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How to Resolve Conflict at Work

Workplace conflicts can directly impact the performance of a team or a department in an organization. Conflicts at work may arise from time to time. What actually makes a difference is whether you are ready to deal with issues in an effective manner. Conflicts must be resolved in time, if you don’t want such issues to lead to antagonism with workers.

Given below are some tips on how to resolve conflicts in the workplace, quickly and effectively.

Deal with Conflicts in the Initial Stage
When you are aware of some conflicting issues, it’s time to act. You can never wait to afford for a conflict to aggravate further. You need to address these issues in time so that they don’t take a toll on your professional and personal life.

Give the Other Person a Chance to Explain Their Points
Conflicts can never be resolved if just one person speaks. Both the parties involved in a conflict should be given a chance to voice their opinions or concerns about a conflicting issue.

Think about the Consequences
When you face conflicts at work, you should think about the consequences it may lead to. Knowing the consequences will help you assess the situation and make your best effort to resolve it in time.

Be Nice while Asking
If you really want to resolve a workplace conflict, you should learn to ask it nicely even when things have made you quite angry. It is a professional attitude to speak nicely to the person while asking the reason for a particular action. If you ask it the wrong way, it cam further aggravate the situation rather than resolving it.

Get a Mediator
Sometimes, it just seems too hard to resolve a workplace conflict on your own. Request an experience person to mediate between you and the other person. A good mediator can help you immediately resolve a conflicting issue.

Seek a Lawyer’s Consultation
If a matter involves legalities and can’t be resolved on your own, it is advisable to speak to a lawyer for find an effective solution. If you are facing legal issues, consulting a lawyer can also help you get legal protection.

If you are facing any kind of workplace conflicts, don’t try to ignore it. Face the issues head on and try to come to a solution where the parties agree. Remember that conflicts at work are never about winning or losing a fight. It is all about compromising things and admitting one’s mistakes if one is at fault.

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Is Making Friends with Co-Workers a Good Idea?

Workplace relationships have always been an important issue of debate. But is it a good idea to make friends in the workplace, especially with your co-workers? Let us take it from the angle of cooperating with each other. If you think of it in terms of co-operation, you will really accept that it is cooperation which defines the success or the failure of a business.

There are multiple advantages of making friends with your co-workers. First of all, it reduces the competition that every employee faces in winning the affection of the employer or the senior manager. When you are friends with co-workers or colleagues, one thing is certain that neither of you will want the other person stab in their back to get ahead in their professional career.

On the other hand, workers also need to understand the making friends doesn’t always translate to going on family picnics together or going out for dinner together. Friendship relationships, however, do suggest that you and your friend have the most interest for the employer.

Another potential benefit that friendship with co-workers brings is that you can receive help when you are lagging behind in your work or completing a specific project. Since you are friends, you can think to depend on one another for pulling through in pressure times. On the other hand, if you treat co-workers as your keen competition or adversaries, you can never expect them to help you through rough spots.

One word of advice for co-workers, looking to make friends, is that they should always try to make friends with workers of the same level. Workers should be advised not to make friends with their senior manager or boss. If you do so, everyone else in the team will soon turn into your adversaries, which is not good for professional success.

There are some side-effects of workplace friendships as well. If two co-workers have become friends, their friendship will get stained if anyone of them is promoted to a senior level position. Though the friend might not say anything, some hard feelings will always be there.

If you are planning to make friends with co-workers, the best advice is to continue with it on a professional level. However, you should be very careful with love relationships or romancing in the workplace. Romantic relationships at work hardly work out.

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5 Bad Bossing Behaviors – and How to Handle Them

Are you one of those employees that fall prey to bad bossing? Well, difficult bosses may be quite easy to come by but extremely difficult to handle. You must have watched bad bossing behaviors on the screen. But when it comes to handling big bosses in real life, you need to be very well prepared. Rather than giving in to bad boss’ annoying habits, you can make their weaknesses your strengths.

Read on to know how to five extremely annoying habits of bad bosses and how to handle them.

