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Your Boss, Friend or Foe?

You’ve finally landed your dream job…congratulations! Now, what kind of relationship will you have with your supervisor? Is this person your friend…or the enemy?

 

The truth is your boss is neither. While some managers are really cool, this person is still the boss of you, and has the power to fire you. Never forget that.


It’s a sad fact that some bosses are jerks. They can be egotistical, moody, and demanding. They are like people that way!  Let’s face it; there are some bad bosses out there.
 But take heart, newly employed mover and shaker. You can cope with whatever kind of boss you end up with.

 

Being ProfessionalFrom the very first day you show up to work, be the absolute epitome of professionalism. This cannot be stated enough! These tips will encourage your boss to trust you, which in turn helps them to like, appreciate and respect you.

 

How To Be Professional:

·         Show up early (not just right on time).

·         Do your work, and pay attention to the details.

·         Ask questions when you don’t understand or need clarification.

·         Take initiative. And let your supervisor know when you’re ready to do more.

·         Do not make personal calls, text, or surf the net while on company time.

·         Do not call in “sick” unless you are on death’s door…seriously!

·         NEVER utter the words, “that’s not in my job description.” Anything your boss asks you to do is in your job description unless it is illegal or unethical.

·         Do all of this without whining, complaining, or making excuses. If there is one thing a boss values in an employee, it’s someone who will be positive AND responsible in all their duties. Be a team player.

Your Boss Is Human – Remember, bosses are human, and can have problems too. Give your boss the benefit of the doubt and expect the best. Hopefully they will be professional enough to not allow personal problems to invade their work life, but again, they are human.

 

Follow this advice and you can have a professional and friendly relationship with your supervisor.

 

Now go out there and make us all proud!

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By chrisjanzen

Getting To Know Your New Co-Workers

Be friendly, not nosy.

 

You spend a massive amount of your time every week with your co-workers.  Getting to know them will make spending time at your office less miserable.  You don’t have to ask for everyone’s life story.  It can all start by just simply introducing yourself.  Be friendly and observant.  Ask questions without being nosy.

 

Break the Ice - Sure, your team members have introduced themselves.  But knowing someone’s name is not the same as getting to know them.  First you need to open up a little yourself.  Make it a point to say "Hi" to your workmates at the start of the day.

Use simple ice breakers like, «Hey.  Can you show me around?» or «Here, let me show you around.» Or a really good ice breaker if you're starting is something like, «any tips you can share?»  Whatever it is, be sure it's positive and won't lead to awkward moments.  And while it might sound cheesy, a smile really can work wonders in this department. 

Small Talk - You don't need to dream up some ridiculous topic in order to make small talk work.  Just be yourself!  And be sure to keep the conversation on easy topics, like movies and music.  Don't act distracted or bored while your workmates are talking to you.  And if you hit a topic that obviously makes somebody feel uncomfortable, just switch to something else.

 

Getting to know your new workmates pays off.  Face it - dealing with people can be rough stuff.  But when everyone on your team knows each other, it just makes the job, that much more easy, comfortable and less stressed. 

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By davidporter

You Must Remember Names

In the work world it is imperative that you remember the names of the people who surround you. Remembering a person's name and pronouncing it correctly are important ways to show respect, whether in the work place or out.


If you need a little help in this area, try these helpful hints.

 

  1. As soon as you meet or are introduced to someone, say their name aloud at the first possible opportunity. “Hi Jack, I'm Chris. Nice to meet you." Always look a person in the eye as you use their name.
  1. Associate the person with someone you know.  For Jack, I would think of my favorite uncle, who is also named Jack. (Hint: Associations are powerful tools, not just for remembering names.)
  1. If the name is a difficult one, get clarification on how to correctly pronounce it. Politely say, “Am I pronouncing this right...Mr. Thibadeaux?”  Wow. Good to always double check with names that include an 'x'.

 

  1. Use the person's name as often as you can when interacting with them. Call them by name when you greet them, ask a question, and when thanking them.
  1. A fun way to remember names is to remember some feature about the person and make up a little nickname for them. We've all heard of McDreamy, so why not use McWavyhair or McCoolglasses too?
  1. You'd be amazed how much a little rhyme can help as well. “There goes Jesse, I wonder if he's messy.”  “Here comes Sophie, she deserves a trophy.”  Yes, it's silly, but hey...whatever works.

