Communication

Spell It Out – Avoiding Miscommunication at the Office

Spell It Out – Avoiding Miscommunication at the Office

No matter how good people are at communicating with their coworkers, misunderstandings still happen on occasion. And it may lead people to say things like this: I thought it was obvious. It goes without saying. I didn’t know I needed to spell things out. These miscommunications result from what psychologists call “signal amplification bias.” Basically,(…)

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How to Give an Amazing Pep Talk

How to Give an Amazing Pep Talk

Everyone needs a pep talk now and then. I know I certainly do! A good pep talk can make any lousy situation better. They are comforting and stress-relieving! But not everyone can deliver a good pep talk. It’s tricker than it seems! It’s easy to make mistakes — like not really listening, giving too much(…)

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Be Cooperative!

Be Cooperative!

In the workplace, cooperation is often very important – even essential. When you work with others and you build on each other’s strengths, you can accomplish things that you could never accomplish alone. Cooperation isn’t about “going along” or “giving in.” It’s about voicing your opinions, sharing ideas, contributing, and working together to come up(…)

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Dealing With Conflict – Some Do’s and Don’ts

Dealing With Conflict – Some Do’s and Don’ts

We’ve all experienced occasional conflicts with other people. That’s what happens when you live and work with others. It’s impossible to be in perfect harmony at all times. But it feels terrible, doesn’t it? I know there are some people who kind of enjoy arguing – but personally, I hate conflict and confrontations. It makes(…)

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How to Deal With Office Gossip

How to Deal With Office Gossip

Let’s be honest – people like to gossip. I think it happens in most workplaces, especially within close-knit groups. But is that really a bad thing? The word “gossip” sounds negative, but it can actually have some positive effects. Research indicates that office gossip can help people to relieve feelings of stress and frustration, and gain(…)

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