LGBT - Inclusion at the Workplace
The world of work in recent times is choosing to embrace a culture of Inclusion. Contrary to earlier times, most organizations in India are committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation. There is an atmosphere of greater openness and acceptance of LGBT people which in turn has led to more individuals deciding to “come out” and talk about their sexual orientation at the workplace. As colleagues or managers, it is important for us to be aware of our own attitudes and reactions towards this and ensure that an environment of acceptance is provided.
Preventing Sexual Harassment : A Manager's Role
Managers can do a lot to create work environments where sexual harassment will be less likely to occur. With preventive measures in place managers have the opportunity to address potential harassment before a situation escalates.
Shyness in the Workplace
When shyness is properly managed, there is no limit to the achievement of shy people in the business world. Even the Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, one of the world's richest and most successful people in the world, is a shy person. What do shy people who succeed professionally have in common? They are in control of their shyness instead of it controlling them!
Giving negative feedback is dreaded in the personal and professional contexts. Lack of sensitivity and skills in giving constructive feedback can result in feelings of dissatisfaction, unhappiness, resentment, and/or discouragement, none of which serve the purpose for which feedback is intended.
Wishing For A Perfect Boss?
Who is a perfect boss: the one who is cheerful, professional, experienced and fair. But in reality this does not exist. Building a productive working relationship with the existing imperfect boss is a more practical solution.
Workplace Romance: A Reality
We spend a lot of time with colleagues in the workplace. It's only natural that at least some of those relationships would turn romantic. Romance can certainly make coming to work more interesting! However, getting involved can be somewhat risky both for your career and for your relationship. So get to know some 'rules' before you get into a relationship.
Creating Healthy Boundaries at the Workplace
Work is not just about projects, numbers and negotiations; it is also about relationships with your co-workers. Maintaining healthy boundaries with your co-workers plays a big part in a successful professional life and a healthy organization. It is a fine balancing act to be friendly and approachable and at the same time not to overstep boundaries. When colleagues become friends it is a completely different ball game, one that needs to be played with sensitivity and finesse.
Saying no to Sexual Harassment
The Sexual Harassment Act stipulates Sexual Harassment as an offence. As more and more women join the work force in India, men and women work in close proximity for long hours. The possibility of mutual attraction between colleagues and even romantic involvement becomes very strong and so does the issue of Sexual Harassment. We all have a responsibility towards ending sexual harrassment at the workplace.
Conflict Resolution at the Workplace
Conflict is an inevitable part of our lives, a common misconception regarding conflict is that "Harmony is Normal" and "Conflict is Abnormal". In fact individual differences are a norm rather than an exception. When we accept the fact that people are bound to have differing points of view then we have to agree that conflicts are also normal. Here are some suggestions on how to handle conflict.
Coping with Emotions at Work
We all have moments when our emotions get the better of us. Not surprising, considering the fact that we face stressors at the workplace that include budget cuts, layoffs, deadlines, irate customers or an unreasonable boss maybe. Of course when things are going well, work is a breeze but it is when things get rough that negative emotions come into play.