Your boss commends various members of the team for their work on an important project but forgets to mention your name. A co-worker invites some people from the office out for drinks but doesn’t ask you. A friend throws her hat into the ring for a job in another department that she knows you’ve been eyeing.
Many schools are taking part today (Oct. 1) in Blue Shirt Day: World Day of Bullying Prevention. Wearing the color symbolizes unity in the effort to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, hatred, and violence. According to the group STOMP Out Bullying, as many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they are afraid of their bullies and/or just can’t take the pain anymore.
Look out bosses! If your charges had a vote, many of you would be without a job. A recent survey by Parade magazine/Yahoo! Finance asked some 26,000 workers this question: Would you fire your boss if you could? More than a third of respondents (35%) answered “yes.”
You missed a deadline, upset a client or provided the wrong figures for a presentation. While all you might feel like doing is hiding in the storeroom, owning up to your mistake is critical. Follow these damage-control steps to rebuild trust:
Admit and apologize
A brief statement acknowledging your error and a genuine, face-to-face “I’m sorry” is due to whomever was affected. This action shows that you are taking responsibility and not trying to hide anything or blame others.
Before your children head back to the classroom, it might be worth reading this interesting article entitled “10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kid’s Teacher.” When emotions get involved, sometimes parents don’t act in the most respectful manner, but keeping your cool is imperative to resolving the situation in a way that benefits your child.
If you are wondering why you can’t seem to find enough time for your persona life, or your family is complaining that they never see you, this may be a clue that your work-life balance isn’t balanced at all, and is too heavily weighted on the work part.