What is the best method of communicating with your unavailable boss?
Feb18

What is the best method of communicating with your unavailable boss?

“When is it appropriate to handle issues by e-mail versus in person? Some people are very busy and don’t have time to sit and talk.” This is a follow up question about how effective communication can be difficult from a reader and we discuss how to your finesse communications. I wrote back to ask some questions about whether or not they were the boss or subordinate, here was their response. “The boss is very...

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Promotion with No Pay Increase Due to Wage Freeze?

A technically competent engineer asked if I had seen his promotion announcement to a supervisor on LinkedIn. I had not seen his announcement and congratulated him. He joined the company about eighteen months ago. In follow-up, I inquired about his pay increase for the promotion. He did not receive a promotional increase because of the company’s ongoing wage freeze – the company told him he would receive an increase later. He...

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Gift Giving: Avoid inviting the Elephant

Before I get a slew of comments about being a Grinch or not caring, hear me out. Gift giving in organizations or among groups is one of those Elephants at Work or in the room and it makes some people uneasy. I will give you an example and give some tips on how to give gifts without making others feel badly. Many organizations have a no solicitation policy for the same reason – people do not want to be pressured (peer or otherwise)...

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How to Deal with the Bully Boss

Bullying by bosses in the workplace exists. Today, we’ll discuss how to know if your boss is bullying you or a co-worker in a team or group setting and what you can do about it. What does Bullying look like? If you were to ask someone if they know what bullying looks like, you might get a wide number of examples. However, bullying can be difficult to define. Here are some situations where your boss’s actions may in fact be bullying....

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Cyber-Bullying is the new Workplace Harassment

The circle of work harassment continues to get wider each day – cyber-bullying is making its way into organizations and not everyone is prepared to handle it. Not too long ago, harassment cases that Human Resources or managers dealt with were verbal or physical harassment that occurred during working hours and on work premises. After a while, location became less of a factor and harassment cases included employees dealing with vendors...

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Lay off the stress for people with disabilities in the workplace

This is a story of Alice. She is an assistant retail store manager and she has a handicap. Alice has multiple sclerosis (MS). Her disability is not clear even though she has had it for many years. She fights it daily and she tries not to let it show. If you looked at Alice you would see a fit woman in her late 40’s. Staying healthy by working out – this is one of the ways she has kept the disease from progressing more...

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