Archive | May, 2011

Gender in Management: Women or Man?

Posted on 31 May 2011

Who Put the “Man” in Manager? Great leadership demands gender-neutral skills. Do women make better managers than men? Are we beyond the stage when we should even be posing this question? Touching on gender stereotypes that persist in the workplace, this is the kind of debate that makes employers squirm. Indeed, many women entering the [...]

The Ethical Employee Quiz

Posted on 29 May 2011

“It can be notoriously difficult to make the right choice in a touchy situation—especially one in the workplace. People have different interpretations of “morals,” and workplace complications may not be black and white. People must often choose among conflicting “goods,” according to Carter McNamara, PhD, author of A Complete Guide to Business Ethics.” For example, a [...]

At-will Employment Doctrine: Policy and Exceptions

Posted on 27 May 2011

At-Will Worker Woes You can be fired for wearing a red shirt to work, for preferring the Yankees to the Mets, or for not attending a piano recital featuring your boss’s daughter. Sound ridiculous? Under the employment-at-will doctrine, workers may be terminated at any time “for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all.” [...]

Workplace Violence: Statistics, Preventing Policies

Posted on 26 May 2011

Workplace violence is all too common in corporate America. Craig Intorcia recalls his last sales job where he and 25 other reps were subjected to a boiler room method of cold calling. “The VP of Sales tied our hands to the phones to cold call,” Intorcia told me. “We were also subject to occasional slaps [...]

Work and Family Benefits

Posted on 25 May 2011

Domestic partnership benefits move into the mainstream. What is a family? Is it a small group of loved ones, bound by time and common experience, or is it a legal and biological construct, meant to draw the line between our “official” and “unofficial” relationships? Most of us prefer the former definition, despite living by the [...]

Repetitive Stress: Politics as Usual

Posted on 24 May 2011

Workers and companies will have to monitor themselves. While tax cuts and environmental issues have dominated coverage of the early Bush administration, today’s desktop-dependent professional may want to look closer. Governmental regulation of–and remedy for–repetitive stress injuries is on the wane. According to Workers Warmups, a repetitive stress-reduction company, they are the fastest-growing ailments in [...]

Consensual Relationship Agreements

Posted on 23 May 2011

The Love Contract Debate Employers may want to regulate your romance. Besides raising a few eyebrows, office romances can jeopardize your job security and put employers and co-workers on edge. If you find yourself drawn to an attractive co-worker, be aware of company policy and relatively new trends in office romance management. Lester Jones, attorney [...]

Out of the Closet

Posted on 22 May 2011

Sifting through stuffed closets and drawers can be a shocking experience when you realize how much you’ve packed away over the years. The thought of tackling a neglected wardrobe can be so overwhelming that it will test your power of focus and determination–I can almost guarantee that the couch and TV will seductively call your [...]

Communicating with Coworkers

Posted on 21 May 2011

Maybe you’re the new kid on the block at work–or maybe you’re just shy and never formed solid interpersonal communication skills in grade school. But you need these skills to get through that never-ending, eight-hour work grind. If you don’t want to look for another job, the best way to survive each week is to [...]

Dealing With Office Gossip

Posted on 20 May 2011

Omigod! It’s Office Gossip Cultivate a professional working environment by reducing idle chat. Gossip. It can be so much fun. Who did what? Who did what to whom? What was she wearing? Can you believe what he wrote in that e-mail? My goodness. A few minutes too many around the old office water cooler and [...]