Friday, May 31, 2019

Workplace Relationships: Key to Job Satisfaction

Workplace Relationships

Finding the perfect position is only the beginning of job satisfaction. Have you ever heard someone say, “I’d like my job if it weren’t for the people I work with”? One of the greatest challenges in the workplace is getting along with other people. It hardly matters if someone is the best and brightest at what he does if he creates dissension in the office.

Regardless of whether someone is hired to lead or be part of the team, it is the ability to establish functional and healthy workplace relationships that can make or break their success and job satisfaction.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How to Keep Your Best Employees

How to Keep Your Best Employees

During a recent executive coaching session the topic of employee turnover came up. My client shared what has been an ongoing problem in his company: losing star performers. Recognizing the tremendous expense associated with recruiting, hiring and training as well as losses in production and efficiency, he wanted to know what his company could do keep their best employees.

In addition to the obvious factors of competitive benefits and salaries, here are some of the key strategies to help you keep your best employees:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

5 Tips for Dealing with a Bull Terrier Boss

Most people have at some point in their lives had to deal with someone who refuses to lose. No matter how unreasonable their position and how obviously wrong they may be, they clamp down their jaw as instinctively as a bull terrier in a dogfight – and it seems nothing short of death will loosen it.

Bull Terrier Boss

It’s often not that complicated to deal with this sort of person at a dinner party, where the simplest strategy may be to avoid them or to feign agreement for a couple of hours until you can escape after dessert. But in the workplace this is seldom possible, and if the bulldog is your superior, you can come away from discussions frustrated, angry and hurt.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Keys to Effective Office Communication

Building and maintaining strong relationships on the job can be a challenge. These tips are intended to help you make wise decisions when communicating with your co-workers.

1. Avoid written communication when your emotions are involved. Talk to the person face-to-face.

2. Use written communication (e.g., e-mail) for conveying factual information or for asking questions.

3. When you receive a communication that triggers an emotional response give yourself plenty of time before you respond to the person.

4. Writing down your immediate thoughts and feelings can help you diffuse your emotions and help you to respond in a more rational, caring and constructive fashion.

5. Fight the temptation to immediately involve others in situations that make you hurt, angry or upset. When you do have a need to talk with someone, go to your supervisor first. If he or she is unavailable, call a friend or family member outside of work for a listening ear.

6. Communicate important details in writing and avoid hallway communication.

7. When involved in meetings, state your purpose at the beginning and stay on track. Always follow your meetings up with minutes or at least a brief summary of what was discussed and/or agreed upon.

8. Avoid blurting – the tendency to share thoughts and ideas “off the top of your head” or during a time that was not previously scheduled.

9. Always clarify for others what you have heard them say.

10. When you sense someone is bothered or upset with you don’t ignore it, check-it-out.

Live, Work and Relate Well!

Dr. Todd

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Resolving a Bad Relationship at Work

The average full-time worker with two weeks of annual vacation spends up to 250 days or 2,000 hours each year on the job.  Unfortunately, many employees spend this time interacting with co-workers they don’t get along with, making their work situation almost intolerable.

If you have a problem with a co-worker and you’re growing weary, don’t despair.  Although you can’t guarantee cooperation from the other party, there are some practical things you can do in an effort to turn the relationship around.  Review the tips below to see how you can confront bad work relationships.

1.  Take a good look at your own attitude and behavior first.

Before you complain or point a finger at your co-worker, take an honest look at how you might be contributing to the problem.  Are you letting your feelings make you snappy, over-sensitive, jealous or uncooperative?  Addressing your own negative attitude or behavior can often help decrease the distress brought on by the bad relationship and help you to address the only thing you really have control over – you!

2.  Stop the negative talk about your co-worker.

If you keep talking about the person you have a problem with you run the risk of being labeled as a whiner, complainer or troublemaker.  Gossip or other talk that criticizes or belittles your co-worker also has a way of coming back around and biting you where it hurts.  Take the high road and resist the temptation to spread the problem around the office.

3.  Keep your emotions in check.

Overreacting to a problem often results in a loss of your credibility and can diminish the significance of your complaint.  Make sure you are maintaining emotional balance in your own life by not allowing your frustration to turn into anger and your anger into bitterness.  Use

Friday, January 21, 2011

Are You Dog Tired?

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich once said, “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it? How do you keep going when it seems like an endless cycle?

Some days you go through the motions of your daily routine, wondering why you bother going to the same old job doing the same old things. Or you can’t remember why it’s important to prepare meals and wash dishes and laundry day after day.

So think of those routine tasks as investing. Investing in the people you touch as you hang in there through the long days at work or investing in growing a healthy family one day at a time. You and the people you affect each day will make a difference – for good or bad – so your example is powerful.

When you reap the benefits of a good reputation at work or the blessing of kids who love to bring their friends home, you’ll realize it was all worth it!

Live, Work and Relate Well!

Dr. Todd