Our Corporate Life
August 7, 2012   •   Volume 3, Issue 16   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Emotional Contagion
Ask Amanda: How do I handle an underperformer who’s focused on her personal life?
♦   Practical Tips: Increase Your Visibility
Emotional Contagion

Just like we can be affected physically by our coworkers, we can also be affected emotionally. Researchers call this phenomenon “emotional contagion” and it can affect our perceptions, decision making, and performance. Managing emotional contagion is particularly critical during high-stress periods when everyone is working longer and harder, and it will relieve some of the pressure people feel during these times. How can you make sure you impact your workplace for the better?
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Thought to Ponder

Manage priorities, not time.

Practical Tips:
Increase Your Visibility

One of the benefits of our 24/7 media cycle is constantly updated content, which provides opportunities for raising your profile within your industry and beyond. With so many information outlets available, there are many options, whether it’s commenting on a blog or appearing in national media. Follow these tips to ensure a star turn.
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 ask Amanda

I supervise an underperformer who is very good at setting personal boundaries. Every other email is a request for vacation time, an early departure due to some personal event, or a request for comp time for work she's completed "outside of business hours." I want people to have lives but this is getting out of hand. Suggestions? M.M., Norwalk, CT

Amanda Mitchell

First let’s be clear. This woman is not setting personal boundaries; she’s viewing work through her world, where she’s at the center. There’s no need to feel guilty about the needs of the business.
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