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Bad Performance Review? How to Rise Above It and Shine January 28, 2009

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Did you receive a bad performance review last year?  A performance review with a poor or so-so rating is tough — not just for you but also for your supervisor or manager.  Contrary to popular belief, most of them are not comfortable giving out performance reviews with low ratings.  First, they have to explain it and then discuss ways you can improve.  More importantly, they are often faced by irate, irritated or disbelieving subordinates who may either like to deny that their performance are less than stellar or are just blind to the fact that their showing last year is just not enough to earn them gold stars.

Now that the scores are in, can you still recover from a bad performance review?  Here are ways you can use a poor performance score and turn it around this year:

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Stop with the Meanness Already! January 13, 2009

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I’m not trying to dictate anyone to try and change their behaviors but really… how mean and tactless can you get?  A lot of people are shallowminded enough to think that just because they have a job and others don’t that they could look down on them and make fun of their current circumstances. 

Are you a meanie?  If so, has your career improved because of it?  Why not start changing your tactic this year?   Here are simple ways how:

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Are You in Danger of Getting Charged with Sexual Harassment? November 26, 2008

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Sexual banter is normal among people and we Pinoys are especially well-versed in green jokes, suggestive statements and double entendres.  However, there is a limit to everything, especially in the workplace. 

As an employee, you are protected against sexual harassment from co-workers, visitors and yes, even your boss, no matter how high his/her rank is in the organization.  So just because YOU are protected doesn’t mean others aren’t.  If you’re incredibly careless and tactless about the way words leave your tongue or the way you deal with others physically, you could be on the receiving end of a sexual harassment charge. 

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How to Protect Yourself from Sexual Harassment Charges November 26, 2008

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I have two older posts that offer tips on protecting yourself from sexual harassment.  However, since not all of us are on the receiving end of someone else’s unwanted advances, I am writing this post for those of you who would like to protect yourselves from being accused of sexual harassment.  So for you out there who tend to be misconstrued and misinterpreted, here are a few tips and reminders to help protect you against sexual harassment charges:

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How to Prevent Credit Snatching October 18, 2008

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If you’ve been a victim of a genuine case of credit snatching, then you know how evil it can get.  How else can you describe an act where someone takes your idea and claims it as their own?  To make matters worse, THEY get the kudos for it and not you.  So how do you protect yourself?

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Credit Snatching October 17, 2008

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Credit snatching, idea poaching or glory-grabbing are just euphemisms for an ugly reality in a work environment called idea theft.  But should you really sound the alarm and raise a ruckus?  Here are some things you might want to know before you start accusing someone of credit snatching:

The Good
They say that imitation is the greatest compliment.  If someone steals your ideas, then it must be something really great.  If for nothing else, you should be proud that someone else thought your idea was amazing enough to pass off as their own.  That is, if and when you’re given due credit.

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The Most Interesting and Annoying Co-Workers You’ll Ever Meet in the Workplace October 15, 2008

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Your office, factory or plant is like a primeval soup where stuff is thrown in to evolve and become.  If you’ve never worked in an office before, you’ll be amazed at how different and colorful the work environment can be, thanks to the people who populate the office space.  If you’re a true-blooded Pinoy worker, then you must have known some of them.  To all of you who have suffered in some degree at the hands of a bad officemate, here are the most interesting and irritating people you’ll ever meet in your professional life:

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Let’s Talk About Sex in the Workplace: Do You or Should You? October 10, 2008

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No, this post isn’t about doing it in the workplace.  It’s about the topic of sex, which can be alternately entertaining, informative, surprising and annoying, depending on the circumstances.  Generally, as a newbie in the workplace, you probably won’t be teased or brought into conversations that deal with sex.  But once your co-workers become familiar with you, the subject of sex will inevitably find itself in one of your topics at lunch or during your coffee or cigarette breaks.  So how do you deal?

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Becoming a Supervisor: How to Deal with Friends (Who Are Now Your Subordinates) October 10, 2008

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Congratulations on getting promoted!  You’re one step higher towards the realization of your corporate dream.  Now that you’re part of the management team, not only will your job title and description change, your set of priorities will also start to evolve.  The way people treat you will also shift slightly.  So how do you manage the transition?  More importantly, how do you manage your friends, buddies and weekend drinking partners who are now your subordinates?  Here are a few tips to make it painless:

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Tips for Starting Business Meetings on Time October 2, 2008

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Filipinos are notorious for coming late, especially to meetings.  Luckily, this is changing.  But if you’re part of an organization that still has outstanding latecomers in its fold, then you might find this post helpful.  Here are some of the things I have learned when starting business meetings in a department full of latecomers:

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