Do you have to “Bark” and “Meow” about everything?

complainersI never complain about anything. Everyone knows I sit perfectly at my desk, am quiet and make no waves. Ha! Of course if I said that seriously, my coworkers would have me committed.

Every so often, I find myself complaining and while I believe you have to have someone as a sounding board, it’s wise to do this only once in a while. There are those who are unhappy, either with their work or their private lives, and they tend to complain about everything – ALL THE TIME. Nothing is positive and the glass is always half empty.

If/when I think I’m complaining too much, I have to make an immediate self-assessment. Me first because all else reflects what I am thinking or doing.

1. Did I get enough sleep last night?

2. Is it a “crabby” Monday morning?

3. What’s going on at home that I’m bringing to work and taking it out on everyone?

4. Is it money problems?

If I’ve answered any of my self-assessment questions, then I know I have to regroup, take a deep breath and think before I complain again to anyone. Be careful with the coffee too, though I need it to stay awake if it’s self-assessment #2.

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WANTED: Personal Work Experiences

arguingIn an effort to understand how work-life affects society, it makes sense to begin by studying individual work experiences. I recently wrote an introduction on the topic of Occupational Health Psychology (OHP), which concerns the application of psychology to improving the quality of work life and to protecting and promoting the safety, health and well-being of workers.

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The Truth about Women in Power

564883_98126365Women in positions of power tend to have different expectations placed upon them than do men in similar positions. Even in modern times when equal rights and treatment is a hot topic in the media and politics, it is still evident that, especially in the workplace, women experience gender inequality that contributes to disadvantages such as less pay or fewer opportunities for advancement (Babcock & Laschever, 2003). Many of these inequalities at work can be attributed to the difference in expectations for how women should behave. That is, when women do not adhere to our stereotypes (that both men and women hold!), they are viewed very unfavorably and find difficulty achieving their career goals. Continue Reading →

Women, Bullying, and Employee Engagement


In previous posts, we have focused on the negative consequences of workplace bullying. Workplace bullying can have lasting impacts on employees and cause problems in the office. What about women specifically? Is bullying amongst women even more prevalent in the workplace? Continue Reading →

Sexism in the Workplace: Consider the 2013 Oscars

If you happened to catch the Oscars recently (or even if you didn’t you probably couldn’t avoid reading about it online) you should know something of the debate occurring over this year’s host, Seth McFarlane’s choices about joke material. The problem many saw with his hosting style was that his focus on gender differences went too far. However, some pointed out that the biggest problem with the 2013 Oscars is that many did not even notice the sexist nature of Seth McFarlane’s jokes until after someone pointed them out. Continue Reading →

The Juggling Act


It is no secret that juggling work and family is difficult. We all know that trying to balance these two parts of our worlds can be stressful and at times seemingly impossible. How can we improve our work and family life balance? Continue Reading →

The “Breadwinner”


The term breadwinner once referred to the male head of the household who provided the income for the family. Now the term is hardly ever used as a shift in family dynamics has changed. Why is it that now most families have two working parents and how does this impact individual employees? Continue Reading →

Women in the Workforce

As mentioned in an earlier post, the number of working women is increasing. Women currently hold more masters degrees than the male population. I read an interesting article in Bloomberg Businessweek that examined another angle of this topic. The article addressed how business women that wish to have a strong career are still able to raise a family and have a relationship with a spouse.

A couple of different families were profiled in this article and discussed how their families are able to function with a career driven woman in the family. In most cases, the man stays at home and cares for the children. The article made it appear that all the men were okay with being stay-at-home dads rather than pursuing their own career. The men all appeared to be very supportive of their wives’ choice to have a very strong career. Continue Reading →