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In The News Workplace Shootings in Florida, Texas Again Put Focus on Violence on the Job The two shootings are the highest-profile incidents of workplace violence since a Yale University student’s strangled body was found in the university laboratory where she conducted research. A co-worker, Raymond J. Clark III, was later charged with the murder. Workforce.comManagement and OperationsHow to Resolve Workplace Conflict Conflict in the workplace is a painful reality and a key reason for poor productivity and frustration. Do you have people in your workplace that cause problems for everyone else? Do they create additional work for o... [Read Full Article]

Small Biz Tip: People Management: Confronting Problems in the Workplace

Tips from August 4, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss people management: confronting problems in the workplace. Try to let the two parties solve the conflict on their own. Take action when the conflict is affecting their work & others. Listen to each side of the story. Let them speak their mind to understand each side. Decide if it is personal or work-related. Take attention away from details. Look at the bigger picture. Identify the motivation for the real problem & its real cause. Be fair. Do not play favorites, include office politics, or take sides. Doing so will ruin your credibility & role as a leader. Daily Overview: Listen, understand, & respect both parties to resolve office conflicts fairly, quickly, and cleanly. [Read Full Article]

Religion in the Workplace

There are all sorts of things that happen in the workplace—love affairs, betting pools, competition for prime office space, discussions over trivial things that turn into squabbles over trivial things and, yes, even a bit of productive work—but one thing that seems to be on the rise is religious tension among coworkers.  In a recent survey by the Institute for Corporate Productivity, a third of the employers who participated said that they had seen personal clashes in the workplace over religion. What’s more, 31% reported that the unsolicited sharing of religious views has been a problem in their companies and that 13% said that they have employees who, because of their religious beliefs, refused to do certain work or associate with certain co-workers.  Ah! America in the 21st Century. What’s next? Will we see vegetarians refusing to work with carnivores? How about cat people eschewing dog people? Maybe we’ll have to deal with liberals... [Read Full Article]

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