Here’s a story that you might be able to relate to. (Names and some details have been changed to maintain anonymity.)
We have a friend (let’s call him James) who works for a family run business – Dad’s the CEO, Mum’s the bookkeeper/finance manager. One of their adult kids works in the business too; their daughter is the office manager.
The business is reasonably successful – it has good products that fit a niche in the market, and the business appears to be making a good…Continue
Aaah, January. The time of year when we all head back to work feeling rested, reinvigorated and excited about the year ahead -right?
Well… maybe in a perfect world – reality might look a little different. This is something that we hear a lot from our clients; the business owners head into the first day of work feeling excited about all the great things planned for the year ahead. But when they get there, they discover some of their employees are still riding the high of the festive…Continue
There’s been a lot of talk lately about psychopaths in the workplace. Sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it? Well let’s be clear; firstly we are not talking about the Ted Bundy’s of the world - no one is saying you have a serial killer sitting at the next desk. What many of these articles are talking about are the traits of people that are often related to psychopathy. What we think is important, first and foremost, is to define what ‘psychopath’ actually means.
One of the most widely used…Continue
Consider the following:
- A manager withholds information from an employee that they need in order to do their job;
- An employee constantly tells a colleague to ‘shut the f--- up’;
- A team leader hides an employee’s work phone, and then they along with everyone in the team laugh as the staff member spends all morning looking for it;
- A manager assigns one of their sales reps impossible sales targets, then gives them a written warning when they don’t reach them.…