Dealing With Strong Personalities

Q. My employee has an intimidating effect on others. It isn’t bullying. This person is big, strong, deep-voiced, and smart – almost a charismatic presence. Most people stop talking when this person speaks. The negative impact is suppressing other people’s ideas. How do I help the other people?

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Collaboration and Competition

Q. Our organization doesn’t have harsh performance management systems, but I see employees compete pretty aggressively. What’s the proper role of supervisors in managing competition so productivity and employee goals are achieved but negative effects of competition are avoided?

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Smoking Plus Heavy Drinking May Accelerate Mental Decline

For every 10 years of puffing and boozing, the brain ages the equivalent of 12 years, study says THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) — Lighting up a cigarette and having a few cocktails often go hand in hand, but according to a new study, this common combination may wreak havoc on a person’s mental skills. […]

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Maintaining Respectful Behavior in The Workplace

Q. Employees teased another worker about drinking large soda drinks. The employee was clearly not happy about it. I thought about speaking up, but figured it was okay for them to continue because the issue of large soda drinks is so prevalent in the news.

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Putting Off Retirement May Help Stave Off Alzheimer’s

Study looked at self-employed workers in France By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) — As Americans increasingly delay retirement, a new French study indicates this scenario may have a silver lining: a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers analyzing health and insurance records of more than 429,000 self-employed workers found […]

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Handling Workplace Negativity

Q. Supervisors aren’t group therapists, so how can we play a role in resolving workplace negativity? I admit I see plenty of it, but if the work gets done, I’m inclined to ignore it. Perhaps I’m not aware of the true impact of negativity and strategies to help stop it.

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