I Refuse to Work In Teams

Posted by Sarah Williams on June 26, 2012 in Training & Development |
i don't like working in teams

Mike was the head of the Engineering department. He supervised a team of about 7 engineers through client projects. The engineers usually worked in teams of 3 or 4 from design to completion, with most of them juggling 2-3 projects at a time. From the outside looking in, it seemed confusing because of competing deadlines and […]

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The Blank Stare

Posted by Sarah Williams on June 21, 2012 in Communication, Passion at Work |
blank stare face

I don’t have a poker face. If I am winning or excited about something, it oozes from my whole being! I am just plain terrible at controlling my non-verbals … in my personal life. I don’t really have a “poker face” for work, either. At work, I use the blank stare. It’s one of the […]

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Wouldn’t Touch That With a 10-foot Pole

Posted by Sarah Williams on June 19, 2012 in Employee Relations, Recruiting/Hiring |
conflicts of interest

A couple weeks ago, I learned about the reporter in Houston who was fired from her employer after they learned she was a stripper during the weekly People Chat on Twitter. Whenever I hear these kind of salacious, messy workplace stories, I feel total sympathy and empathy for the poor HR person who has to […]

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Is It Time to Trash That Trophy?

Posted by Sarah Williams on June 14, 2012 in Leadership, Passion at Work, Recognition and Rewards |
outdated accomplishments

A friend called to tell me about an interview for a possible new job. It was one of those almost all-day kinds with multiple people, panels and tests in one swoop. During one of the breaks, she was waiting in the hallway. In the the hallway was a trophy case. Inside the case were trophies. […]

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Save Your Memo. Deal With The Problem

Posted by Sarah Williams on June 12, 2012 in Management Tips, Progressive Discipline |
addressing bad employee behavior

The manager of the assembly department came into my office. “I need your help to write a memo,” he said. Ok. What’s this memo about? “I want to remind everyone that they only get two 15-minute breaks during their shift and that they need to clock out if they are going to take longer than […]

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