 

See… remembering names isn't that hard!  You can do it.  No more, "so sorry, I'm terrible with names."  That excuse is unacceptable and quite rude.  But don’t worry, after a few of these tricks, you will have it all under control and imprinted on the brain.

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By chrisjanzen

Dating In The Workplace

Why you should adopt a “hands off” policy with coworkers, and what to do if you can’t. 

 

Interoffice dating is taboo in all workplaces, and strictly forbidden in some.  Dipping your pen in the company ink can cause discomfort all around and lead to some serious fallout, including termination. 

 

Why Office Dating is a Bad Idea

1) How many relationships have you had that lasted forever?  Exactly my point.  Relationships at work are in fact MORE likely to end in a breakup than conventional dating.  The stress of seeing each other at work can be a deal breaker.  2) When the inevitable fallout happens it will be stressful and uncomfortable for you and everyone else at work.  3) Dating at work also means that your private life doesn’t stand a chance of staying private.  Why? Because gossip flies, dear friend.  4) Imagine how difficult it would be to maintain your dignity when Mr. or Ms. Thought-they-were-the-one spills the details of a certain private face you make to all your co workers. 5) Not to mention the potential for sexual harassment claims from either party after a heinous breakup.

 

How to Avoid Dating at Work

1) If you do happen to feel a small spark for a colleague, keep your office behavior in check.  This means avoid flirting, and no suggestive banter either.  Your office behavior should be strictly professional.   And if someone tries to take it further, you should just smile and keep it clean.  2) If you feel you may be tempted to pursue a co-worker, avoid situations that might further any existing romantic tension.  Groups lunches and especially happy hours, for example.  Off-site social occasions make everyone feel a little more relaxed.  Adding alcohol to the mix can mean you will act in a way you never would have in the office.  3) Overall, if you do become further tempted, ask yourself this, “would I have ended up alone forever if I had not met this person?”  In all likelihood, the answer is a resounding no.  Hookups are completely not worth this kind of hassle.
 

What to Do If It Happens

If you are unable to heed my advice, and likely the advice of your friends, family, and anyone else who knows you, then proceed with extreme caution.  Even if dating at work is not forbidden by your company, you still need to be discreet.  Even the most subtle of acts - a shared look here, standing a little bit too close there, or, always conveniently leaving for lunch at the same time.  All are still noticeable by the sharp-eyed office gossip queen, and you can believe rumors will start flying. 

 

If after all these words of caution, you truly, honestly feel that you would like to try out being a couple together, then have a heart to heart about the situation at hand.  Make plans to work out the “incognito” status you’ll both be entering.  No one wants to let a soul mate slip away.  And if things do pan out, you can always find another job.

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By stacymorgan

Secrets To Managing Your Boss
Tips for managing the manager.

 

Managing your boss can be a tricky thing.  You have to always think two steps ahead, and that isn’t easy at work.  But you can do it!  Know yourself, know your boss, and let the management begin!

 

Understand Your Boss – Every manager is different; some are on endless power trips while others are desperate to delegate everything and escape responsibility.  Before you can manage your supervisor (without getting burned, that is) you need to know what kind of boss they are.  What are their professional goals, their strengths, their weaknesses?  Figure that out first, and consider that learning an ongoing process.

 

Understand The Dynamic – Watch how your manager interacts with people in the office.  What stresses them out?  How can you avoid setting off their temper?  How do they expect you to respond to questions, recommendations, etc?  Be observant, and learn from mistakes your co-workers make with the boss.

 

A Professional Relationship – Never forget that you and your boss are two professionals.  Keep things on that level by being respectful (no matter what).  Your manager doesn’t want to be left in the dark; let them know what’s going on with your projects.  And be aware of your own professional styles.  We all handle things differently, but making some adjustments to fit your manager’s style can go a long way.

 

Figure out what makes your boss tick, and you’ll be able to manage the manager.  It’ll take some effort, but having your supervisor on your side at work is a huge bonus.

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By davidporter

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