<ul><li>STAYING STRONG AT WORK  </li></ul><ul><li>A STAFF PRESENTATION  </li></ul><ul><li>BY KATHERINE GORDY LEVINE </li><...
AGENDA <ul><li>Announcement </li></ul><ul><li>Staying Strong at Work </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping your job </li></ul><ul><li>...
STAYING STRONG INVOLVES <ul><li>Coding reality accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Comforting oneself in “wise” ways when reality...
REALITY CHECK <ul><li>Our jobs are difficult: </li></ul><ul><li>We work with the most difficult populations. </li></ul><ul...
REALITY CHECK  continued <ul><li>Our jobs are only going to get more difficult: </li></ul><ul><li>Fund sources are seeking...
WE HAVE MANY STRENGTHS
STRENGTHS <ul><li>Has  a personal  life affirming mission </li></ul><ul><li>Is more happy than not with job </li></ul><ul>...
WE HAVE SOME PROBLEMS
<ul><li>GOSSIP </li></ul><ul><li>Two or more people talking bad about an absent third person. </li></ul>
WHY WE GOSSIP   <ul><ul><li>Amusing, fun  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gets negative feelings out  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
WHY WE GOSSIP (Continued) <ul><li>A need to tell, not the other person’s need to know </li></ul><ul><li>Diverts attention ...
<ul><li>Don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>If you must, gossip about Beyonce or Oprah or Paris </li></ul><ul><li>If you must, make y...
<ul><li>If you must, gossip to someone who doesn’t know the person, will never know the person. </li></ul><ul><li>If you m...
<ul><li>If someone tells you something not so nice about another person.  Think about why you are being told. Are you bein...
JUMPING THE CHAIN OF COMMAND <ul><li>This is a form of gossip.  It trips everyone up. You are trained communicators, pleas...
<ul><li>Rumor has it people are afraid to go up the chain of command because they fear being labeled as complainers who wi...
REASONS PEOPLE GET FIRED (Continued) <ul><li>People get fired for being dishonest </li></ul><ul><li>Stealing petty cash </...
REASONS PEOPLE GET FIRED  (Continued) <ul><li>Filing your car with gas with the company credit card. </li></ul><ul><li>Poc...
REASONS PEOPLE GET FIRED  (Continued) <ul><li>Sleeping on the job </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation problems </li></ul><ul><...
I AM TOLD FAVORITISM  IS ALSO A PROBLEM <ul><li>I favor those who: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are generous, are tolerant </...
THE THREE YEAR JOB PLAN <ul><li>FIRST YEAR:  Learn the job, get good at it. End the year creating a balance sheet. What is...
 
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When I took over management of a larger group, a found many were gossiping about who had recently been fired and why. I share this at a staff meeting. It seemed to have a positive effect.

