Vol. 12 No. 138 - ISSN: 1533-3698 October 20, 2011
One consistent finding, when you try to understand and fix the sea of negativity that exists in some workplaces, is a bad boss. You can find out how to deal with a bad boss. This topic is a perennial favorite on my site. No matter how often I write about how to deal with a bad boss, readers want to know more. Their favorite complaint and the topic they are most likely to post about on my site is also bad bosses.
I look at a bad boss as a particularly powerful factor in the sea of negativity that pervades some workplaces, but employees have other reasons for feeling negative at work. And sometimes employees just get caught up in what feels like a sea of negativity. Once employee negativity takes hold in your workplace, it is incredibly difficult to dislodge. So, the key to taking care of negative factors such as bad bosses, difficult coworkers, bullies, gossip, and a lack of communication and direction, is to never allow them to get started in the first place. Read more...
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On occasion, an employee or a former employee will ask you to write a reference letter to help improve their job searching success. If it's an employee that you valued, you'll want to help him or her out by writing a reference letter. For a good employee, it's easy; for a so-so employee, the words become more difficult. If the employee was an underperforming, not-very-successful employee, I'd pass on the opportunity. Here's everything you need to know and how.
Did you know that a variety of management and leadership styles exist that you can use to accomplish your goals and work? The management styles you use are situational, too. You can adapt your management style when needed to accomplish your goals. The management style you choose depends on these factors. Read more...
In my experience of the world, every person is motivated. I have worked with an hourly employee who wrestles on weekends; he is motivated by the wrestling, not his job. I have worked with another who played in a reggae band while working the line in a light industrial plant - one job he worked for love, the other for money. Because everyone is motivated, and their motivation may have nothing to do with their job, motivation at work is a challenge. Find out more.
Here's a brand new piece about how to develop an effective, cordial, legally-sensitive rejection letter from a rejection letter template. I've also included links to many samples, some new, so that you can see examples for different applicant rejection scenarios. Find a new rejection letter template.