complain is human.
the downturn in the economy and upswing in everyday pressures on-the-job,
complaining has taken on a life of its own in the typical workplace. As a
recent Wall Street Journal article titled Misery Poker:
It's One Game Worth Losing observes: "As times get tougher, complaining is starting to look more like a
blood sport than a coping mechanism. Stressed to the max and desperate for
everyone to know it, many of us are trying to trump each other with our
steady stream of grumbles is not good for business. In fact, according to a post from the Chief Happiness Officer, it
can be quite toxic since it:
prevent and offset this environmental hazard in the workplace, we need to learn
and encourage constructive complaining. When we complain
constructively, we complain about:
We also engage
in some honest self-scrutiny to make sure that our complaint is firmly grounded
in some objective reality as opposed to our own irrationality.
to an article that asks Can You Go 21 Days Without
can avoid making unconstructive complaints if we:
addition to the above suggestions, I always appreciate it, if when someone
complains to me they take the time to offer a suggestion on how to fix the
issue. In my opinion, this can be the most constructive use of complaining,
because it can be used not only to vent, but to solve problems!
want to be a more constructive complainer, you can start the process by taking
this Constructive Complaining Quiz. Feel free to share your
results and feedback with us and the Beyond Folders
by Candie Harris
of people in the U.S.
work from home at least part time (check out some
interesting work-at-home statistics here).
Many making the in-home commute from one room to another do not make it alone.
They are part of a growing population of home office co-workers.
are thinking of creating a home office for two, you and your work-mate-to-be
should consider the important questions posed in this article
on home office life:
addressing these basic questions, you have to be realistic about your physical
space. A Helium article on sharing office space points up the importance
of having separate desks that you can position "side by side, on opposite ends
of the room or even back to back so you face your office partner over your
computer." It also recommends that you maintain separate filing systems if you
and your office mate are not in the same business or have distinct roles in a
shared venture. Keeping your shared space clean and clutter-free is also a
are ready to tackle your new set up, you can use these home
office visualizing and planning tools.
You can also gain some design inspiration from this HGTV
and this take on 12 ways to pimp your office.
important as it is to tend to your physical environment, according to this
WebWorkerDaily post on A Home Office for Two, you also need to take
care of your separate and joined psychic space by:
share a home office? If so, we invite you to tell us about your experiences
making room for two.
by Carly Fadako
"We can't solve
problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them" - Albert Einstein
we do for a living, we usually encounter problems in the course of our workday.
Large and small, they are all around us. Yet, despite their strong presence,
most of us go about the everyday business of problem solving rather
unconsciously. In a rush to move through or around it, we do not give a lot of
thought to how and why a problem arose, how we react to it or how we resolve
it. We are on problem-solving autopilot. In this mode, we usually miss
opportunities to become truly effective problem solvers.
problem solving is a valuable professional and personal skill, we are going to
raise some consciousness in this post and future ones so we can be better
problem solvers at work and beyond.
As this about.com article on problem solving instructs, the first step
is to examine the anatomy of a problem. Some primary root causes of problems in
to this mediate.com article on workplace problem
solving, when we
perceive a problem, we tend to respond to it in one of three ways. We:
response is the biggest hurdle to effective problem solving "because it tries
to put the solution at the beginning of the process, when what we need is a
solution at the end of the process."
important to emphasize the term process
here. Problem solving is a process that takes patience and time. Nicely
capturing this point is an examiner.com article that states, "You will
need to do a bit of research internally - have discussions with the involved
parties to really understand the heart of the matter before a solution should
We will outline the problem solving process in
Part II of this post on problem solving at work. In the meantime, we invite you
to share your problem solving stories and tips here and on
the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.
by Bradley Eggers
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.