When does friendly office chat damage people’s self-esteem? Far more often than we think, because it’s full of ‘microaggressions’. These subtle, unintended exclusions wreak havoc on engagement. Mind Gym behavioral psychologist, Iain Smith, has written the first in a series of articles on this topic for The HR Director. Iain is currently doing a part-time PhD researching ageist microaggressions.
Performance appraisals are here again, with most managers hoping to make it through without tears and tantrums. But instead of a necessary evil to be endured, performance conversations offer a rare opportunity to help employees reflect, refocus and take responsibility for their career path. Here’s how. 1. Sell the benefits. What does the individual want most out of life –...
From selfies to status updates, social media means we’re hypersensitive to how others perceive us. Narcissistic? Perhaps. But bringing that self-awareness to the workplace can do wonders for our personal brand. ‘The late one’, ‘the charming one’, ‘the sarcastic one’ – everyone has a personal brand. It pays to polish yours before someone else does the honors for you. 1....
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