Posts tagged Office Politics

How to Deal With Passive-Aggressive People at Work

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.

The Most Productive Times to Hold a Meeting

It’s definitely not Monday, according to business owners and experts who spoke to OPEN Forum.

Tuesday mornings. It lets people get over their case of the Mondays, while still having enough time to plot out the week.

Read more on the best (and worst) times to have a meeting on OPEN Forum.

When you work in an office, tons of personalities are coming together. And it’s no surprise that sometimes they clash. There’s even evolutionary reasoning behind those flare ups, according to organizational psychologist Ben Dattner:

“As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.”

But while personality conflicts make for an easy explanation, they’re not always to blame for office drama: employers are. Learn how you could be to blame for workplace tensions on OPEN Forum.

When you work in an office, tons of personalities are coming together. And it’s no surprise that sometimes they clash. There’s even evolutionary reasoning behind those flare ups, according to organizational psychologist Ben Dattner:

“As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.”

But while personality conflicts make for an easy explanation, they’re not always to blame for office drama: employers are. Learn how you could be to blame for workplace tensions on OPEN Forum.

"Brilliant jerks. Some companies tolerate them. For us, cost to effective team work is too high." — Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
Small-business expert Bruna Martinuzzi shares the best ways to handle the brilliant jerks in your company.

"Brilliant jerks. Some companies tolerate them. For us, cost to effective team work is too high." — Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

Small-business expert Bruna Martinuzzi shares the best ways to handle the brilliant jerks in your company.

The Top 6 Things Employees Waste Time On 1. Office Politics - 17%2. Communication - 15%3. Non-Work Related Office Talk - 14%4. Computer-Related Drama - 11%5. Meetings - 11%6. Internet Exploration - 9%
(via The Top 6 Things Employees Waste Time On - Small Business Tips and Resources-The Small Business Playbook)

The Top 6 Things Employees Waste Time On

1. Office Politics - 17%
2. Communication - 15%
3. Non-Work Related Office Talk - 14%
4. Computer-Related Drama - 11%
5. Meetings - 11%
6. Internet Exploration - 9%

(via The Top 6 Things Employees Waste Time On - Small Business Tips and Resources-The Small Business Playbook)

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Cartoon by Peter C. Vey. For more from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/WUPvLj

Office hierarchy per usual.

newyorker:

Cartoon by Peter C. Vey. For more from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/WUPvLj

Office hierarchy per usual.