What to Realistically Do if Nobody is Listening to You at Work

listentomeAuthor: Kat Boogaard
Source: The Muse

You’re in a team meeting, hashing out how to resolve an issue that everybody has been repeatedly battling with.

“What if we changed the process so that the sales team saw the report first?” you suggest, “That way the design team could step in with all of the information there—without having to re-format graphics later.”

Perhaps a few somewhat courteous colleagues mutter a “maybe” or a nonchalant “that could work,” but then the conversation quickly moves on to something different. You’re annoyed, but you decide to let it go for now.

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4 Words That Could Be Holding You Back

talkAuthor: Deborah Swerdlow
Source: Idealist Careers

Communication is one of the most important skills to have in your professional tool belt. Tone, the ability to be concise, and good listening skills are all important, but ultimately, words matter most. That’s why it’s important to recognize how your word choice can help you, and when it’s holding you back.

The words you use convey your experience, expertise, and confidence, all of which can greatly influence how you are treated and perceived at work.

Here are four words that may be holding you back by conveying a lack of confidence (whether you realize it or not). If you regularly use any of these words in your written or verbal communication, we offer suggestions of what to say instead.

Hint: Sometimes, the best option is to drop the word completely!

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When to Keep Constructive Criticism to Yourself (Even if it’s Helpful)

critAuthor: Richard Moy
Source: The Muse

There’s a lot to be said about the importance of delivering constructive criticism to someone when it’s necessary, and especially when it’s uncomfortable. However, I’d argue that you’d be lying to yourself if you said there weren’t times you actively sought out opportunities to “help someone out” by letting them know about something they did wrong. Sure, nobody’s perfect, and everyone’s bound to mess up from time to time. But before that becomes your default excuse for the fact that you’re “just critical” at times, here are a few times you should actually consider keeping your valuable thoughts to yourself.

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5 Characteristics of a Positive Work Environment

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Author: Michael Poh
Source: Hongkiat

Aside from the job scope itself, one factor that significantly influences how employees feel about work is the environment. By work environment, I mean everything that forms part of employees’ involvement with the work itself, such as the relationship with co-workers and supervisors, organizational culture, room for personal development, etc.

A positive work environment makes employees feel good about coming to work, and this provides the motivation to sustain them throughout the day.

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3 Skills That Will Change Your Life

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Author: Brett Berhoff
Source: HuffPo

We often hear the term “The Game of Life.” In some ways, life is a game. It is a game of strategy that exists within your mind, the others around you, and all of the millions of variables of that make up our existence.

With all of the noise of life, and the routine of our days, how can we simplify our strategy to change our course for the better. Here are Three Simple Skills That Will Change Your Life:

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How To Communicate Effectively At Work

communicate-e1454510050957Author: Sophie Deering
Source: Undercover Recruiter

Communication is essential for the smooth running of a business, whether it is between colleagues, with a client or with customers.

With technology creating a multitude of different ways to communicate these days, it can sometimes complicate things and messages can be interpreted in the wrong way and misunderstandings have potential to create conflict and cause road blocks for work to be completed.

For this reason you must word your messages carefully and double check how comments may be interpreted, whether they are communicated in person or over technology.

Highfive have put together a guide to help you effectively communicate in the workplace, to avoid messages getting lost in translation.

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Technology Tuesday: April 21, 2015

drone-1Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology stories from around the web. This week drones that learn and think like people, meteor shower viewing, solar powered planes, a “smart onesie” for your babies, and technologically transmitted emotions take center stage. Continue reading