Dealing with Disruptive and Dysfunctional Coworkers

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Let’s admit it. Not all bosses and coworkers are pleasant. Many are, but many others are offensive, uncooperative, jealous, rancorous, cantankerous and what not. In workplaces, in which we spend a major part of our lives, having to deal with these kinds of people is necessary, because it is unavoidable. People have given up their jobs or changed the track of their professions only because of such colleagues at the workplace.

This kind of situation is certainly not a very likeable one, because we return home after work in expectation of a better environment. When most of our day is spend interacting with colleagues who constantly badger; we carry that negative baggage home. Of course, disagreements are natural and even unavoidable at the workplace, because it is a workplace. But to what extent? Should it be to the extent of killing our career prospects or ruining our family lives?

Dealing with dysfunctional coworkers

But then, such colleagues simply cannot be wished away. As the old saying goes, what cannot be mended has to be endured. It may not be necessary to take this adage in the literal sense of term, because such people need not be endured at all times. One can learn to exist with them. They have to be dealt with, sometimes with assertiveness, and sometimes with a conciliatory attitude.

Are there ways by which one can deal with colleagues who are not merely disagreeable, but simply outright dysfunctional? Are there ways by which they can be made to understand that they are crossing your path beyond reasonable limits, and that enough is enough?

Complete understanding of dealing with disagreeable colleagues

All this will be the content of a learning session from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry. Teri Morning, who is the President of her own HR Consulting firm and brings over 15 years human resource and training experience in a variety of professional fields, including retail, distribution, architectural, engineering, consulting, manufacturing (union), public sector and both profit and non-profit company structures; will be the speaker at this webinar.

Interested in exploring the ways of dealing with such disagreeable and dysfunctional coworkers? Learn the tricks by registering for this webinar at TrainHR

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM.
Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Minimizing the effects of such employees’ behavior

Teri will show participants how to set up one’s work life to minimize the effects these disgruntled dysfunctional persons have on their work days. She will explain how to deal with all kinds of coworkers, right from those who are thoroughly disagreeable to those whose conduct may be so thoroughly dysfunctional that it interferes with an employee’s abilities to accomplish their goals and company objectives.

This webinar is of value to anyone who works with people who could impact their ability to perform at work to the best of their capability. Teri will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Spotting the difference between merely disagreeable or difficult, thoroughly disagreeable, and dysfunctional
  • The difference between passive, assertive, angry and the most dangerous of all – passive aggressive
  • What to do about bullies, backstabbers, belittlers and the bitter ones.
  • Despots, controllers, and detrimental coworkers
  • Liars, blamers, and cheats
  • The cruel, the vicious and the vindictive
  • How to know when things are inordinately out of hand and to ask for help.

Mindset For Success

Jay Colby

Everyone wants a successful happy life. You are probably like me and have many goals you want to achieve. Whether these goals are for business, home, family, or self-improvement, setting your mindset for success is key. Without a proper mindset you may find yourself distracted by daily life or experiencing shiny object syndrome. Having a great mindset sets trulysuccessful peopleapartfrom those who never realize their dreams. The real secret to success is your mindset. The thoughts you have, the beliefs you hold and the actions you take based on those beliefs. There is no secret formula that you need to be successful all the tools you need are already inside of you. So I will share seven keys to have a successful mindset. If you agree or disagree with these keys comment below.

  1. Clearly define what it is that you want to do:

I know this may seem hard to…

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Employee Engagement is the Finest Art for an Organization to Cultivate 

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No organization can be more blessed than those whose employees want to contribute their best and feel excited and motivated to come to work, are absorbed in the work they are doing, and feel like giving new and fresh ideas that work.  Employees who go out of their way and contribute work and ideas towards improving the bottom line or enhancing its standing in the market are priceless.

Yet, such an organization is not one that is created in the heavens. It becomes so by inculcating a mantra for bringing this feeling about in its employees. That mantra is “employee engagement”.

Employee engagement is at the root of keeping the organization in a state of rare energy and enthusiasm. It is all about bringing about a milieu in which employees want to give in their best without being told to or asked to. An engaged employee is an organization’s best bet and its number one asset. When employees are motivated, the organization is a happy place to be in. An engaged employee associates her own interest with the organization’s to such an extent that she feels that what she does for the organization is a benefit for her own career.

