Office Frustrations

Do you have a coworker that drives you crazy? What do they do that frustrates you so? Well, Careerbuilder.com offers 10 surefire ways to “tick off” your co-workers. Now let us count the ways:

  • Is it always all about you? Are you preoccupied with your own career path and looking good at the expense of others? Do you put others down while you pump yourself up? Instead, conduct yourself in such a way that other people will want to see you succeed — let their genuine support and admiration of who you are pull you to success.
  • Answering cell phone calls during meetings. A surefire way to aggravate people is to consistently respond to calls, e-mails and pagers when in conversation with others.
  • Sending voice mails that go on and on and on. At the end of a voice message, replay it and hear how you sound. Difficulty in getting to the point?
  • Acting like a bureaucrat. Do you drag out turnaround times and play control games? Do you create obstacles or barriers for others to do their work? Making mountains out of molehills is another surefire way to alienate people.
  • “I’m like, ya know…” You are your words even more so in virtual relationships. You may be communicating with people worldwide who know you only by the sound of your voice or the tone of your e-mails. Become conscious of how you use language and stop communicating in ways that cause you to sound inexperienced or unprofessional.
  • Doing your bills at the office. Whether you are paying your bills, planning your wedding, or placing an online order for a special gift, avoid doing them on office time.
  • Skirting around the dress code. Dressing for work has never been more complicated – especially if you work at multiple locations. Prioritize matching your customer’s dress code and if visiting more than one on a given day and the codes conflict, go for a classic, neutral look.
  • Taking it too easy on telecommute days. Run a few errands and throw in a load of laundry? Hey, you’re a hard worker and deserve work-life balance. Telecommuting can be a tremendous win-win but if you stretch it to its limits, you may blow the policy for yourself and others.
  • Acting unethically. Make sure you are clear on your organization’s ethics policies and have the courage and conviction to uphold them. It’s easy to draw the line on major violations but watch for the subtle ways you may be pulling others in the wrong direction to achieve goals.

Scary Workplace Bosses: What Halloween Character Is Your Boss?

The workload is the most scary aspect of the job for 18-percent, while deadlines, performance reviews, meetings, and the boss are other frightening elements.

When asked which Halloween character their boss most closely resembles

  • 11% -percent picked “The Wolfman – is fine one minute, howling the next.” 
  • 10% – percent say “The Invisible Man – never around.”
  • 9% -percent call the boss “Casper the Friendly Ghost – eager to help, but often misunderstood.” 
  • 6% -percent feel they work for “Dracula – constantly sucking the life right out of you.”
  • 5% – percent say their boss is “The Wicked Witch of the West – always acting conniving and sending out minions to do his or her dirty work.”
  • 4% – percent say they work for “The Mummy – slow-moving and has an ancient thought process.”
  • 3% – percent call their boss “The Grim Reaper – constantly delivers bad news and inspires fear among workers.” 
  • However, 20% -percent say their employer is “Glinda the Good Witch – liked and respected by all.”

Share amongst your co-workers. Have a great week. – Justin

Bosses, LISTEN UP!

When you talk to your staff using business management jargon, it not only alienates your employees, but most of all it makes them perceive you as being untrustworthy and weak, according to a survey by the British organization YouGov. 40% of those polled said the use of jargon is on the rise in their offices. A whopping 60% said they would like to work in a jargon-free zone. But most managers are clueless, as 55% believe using such language is not a problem.

Here are the 10 Gobbledygook Phrases Bosses Should Never Use and their definitions:

  • Blue-sky thinking — Idealistic or visionary ideas that do not always have a practical application.
  • Get our ducks in a row — Making sure all arrangements are efficiently made.
  • Brain dump — To tell everything you know about a particular topic.
  • Think outside the box — Don’t limit your thinking to within your job description; be creative.
  • Joined-up thinking — Taking into account how things affect each other and not looking at something in isolation.
  • Drilling down — Getting more detail about a particular issue.
  • Push the envelope — Improve performance by going beyond commonly accepted boundaries.
  • The helicopter view — An overview.
  • Low-hanging fruit — The easiest targets.
  • At the end of the day — Something you say before you say what you believe to be the most important fact of a situation.