Welcome to the Workplace Coach Blog rebranded! The renowned Workplace Coach blog is your source for insights, solid information, on-target solutions and answers to your questions. Other than our well known principal Dr. Curry, several of our consultants blog on issues such as: leadership, management, supervision, career, co-worker and employee reality, with a dose of legal aspects of management with a touch of humor! So have a seat…lets begin!
If you think the national division over guns hasn’t hit your workplace, you haven’t been listening. Not only are the employees who advocate for increased gun control, including a ban on assault-style rifles like the AR-15, engaged in an active argument with those who argue for fewer restrictions on gun owners’ ability to carry concealed firearms, but some of your employees may be packing. Does your employee handbook address whether or not… Read More
When budgets are tight, many managers believe an easier route to savings is to cut training and teambuilding services justifying other expenses in their stead. Few will question such a decision, which sends the message that these activities are an “extra” rather than a staple. This becomes a group outlook leaving the manager more “comfortable” in the short term to make such decisions without the challenge attached to other items. While the… Read More
Q: Several months ago one of my former employees, who’d left our agency, returned as my immediate supervisor. It’s been hell ever since. Before his return, I had been respected and allowed to function semi-autonomously. I’d myself been a supervisor, overseeing one employee until he left and management decided to shift the duties he’d handled to another department. I received excellent performance evaluations for my accomplishments. My former employee rules commander style… Read More
Do you fire an otherwise acceptable employee after he unintentionally creates widespread panic among those your organization has committed to serving? What if he’s a new employee who didn’t know better – and you question whether his supervisor bears part of the responsibility because he didn’t receive adequate training? What if the bulk of the panic occurred because your organization didn’t have solid systems in place to prevent the problems one accidental… Read More
Q. I’m back in the job market and three questions interviewers ask always throw me for a loop. What do interviewers expect when they ask “tell me about your weaknesses,” “tell me about yourself” and “do you have any questions”? Are there any perfect responses? A. When interviewers ask applicants “what are your weaknesses?” they want to know whether or not you have a deal-breaker weakness and whether you’re honest enough to… Read More