Barbed smiles, mumbled remarks, backhanded compliments… Working with passive-aggressive personalities at the office can be a draining experience. But there’s a three-step process for handling it:
1. Address the issue head on. Be able to point out the exact instance of passive-aggressive behavior you’ve witnessed.
2. Control your own emotions. Approaching someone with passive-aggressive tendencies in anger could cause them to shut down and/or make them even more standoffish.
3. Understand that they can’t be changed. Your best bet is trying to improve the situation, as a passive-aggressive person can only change when they want to change.
To learn how to stop passive-aggressive behavior from spreading to the rest of your team, read these eight tips on OPEN Forum.
Wanting everything to be perfect sounds nice in theory, but we all know just how unattainable that goal can be. And for business owners, it can be determinantal to your company’s growth: “once the bar has been set too high,” OPEN Forum’s Vivian Giang writes, “people naturally start putting off tasks because they’re afraid they won’t be able to meet those high expectations.”
Here are four ways to tell if you’re under perfectionism’s dangerous spell:
1. It takes you longer to complete tasks.
2. You’re working more than necessary.
3. You’re a know-it all.
4. You can’t evolve quickly.
Read on for how to conquer perfectionism on OPEN Forum.
You may think you need coffee to get you through your day, but it can make a busy day feel even more hectic, writes OPEN Forum contributor Bruna Martinuzzi:
Ingesting more than 500 mg of caffeine a day increases anxiety—the antonym of calm. On average, a cup of brewed coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine. So if your daily routine includes drinking five or more cups of coffee, you may be brewing some trouble for yourself. This is an easy change to put in place on your road to a calmer disposition.
Read on for five more ways to remain calm and in control.
Medium is a publishing platform available to anyone with a Twitter account (which makes sense, considering two of the guys behind the microblogging site created it). Unlike Twitter, you can go beyond 140 characters to share your thoughts; journalists, experts and provocateurs are using the space to post essays and become thought leaders of sorts in their spaces.
It’s a great space for small business owners as well for five major reasons. Read more on OPEN Forum.
"Research done at the USC Center for Effective Organizations found that 82 percent of business leaders aren’t working at their ideal energy levels,” writes small-business consultant Rieva Lesonsky. “Sixty-one percent felt they were working below their best energy level, while 21 percent felt they were working above their ideal energy level.”
This may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to manage your energy levels so you’re most effective is to leave well enough alone, Lesonsky writes:
Once you know your natural energy rhythms, try to honor them. If you experience a 3 p.m. slump every day, for example, trying to power through it will do more harm than good. You won’t be working efficiently, your results will be poor, and you’ll drain even more energy from your mind and body. Instead, during a slump time, try taking a quick walk, doing stretches in your office or even taking a power nap for 10 to 20 minutes.
Read on for six more ways to stay productive throughout your day.
If you’ve got a few bad habits you’d like to break—and want to inspire your employees to do the same—follow these 6 steps for personal success.
Step 1: Understand how habits form.
Step 2: Know exactly why the new way is superior to the old way.
Step 3: Expect that your body will not want to change.
Step 4: Set trigger goals.
Step 5: Set improvement goals.
Step 6: Script your setbacks.
Learn how to implement these habit-breaking steps on OPEN Forum.