I have written a Guide providing you with tips and practical suggestions to deal with some of the universal issues we all face when dealing with people in the workplace.
The Guide is called, Your star is rising – let it work for you.
I have posted 1 of the tips below.
Gen Y - leadership
As the Baby Boomers move out of the workforce and Gen Y become the leaders we will see a continual blending of our personal and professional lives and this will impact on how we manage unprofessionalism in the workplace.
As technology continues to evolve, this too will be a driving force as to how we work, where we work and when. As this landscapes shifts, so too will our interactions. This new landscape may be beneficial with regards to dealing with difficult people as new environments change dynamics.
It is mused future workplaces will be more mobile with office hubs operating, alongside traditional offices and home environments. This change may see a shift in workplace behaviour as different landscapes change group dynamics and traditional ways of doing business simply become one way of operating.
Having said this, unprofessional behaviour will always be that – unprofessional. However the continual blurring of boundaries between professional and private lives may see us tackle the issues and deal with them differently.
Boundaries are blurred now, through social media as bosses and colleagues become our friends. Facebook is a good example where we are connecting with colleagues outside of work and boundaries which were once a lot clearer are now blended.
This change can be beneficial to our careers and personally as new friendships add value to our lives. At the same time this newer landscape may be detrimental to our careers as we share much of our lives with those we work with.
It is good to be aware of this so we are in a better position when making decisions about who we invite into our personal lives and how we interact with colleagues after hours.
Ideally, it is good practice to try to keep work issues at the office where they will be contained and not spill over into private lives.
I know this is easier said than done, however if decisions are based on sound judgement, you will be well on your way to enjoying the benefits of technology including the opportunities to develop new work connections enhancing our careers and social lives.
‘Be open about your talents, skills and abilities. Don’t be only 80% of yourself to appease someone else. Be the best you can be all the time.’
Dr Fiona Wood, AM 2005