culture that encourages collaboration, those politics can be kept at bay. I recently read an article where the author stated that she is “allergic to silos.” I feel the same way.
I was recently surprised to find out that an estimated 1 in 5 employees suffers from some form of mental illness. This led me to dig a little deeper into this topic and find out what is causing this and what corporate leadership can do to prevent it and handle it when it happens.
We all know at least one person who displays passive-aggressive behavior – whether it is at work or at home. And I have to think that we would all agree it is very difficult to deal with and in abundance, can lead to a toxic work environment. It can make an otherwise enjoyable job miserable, create burnout, and decrease employee morale. So how do we deal with passive-aggressive employees?
I recently read an article in Psychology Today about how people with higher emotional intelligence (EI) are happier, more perceptive and sensitive to others, more rewarding and fun, and more flexible and adaptable. These are all highly important traits that are very desirable in the workplace. But is there a true connection between these traits and work success?
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