Quiet Vacationing: What’s the Real Story
Workplace Coach Blog
by Lynne Curry
1w ago
Question: I’m a small business owner and trust my employees. The majority are great. In the past two years, I’ve actively sought ways to reward them for hard work and keep them motivated. When our amazing summer began in May, I shortened our workweek to four days for as long as summer lasted, at least through June, giving every employee a guilt-free Friday off. I manage based on an honor system, and don’t tightly monitor employees as long as they get their work done. Our team thrives and appreciates the flexibility they’re given, except for “Jacob” who’s my lowest performer and yet claims he w ..read more
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Not Your Monkey; Not Your Circus
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by Lynne Curry
2w ago
Question: I made a huge mistake nine months ago when I sold my business to a large national firm. I didn’t realize they were crooks. When they wooed me, they made huge promises, none of which they’ve met. I suppose I could sue them for fraud—except that would tie me up in legal hassles for years, and cost thousands in attorney fees. Also, they’re skilled liars and have three full-time lawyers on staff. Not only have I been had, but I’m stuck. One of the worst parts is I report to an idiot. He’s the son of one of the three partners, which means I can’t complain to anyone about him. He’s arrogan ..read more
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Employees Fall for a Cyber Attack
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by Lynne Curry
1M ago
Question: Four of our employees fell for a cyber-attack last week. They opened an email attachment they thought originated from our HR department, which regularly emails policy updates to all employees. This email had the subject line: Changes to Vacation Policies. Even though we’ve trained our employees not to click on suspicious emails, and certainly not ones with attachments, this one fooled them. We didn’t realize the breach until one employee called HR with a question related to the new policies. HR immediately contacted IT, but it was already too late. We lost sensitive employee, custome ..read more
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Employees Turn to AI in a Seismic Shift
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by Lynne Curry
1M ago
No Escaping AI Artificial intelligence has infiltrated every part of our lives. Increasing numbers of businesses use AI to handle routine customer inquiries; craft job postings, emails, reports, and PowerPoint presentations; evaluate candidate applications, and automate other tasks once performed by researchers and entry-level employees. Many fear AI, voicing concerns about job displacement, unintended consequences, and loss of control. AI fakes, known as deepfakes, prove difficult to distinguish from reality and spread disinformation. A recent report commissioned by the U.S. State Department ..read more
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The Ghost Drinking My Gin Wasn’t the Worst of My Problems
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by Lynne Curry
2M ago
For a change of pace… The sound of knocking woke me at three. A silver crescent moon hung askew outside the bedroom windows. Wind rocked gnarled trees that bent like old men with aging spines. I crept down the stairs, my cell phone in hand with 911 punched in ready to hit send. The refrigerator door creaked open. I hadn’t wanted to admit I’d bought a haunted house. I’d hunted for explanations for the odd events that kept happening. The flash of ivory passing my bedroom door, a dream. The wet footprints outside the hot tub, a neighbor. A whiff of Dior’s Poison, a perfume I once loved. I must ha ..read more
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Surviving the Bully Supervisor When You’re a Nice Person
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by Lynne Curry
2M ago
Question: I work for a supervisor who loves to take me apart. Last week, she invited me into her office and spent thirty minutes telling me everything I did wrong. When she finally wound down, I felt shattered and said, “Thanks, I need to get back to work.”  Once at my desk, I discovered I couldn’t focus. The emails in my inbox seemed to swim, and I realized tears had welled in my eyes. A coworker passing my cubicle noticed me wiping my eyes and leaned in and said, “Don’t worry about anything she says. She’s a bully.” “But she targets me more than anyone else.” “That’s because you take it ..read more
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Burnt Out? 4 Keys to Taking Back Your Life
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by Lynne Curry
2M ago
Burnt Out and Four Keys for Fixing It Are you burnt out and not sure how to fix it? In 2024, emails from burnt out managers and employees have flooded my workplace coach inbox. Here’s what some have said: “I’m running on empty;” “mentally exhausted and emotionally drained;” “constantly on edge and irritable;” “on autopilot, just going through the motions, and don’t see any way out.” The current reality If you feel similarly, you’re not alone. A March 2024 survey of 1200 employees revealed 88% of respondents self-reported being burnt out at work, https://www.myperfectresume.com/career-center/ca ..read more
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Real-life writing
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by Lynne Curry
2M ago
Those of you who read “If You Knew the True Story” in the “Writing from the Cabin” blog https://lynnecurryauthor.com/2023/08/22/if-you-knew-the-true-story/ know my fiancé died in a plane crash three days before our wedding. That tragedy triggered my writing Her Next Hero. Although Jess Cassidy, the main character who comes to life in HNH is fictitious, I borrowed liberally from my HR work—when I battled with a Darth Vader supervisor on behalf of an employee struggling with stage 3 cancer; the time I confronted a knife-wielding abuser trying to drag an employee out of the workplace; when I took ..read more
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Employers, Can You Handle Gen Zers? If Not, Better Get Ready.
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by Lynne Curry
2M ago
“I simply don’t hire them.” According to research, that’s the attitude of 94 percent of business leaders who avoid hiring Gen Z employees, those born between 1997 and 2012, https://www.businessinsider.com/managers-avoid-hiring-recent-gen-z-college-graduates-unprepared-survey-2023-8. Why? According to 1,243 recently surveyed business leaders, Gen Zers bring with them have a sense of entitlement, a deficient work ethic and sub-par communication skills, https://www.intelligent.com/4-in-10-business-leaders-say-recent-college-grads-are-unprepared-to-enter-workforce/. Half of these business leaders ..read more
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Do Employers Need to Come to Grips with Employees’ Mental Health Struggles?
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by Lynne Curry
3M ago
“I’m not my employees’ babysitter, their mommy, or their therapist,” the CEO insisted. The problem that led to his call—his company’s 2024 employee survey revealed large numbers of his company’s employees expected mental health benefits. Photo by cottonbro studio on Pexels.com “What are these employees thinking?” he asked. “We offer a generous sick leave allowance and they’re asking for paid mental health days on top of that? Employees need to handle their own personal issues.” Employee expectations Good luck with that. According to national surveys, 61 percent of Generation Z employees, 48 pe ..read more
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