Three Ways to Get Employee Performance In Check 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states workloads already account for 46 percent of all workplace stress incidents, so how do you improve performance that is a core part of business without increasing stress behaviors in your colleagues? First ensure leadership expectations are reasonable, then try these few fast remedies, from Robert Mager’s Analyzing Performance Problems book, to increase desired performance.  

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Gianna Biscontini
Leading With Courage: A Reposting from Our Chief Relationship Builder

“Courage means working for an organization that honors and aligns with your values.  If this is not something that is entirely possible (sometimes we just need a paycheck, I get that!) then being true to your values and being a living example of them is very courageous.  For instance, one of my values is health and well-being; sometimes work can cause significant stress and take a toll on both physical and mental health.  For me, courage would be asking for help on a project, admitting that I have too much on my plate and cannot take on another task or even just taking a day off.  For others who value creativity, courage might be presenting a new idea to the team or using a different method to get something done than usual.”

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Gianna Biscontini
The Tale of the Terrible Boss: For Dreamers, Doers and Overachievers

Warning: this article may cause some discomfort. It caused me great discomfort to write. Read it anyway.

We’ve all had a bad boss (er, maybe a few). And let’s be clear, “bad” can take many forms- unorganized, well-intended but directionless, one who takes credit for others’ work, one who lacks critical leadership qualities like vision and passion, etc. Those types of bosses are irritating, maddening even. But with the support of co-workers and love for your job (hopefully), you push on through, requiring nothing more than monthly vent sessions over drinks. But sometimes we find ourselves under the guidance of those who push the boundaries of what is ethical, acceptable, professional or healthy. Most of us who have experienced these conditions start looking for something else, anything else, immediately. I worked for this particular type of individual for eleven years.

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Gianna Biscontini
5 Ways to (Sanely) Lose a Leader

This situation is a difficult one to navigate. After all, adjusting to your workplace, colleagues and boss has taken some time. Starting it all over again sounds a little exhausting, and you are feeling the stress of the unknown. Do you start the search for new opportunities yourself? Do you position yourself to be promoted into your boss’s role? What will happen if you remain? If you go? This stressful scenario requires some savvy moves. Below, I explore some effective ways to cope with the resignation of a loved leader.

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Gianna Biscontini
Meditation, Yoga and Behavior Science: Some Sarcasm and Science on "Behavioral Xanax"

“How can we expand our lens and use these practices to serve others?” After all, there’s a reason yoga and meditation have become a growing trend- the reinforcement system is off the hook (is that how the kids say it?). My rigorous N=1 study (that’s me) has confirmed and replicated the same findings several times each week: yoga and meditation are critical to our stress response, focus and overall sense of wellbeing. But we are still, at our core, scientists. We must not dare rely on the millions of people trekking to yoga and meditation studios in the rain and snow to get a dose of automatic reinforcement (or is it escape-maintained?). Just kidding. Yes we can. But wouldn’t it be great to have the data, operational definitions, a conceptually systematic approach anyway?

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Gianna Biscontini