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Staying Strong At Work

  1. 1. <ul><li>STAYING STRONG AT WORK </li></ul><ul><li>A STAFF PRESENTATION </li></ul><ul><li>BY KATHERINE GORDY LEVINE </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; There are only two roads that lead to something like human happiness. They are marked by the words . . . love and achievement. . . . In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy. . . . The secret of human happiness is not in self-seeking but in self-forgetting.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Theodore Reik </li></ul>
  2. 2. AGENDA <ul><li>Announcement </li></ul><ul><li>Staying Strong at Work </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping your job </li></ul><ul><li>Improving your life </li></ul>
  3. 3. STAYING STRONG INVOLVES <ul><li>Coding reality accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Comforting oneself in “wise” ways when reality hurts </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing your options </li></ul><ul><li>Exercising the wisest option </li></ul>
  4. 4. REALITY CHECK <ul><li>Our jobs are difficult: </li></ul><ul><li>We work with the most difficult populations. </li></ul><ul><li>Our work is undervalued at multiple levels. </li></ul><ul><li>Our jobs are under funded. </li></ul>
  5. 5. REALITY CHECK continued <ul><li>Our jobs are only going to get more difficult: </li></ul><ul><li>Fund sources are seeking to cut budgets—more will be expected; less will be given. </li></ul><ul><li>All contracts are moving toward performance based renewal. </li></ul>
  6. 6. WE HAVE MANY STRENGTHS
  7. 7. STRENGTHS <ul><li>Has a personal life affirming mission </li></ul><ul><li>Is more happy than not with job </li></ul><ul><li>Knows strengths and weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Has a one year, three year, five year plan </li></ul><ul><li>Comfortable with people from different races, sexual orientation, ethnic, religious groups </li></ul><ul><li>Treats all with respect </li></ul><ul><li>Hard working </li></ul><ul><li>Honest </li></ul><ul><li>Can admit when wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Stays away from negative influences </li></ul><ul><li>Loyal </li></ul><ul><li>Team player </li></ul><ul><li>Dresses professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Behaves professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Plans ahead. sets priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Takes good care health </li></ul><ul><li>Stands up for self/others </li></ul><ul><li>Makes use of supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Works to advance </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps desk orderly </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps confidential what should be confidential </li></ul><ul><li>Takes care of own and the agencies possessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Learns from mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Creative problem solver </li></ul><ul><li>Goes above and beyond </li></ul>
  8. 8. WE HAVE SOME PROBLEMS
  9. 9. <ul><li>GOSSIP </li></ul><ul><li>Two or more people talking bad about an absent third person. </li></ul>
  10. 10. WHY WE GOSSIP <ul><ul><li>Amusing, fun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gets negative feelings out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good intent – misinformation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor use and choice of complaint partners or confidants </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. WHY WE GOSSIP (Continued) <ul><li>A need to tell, not the other person’s need to know </li></ul><ul><li>Diverts attention from own problems </li></ul><ul><li>A passive/aggressive power play </li></ul><ul><li>Own issues handled poorly: projection, transference, rationalization </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>If you must, gossip about Beyonce or Oprah or Paris </li></ul><ul><li>If you must, make your dog, your cat, your stuffed animal your gossip partner </li></ul><ul><li>If you must, make your higher power your gossip partner </li></ul>SUGGESTED GOSSIP RULES
  13. 13. <ul><li>If you must, gossip to someone who doesn’t know the person, will never know the person. </li></ul><ul><li>If you must, pick the other person carefully: make it clear you are venting and what you say should not be repeated. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t say anything in public, you don’t want repeated, hard core gossips have big ears. </li></ul>GOSSIP RULES (Continued)
  14. 14. <ul><li>If someone tells you something not so nice about another person. Think about why you are being told. Are you being used? </li></ul><ul><li>Urge those with constant complaints about a third party to deal directly with the person being talked about . </li></ul><ul><li>If you overhear people gossiping, ask if they really want you to hear what they are saying? </li></ul>WHEN SOMEONE ELSE GOSSIPS
  15. 15. JUMPING THE CHAIN OF COMMAND <ul><li>This is a form of gossip. It trips everyone up. You are trained communicators, please communicate directly. If you have a problem with someone: </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the person nicely. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the person bluntly. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the person that if things don’t change, you will have to go to the next level. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the next level but with the other person . </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Rumor has it people are afraid to go up the chain of command because they fear being labeled as complainers who will be targeted and eventually fired. No one gets fired by me for complaining. </li></ul><ul><li>People do get fired. Some are given an opportunity to resign. Some people resign as I have in my past jobs for personal reasons and leave. I thought it might be helpful to list the reasons I have fired people. </li></ul>REASONS PEOPLE GET FIRED
  17. 17. REASONS PEOPLE GET FIRED (Continued) <ul><li>People get fired for being dishonest </li></ul><ul><li>Stealing petty cash </li></ul><ul><li>Falsifying cash </li></ul><ul><li>Driving the company car and getting a ticket in New Jersey while on a Saturday date. </li></ul><ul><li>Falsifying case records </li></ul><ul><li>Saying you are on a home visit, when you are home raking your lawn. </li></ul>
  18. 18. REASONS PEOPLE GET FIRED (Continued) <ul><li>Filing your car with gas with the company credit card. </li></ul><ul><li>Pocketing client’s possessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Double dipping: being paid for working for one company while also being paid by someone for the same hours. 9. Taking kickbacks or bribes. </li></ul><ul><li>Abusing, harassing or assaulting a client or employee </li></ul><ul><li>Covering up a fellow employee’s criminal acts. </li></ul>
  19. 19. REASONS PEOPLE GET FIRED (Continued) <ul><li>Sleeping on the job </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation problems </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t meet level of services </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive lateness or absences </li></ul><ul><li>Insubordination-refusing to do your job </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a hostile workplace—offensive jokes, cartoons, pictures, language, not paying attention to boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.  </li></ul><ul><li>Ivern Ball, Poet and author </li></ul>
  20. 20. I AM TOLD FAVORITISM IS ALSO A PROBLEM <ul><li>I favor those who: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are generous, are tolerant </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are reliable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Treat all with respect </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deal with problems openly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offer more solutions than complaints </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are workers not shirkers </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. THE THREE YEAR JOB PLAN <ul><li>FIRST YEAR: Learn the job, get good at it. End the year creating a balance sheet. What is good, what is bad. What you want to change. </li></ul><ul><li>SECOND YEAR: Work toward changing what you can. </li></ul><ul><li>THIRD YEAR: Create another balance sheet. Are you satisfied with change, set new goals. Not satisfied, decide if you are going to keep working for change where you are or change jobs or positions. </li></ul>

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