1. Micromanaging
Micromanagers prove to be quite annoying in the workplace. What if your boss focuses on quantity over quality? There are bad bossing examples, where bosses focus more on the number of calls made by a sales representative. This is really an annoying habit. You can handle such a micromanager by over-communicating, sending frequent emails etc.

2. Changing Expectations Rapidly
There are multiple examples of bad bossing behaviors where bosses are prone to wildly inconsistent demands. It can really annoy you when you are faced with rapidly changing expectations from your boss. While faced with such an annoying boss, you need to ask them ask them questions and carefully take notes about their expectations and project deadline.

3. Being Absent When You Need Them
Disappearing bosses are really quite annoying. You are waiting for a response to your email, and guess what happens. You emails remain unanswered for days. You need to get a document signed and your boss is nowhere to be found. Isn’t it really irritating? These types of bosses fall into the bad boss category. They are absent most of the time when you need them.

4. Sharing Excessive Information
Many bosses are prone to sharing too much information. When they begin, they may take an entire hour talking, which can also be a reason of absent mindedness. Suppose, you have something very urgent to discuss and your bad boss begins – ‘You know they have found a wood plank on the Mars’ and then continue with it. Your plus point with such bosses is that you get plenty of face time. Handle such bosses by diplomatically bringing the conversation ‘back to work’. You can suddenly start saying “Oh, before I forget…”

5. Taking Credit of Others’ Work
You will come across bosses who would try to take credit for your work. This is one of the most annoying bad behaviors from one’s boss. The best idea to handle such bosses is to bring up the project in a group setting where other seniors are present. You can start saying ‘Our group has done XYZ’ and ask for opinion on your efforts from others.

While doing jobs, you will come with multiple bossing behaviors, some of which will really be extremely annoying. If you are ready with some essential tips, you can be successful at handling such bosses. On the other hand, you will also face unethical behavior and bad bossing situations where the best solution would be to plan your exit. And the final decision is always yours.

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Tips for Working for a Younger Boss

According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and CareerBuilder, around 69 per cent of workers (out of 5,231 workers surveyed) who are 55 years of age or above work for younger bosses. This can bring challenges to workers who are older. So, how can you prepare yourself to impress a younger boss you work for? Given below are some important tips.

Acknowledge their expertise
While working for a younger boss or manager you might be offered some fresh ideas. According to experts, younger managers have their own education and experience and they do not like to be guided or parented by someone else. It is, therefore, advisable for older workers to be open to fresh ideas and new approaches that the younger boss may want to introduce.

Use electronic or digital communication
Younger managers may not always want to interact face to face with older workers. They prefer to interact through emails, text messages, instant messenger etc. So, ensure that you are logged on to the instant messenger every morning and keep your cellular phones on for receiving text messages.

Keep the boss informed of your progress
Your younger boss has got nothing to do with your decades of experience. All that he is concerned about is that whether you complete your task on time, deliver results and overachieve. Keep a record of your current progress report and accomplishments and make sure you keep your boss informed of it on a regular basis.

Act your age
In order to impress your young boss, do not try to act younger than your age. Doing things like dressing younger or disguising yourself as a younger individual are silly things. Do not talk to your younger manager about what you did when you were in his age. Things like these will only dampen and damage your reputation in the workplace.

Upgrade your skills
This applies to all jobseekers of the present day. In order to remain competitive in the tough job market, you need to update your skills. Look for retraining opportunities and keep your skills upgraded in the workplace.

Don’t compete
You may carry decades of working experience, as compared to the work experience of your younger manager or boss. Do not act as a know-it-all. And do not try to compete with your younger boss or try to belittle him or her in front of others on the basis of your wide knowledge.

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Getting Ready to Work Overseas

A lot of candidates plan to find volunteering opportunities and work overseas. Considering the fierce competition of the job market, it is essential for jobseekers to do the preparation beforehand. Preparing yourself to work overseas in advance and finding jobs internationally will require practice and planning. First of all, it is important to know what essential areas you need to focus on to ready yourself.

