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

An End of the Year Cleanup to Start 2021 Right

We’re (thankfully) coming to the end of the year – and what a year it was. You probably spent much of the year working from home after being thrown into remote work overnight. Hopefully, over time, you’ve developed organizational habits that kept your productive and feeling on top of things. If your business slows down … Continue reading An End of the Year Cleanup to Start 2021 Right

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

Interested in a Permanent WFH Arrangement? FlexJobs Offers a Template for Talking with Your Boss

(Thanks to our partner FlexJobs for this helpful resource.) A recent survey found that 65% of people said they would prefer to work at home full-time after the pandemic. and 31% would prefer a hybrid work arrangement (combo WFH and in-office). 51% of survey respondents say they have been more productive working from home during COVID-19, and 95% of … Continue reading Interested in a Permanent WFH Arrangement? FlexJobs Offers a Template for Talking with Your Boss

The Pandemic has been Hard on Micromanagers

A global crisis no one saw coming and no one sees ending (for now) can make even the strongest of us feel out of control. Having your workforce working from home in their bunny slippers for months at a time is challenging for any manager. Pity the micromanager forced to endure a pandemic and having … Continue reading The Pandemic has been Hard on Micromanagers

Think Twice Before You Say “Good Job!”

Good job!  How could saying something kind be cruel?  It turns out that praise has a dark side; its effects have been studied extensively in children, but I believe praise can have negative effects on adults as well. In a recent New York Times article, writer Paul Underwood says parents have been told for years … Continue reading Think Twice Before You Say “Good Job!”

Be the Coach, Not the Boss

In previous posts, I wrote about how your advice habit is making everyone around you feel less empowered and less smart. Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever, a book about how to get rid of your tendency to jump in … Continue reading Be the Coach, Not the Boss