Category «workplace knowledge»

Never disapprove of others

So, they’re all going to the wine bar again this lunchtime. You hate that. You hate the smoke, the noise, the inane chatter about last night’s TV. But do you tell them this? No, you do not. You need to be one of the crowd – blend in. You need them to think you’re there, …

Dress up or down accordingly

Now We talked about dressing elegantly, stylishly, smartly but what if you go to work for that design company where they all wear jeans and a T-shirt? In your case, you will have to wear jeans too. Just make sure your jeans are the smartest, the most stylish, the most fashionable, the most modern – …

No limp fish develop the perfect handshake

We shake hands often and usually quite unconsciously. How many times do you have to shake hands during a normal business week? And how much thought do you give to it? There are so many signals given during that brief handshake though, that you really ought to make it supremely confident, utterly secure and convincingly …

Cultivate a smile

Remember the poem? If you can keep your head etc. – well, how do you let them know you are keeping your head? Easy, smile. Smile no matter what. Smile when you greet your colleagues in the morning. Smile when you shake hands. Smile when it’s getting tough. Smile when it’s hell. Smile no matter …

Have a Passion for Your Life Together

So you two met and fell in love and resolved to spend your lives together. And you are, I hope. But at what level? I’m not being funny here, but serious (for once). Just sort of living together, going through the days, not really connecting isn’t good enough, I’m afraid. You have to have a …

Stand up for others

So, you’re all sitting around having coffee when the subject of young Adam comes up. Now we all know that Adam is a pain in the backside. He doesn’t pull his weight, skives off, steals the pens and paperclips, is rude to the security staff, always off-loads as much work onto others as possible, blames …

Don’t bitch

Yep, life ain’t fair. Sometimes colleagues shirk and you end up with extra work; bosses can be ill-prepared for their jobs and as such are incompetent and often inconsistent; idiots get promoted all around you; there’s too much work to do; there are too many stupid systems in place; idiots thwart you at every turn. …

Don’t gossip

‘Did you know that at the last company conference Steve, from accounts was seen coming out of Debbie’s, from marketing, bedroom in the early hours of Sunday morning? And that twice since they have been seen in Luigi’s at lunchtime and Kathy swears she’s seen them holding hands in the lift. Steve’s married, you know, …

Look for opportunities

I know I’ve said have a plan both long term and short term – but there do come times when plans have to be thrown out of the window. These are the opportunities. I had a friend who wasn’t getting on particularly fast in his promotion plan. One day he found himself sharing a compartment …

Anticipate threats

Threats come at us from every quarter, every day – redundancy, downsizing, takeovers, vindictive colleagues, irascible bosses, new technology, new systems, new procedures. In fact, entire books are devoted to threats – mostly from change – such as Who Moved My Cheese and How To Handle Tough Situations At Work. If we can think on …