Is Someone You Manage After Your Job?

On this My Crazy Office podcast, Kathi and Katherine discuss what to do if you suspect that someone you manage is after your job. They start with a question from a manager who fears that one of their direct reports is trying to take their job. During the second part of the podcast, Kathi and Katherine consider the same topic from the employee’s perspective: What if you want to be your boss’s equal?

Remote Working — Are You Double Dipping?

On this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine explore a hot topic — How working remotely enables certain employees to work two jobs at the same time. They start with a question from a business owner who suspects that two of his employees might be double dipping. Kathi and Katherine also consider under what circumstances working a side job may be acceptable.

Ever Been Accused of Not Reading the Room?

On this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine talk about an essential interpersonal skill called “reading the room.” Reading the room is the ability to read the subtle nonverbal messages that other people convey through body language telling you how your message is being received. Kathi and Katherine start with a question from someone who failed to read the room during a sales presentation and lost the sale. Then they offer tips and tricks for building this skill.

How to Take the High Road When Someone Triggers You

Today on My Crazy Office Podcast, Kathi and Katherine talk about the importance of taking the high road when irritating people say things that make you want to fight back. Taking the high road involves communicating in a way that moves things forward instead of getting stuck in a power struggle.
Kathi and Katherine start with a question from someone who is excelling at his new job but gets derailed every time a certain coworker makes disparaging remarks. Listen to how you can take the high road rather than taking the bait.

Are You Generating Jealousy at Work?

Jealous feelings crop up at work all the time. If you receive praise, get promoted, or find yourself in the spotlight, your colleagues are likely to feel jealous. Similarly, if someone you work with gets promoted, receives praise, or gains favor with the boss, you may feel jealous as well. In this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine discuss how to manage jealousy at work.

Are You Working in a Trustworthy Environment?

One of the things that can be more difficult to establish when we work remotely or in hybrid situations is a feeling of trust. Because we can’t see each other, it’s harder to verify what is really going on.
In this podcast, Kathi and Katherine examine the qualities of two kinds of work environments: Trustworthy and lacking trust. Join us and see which one you relate to.

Forgotten How to be Social at Work?

As the pandemic morphs into an endemic, many remote workers are being asked to return to the office — some are less excited about it than others. In this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine ask the question, “Have you forgotten how to be social at work?” If so, here’s what you can do about it.

We Hire for Skill and Pay for Personality

It’s not enough to hire someone with the right skill set. You want to hire the right personality — for your company and the job. In this My Crazy Office episode, Kathi and Katherine discuss why personality, in the form of work ethic, professional behavior, and interpersonal skills, is what employers really pay for.