Anybody can lead people who are hardworking, pleasant, thoughtful, respectful and fun. The true challenge is whether you can handle PITAs, which stands for either Pains In The Ass or Professionals Increasing Their Awareness, depending on how kind you are. Here are a few types of PITAs and how best to lead them.
In an era of Casual Fridays and work-from-home colleagues, how can you maintain effective office communication in a changing business climate?
We’ll steer you through changes in business etiquette, and help you successfully navigate through the new realities of workplace conflict and office politics.
Has staring at your monitor for hours left you bleary-eyed? Give your eye muscles a break throughout the day with these three exercises:
Problem: "I'm in charge of turning on the dishwasher each night before leaving. To some, this translates to my also being in charge of cleaning up after everyone. Several memos have been distributed ... but have not been successful. Any ideas? I'm tired of being known as the office maid. My name is not Hazel!"
We’ve all been told a thousand times that to increase our influence and effectiveness, we need to write personal thank-you notes. Here’s the right way to do it, as evidenced by a 1991 note from George H.W. Bush to Goldie Hawn.
Once you’ve found the ideal mentor—someone with the skills or career you admire—hang on to him or her. Whatever you do: 1. Don't ignore your mentor's advice. 2. Don't forget to follow up ...
Lavish office parties are as distant a memory as mimeograph machines for most workers. This year, as companies cinch their belts a little tighter than usual, how are you handling the holiday office party? Administrative professionals weighed in with their suggestions on our Admin Pro Forum:
Disputes between co-workers and between employees and their bosses are almost inevitable—which is why every HR professional must know how to gather the necessary facts to find out what’s going on. Whether it is a small inquiry or a weighty investigation into serious allegations of misconduct, being deliberate and intentional about an investigation will create a more helpful and less disruptive process.
In the middle of winter, with the holidays a distant memory and spring still months away, motivation begins to flag. It's the time of year when the seasonal blues can turn into a full-blown job meltdown. Take this self-assessment find out if you're edging toward the crispy end of the burnout scale.
Wrangle all your to-do lists into order with these four online tools: Springpad, Zoho.com, Cozi.com and the Things application: