What Are You Missing by Not Being at the Office?

On this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine discuss what you may be missing by not being in the office. They start with a question from someone who works remotely and enjoys it, but also suspects that she’s missing out on important conversations and projects. Kathi and Katherine consider why it might be important to show up at the office on a regular basis.

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.

Ensuring Women’s Ideas Are Heard At Work: My Crazy Office Overtime, Season 8

Kathi and Katherine talk about the recognition of women’s ideas and voices at work on this week’s My Crazy Office Overtime show.

How can you make sure women’s ideas are being heard and acknowledged in the workplace?

Listen to this week’s podcast here.

#15: The Power of Face Time (Not the App) – My Crazy Office, Season 8

Kathi and Katherine talk about face-to-face interaction on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast.

First we give advice to an employee who wonders if they should go back into the office in order for their work to be recognized.

Then we discuss how a manager should engage in face-to-face interaction with their staff.

The Silver Lining – Things I Appreciate About This Quarantine

As an executive coach, I try to show my clients that with every awful business occurrence there is usually a silver lining. You may not see that lining at first, but with time you can see there was a lesson of value.

Not everyone is experiencing or seeing the silver lining at this time. Some of you are losing cherished members of your family and dear friends. Some of you may have lost your job and much needed income.

Some of you may feel angry because your gym is closed.  Most of us desperately need a haircut.  With that said, this quarantine and pause from life, as usual, can be a catalyst for each of us to take stock regarding what might actually be the silver lining.

Below is a list of silver lining comments that my clients have made over the last few weeks:

1 – I don’t miss many of my co-workers.

2 – I’m cooking all my meals and I like it.

3 – I’m sleeping better and don’t feel the pressure to get up earlier than needed.

4 – I like the relaxed attire I get to wear while working.

5 – I have so many fewer emails that my job is more doable.

6 – I’m learning that I like being by myself – I like me.

7 – I’m an introvert so I’m OK dealing with fewer people daily.

8 – I don’t have to commute.

9 – I’m hearing from friends and family that I haven’t spoken to for a while.

10 – I’m reading more, cleaning more, and finding it relaxing.

11 – I’m more appreciative of the essential workers in my city.

12 – Spending more time with my cat/dog and family is really nice.

13 – I can hear the birds singing because there are less cars on the road.

14 – It feels like the planet is healing itself.

15 – I have the opportunity to rethink my values.

16 – I’m realizing how important my supermarket workers are.

17 – I can take care of myself on my schedule throughout the day.

18 – I appreciate my job.

19 – I get to take classes for the job I really want.

20 – I’m learning how to connect with people on line.

21 – I like having access to people and places virtually that are not local.

Hard times teach us valuable lessons that help us grow and plan for the future. What are your silver linings?  If you don’t see them at this time I promise they are there.  You will see them when the time is right.

Kathi Elster – Executive Coach and co-owner of K Squared Enterprises.

Contact us at info@mycrazyoffice.co for any further help around this topic.

#35: Credit – Giving and Getting It: My Crazy Office, Season 5

Kathi and Katherine talk about credit on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast.

First we give advice to someone who did not properly get credited for a project at work.

Then we discuss the importance of giving credit in order to receive it.

#26: Staff Engagement – My Crazy Office, Season 5

Kathi and Katherine talk about staff engagement on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast.

First we give advice to a listener whose company launched a “happy campaign” involving dancing in staff meetings.

Then we give examples of ways to engage staff.

#12: Praise – My Crazy Office, Season 5

Kathi and Katherine talk about praise on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast.

First we give advice on how to work for a boss who does not give praise or recognition.

Then we discuss how to navigate a corporate culture that does not give praise.