There was a time in my life when I thought that I could get others to do what I wanted by giving clear expectations and corrective feedback. It was during my previous career, as a Speech-Language Pathologist. During my clinical training, I had learned from supervisors that if I was
Have you ever been in a job where there’s been one or more colleagues who you simply do not get along with? We get to pick our friends, but we don’t get to pick our colleagues. It seems that in any job, there are colleagues with whom we connect very
Are you finding it challenging to get better results from certain employees, even when you’ve addressed the same performance issues with them time and time again? We often view performance issues as being related to a character flaw in the person whose performance is weak. This tends to be particularly
Are Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) truly effective for employees who are experiencing problems at work? Someone recently asked me if I thought that Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are able to sustainably resolve work-related problems experienced by employees. In my opinion, the answer to this question is both yes and no.
There has been a lot of focus in the past few years about the importance of positive thinking. Explained in its simplest terms, having a positive mindset means being able to see the bright side of things. For instance, instead of saying and believing a statement such as: “My team
Reprimanding employees for weak job performance will typically have one of two possible outcomes: your employee will either rebel (i.e. not do what you are asking of them) or they’ll comply out of fear. When someone complies out of fear, they’ll likely take the corrective action that you’re requesting. But
Last minute requests used to set me off into a frenzy of activity. I would set out to meet a short deadline with an urgency that would have made you think that my life depended on it. I’d be frustrated about the expectations placed upon me and complained about the
A few months ago, our 9 year son was having a really rough night. His anxiety had gotten the best of him and he was terrified to go to sleep. After much work and patience, he finally fell asleep at 10pm, only to awake again at midnight. From the minute
Have you ever been part of a conversation at work where someone is sharing a personal opinion about someone else on your team and you’re left feeling uncomfortable? Here’s a prime example that I’ve been witness to. A client was considering assigning a project to a member of his team.
Stress in the workplace is simply inevitable. We’ve all heard lots about the detrimental effects of stress on our health and our relationships. Lifestyle changes such as exercise, a healthy diet and getting enough sleep can help us manage our stress. We all know this. But what if we could