Characteristics of organizations with engaged employees

Engaged employees are hard workers who put in lots of extra efforts. They show high levels of loyalty and satisfaction with their jobs. Their levels of morale and commitment are high. The benefits for organizations which have such employees are obvious:

  • Their turnover levels are very low
  • Their productivity, innovation, attendance and customer satisfaction are very high
  • They enjoy a great reputation
  • They stay ahead of the competition in almost all the areas that matter.

Is there a means to bringing about employee engagement? How do organizations learn this art? How do organizations handle engaged employees, and how do they engage employees that are not engaged?

Get an understanding of all the aspects of employee engagement

A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will be offering this learning. Catherine M. Mattice, President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, LLC, who has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007 and whose book, “BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work” has been hailed as ““the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic”; will be the speaker.

Want to understand how to bring about employee engagement? Want to see how this magic formula can be created and made to work for your organization? Want to see your employees brimming with joy and enthusiasm? Then, please visit TrainHR to register for this highly valuable learning session.

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM.
Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Key objectives of the webinar

The objectives of this webinar, which is of relevance and importance to key personnel in organization, such as HR Professionals, Business Consultants, EAP’s, Business Owners, Leaders, , Directors, Managers and Supervisors, Employee Relations,  and Union representatives or members; are:

  • Showing employees you value them
  • Giving them challenging work
  • Building positive relationships
  • Building trust between leaders and employees
  • Creating a positive work environment
  • Reminding employees why their work matters
  • Providing the opportunity to grow professionally
  • Offering meaningful rewards.

Catherine will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Define employee engagement and what it means in your organization
  • Create and implement an employee engagement survey
  • Implement a strategic plan for employee engagement and positive workplace culture
  • Learn best practices in giving praise, empowering employees, and setting expectations
  • Develop tools that will help employees see that you value them
  • Understand how to work with employees to create stretch goals, and coach employees through success
  • Create and implement techniques to increase trust within the organization
  • Work with employees to help them find the meaning in their work
  • Implement tips and techniques to create a positive workplace environment
  • Develop creative ways to offer professional development to your employees.

My blogging tips and tricks

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I’m obviously not a professional blogger but I do believe that everyone has something to offer. So here are my best blogging tips! Maybe you’ll get something out of them!

  • Purpose

When starting a blog know what you want from it. If blogging is a way for you to vent and talk about things that interest you, you can be really laid back about it. On the other hand if you are hoping to someday make an income out of it you have to be a lot more focused and consistent.

  • Content

Your blog’s content must be something you are passionate about. Something you’ll feel proud about once you hit that little update button. Don’t try to write about something that you believe people will like. It won’t work out.

  • Photos

Ok you have the great content. Now what? Most people will NOT click on your post if a…

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Learning to Deal with Emergencies at the Workplace

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Most managers and employees learn the skills related to their work and try to excel there. While there is no argument on the need for this, there are a few special skills that employees at all levels, be it managers or the sub staff, need to learn and be familiar with. It is a skill that is useful to such an extent that the organization that imparts these skills can save itself from physical ruin and save its employees’ lives.

What is this skill that it so important? It is the skill of employee preparedness in the event of a natural disaster. This is a skill that is often overlooked by most organizations, but teaching employees how to be resilient and to handle emergency situations such as an earthquake, hurricane, fires, power outages and the like is so important that it can save lives.

Having got used to living in the comfort of the workplace offered in the developed world, most of us employees are complacent in our attitude towards such situations. Most employees take nature and its behavior for granted to the extent that they tend to think that their place is insulated from natural disasters. This smugness needs to be corrected, because any workplace can become a target of natural disasters.

A learning session on this highly important, but neglected area of the workplace

How do employees learn to deal with these? Can these skills be imparted? Yes. The ways of doing it are what a webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will be offering. At this webinar on this rare, but extremely crucial topic, Gerald Lewis, an international consultant and trainer whose work with national and international government agencies, healthcare facilities, educational institutions and private businesses on a wide range of work, behavioral health and organizational issues has focused on facilitating organizational recovery and resiliency with the emphasis on “people-recovery”; will be the speaker.

