Author Archives: Laura Gibbons

Conflict Guidelines in the Workplace

The following are some practical suggestions for workplace conflict: One person versus the team: This is usually a situation in which one person “loses control” when stressed. Over time, co-workers avoid giving feedback, fearing an angry reaction. The best results … Continue reading

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Keeping Cool: Anger, Conflict Tips

Anger is a powerful emotion. It can energize us to right a wrong, fight a righteous battle, and address important issues in relationships. When we keep our cool, anger can even be beneficial. But when we allow our emotions to … Continue reading

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The Tremendous Effect of Drinking on the Workplace

The use of alcohol or other drugs can have a tremendous effect on both an individual’s personal and work life. When someone you care about is abusing a drug, it is difficult to watch this individual destroy relationships and job … Continue reading

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Emotional Intelligence: What is it? Why is it Important?

According to psychologists Peter Salovey and John Mayer, emotional intelligence may be defined as, “the accurate appraisal and expression of emotion in oneself and in others, the effective regulation of emotion in self and others, and the use of feelings … Continue reading

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EI and the Workplace

Emotional intelligence (EI) involves an individual’s ability to recognize and understand our emotions and reactions, referred to as self-awareness; manage and adapt one’s emotions, reactions and responses, known as self-management; and to discern the feelings of others, understand their emotions, … Continue reading

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Giving Your Brain the Resources to be Productive

Multi-tasking is a myth. If you think that you are busy juggling multiple tasks, but end your day feeling unproductive, it is probably because multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain does not multi-task; it is not like a computer with … Continue reading

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Is it Failure, or Opportunity?

Do you remember the opening scene in the movie Jerry Maguire with Dicky Fox who said, “To be honest, in life, I failed as often as I succeeded?” It’s a good reminder that failure may be part of the journey … Continue reading

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Creating a Bring-Your-Dog-To-Work Policy

By Sandra Bennett, LCSW Studies have shown that allowing dogs in the workplace can reduce work related stress, improve morale, and increase job satisfaction. But prior to allowing employees to bring their pets to work, employers need to set some … Continue reading

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Service Dogs and the Workplace

By Sandra Bennett, LCSW Until recently when the topic of service dogs came up, most people probably thought of a seeing- eye dog. More recently, the definition has expanded to include many different disabilities, and research is helping us continue … Continue reading

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Bridging the Gap: Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

Each generation complains about other age groups. The fact that there are differences between generations is nothing new. What IS new today is the magnitude of these differences. It is time to understand and value this diversity so that everyone, … Continue reading

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