People Skills

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could say to a co-worker, “I know you don’t report to me, but I need you to drop everything and do this for me?” Well, with the right approach, and knowing how to ask, maybe you can.
Is it helpful to let a co-worker screw up a project to teach her a lesson? And if you think not, how do you deal with a colleague who insists on letting others make mistakes to show them the folly of their ways? That’s what one reader recently asked on the Admin Pro Forum.
Most people would be reluctant to befriend their supervisors on Face­­book, according to a recent study by three college professors. But members of Gen Y are more willing than their older counterparts to do so.

Who should pick up the tab? 6 tips

September 27, 2013 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

Have you ever been in the awkward position of eating out for business and wondered who should pay? Invisor Consulting Managing Partner Steve Tobak offers six guidelines.

4 tips to effectively influence others

September 23, 2013 Categorized in: NegotiatingSpeaking

Mary Jo Asmus, founder and president, Aspire Collaborative Ser­­vices, offers advice and con­­versational tools for anyone who wants to have a positive influence on others.

Make team-building a fun activity

September 5, 2013 Categorized in: Teamwork

How can a leader motivate team members to move them toward mutual goals that enhance productivity? It’s all about team-building exercises. But before you choose an exercise, ask yourself two questions …
When they happen regularly, disrespectful snubs—or “microinequities”—sap motivation and productivity, says leadership coach Brigid Moynahan of New Jersey-based The Next Level. The next time someone slings one at you, take these steps.
When you’re stung by a co-worker’s rude remark, or worse, a bit of verbal abuse, the trick is to stay cool. Blowing up or storming out won’t help matters, and letting the remark slide only ensures that it will happen again.
You can help your organization’s brainstorming sessions soar to new creative heights simply by posting these “Rules of Engagement” for the group to follow.
Sometimes it can be hard to strike up a conversation with your boss about something other than your assignments, but you really should make the effort. Five topics you may want to weave into conversations with your boss:
Here is a real-life list of actual assignments that bosses have dumped on their workers, according to employees surveyed by CareerBuilder.com.
You can steer others to offer the responses you want by “framing” the questions you pose. Use one of these tactics the next time you’re asking for a “Yes” or other positive reply.
Open offices are all the rage these days and while they have their advantages, they also cause employees plenty of stress and can make it hard to focus. Heidi Hanna, a fellow with the American Institute of Stress, offers solutions to four common open-office irritations.