Emotion and the workplace

Just a short post on emotion.

Have employees who don’t have their emotions under control and you have a toxic (Update: Kevin rightly points out that toxic might not be the right word but to be honest as given the number of different emotional issue employee could face having people in the workplace who don’t have control of their emotions in not good.) workplace. The trick is how to manage the situation.

Many employers provide Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s) to help with this, however employees don’t always use them, as the issue might be temporary or they don’t see it as a back issue. This mean it falls on the manager and co-workers to have to put with the employee until the issue blows over.

If you were reading for an answer on how to manage this sorry there are no simple or quick ones. Sometimes you need to wait for things to get better and hope in the meantime employee performance does not suffer, a bit of flexibility also helps. Oh and it helps if you have a high emotional intelligence.

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IM how do you use it!

IM is finally starting to make it’s way into corporate Australia, I know we are slow off the mark! But this is starting to pose all sorts of issues. The Google Australia blog posted today about this very topic and it reminded me that after about 10 years of prolific IM usage where I currently work an “Acceptable Use of IM” policy (with a small p) has just been released.

To Ping of nor to Ping? That is the Question!

Both cover similar issue, let’s have a look at 10 tips on IM etiquette.

  1. Use the status indicator! If you are on the phone set it to same “I’m on the Phone”
  2. If you are too busy to respond, don’t sign in
  3. If you use a public IM client, DON’T DISCUSS CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS, STUPID!
  4. hotpants69 doesn’t work anymore as an IM nick name than it does an email address to get you a job, think twice about your IM id (Bonus same goes with your status message)
  5. Think before you click send, there is no Undo function
  6. If you can pick up the phone or walk over and talk to the IM recipient it is usually a better idea than using IM
  7. If the discussion goes on for more the a few minutes, it is usually best to pick up the phone or write an email
  8. Remember as with email, you miss out on the body language and tone of the discussion, be careful your joke might not be received as one
  9. Before launching into a long message check if the recipient is available for a chat
  10. Use basic common sense

MODM4 was last night

As a self confessed social/digital media groupie I attended MODM4 last night at the Riverland Bar on the side of the Yarra River, food and drinks were provided by Simon Chen from EightBlack.

Many of the “regulars” were in attendance good to catch up with them, also met a few new people which is even better.  I final met in person Ben Barren, after many years of watching from afar.

Things I learnt:-

  • Developers a still in short supply
  • Young people wear the strangest of things, who else saw all the kids dressed as furries?
  • MyLiveSearch is trying to take over the world
  • The digital media world in Melbourne is very small, like most industries
  • Mr Barren has some interesting projects on the go
  • Mr Edublogs’s empire is growing
  • There are lots of Sensis people around
  • How to have your mysql database automatically start on reboot under RedHat Linux
  • There are lots of great things happening downunder

Pictures are starting to appear on Flickr, a few blogs posts are filtering in although not as many as I would have expected given the gathering was meant to be on digital media, maybe they have a sore head today?

Downside, CathyE left before I could met her in person and I did not take my camera.

Returning from vacation

Having just come back from vacation I have had recent first hand experience of the work overload when you return. Last thing you want is for your restful holiday to be a distant memory 24 hours after you return. CIO magazine has 5 tips on how to achieve the vacation you need. In summary:

  1. Plan for your departure and pick a time, if you are the CFO don’t go away at year end!
  2. To connect or not to connect, that is the question.
  3. Stand by your second-in-command
  4. Re-Entry, plan for it and spend time with you second-in-command to get an update, that’s why you put them in charge, isn’t it?
  5. Force yourself to take a break (and understand that the ship can sail without you, just do it!

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Are laser printers dangerous?

It seems so.

A team of researchers in Brisbane have found that some laser printers emit small particles into the air.

Potential effects range from respiratory irritation to effects on the cardiovascular system and cancer, Professor Lidia Morawska from the Queensland University of Technology says.

Professor Morawska, who is the director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, says when inhaled, the ultra-fine particles can travel to the deepest parts of the respiratory tract and then enter the bloodstream.

Strangely enough the team was not testing for laser printer emissions.

Professor Morawska says the findings were made by chance while her team was investigating the efficiency of ventilation in protecting office workers from outdoor pollution.

The report will be released later in the week in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology and will list the 62 printers by make and model.  The list seems to include popular printer manufacturers, Hewlett Packard & Toshiba.