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To succeed in any job, you must be able to get along with management. So take a minute to look at things from your boss’s point of view. See if you’re guilty of any of these “unmanageable” behaviors.
To save your job, you have to think like a manager. Managers cut employees the way that you might cut expenses. To trim your personal budget, you might consider three expense categories: Lifelines, Essentials, and Extras.
“Lifelines” are items necessary for survival, like power and water. “Essentials” are less critical, but hard to do without, like cable television or your cell phone. “Extras” can be sacrificed with much less pain. Concerts, gourmet coffees, and that extra pair of shoes could fall into this category.
During a layoff, which category would you be in?
The answer depends on three factors: Results, Relationships, and Reputation.
So here are some clues to watch for – and if you spot even one or two of these signs, you might want to start polishing up your resume and looking for a healthier place to work.
Instead of communicating face-to-face, these widely distributed employees are collaborating computer-to-computer, creating some predictable challenges. The following tips for making virtual teams work include suggestions from Susan Gerke, adjunct professor at Brandman and author of “Working Remotely”.
The advice for employees is followed by suggestions for their managers.
At the same time, however, uninhibited party behavior can destroy your career. Just ask the guy who decided to moon everyone from the top of a staircase. Or the one who wrote “F**k the company!” on a handy whiteboard. Or, much more seriously, the woman who killed two people while drunkenly attempting to drive home.
So whether you view your office party as a career building opportunity or simply a time to relax and have fun with your colleagues, remember that this is not just a social occasion. You may be partying, but you’re still at work.