Manners Matter at Work

Most of try our best to always be polite (and, if you’re Canadian, prepared to be teased about it), but may not always provide that level of consideration to all aspects of our life. One place where we should definitely think about our manners is work. No matter what you do, having a pleasant, helpful, and professional attitude can be a major asset both to your career and your interactions with fellow workers.

Treat Others as You Wish to be Treated

You probably heard that one from your mom as a child; well, it still holds true for you as an adult. We all have bad days (and nights) and it can be tough not to bring that with you to the office. However, it is important to separate your personal and work lives as much as possible. When you are on company time, your attitude and behavior must reflect the organization’s values and mission statement.

Drop the Bullying Attitude

Some supervisors feel that they command more respect by being intimidating and rude. What they don’t realize is that while this approach might get results in the moment, it forever tarnishes their working relationships. The person(s) on the receiving end of the abuse will not respect their tormentor; they may even start coming up with ways to undermine them.

A Respectful Workplace is An Efficient Workplace

Treating your co-workers and supervisor with respect is not only decent behavior, but can also increase everyone’s efficiency. Knowing that the person you work with respects both you and your efforts can help instill a level of confidence; you know that will have a good collaboration based on mutual trust. Displaying basic courtesy as a regular act will also be noticed by clients who visit the office and have the right to expect such treatment themselves.

Co-Worker Driving You Nuts? Here’s How to Deal With the Problem

There is no such thing as a perfect job experience. Whether it is the tasks you do, the way you are asked to do them, or the clients you must deal with, there will always be one element that strains your patience or even ruins your day.

One of the most common problems in a workplace is co-worker incompatibility. Not everyone has the same working style, temperament, or dedication. Disagreement in one of those areas can be problematic; disagreement in multiple areas can lead to a blow out. At the very least, you will likely end up stressed and frustrated.

Try limiting your interaction with the person. Do not sit near them at company functions and do not talk to them outside of work-related conversation. Be polite, but otherwise resist engaging.

If this does not help, talk to the person in order to resolve the problem. Do not be confrontational: try to approach them in the way you would like to be approached in such a situation. If the issue is a part of their personality that is ingrained, then there is not much that can be done. However, if it is a habit that is causing the problem, that might be something that can change.

If none of these work, it is time to bring the matter up with your supervisor. Do so when in a calm place; blowing your stack will make you seem irrational, which means your boss might be more likely to side with the other person.

When speaking with your superior, mention only things that you can back up with solid evidence (e.g. a piece of work that is poorly done). Rumors and supposition carry little or no weight. Don’t be entirely negative; try to mention the positive things the person contributes. However, be firm about the fact that you think the situation is hindering your ability to get the job done. Good luck!


How Workplace Drug Testing Makes Us All Safer

Workplace drug testing is controversial. Some feel that it is a violation of their personal freedom, while others consider it a necessary evil that helps to ensure the safety of the workplace and staff members.

The concept of safety can mean different things. If someone is driving a truck while impaired, there is the possibility that that they can cause an accident that results in injury or loss of life, as well as damage to the business’ reputation and the physical loss of the vehicle and cargo.

If you are an office worker, your attitude might be, “Hey, a joint during my break helps me calm down. Who am I harming?” True, an office setting is not likely one where an impaired person could cause a catastrophic accident, but substance use during work hours can reduce your ability to do the job. That means work that does not live up to standard and reflects badly upon you and the company. It is possible to also alienate clients and cause them to take their business elsewhere.

Drug use also affects judgment. A successful office finds everyone behaving in a professional fashion with each other. That means treating each other with respect at all times. An impaired person is more likely to stray from that and cause a situation or say something that violates this unspoken professional code.

In short, you should try to avoid substance abuse on the job at all times. The legalization of marijuana in Canada next year means that it will be easy to come by, but that does not mean that the regular rules of business no longer apply. Thus, if employers feel they are within their rights to ask workers to take drug tests, then I believe that is justified. Everyone needs to blow off steam, but at the right time and not on company time.