September 2010 - Posts

Operation Organized: Getting Your Students Ready For School
Thursday, September 02, 2010 2:41 PM

It's back-to-school time. Reading, writing and arithmetic may be the main curriculum, but the back-to-school season provides an opportunity to teach your student another crucial life skill: how to get organized.

Organization ABCs

Set up a Study Space: Designate an area just for study; keep homework supplies handy in a box or bin.

Crack the Color Code: Introduce the concept of color coding, buying folders, notebooks and binders in different colors for different subjects.

Create a Command Cubby: Children should have a designated crate or box near the front door for offloading their backpacks and key school items.

Calendar: Buy your child a portable calendar or planner. Teach her how to write down assignments, test dates and other important happenings. Have her keep track of classmates' e-mails and phone information here.

Lead by Example: Keep things neat and organized in your own life; children learn by observing. Show them how you make and use to-do lists. Demonstrate how you tackle chores such as bill paying before you reward yourself with a book or TV show. Model efficiency and productive work habits and you'll soon see those traits in your children.


For more tips for getting your kids organized for school read Help Your Child Get Organized and Ten Ways to Help Your Child Get Organized. 


How do you help your children get organized for school? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.

by Bradley Eggers


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From Playground to Boardroom: Dealing with Workplace Bullies
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 2:36 PM

Bullying in the schools and online is often headline news. Now a recent study says that America's workplaces are also the scene of troubling bullying. Nearly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce is either a victim of or a witness to bullying on the job according to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). 

What Does Workplace Bullying Look Like?

What constitutes bullying? According to WBI, workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment that takes one or more of the following forms:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
  • Work interference - sabotage - which prevents work from getting done

Signs that you may be being bullied include:

  • Feeling physically sick before work
  • Enduring repeated yelling and verbal abuse
  • Being repeatedly excluded from key meetings or social events

For more signs that your workplace is toxic, read Ten Signs You're Being Bullied At Work from 

I Spy a Bully

Work bullies like playground bullies need to be confronted to get their behavior to stop. Try letting the person know that their behavior or communications are unacceptable; if they don't change their interactions, it's time to get your boss or HR staff involved. For additional advice, BNET has a wonderful primer on managing workplace bullies: How to Handle a Workplace Bully. 

Have you had trouble with an office bully? What steps does your workplace take to encourage civility? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.

by Candie Harris


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