People Skills

It can be frustrating when you’ve crafted an informative email to your boss but receive only a one-word response: “noted” or “done.” There are things you can do to keep the email miscommunication to a minimum, Sue Shellenbarger writes.

Get the team together for a huddle

June 9, 2014 Categorized in: MeetingsTeamwork

Many of us work with colleagues who are based in different places. Coordinating progress and figuring out how to work together can be a time-consuming endeavor. That’s why Huddle is a lifesaver.
Chronic complainers can kill mo­­rale, hurt productivity and drive you nuts. Author Linda Swindling identifies five types of complaining bosses and explains how to handle them.

You can handle an office bully

May 26, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

A bullying situation can quickly escalate and become intolerable. Before that happens, keep these “anti-bullying” tips in mind.

How to keep the boss focused

May 19, 2014 Categorized in: Managing the Boss

These days, everyone has a hard time focusing. But when it’s the boss who’s afflicted with a short attention span, an administrative professional must take steps to ensure work moves forward and things get done. Here’s how to handle a distracted boss.
Are you a good leader? Are you a good teammate? Would your teammates evaluate you the same way you evaluate yourself? Are you sure? Here’s a self-audit.
Incivility—being disrespectful, un­­­pro­­fes­­sional or just plain rude—is an epidemic in many workplaces today, Joyce E.A. Russell writes for The Wash­­ing­­ton Post. And it’s a problem for businesses, customers and employees.
If you find yourself in a tough relationship with your boss, instead of updating your résumé and embarking on a quest for a new job, learn how to improve your relationship. Start now by asking yourself these four questions.
If you’re struggling to be a leader, consider these tips from Dan McCarthy.
If you received a promotion and suddenly found yourself supervising people who were your peers the day before, would you know how to break the ice and make a smooth transition?
Your relationship with your boss can be good, bad or somewhere in between. Knowing the signs of a dysfunctional relationship can help you decide whether it’s worth working on or if you should just move on, career consultant Jennifer Winter writes.

Co-worker quandaries and boss binds

March 24, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

Dealing with difficult interpersonal interactions is something you’ll have to face from time to time. Recruiting and public relations blogger Lindsay Olson offers solutions to four common workplace challenges.

Overcoming workplace negativity

March 12, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

Calling out co-workers through gossip or banter is “sludge,” and it’s one of the most significant bar­riers to having a positive and fulfilling workplace, write Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, authors of Why Work Sucks. Take their tips for eliminating sludge and create a happier place to work.