Want to understand how to put an emergency preparedness plan in place, so that invaluable lives and data and other property can be saved? Then, please register for this webinar by visiting TrainHR viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM.
Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Doing all that is needed during emergencies

While emergency services are highly efficient and can be counted upon to help organizations in the rescue efforts needed during emergencies; the employee is a critical cog in the wheel in initiating and maintaining rescue efforts. Dr. Lewis will explain how employees need to group themselves and manage rescue efforts till the emergency services arrive or after their arrival.

At this webinar, Dr. Lewis will provide an overview of pre and post services and strategies that are designed to sustain workforce resilience.  This will be of very high value to personnel in organizations that deal with situations warranted by emergencies, such as all levels of administrative and supervisory personnel, HR, Legal, Security, Risk Management and Facilities.

During this webinar, Dr. Lewis will cover the following areas:

  • Assessing the work organization’s culture
  • The types of events and the short and long range impact on an organization
  • Pre-event policies and programs and post-event services and strategies to maintain workforce viability
  • How to conduct an employee preparedness survey with a case presentation.

Getting the most of Telecommuting

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With telecommuting and remote working gaining in popularity as a mode of work; it is essential for managers today to add one more skill to their resume: the ability to manage remotely located teams effectively. This ability is not rocket science or a faculty present in only select individuals. It can be developed over time, with practice and persistence.

When managed efficiently, telecommuting is a great benefit to organizations, as employees will be working in a more familiar environment, will be able to give more time to their family and strike a better work-life balance, which is a major factor in higher levels of creativity and productivity, will be able to divert the time spent on travel towards work, will be relatively stress free, and can be made to work at their peak productive or creative time, which is not necessarily during office hours, and so on.

It is necessary for organizations to understand the dynamics of telecommuting and remote working if they have to manage it efficiently and get the most out of it. If this is not done, the whole idea goes topsy-turvy, resulting in many roadblocks and hardships.

A complete learning session on how to get the best out of telecommuting

A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will explain all the nuances of how to manage telecommuting and remote working, so that employers understand how to get it right, the result of which will be the full range of benefits listed above, and more.

Chris DeVany, who is the founder and president of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, a firm which focuses on management and organization development, will be the speaker at this webinar.

Please visit TrainHR to register for this webinar. Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM.
Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Areas of concern

This session addresses some of the core concerns of managers who manage teams remotely, such as

  • Concern about the loss of time and productivity lost by members of the team because they are spread out
  • Unnecessary paper work
  • Being out of touch with members of the team since they are located far away.

This webinar teaches participants the ways by which they can acquire the skill of managing teams remotely. To make this learning relevant and meaningful, the speaker at this webinar will make this session a hard-hitting workshop with powerful exercises, models and case studies specifically designed for managers of multiple locations.

Almost real life-like

This learning session is a unique one, since it offers participants a practical method of fine-tuning off-site management skills in a simulated, almost real-life environment where they don’t have to worry about making a costly mistake. This session serves as a dry run for the real assignments that they can handle immediately after attending this session. It will impart proven, effective strategies that they can implement into their real life situations as soon as they have finished this learning.

This session will help participants:

  • Boost productivity at every location
  • Significantly cut down on paperwork
  • Know off-site employees are following the rules, period, including home-office rules
  • Spot problems even when they are far away

At this webinar, Chris will cover the following areas:

  • Maintain Order While Managing Long-Distance
  • Stay In Touch – And Control – No Matter What
  • Establish Quality-Minded Teams You Can Rely On
  • Troubleshoot Off-Site Problems Like A Pro

Personnel who are involved in time management and efficiency of their employees will benefit in a big way from this webinar. These include CEO, Senior Vice President, Vice President, Executive Director, Managing Director, Regional Vice President, Area Supervisor and Manager.

Getting Likes, Comments, and Engagement on Your Blog (3 min read)

Millionaire's Digest

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Franci Hoffman

Founder & Owner of: Amanpan

Millionaire’s Digest Staff Team, Author, Successful Living Writer


Do you write for yourself? Do you write for others? Do you write to write? Do you write about writing? You know, I see these questions often intertwined in posts with listicles offering advice for those of us that like to write. My intent is not to address the Why, What, When, Who and How of writing. My intent is to entertain what transpires after our post publishes for all the world to see.

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