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Psychological Armour

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We all bring our egos to work, and along with our egos comes the need to protect them. The workplace is fraught with danger to our sense of self. Critical feedback, abrupt colleagues and micromanaging bosses can all take a

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Spinning Wheels at Work?

Work Fear Anxiety

It’s a worker and supervisory nightmare. The work is there but, it doesn’t seem to be getting done. Supervisors are at their wit’s end and, the poor performing worker, thinks they’re doing their best.

Irritation, annoyance and frustration sets in.

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Working With Death

Death

Everyone dies, but everyone deals with this fact differently. Employees who deal with death as part of their job can face it daily. Miners, Nurses, Doctors, Fire Fighters, Morticians, Police, Psychologists and those working in the Military jump to mind.

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Is Your Job Harming Your Family?

Angry family

Stressful jobs wreak havoc on families. Unmanageable workloads, demanding bosses or colleagues who slack-off can take a toll. While workers take the brunt, their families suffer too.

According to workplace psychologist Dr. Jennifer Newman, it’s common for employees in such

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What are Conflict Cultures and How to Handle Them

WorkBully crop

Have you ever been in a fight at work?

Your answer probably depends on the way your organization handles conflict and disagreements, and it affects everything from customer service, to creativity, to staff burn-out rates.

According to workplace psychologist Dr.

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Spring Break & The Stress It Puts On Mothers

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As Spring Break winds down for many families, fatigued parents eye their children’s impeding return to school longingly. Two weeks away from the usual routine can send many households into a tail spin. Between hunting down child care, and coping

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How To Enjoy Your Weekend

Enjoy the Weekend

It’s the weekend or your days off.

You’ve planned the best day-off ever

And, now it’s here,

But, you wish you could cancel it all!

It’s just seems too exhausting to follow through.

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The Art of Giving Feedback

Feedback

Getting feedback at work can feel like a bizarre ritual. It usually goes something like this: Once a year employees are rounded up and told how they are doing. They sit quietly listening to the supervisor, politely ask questions for

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Is Lying At Work a Good Thing?

Imposter

There’s been a lot of talk lately about alternate facts and fake news. In other words, lying. Yet, it turns out many of us manufacture our own brands of fake news and alternate facts, especially at work. Everything from faking

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How to Boost Your Small Business

Diverse Workplace

Want to boost your small business?

Increase profits and grow?

The key is taking a page from other small businesses,

Those who focus on developing, involving and rewarding employees on a budget.

For more on this topic, please listen to

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