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How to Avoid Going in Circles With Reasonable Suspicion of Substance Use

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 11, 2016
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We’ve all been there. In conversation with employees exhibiting unacceptable behavior. Are you ready to get off of the merry-go-round?

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Who's Got Your Back?

By Bonnie Artman Fox / June 7, 2016
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Every morning when I walked into work I didn’t know how the day would unfold. Some days were filled with productivity and camaraderie with co-workers. Other days it was difficult to focus and there was little interaction with others due to an angry outburst from the Chief Operating Officer. Employees retreated to their respective offices…

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Giving Poor Performance Feedback To An "All-Star" Employee

By Bonnie Artman Fox / March 1, 2016
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Jenna has always been a conscientious, hard-working employee.  However in recent months, her attention to detail has declined and she has used all of her vacation and sick days, even taking days off without pay after she had used all the hours from her PTO (paid time off) bank.  While preparing for her annual performance…

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A Ritual for the Holidays

By Bonnie Artman Fox / December 1, 2015
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Ask these 3 questions at your holiday gatherings Rituals. They are the practices that we have as part of holidays that give us comfort and stability. Rituals can be special foods, practices, or most simply “just how things are done” that provide meaning and significance. In the workplace, rituals such as starting each staff meeting…

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8 Ways to Build Inner Resources, Resolve, and Resiliency

By Bonnie Artman Fox / November 3, 2015
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What inner resources help you cope with demands, distractions, and disappointments?   “We are expected to do more in less time” “Leadership doesn’t get how unrealistic their demands are.” “I hold everything inside – I don’t sleep, I am depressed” “We are constantly on – even on sick days and vacation, we are expected to to…

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Stop This Virus from Spreading in Your Culture

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 20, 2015
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Is gossip undermining your work culture?    Dear Bonnie During the staff meeting two employees looked at one another and rolled their eyes while another co-worker shared a new idea. Instead of stating their opinion about the suggestion their co-worker presented, they stayed silent.  After the meeting at the proverbial “water cooler”, they talked about…

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10 Questions to Move from Avoidance to Intervention

By Bonnie Artman Fox / October 10, 2015
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“Depending on who Margie is talking to, she is friendly and helpful. To some of us, she yells and speaks down to us when we ask her a question. Sometimes she even throws darts at the door after people leave her office. From day to day, you never know what kind of mood she will…

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This Leadership Approach Accelerates Change

By Bonnie Artman Fox / September 9, 2015
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This is a four part series of blogs addressing the question “Can abrasive employees really change?”. Part I addressed the importance of the manager working through their own anxiety before intervening with the abrasive employee and staying calm. Part II outlined key elements of a proven change process. Today in Part III, we discuss a…

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