People Skills

Maria Scala is a legal assistant at Scarinci Hollenbeck, which has locations in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. She started there a year and a half ago on the recommendation of a friend with whom she worked at another law firm.
While some employees don’t mind, others find it offensive. Readers, etiquette experts and human resource consultants offer their views.

Keeping workplace conflict healthy

August 5, 2016 Categorized in: Difficult People

Conflict can be good for the workplace when it ignites creative solutions and strengthens relationships.
Your relationships in the workplace often dictate how well you work and how enjoyable work is.

Coping with a workaholic boss

June 27, 2016 Categorized in: Managing the Boss

A workaholic boss can make you feel the need to constantly work, but understanding your job, limits, and boundaries will help you cope.

What to ask to create a successful team

June 20, 2016 Categorized in: Teamwork

Studies show that most successful teams have a psychologically safe environment, which simply means co-workers can trust each other.
A good, well-timed handshake to pair with your grin is a sure way to stand out, whether you’re at the company picnic or an industry conference. Here’s how important it is: The prospective employee with the best handshake is more likely to get the job, research shows.
Corporate gifts aren’t just for holidays.

… an employee always has an excuse

May 26, 2016 Categorized in: Supervising

Do you have an employee who makes too many excuses for her shortcomings?
Having references won’t help if you can’t get them to open up to you about an applicant.
Time management; constructive criticism; comma placement; and clean email
Managing versions on an important document can be a struggle.

Are you smarter than your boss?

April 8, 2016 Categorized in: Managing the Boss

Your boss has a lot of say over your job, but what happens when you’re pretty sure you know better?