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.
People Skills at the Workplace
32 year old Shiamak is brilliant, creative, energetic and aggressive. A financial and strategic genius is what some would call him. Despite his brilliance and talent Shiamak is perceived by his peers and subordinates as self promoting, remote and intolerant. Relationships with his peers and subordinates were not a priority with him. He has just discovered a major production setback in an extensively publicized new product. Thousands of orders have been delayed, angry customers are furious and who knows how this news will affect the company's stocks. Things would not have reached such a crisis for Shiamak, if he had understood the value of building relationship with his peers and had his subordinates found him approachable, he might have been able to appreciate the cross-functional challenges of developing this particular product. Like so many other talented people he lacks the emotional competencies that would help him work better as a team.
Anger in the Workplace
Some people have learnt to use anger as a means to get their own way in personal life, and so continue to use this even at work. But what we need to realise is that uncontrolled anger is perceived negatively at workplace. It pays to look at managing anger.