Management

preparing for first interview

Coworker [W] keeps hitting on me [M]. How do I tell them to stop?

By butler.jeff1 / June 24, 2022 / Comments Off on Coworker [W] keeps hitting on me [M]. How do I tell them to stop?

A reader writers:  I started a new job about 4 months ago, and while it is going well, some drama caught me off guard. One of the directors, my boss’s boss, has taken a liking to me. Now, before you think ‘oh poor me’ let me explain that it took me a long time to…

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Disadvantages of Remote Work – Confessions From a CEO of a 100% Remote Company

By butler.jeff1 / June 5, 2022 /

When Elon Musk sent two emails on May 31, 2022 about restricting remote work privileges, the working world became split into two categories: rebuking the restrictions warning it will cause turnover and others that supported the change. Below are the emails for your reference that comment on disadvantages of remote work. Note, that the spelling…

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employee happiness

Happy Employees Don’t Lead to Successful Companies – Here’s Why

By butler.jeff1 / November 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Happy Employees Don’t Lead to Successful Companies – Here’s Why

Go ahead and search ‘happy employees lead to successful companies’ and you will be bombarded with consistent uplifting messages about employees and happiness (LinkedIn, Fast Company, Business Insider, Fortune). Just about every content piece promotes employee happiness benefiting organizations at large. That is why, contrary to consistent media, I couldn’t believe that Phil Rosenzweig in…

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Why There Continues to Be Generational Division in the Workplace

By butler.jeff1 / October 31, 2021 / Comments Off on Why There Continues to Be Generational Division in the Workplace

Experiencing generational division in society is no new problem, in fact, it was documented thousands of years ago when Socrates infamously complained about the younger generation being spoiled. And yet, people continue to talk about these differences as though they happened yesterday.    So why are we still fixated on a millennium-old problem?  Differences divide, division…

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managing remote employees

How to Manage a New Remote Employee – 5 Straightforward Steps

By butler.jeff1 / September 30, 2020 / Comments Off on How to Manage a New Remote Employee – 5 Straightforward Steps

Covid-19 is upon all us and now most of the corporate world is faced with handling a remote workforce. That means water cooler talk is now digitized into a Zoom format which competes with the occasional crying baby in the background. For some this is a dream- finally being able to have the time to…

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managing software engineering teams

5 Tips on Managing Age Diverse Software Teams

By butler.jeff1 / October 20, 2019 / Comments Off on 5 Tips on Managing Age Diverse Software Teams

Who would have known it would have come to this… Several years ago, when I worked in corporate as a software engineer, I spent most of my time in a high rise building in San Francisco. It was tier 2 Silicon Valley startup, free food, flexible hours, game room, but you probably never of heard…

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manage unionized environment

6 Tips to Manage Employees Better in Unionized Environments

By butler.jeff1 / October 15, 2019 / Comments Off on 6 Tips to Manage Employees Better in Unionized Environments

There are countless if not thousands of articles written on the dynamics of management. Everything from Bottom Up Management, One Minute Management to Six Sigma Management. In fact, you can say there are just as many management flavors as there are ice cream flavors at Basket Robbins. However, most management forms are written for white-collar…

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over qualified employee

5 Signs That You Are Way Overqualified For Your Current Job

By butler.jeff1 / August 22, 2019 / Comments Off on 5 Signs That You Are Way Overqualified For Your Current Job

What is worse than working a job you hate? Maybe it’s working for a job you are overqualified? But what’s even worse than that? Answer: When you know you have the skills to earn more.  Unfortunately, overqualified employees happen more frequently than most people know. Turns out nearly half of people are overqualified for their…

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stop gossiping

How Can Companies Avoid Workplace Gossip?

By butler.jeff1 / August 13, 2019 / Comments Off on How Can Companies Avoid Workplace Gossip?

Personally, I have been burned emotionally to a crisp from workplace gossip.  All that you need to know that is there was some information that was spread about me in the workplace a few ago which consisted of something outside the job. No one asked me personally what was going on. But the lack of…

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How Do You Get Millennials to Respect Baby Boomers?

By butler.jeff1 / August 7, 2019 / Comments Off on How Do You Get Millennials to Respect Baby Boomers?

I admit I was one of them.  At my first job at Lithium Technologies (they provide software solutions not batteries in case you were wondering), I had the privilege of working as a software engineer at a ‘fast charging startup’ in San Francisco. Young, motivated and green, I had the ultimate goal of becoming the…

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