Information Hoarding and Power Hoarding at Work

Information management problems? Maybe it’s just poor workflow or maybe you are dealing with information hoarding! A good friend emailed me recently about the concept of hoarding at work. I write and speak extensively about individuals who sabotage others’ performance and damage workplace culture. The act of withholding information is a common tactic used by toxic employees. This article will outline examples of information...

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Ten Things Employees Want from Work

What do employees want most? Employee satisfaction is something most companies say they want.  Few actually set a specific goal to measure or increase satisfaction.  The ironic thing is that the more satisfied your employee group is the better they will perform.  Good performance means goals are met, productivity is higher and employees are happier. All good things. If you want your workplace to appeal to quality employees and perhaps...

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Four Potential Causes of Employee Poor Performance

Introduction There are many reasons why employees can’t or won’t perform up to supervisory expectations or even up to their own potential. Often there are clues that suggest the ultimate source of poor performance but anecdotal evidence of today’s performance shortfall not sufficient to diagnose the underlying issue. A comprehensive look at the environment in which the employee works is in order. Because the...

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When Companies are Forced to Deal with Toxic Employees

Toxic employees, especially those with strategic skills, are very difficult to dislodge.  They accumulate informal power; discredit those who speak up; favor those they can manipulate; and generally distract employees with intimidation and abuse. Supervisors are often as intimidated as rank and file. There are, however, three scenarios which usually force the company to do something about these purveyors of incivility.  I have...

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Surviving a Toxic Workplace Without Losing Your Mind

Today’s workplace culture Modern American employees are under extreme stress today due to a combination of several related factors: Cost cutting measures; Operating for months or years with over-lean staff; Lack of supervisory training/poor quality supervision Overall pressure to maintain production and quality with fewer and sometimes less-qualified staff These factors combine to increase pressure and stress in the workplace.  Owners...

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