Our Corporate Life
December 13, 2016   •   Volume 7, Issue 25   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    

Holiday Hiatus - We’ll Be Back in 2017!

In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Are You Part of The Problem?
Ask Amanda: My productivity plummets during the holidays, help!
♦   Practical Tips: Building a Civil Workplace
Are You Part of The Problem?

The workplace is a reflection of society at large. One month post-election there have been anecdotal reports of workplace disruption, conflict, inappropriate behavior (bullying, sexual harassment), and general incivility. Behaviors that demonstrate a lack of respect and civility have very real negative business implications.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the current incidence of reported discrimination is at its highest—44.5%—since 1997.
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Thought to Ponder

Worry gives something small a big shadow.

Practical Tips: Building a Civil Workplace

In their article, “The Price of Incivility” (Harvard Business Review, Jan/Feb 2013), Christine Porath and Christine Pearson note that much of workplace rudeness is due more to thoughtlessness than actual malice, and they suggest the following strategies for team leaders:

  • Refrain from emailing—or for that matter, checking email--during team presentations and meetings.

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  ask Amanda

I'm normally a very productive person and pride myself on how much I can get done. As the holidays grow closer, though, I get less and less efficient no matter what strategies I try and it makes me feel like I’m doing a bad job. What should I do? P.L., New York, NY

Amanda Mitchell

Let’s start by defining terms. Productivity in this case would be everything you get done in a day divided by the time you invest. Efficiency measures how well you do those things. I think you’re measuring the wrong things.
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