How to handle a manipulative employee

In the fraught field of office politics, that viper the arch manipulator seems to pose a particularly virulent threat. And you might not notice the damage until it’s too late.

“Usually, the signs that someone is manipulating you are subtle and almost imperceptible,” says business psychologist Christopher Shen.

But it never hurts to trust your instincts, says Shen, who warns to watch out for odd gestures or facial expressions, or clear signs of disrespect.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..

Stress envy

Frantically busy? Stress has been called “today’s essential badge of status and success”. In fact, stress sparks such awe that analysts talk of “stress envy”.

Stress envy means the office workaholic verging on burnout could be treated as a role model. Apparently, it is impressive to be wedded to 24-hour connectivity. Apparently, it is cool to multitask like a maniac, yapping into a mobile phone while grappling with social media updates and directing the intern.

Such intense displays of commitment can be seen as bragging because they show the showoff is in demand – a winner. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..



Bizarre business phobias

Pounding heartbeat, dry mouth, trembling hands: if you have a phobia, you know about it.
And you might well have an intense, irrational fear because, according to psychologist Tony Gunn, the author of Fix Your Phobia in 90 Minutes, at least one in 10 Australians does. And undiagnosed phobia cases may push the figure to one in four.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Tune in, toughen up

Classic workplace stress reduction tips. Read all about it in the Sydney Morning Herald