The Great Resignation

We’ve all had a rough year, but it looks like the 2020 pandemic lockdowns are behind us. Although many Americans are still looking for work to replace jobs and income they lost in 2020, many millions of employed workers are ready to quit. The Wall Street Journal reported that more U.S. workers are quitting their jobs … Continue reading The Great Resignation

The Road to Heck is Paved with Yes

I have a friend who has a problem saying “no.” She’s smart, organized, and helpful, which is a sure recipe for burnout if not managed carefully. My friend works hard, probably harder than she has to, thanks to the extra projects she takes on that are technically someone else’s problem. Being the go-to girl gets … Continue reading The Road to Heck is Paved with Yes

Help Returning Employees Feel Better at the Office

Staff may be returning to the office, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re feeling normal. Among other ways they’ll have to adjust to , they may be missing some of the comforts of home. But you can help make them feel more at home with these ideas. Bring in plants Vertical gardens, fresh flowers, and … Continue reading Help Returning Employees Feel Better at the Office

Infographic : A (Really) Clean Desk

A guest post via Cleaning Services Group. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The first wealth is health,’” a lesson we all learned the hard way over the past year. As we return to the office, it seems like a good time to discuss cleanliness at work. Even on long, exhausting days with tight deadlines and endless … Continue reading Infographic : A (Really) Clean Desk

Forty Percent of the Workforce Wants to Quit Their Jobs

It seems like every year I write a post about the percentage of the workforce that plans to leave their current employment. I have to admit that after 2020, I was expecting the number to be something unusual. I was right. Microsoft conducts research each year to look at trends in the workplace. The company’s … Continue reading Forty Percent of the Workforce Wants to Quit Their Jobs

Manage Up by Telling Your Boss What You Need

A great online post by Susan Fowler suggests that if you’re not getting what you need from your manager, it’s probably your fault. Your boss is paid to do a lot of things, but reading your mind isn’t one of them. Take the initiative when something is important to you. Fowler starts with getting rid … Continue reading Manage Up by Telling Your Boss What You Need

Why Disagreement Feels So Yucky and What to Do about It

In a previous post, I wrote about how and why we disagree. We can disagree about what’s true, arguments that can be resolved by seeking out the facts of the matter. An argument about who contributes more to household expenses should be easily resolved by looking at bank statements and receipts. An argument about what … Continue reading Why Disagreement Feels So Yucky and What to Do about It

The Gift of Disagreement

Most of us dread conflict because we’ve decided it’s a bad thing. It’s natural to think that way, Buster Benson, author of Why Are We Yelling? The Art of Productive Disagreement says. “It’s easy to understand why we think of arguments as nuisances, like weeds. We don’t have time to deal with this crap! Having … Continue reading The Gift of Disagreement

I Disagree. How Great is That?

Most of us would do almost anything to avoid conflict. From a spat with your spouse to an internet troll war, conflict feels terrible: scary, icky, even dangerous. But what if it didn’t have to be any of those things? What if conflict could be good for us – a chance to build relationships instead … Continue reading I Disagree. How Great is That?

Monsters in the Workplace

(This is a reprint from 2017, but relevant even in the scariest year so far.) Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I’m focused on spooks, monsters, and things that go bump in the night today. Here are some monsters you might encounter in the workplace even after Halloween. Ghosting Recruiters. The term “ghosting” first appeared … Continue reading Monsters in the Workplace