Self-Care for Remote Workers

Self-Care for Remote Workers

Management and Leadership
What is Self-Care? We have all had to adapt to a virtual world, and while many workplaces are seemingly reverting to their previous in-person environments, many workers are still working remotely or on a hybrid schedule. Many of us know that working from home isn’t just us sitting on the couch in comfy clothes waiting for a work task to be assigned. For some of us, we are working longer and harder than when we were in the office.Those who are working harder and longer feel they have no time for themselves anymore. Since they aren’t leaving their home for work, workers can have a hard time prioritizing and separating themselves from work.  As a manager, you must encourage your remote team members to proactively and consciously practice self-care. There…
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Help! I Think My Employee is Being Harassed

Help! I Think My Employee is Being Harassed

Culture and Compliance
As leaders, it’s our job to know when employees are being harassed and it’s also our job to listen to our employees with open ears and no biases. While there are laws that define what harassment is and how you can detect it, as leaders, we must approach every situation with that knowledge and the ability to detach ourselves from our biases. Dealing with workplace harassment isn’t always easy, but the team at ProKnowledge has some tips to help you determine when you are dealing with workplace harassment and what steps you need to take. Keep reading to learn what those tips are.  3 Actions if One of Your Employees Thinks They're Being Harassed Document Everything As a manager, you want to make sure you document everything that comes across…
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How Managers Can Hold Remote Workers Accountable

How Managers Can Hold Remote Workers Accountable

Workplace Styles and Assessments
Remote work presents a unique situation — while it feels like we’ve been using Zoom and working from home for ages now, there are still new challenges that we have to navigate when working and leading in virtual and hybrid environments. One of the most daunting challenges managers face as the workplace continues to involve minimal in-person oversight is the management of remote staff. At ProKnowledge, a lot of our clients have shared that they struggle knowing if their employees are really working while they are at home, leading our team to recognize the critical differences in management based on various workplace situations. Naturally, there are people who will take advantage of working from home. However, many of those employees didn’t do much work when they were in-person when you saw…
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Strategies to Deal with a Toxic Coworker

Strategies to Deal with a Toxic Coworker

Management and Leadership, Staff Development
Ideally, your workplace should be a place where you feel safe, comfortable, and productive — not unwelcome and uncomfortable. Toxic coworkers can create an antagonistic environment for everyone in your organization. Constantly interacting with someone who behaves disrespectfully takes a toll on your mental and physical well-being, and this is something that should be addressed.  3 Strategies to Deal with a Toxic Coworker Toxic coworkers aren’t people who annoy us — they are people who drain us. Between their behaviors and interactions, they drain us mentally and physically. We spend a lot of time thinking about what to do with them, talking with other people about how to respond, or even spending time trying to please them. Here are some strategies you can use to deal with a toxic coworker:…
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Asking for Civility in the Workplace

Asking for Civility in the Workplace

Coaching and Consulting, Culture and Compliance, Management and Leadership
In the workplace, it’s easy to have different personalities and attitudes that can create a hostile work environment. As humans, it’s in our nature to defend ourselves and what we think is right, but this isn’t always the best attitude to have when in a work environment. When a work environment becomes hostile due to issues with coworkers, issues over something someone said, or someone’s feelings being hurt, it can create an environment where no one wants to work or feels safe — ultimately decreasing productivity and detracting from your corporate culture. When Civility is Missing from the Workplace Incivility is defined as a lack of respect for someone else’s feelings, their possessions or property, and includes various actions, including things we may not consider, such as leaving a shared…
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5 Tips To Minimize Time Bandits at Work

5 Tips To Minimize Time Bandits at Work

Management and Leadership
Throughout your workday, you never know what’s going to come up. Something could happen and you are at the end of your day wondering ‘where did the day go?’ We make to-do lists for ourselves but as our workday wraps up, we look at our lists and see what we didn’t get done or what else we need to get done and we find ourselves wishing we had more time in our days. No matter what field you work in, there are always going to be unexpected surprises that pop up throughout the day that take you away from what you are working on. Sometimes these surprises take a couple of minutes, while some may take hours. There are ways to manage these surprises and feel productive and accomplished at…
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Talking About Diversity at Work

Talking About Diversity at Work

Culture and Compliance, Management and Leadership, Workplace Styles and Assessments
Today’s world is much more aware of social issues and how they affect our world as a whole. With this heightened awareness, we have noticed that our clients are more hesitant to talk about these very sensitive topics and issues. But each day, we bring who we are, our experiences, and how we look at the world to work with us every day. Whether you’re working in a brick-and-mortar store, in an office, or remotely, it’s important to know how to have sensitive conversations, as well as make everyone involved feel safe and comfortable in their work environment. In one of our previous podcasts, we discuss how employers and managers can promote the importance of diversity awareness in a way that feels safe to everyone in the organization. Using the…
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Addressing Microaggressions at Work

Addressing Microaggressions at Work

ProKnowledge Blog
When it comes to talking about microaggressions, some may choose to focus on unconscious bias. Many times, individuals will claim to not have intended to upset another person and express that a harmful comment was a joke or innocent; however, this is a way to shirk responsibility. Microaggression is about intention. As professionals, we want to be known for what we contribute to our workplace, and as individuals, we want to be known for what we contribute to the lives of those around us. Many do not want to be known by something that is fact. For example, referring to an older coworker as ‘Gramps’ may seem like a harmless comment; but, this statement does not account for how this statement impacts the recipient of the comment and severely limits…
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3 Tips to Set Meaningful Boundaries in the Today’s Workplace

3 Tips to Set Meaningful Boundaries in the Today’s Workplace

ProKnowledge Blog
As the pandemic situation continues to change, businesses are starting to bring their employees back into the workplace — whether it be fully back in the office, an alternating schedule, or hybrid working (half from home, half in office). Individuals who are returning to their work routine from 2019 are finding that they feel out of place and what used to be their ‘normal’ routine isn’t so ‘normal’ anymore.  After nearly two years of being home, we as organizational leaders must recognize that employees respond to change differently. The feelings and traumas they experienced during the Coronavirus pandemic are unique to each individual. As employees return to the workplace, it is important to establish boundaries in order for your teams to feel comfortable and confident and ultimately, be productive. How…
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