Posts tagged ‘work’

October 20, 2007

I feel like punching someone…..

by Rod Smith

“I feel like punching someone. My co-workers don’t like me because I’m honest to them and they feel threatened that I will take their jobs. I’ve been working here for 5 months and it feels like a lifetime. I need an advice on how to handle gossiping and moody co-workers.”

While punching someone might bring you some relief and satisfaction, the rewards throwing a punch would be very short-lived. So, don’t. Most workplaces do not condone violence among employees.

Hold onto yourself even when the temptation is raging within you. Focus on your job (role, tasks, responsibilities) and offer your responsibilities your very best efforts.

Hard workers, focused employees, loyal men and women who refuse to gossip and join the usual office negative banter (bad-mouthing the job, boss, other co-workers) are often singled out by the lower function employees and become targets simply because they are diligent, and therefore show up their lower functioning counterparts.

But sometimes over-zealous employees are rejected by co-workers, not because they threaten other peoples’ jobs, but simply because their social skills are so undeveloped their behavior attracts mirthful attention.

Take some time to discern which camp you are in.

October 17, 2007

Ten office rules to help everyone be a little healthier…

by Rod Smith

  1. Mind your own business.

  2. Take care of every aspect of your own job before you give time to noticing what someone else is, or is not, doing.

  3. Never initiate or perpetuate gossip of any kind.

  4. Tell the truth.

  5. Apologize when necessary and try to learn from your mistakes.

  6. Get “you need” and “you must” and “you should” out of your vocabulary when you are talking to adults.

  7. Stand up to your boss if he or she is asking you to do something unethical or immoral.

  8. Thank and affirm people who are doing a good job in a manner that gets the person the greatest amount of positive exposure.

  9. Don’t use your work time, the phone, the copier, or the Internet for personal matters.

  10. Realize you are at work to work. You are not there to find a partner, to make friends, or to ease your loneliness. You are there to feed and support your family and to further the goals of the organization that employs you.