When you put a lot of people together in a workplace you get something bigger and less predictable than the policy manuals and staff lists can describe. You get a culture.
The culture of your organisation and the informal systems that evolve out of that culture can be pivotal to the success the organisation has in doing business.
You can nudge that culture. You can influence it. You can't control it. The challenge is to find ways to nurture the life affirming aspects of your workplace culture. The attitudes and practices that enable people, that encourage possibility thinking, are like atmospheric gold.
Then there are the aspects of your culture that repel you. Like a willingness to turn a blind eye to the bully, a preoccupation with problems, or a one size fits all approach to people.
These links explore some of the strategies to nurture the things that really work in your culture and to encourage some growth where the values are still fairly rudimentary.
A guide to Relationships Aotearoa's workplace services for employers and human resource managers.
You might associate bullying more with the playground than the workplace, yet research indicates it's more common than you might think. From board room to shop floor those old school yard stand over tactics are still with us. Bullying has personal costs for individual staff. It can also hit businesses in the bottom line. Can you be sure it's not happening in your workplace?
Older People at Work
Do you have a wealth of experience that new young brooms can't seem to see? Or maybe you're at the point where you want to reshape your job to suit you better? What you want from work might change as you get older.
If you're making your first move into the workplace here are some ideas that might help you get started.
Returning to Paid Work
It's not that you haven't been working, it's that you haven't been getting paid! Even though raising kids is a hard and demanding role you might find you feel unconfident and out of date when you start job-hunting. These ideas might help you get started.
Living with Change
It's no joke when a change process swallows your job. The way you normally deal with small changes will give you some clues about how you are likely to respond to big changes.
Managing Feelings at Work
Expressing your feelings at work is fine, being appropriate in the way you express yourself may be the challenge.