Managing “Annoying” Workplace Behaviors

By Suzanne Hoffman, Ph.D. on Oct 2, 2017 1:58:20 PM

Blog #1 of the series: Managing 4 Difficult Workplace Behaviors

What are “Annoying” employee behaviors?

Annoying behaviors in the workplace are just that – behaviors that may seem annoying, distracting and downright irritating, to the point of interfering with other employees’ ability to get their jobs done efficiently and in a productive atmosphere. Examples of Annoying behaviors can include things like difficulties with communication, excessive chatter about personal and non-work topics, attention seeking behaviors, and emotional and behavioral immaturity.

These types of behaviors can obviously create problems, and while it may seem that they often do not “cross the line” with regard to policy violations or evidence decreased performance, they do create difficulties which can impact workplace culture and productivity.

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Managing 4 Difficult Workplace Behaviors

By Suzanne Hoffman, Ph.D. on Sep 26, 2017 4:23:26 PM

Facing complaints of difficult workplace behaviors can be an uncomfortable, anxiety producing and daunting experience. Many HR professionals are charged with deciding if, when and how to intervene when workplace behaviors become problematic. Unfortunately, troubled, difficult, or disruptive behaviors don’t usually fade away on their own. In fact, left alone, they generally tend to get worse. We have even seen situations where aggressive and even dangerous behaviors are allowed to continue because the culture supports the behavior, or an organization’s leaders are unsure of the right course of action, or are afraid that any disciplinary action might actually escalate what appears to be a volatile situation.     

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Active Shooter Response: Preparing for the Unthinkable

By Wayne R. Spees on Sep 7, 2017 3:50:06 PM


The Unthinkable

So, you stroll into the office like any other workday. As you sit down at your desk you suddenly hear the sounds of loud bangs down the hall. Your first instinct is to think, “What was that? Were those gunshots?”  It doesn’t make sense to you. Then you hear several more shots, followed by screams. Suddenly you feel sick to your stomach and your heart starts pounding. You can’t believe this is happening, and a feeling of panic overwhelms you. 

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Don’t Let the Media Influence Your Preparedness

By Jaimee Pittman on Jul 21, 2017 12:45:16 PM


Originally posted on December 2, 2016

To be fair, I’ll tell you right now that this is not an anti-media rant. I’m actually a fan of most forms of media, and do believe they can be useful in raising interest and awareness about difficult topics, like workplace and school violence prevention. Of course, there can also be a downside from too much media attention.

The Problem with the Media’s Reporting of Workplace Violence

If you believe that participating in an active shooter drill is the single most important thing you can do for your organization’s workplace violence prevention program, I would say that your planning has been overly influenced by media reports. 

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