Five important areas you need to concentrate on to get ready for working overseas include –

1. Practical preparation
Practical preparation refers to addressing practical issues. These will include getting health validation, acquiring work visa, passports, customs requirements, checking the medications, criminal and legal checks and embassy information. You need to ensure you complete each of these appropriately so as to avoid any future discrepancies.

2. Having plenty of advance time
Whether you want to volunteer or find work overseas, it is important to have plenty of time in advance. The work culture would certainly vary depending on the country you are going to work in. There are some foreign countries where bureaucracy can be a problem for jobseekers. If your work project overseas will take more than a year, you need to start preparing a year in advance. In case the work project is of less duration (under a year), preparation needs to start 6-12 months in advance.

3. Creating checklists
Use the benefits of creating checklists to the fullest. Preparing a checklist of things you are going to need overseas will ensure you do not miss out on any important task or thing. Whether it is an issue that you need to address or a thing you need to do overseas, you need to include all the essential things in the checklist. Get all the things on the list done one by one.

4. Raising the required fund
Whether it is about volunteering or working overseas, you will need to raise the fund. Calculate the cost that it will involve. Traveling along with a family member will increase the cost strikingly. Consider all the aspects of your journey and working or volunteering overseas. For raising money, you can use resources like friends, family members, neighbors, local churches, businesses, community service groups and newspaper publicity.

5. Getting ready for the culture
Visiting a foreign country to work will also add a lot to your education and experience. Therefore, you should be ready for the cross-country culture you are going to experience. While in a foreign country, never ever try to make assumptions or challenge the cultural norms. Do your research in advance and gain an insight into the culture you are going to be a part of. While working overseas, always pay respect to the local culture, customs and traditions.

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Mastering the Art of Team Building

Today, employers are focusing more and more on garnering the benefits of employee team building. According to researches, over 80 per cent of employers emphasize on team work, in some way or the other. Even for jobseekers, it has become utmost important to have excellent team building skills to enhance productivity and work efficiency in the workplace. It is a proven fact that employees working as a team generate more productivity and better solutions, as compared to employees where there are no team building skills.

Given below are some important tips on how to work in a team and how to develop team building skills to achieve success.

Fostering open communication
How do we create best work teams? A best team is created through fostering open communication. It means that every member who is in the team has the freedom to express their personal views and opinions. The decision making process carries more significance when it is not based on dictatorship. When we work in a team, we should always be ready to everyone’s opinions. The best team is that where people have the liberty to talk freely and respect one another’s viewpoints and thoughts.

Building trust
Trust is the building stone of all best teams. Where there is no trust among one another, there is no team. Every member of the work team should trust another member of the team. It is trust that binds together people who work as a team. If you wish to build a team that generates productivity, start building trust within the team.

Reviewing Progress
When a work team has started working towards a common goal, it is also essential to review the progress. There should be regular reviewing and check ups to find out how the team is performing. By doing a regular review, the team can also focus on where the lack in their spirit or task and remove the obstacles that prevent them from being successful.

Encouraging co-operation, not competition
Another important factor that guarantees the success of a team is collaboration or co-operation. Co-workers may compete to get the next promotion. However, this competition should never replace the collaboration that occurs among team members. Remember, you will have enough time highlight your personal achievements. But, if the collaboration is not there, you can never have the best work team.

Celebrating diversities
In the workplace, you will come across with a variety of people, hailing from multiple backgrounds, castes and communities. It is this diversity of people that will lead to coming up with new thoughts and ideas. Therefore, do not look at the diversity of people in a negative way. Instead, be ready to celebrate the differences and work like a best team.

Clarifying responsibilities to the team
Inefficiency in a team is caused mainly due to the fact that most of members in the team do not completely understand their responsibilities. It is extremely important for every member of the team to understand their roles clearly. Another important thing to remember here is that when a project is given, each member should held themselves equally responsible for the completing the task efficiently.

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