You & Your Co-Workers

Correct digressions calmly

September 23, 2020
Digressions are almost inevitable in workplace conversations, so relax when an employee wanders off the track.

Break off a chat without being rude

August 26, 2020
Sometimes you don’t have a few minutes more to spare, yet you don’t want to be rude about cutting off the chat and scurrying away. Here’s what some folks are saying to make their getaways.

Use ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ as springboards

August 26, 2020
When you’re doing job interviews or seeking information, you’re often advised not to ask too many questions that can be answered simply “Yes” or “No.” However, if you’re on the receiving end of such questions, use them to spin off a telling statement of your case.

Is there someone you can’t stand?

July 22, 2020
Let’s face it: There are some employees who just bug us. Understand what’s bothering you and consider your options.

Organize a discussion with…dots?

May 27, 2020
When your group is trying to choose one or a few items from a long list—whether product ideas, potential job candidates, or new strategies—inject some fun in the elimination process.

Negotiate for fit—not argument

May 27, 2020
One way to disagree with someone who has ideas different from yours about what should be done in a certain situation is to argue with them—but that doesn’t always work out so well. A better strategy is to position your idea as a complement to theirs.

Tips to help you get along with irritating people

April 8, 2020
It’s a given that you will run into a few irritating people at work. Sometimes, a brief conversation will straighten things out, but for recurring problems, you need to speak face-to-face. Your meeting will go better if you can calmly refer to specific events and offer a solution.

Put peer quarrels to rest

February 26, 2020
Working, negotiating and even talking with another manager with whom you’ve had disagreements can be hard. Change management expert Rick Maurer suggests four ways to move past the feud.

Become the no-drama co-worker

January 22, 2020
Be a drama-free co-worker with whom everyone loves to work. Stick to these guidelines.

Prepare to deal with toxic people

January 22, 2020
Every workplace has at least one bad apple. The person might complain all the time, gossip, insult co-workers or worse. If you are dealing with an employee who just can’t get along with others, answer these questions before you speak to the employee.