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Tackling The Attitude that says “Everyone makes mistakes. Nobody is prefect”

My work over the past 25 years has been shaped by a paper I published in 1980 describing a Social Psychological model of personality. This theory proposes that as human beings, we have two needs; the first is for work and the second is for intimacy.

The Psychology of Work

My work over the past 25 years has been shaped by a paper I published in 1980 describing a Social Psychological model of personality. This theory proposes that as human beings, we have two needs; the first is for work and the second is for intimacy.

Life After Redundancy

There are many misconceptions regarding the psychological effects of Redundancy. The most common thing we hear is about how awful, destructive and painful this experience is.  I know this is only a part of the story.  As a function of my work, I have been at ground level zero in a number of organizations at the time when announcements are being made concerning possible closure and/or redundancy.  I have also had the privilege of designing strategies to help both the organization and the workers to deal with the subsequent issues related to the redundancy. 

How to Find A Job in The New Work Order

The Wrong Concept

Do You Really Need An Office?

Some years ago, we experimented with various models of Flexitime at our company. One work model that was developed out of that experience was the concept of The Virtual Private Office (VPO). VPO enabled persons to devote large blocks of uninterrupted time to the completion of a project. VPO had three (3) levels. Level One had you working at your desk but with the understanding that the rest of the office would act as if you were not in the office.

Preparing For Life After Sugar

Nothing can hold back the tide of societal transformation. Either we understand it and prepare ourselves to benefit from the changes, or we can ignore the signs and become victims of the change. Change is frustrating and most often resisted especially by those who have the most to lose the longer they resist the inevitable. The Prime Minister of Jamaica has announced the present position of the Government of Jamaica on the Sugar Industry.  As predicted, there is “the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth’. 

What Kind of Team Player Are You?

One of the most powerful concepts being utilized in business today is “The Team”. Unfortunately, many companies in Jamaica have settled for removing the word “department” and replacing it with “team”. Much more is required if we are to gain the benefits of teams.

Should you stay if you are leaving?

You have handed in your resignation and your soon-to-be former boss calls you in to say that the company doesn’t want to lose you and is prepared to match your other offer. Should you stay? Should you go? You have a conflict. 

Your E-Mail Says More Than You Realize: Part 2

 

Last week we looked at some of the legal ramifications of sending email and made recommendations about its general use. This week we offer some more basic advice to help prevent you from embarrassing yourself and/or your company at some point in the near future.

Your E-Mail Says More Than You Realize: Part 1

 

This is column is for employers and employees. It is not a "how-to" column, but rather basic advice on how to prevent you from embarrassing yourself and/or your company at some point in the near future.

Why Do You Need Email Etiquette?

Every company needs to implement etiquette rules for at least two (2) reasons:

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