5 Steps to Dealing with Bullies at Work

bullies

Bullies have always been among us. The sad truth is that most of us have experienced a boss, supervisor, or co-worker who has treated us with disdain, contempt, or worse.

Some of us have been verbally attacked and even threatened with physical violence in our workplaces. Even sadder, perhaps, is the fact that few of us had the willingness to complain or report these activities, and simply remained silent in the face of attacks because we were afraid or just wanted to keep our job.

So, the bullies kept up their behavior until we quit or asked for another assignment. We don’t have to do that anymore, and many employers are adopting safe workplace codes that feature bully-free zones at work.

But we still need to speak out and take action individually when we are faced with bullying in the workplace. For when you need to deal with a situation like this, here is a five step plan that anyone can use to deal with bullies at work.
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How to Make Your Mark at Your New Job

make your mark

Starting a new job can present a range of emotions: excitement, nervousness, appreciation, etc. One pretty consistent feeling is the desire to get off to a good start.

Whether you are beginning your first job out of college, moving around within the industry, or starting on a new career path, here are a few ways to make your mark in your new position. Click Here to Read Article …

3 Lessons on Work-Life Balance

work-life balance

Sooner or later, we all have to find a way to find a good work-life balance.

If not, we find that work takes up so much of our life that there is little time left for anything else. Or, we pay a much greater price in terms of our physical, mental, or emotional well-being.

We don’t usually figure out we have a problem with an imbalance between our work and the rest of our lives until we are already in trouble.

Here are 3 lessons that we can learn and practice to prevent those troubles from developing, and to help us re-balance our work with the rest of our lives. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Publish Your Own Book

Self-Publishing

The advent of e-books, Amazon, and the digital adaptation of almost everything has made being able to publish your work for the world easier than ever. It seems like every other day you hear a success story about an author who made it big by publishing their books on their own terms, without a publisher.

The truth is that there is a lot of work involved when you publish your own book, and the people who have succeeded have put in the time and effort to make sure they did things right. It can be a complicated process, and you have to wear a lot of hats to successfully publish your book.

But it can be done! You just have to go into it knowing what to do. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Make a Decision

Make a decision

Last summer, I found myself in a dilemma to make a decision. Amidst my struggle to find fulfillment from the various jobs, I was offered a regular salary and benefits kind of job. Being offered any type of employment after a particularly long dry spell was fantastic, but I was hung up on the fact that it wasn’t how I pictured it — the pay wasn’t great and the industry was one I never thought I’d be in.

I was faced with an important decision: Do I accept the new position and a chance at a little security, or continue searching for something different, something that fit the long laundry list of must-haves I had concocted for my professional life? Click Here to Read Article …

How to Ace Your Interview

interview

As a job searcher there are lots of things that you can do to increase your chances of getting a job.

You understand how important it is to research the company. You understand how important it is to be on time to your interview and to make sure that your resume and cover letter are flawless.

But what about the interview itself? How do you make sure that your interview goes well?
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How to Avoid Office Conflict

Conflict

Have you ever had to manage conflict at a job? When I was eighteen and fresh out of high school, I was offered my first job in which interacting with coworkers was a requirement.

I didn’t have much of anything to compare the experience to, but I sensed early on that there was some serious conflict brewing between the ladies I worked with. There was constant talking behind each other’s backs and harsh criticism was commonplace. Those who weren’t passive aggressive were just downright nasty.

But being the youngest in the bunch, I didn’t think it was my place to speak up and I feared that certain individuals would turn on me if I simply excused myself from the conflict. Click Here to Read Article …

Get to Know the Four Finalists for a Big Game Ad from Intuit (Sponsored)

Intuit is awarding one lucky small business the opportunity to have a 30-second TV advertisement during football’s biggest game on February 2nd as part of their “Small Business, Big Game” competition. They’ve got four finalists, and now you can learn more about each one.

  • Barley Labs, of Durham, N.C. – Produces all-natural dog treats
  • GoldieBlox, of Oakland, Calif. – Is a toy company inspiring girls to push limits
  • Locally Laid Egg Company, of Duluth, Minn. – Raises healthy hens on pasture
  • POOP – Natural Dairy Compost, of Nampa, Idaho – Produces natural and odorless dairy manure

Watch the finalist videos above and learn more at SmallBusinessBigGame.com. Keep an eye out during the Big Game on February 2nd to see the winning ad!

How to Deal with Difficult People

How to deal with Difficult people

One of the great lessons I learned in life was to stop focusing on other people and to focus on what I could change about me. I only wish it had happened twenty years earlier. I especially wish I knew how to deal with difficult people in my life.

I have made every mistake in the book and then some; but after all those mistakes and writing hundreds of articles about resolving conflict in the workplace, dealing with bullies, and trying to improve the health and wellness of the modern workplace, I finally got it. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Things your Email Readers Hate (SPONSORED)

We’ve all had one of ‘those’ emails drop into our inboxes—the kind that make steam start to come out of your ears! Well, you may be unintentionally causing the same reaction in your readers because of a few mistakes…BUT the good news is that they’re easy to correct! We’ve picked out 5 of the top things that email newsletter readers hate, and how to avoid or fix the issues.

Watch the video and read more tips at www.constantcontact.com.

How to Start Your Workday On the Right Foot

How to Start Your Workday On the Right Foot

Our mornings tend to set the tone for the rest of the day. If we’re frazzled and running behind, that can start a domino effect that continues to throw us off until we hit the pillow at night. On the other hand, starting off with an intention and a plan can lead to smooth sailing and an improved mood the rest of the day.

Here are a few ways you can start your workday on the right foot. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Ways to Stay Productive When Working from Home

Stay Productive When Working from Home

As a freelance writer turned community manager, I’ve spent entire weeks working from my couch in my pajamas.

For many it sounds appealing — no commute time to wrestle with, no wardrobe requirements and no one standing over your shoulder requesting updates on your progress.

But I’ve also found that these are the same reasons why staying productive when working from home, sans a designated office, can be such a challenge. There’s not a pressing reason to leave the house or get dressed, and there is no one there keeping you from spending the afternoon eating junk food and watching trashy TV. Click Here to Read Article …