Can you get by toxic office politics?

I was sitting around the having a conversation with friends the other day about workplaces and the “office politics” that often soured people’s view of the workplace. I found that it is not only businesses that have this problem. One of my friends, an ex-pastor, said that the church he was associated with was so …

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7 Reasons you have Toxic employees.

  I was reading an article on ways to lower your workplace stress, written by David Posen. Number 5 on Posen’s list was: identify problem people and deal rid of them. As he said “Abusive people wreak havoc in the workplace, keeping coworkers on edge and distracted. They kill engagement, morale and productivity.” I agree …

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Hire Slow, Fire Fast

I don’t think there are too many things worse for a company, especially a small company, than to make a bad hire that is then allowed to hang around forever because management is afraid to act on the mistake they made. So the solution for this is to hire slow and fire fast. In an article …

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Formula for Disaster: Bad Union + Bad HR = Bad Employee Kept Too Long

If ever there was a formula for disaster in Human Resources it is one that includes a bad union contract plus bad HR . Let me give you an example of what I mean. A local bus system’s workers are organized by the Amalgamated Transit Union. They had negotiated a contract with the bus system that …

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Seven Deadly Sins At Work: Career Killers

An article on CareerBuilder.com had an interesting take on toxic behavior at work. How Toxic Behavior Leads to Sinful Behavior at Work , written by Rachel Zupek, talks about a study by Dr. Mitchell Kusy and Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, authors of “Toxic Workplace! Managing Toxic Personalities and their Systems of Power.” In their material they …

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Toxic Employees: Some Are Like Atomic Waste and Never Go Away

Toxic employees. We have all had them or have them now. They serve as a constant reminder of our mistakes. Mistakes? What mistakes you ask? Here are the mistakes you have made to get that toxic employee and the reason you still have them. Here is how you got them in the first place: You …

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