Workplace conflict is inevitable. In fact, 85 percent of employees have to deal with conflict to some degree on a regular basis. In the United States, employees spend nearly three hours per week dealing with conflict. Knowing how to handle workplace…
Finding a decent job can be difficult. Keeping a decent job can also be frustrating, especially when you have to deal with work conflict from abrasive and uncooperative individuals.
Work conflict is an unfortunate fact of life. You may be forced to interact with types of people where, outside of work, you would avoid like the plague. However, you might have no choice but to deal with them. No, you don’t have to like it.
To avoid work conflict, especially with people you don’t care for, here are eight practical strategies:
Words matter! At work, the words you use are like your calling card; communication is as much a part of your reputation as is your performance.
Stay sharp with the seven things you should never say at work.
Some phrases might be acceptable at home, but they could make you seem incompetent and unprofessional. They should be banned from the workplace.
Seven common phrases to remove from work conversations immediately (it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to drop them at home, too):
Every employee wants to work in a happy office.
More importantly, happy employees are better for the bottom line!
By Arlene Chandler for HRNewsDaily:
Everyone loves a happy office; a work environment where everyone gets along, gets work done quickly and efficiently, and still has time to email funny cat pictures to each other is an ideal set up, but the benefits go well beyond the general day-to-day enjoyment.
Along with keeping the HR department satisfied, an office full of happy workers helps dramatically with business ventures, and if you’re running a workplace that seems more like a sweatshop, here are a few things your company is missing out on.
Holding onto Quality Employees
The economy is slowly improving, and more job opportunities are opening up every day. What this means is that employees are no longer desperate for any job that comes their way, and they are much more likely to leave a job they find unsatisfactory. Your employees are your biggest asset, so make sure you’re treating them in a way that will make them want to stick around.
Losing employees results in a big profit loss; the time and money it takes to hire someone new and provide effective training is never in the company’s best interest, and you can easily reduce the amount of time you have to spend on that process by creating a comfortable and respectful work environment. Continue reading “How Happy Employees Affect Your Business”
The new employee orientation process is commonly known as “onboarding.”
Your business should make every effort during onboarding to make new hires feel welcomed prepared for a productive future with the company.
First off, beginning the onboarding process should be to familiarize new hires with the corporate family. Getting to know the people in the office could help prevent embarrassing situations—such as the new employee who asks a stranger to help with the copier, only to discover later that the stranger was the CEO.
Employees have some of the greatest ideas, but the problem is getting them to give those ideas up!
At times, it seems you have to seduce the ideas from them, like pulling teeth!
Your employees can have the best ideas for helping your company grow. It’s only logical; employees deal with customer frustrations first hand. They have a front row seat for regularly occurring problems. They draw success from the jaws of failure. They know the client’s needs in detail, every day.
What your employees experience daily are the things that management has forgotten, or top brass may have never seen.
So why are the greatest ideas from employees failing to make it into practice? Perhaps they are gun shy!
For example, an incompetent manager shuts down an employee with a great idea. The manager might have forgotten the incident, but the employee never will. You can guarantee that the employee will never recommend anything again.
Managers that are smart enough to recognize a brilliant proposal must make sure they encourage future ideas, even if they do not use every idea.
Why does an employee feel rejection?
There will come a time where we realize we have the tools to do a job at work, just not the willpower to get it done!
You have now come face to face with procrastination.
In an infographic about procrastination from www.thegappartnership.com, there are two interesting statistics:
- People who procrastinate tend to drink more
- 46 percent of respondents say procrastination has a negative influence on their lives
Here are six tips to keep procrastination out of work and your life:
Have an idea of the work you need to do—visualize addressing the assignment. One of the biggest barriers of performance is losing track of what you are doing. When a job is not top-of-mind, you usually forget how significant it can be.
Decide to move.
Make the conscious decision to act. By concentrating on the work you need to do, you will arrive at a point where you just can’t wait another minute. When you finally decide to get started, you break through the sub-conscious wall that holds you back.
Break it down.
Every job is easier when divided into smaller, more manageable fragments. As the saying goes, every great journey begins with a single step. Divide the work into small steps, soon you will find yourself accomplishing all you need.
Timing is everything.
Start with a manageable chunk of time to work on the task—you can begin with as little as 15 minutes to get you started. Work on the project for that set period, taking credit for getting at least that much accomplished. It will be your first step to banishing procrastination. You will find that once the ball is rolling, everything else will come.
One day at a time.
As the Nike ads say—just do it! Every day is a win if you use the time to work toward a goal. Do something—anything—each day! This will expand your imagination and stimulate you to move forward. Success is a daily habit.
One last thing—don’t forget to have fun! Find pleasure in everything you do—anything from daily chores to your work, occupation or career. The more pleasure you get in doing a task, the less likely you will procrastinate.
Infographic after the jump…