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8 Things That People Always Do Which Attract Office Drama

8 Things That People Always Do Which Attract Office Drama

No one likes the workplace to be a place of constant battles and unsettled grudges. A peaceful workplace offers an avenue for more productivity and efficiency from employees. What is inappropriate is just inappropriate, you don’t mince immaturity and professionalism in the workplace. Try and be formal in your dealings with others. Respect them in your words and deeds and you could just make your workplace a haven of peace. Here are some things that you shouldn’t do to attract office drama.

Showing you are always right

When you start saying things like, “I am never wrong” “I don’t make mistakes” “It must be you and not me,” you are only inviting needless office drama. We all do mistakes and no one of us is perfect. Rather than arguing everything and pouring gasoline into the fire try and admit your errors and move on.

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Having to groom yourself at your desk

Your desk should be a formal place where you get the job done. Whether it is in cutting your finger nails or clipping your toe nails or flossing your teeth or shaving your mustache; these things shouldn’t be done at your desk. Such irritating actions will only be inviting needless office drama.

Engaging in harmful gossip

Actually almost every gossip is harmful. When you are the go-to person for the hottest and latest gossip in the office, you are only becoming the target when trouble starts in the office. Even when you give audience to a gossiper you will only be trying to spark a fire. Instead of getting yourself roped into office gossips and side talks, try and look for escape phrases or have a no nonsense pose that will not tolerate such activities from any of your co-workers.

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Trying to coerce your co-workers into your latest interest

If you want to trim down and visit the gym every evening; this should be personal. You cannot be trying to get your co-workers to be a part of your latest trend. Whether you are interested in a self-help seminar or in certain diet pills, keep it to yourself. You will only be driving your co-workers crazy by trying to involve them in your fads. It is even worse when you are trying to make money off this because you are really going to anger the boss with it.

Over-sharing personal details

A lot of employees may think that the workplace is an extension of their social gatherings. But yes even when other employees want to know about you, it is important to keep some details private about your life. No one wants to know how terrible your ex-wife or hubby was or whether you are going through a messy divorce.

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Trying to be the favorite one in the workplace

It is not fair on your coworkers when you try to suck up to your bosses and make other coworkers look awful. You don’t need to be the ugly head in the office by trying to play favorite to your bosses. Be professional. It will be better for you to work for everything you want to earn.

Infecting everyone in the office with some ailment you cannot control

You don’t need to bring your germs to the office. Yes, even when you have to come to work sick, you have to be careful with your workmates by not transferring your ailments to them. Try and use the best hygiene possible. Wash your hands all the time and avoid contact with the wrong people.

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Allowing your gadgets to disturb the peace of others

Whether it is your beeping phone or playing the music on your I-pad so that everyone can have a feel of what you are listening to is so wrong. There are ways you can keep your gadgets quiet, whether by putting your cell phone on a silent vibrate option or using head phones for your I-Pad or I-Pod.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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