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S.O.S. Office-Politics Help and Tips

What’s the S.O.S. page all about? The S.O.S. page features office-politics ‘proactive’ tips, and lets readers weigh in with their own advice. So step up to the plate, and leave your best advice and tips on battling office politics and solving workplace discord.

Surviving Control Freaks: Advice from OP reader

I’ve survived several control freak bosses and maybe this will work for other people too. Here are my thoughts…

You can run, but don’t ever run away. Always design a strategy to run TO, otherwise the control freak will think you couldn’t take the pressure. So, for example, I found a field I wanted to get into to get away from two of the control freaks…. More

Look what happened at NASA!

2007-02-07 7:10 pm


Workplace romances – real or imagined – can be a legal and public relations minefield for any employer. Just ask NASA, which is caught in a bizarre imbroglio as one of its female astronauts allegedly attempted to kidnap a woman whom she believed was a competitor for the affections of a fellow astronaut.

Despite the pitfalls, 35 percent of employers in a new survey have no formal policy regarding romance between co-workers. The survey conducted among 100 human resource executives one week before Valentine’s Day (February 14) by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., revealed that while many companies discourage such relations, others simply maintain a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy….

Which is the better route? Business or Technical?

2007-01-21 7:15 pm

Amongst the companies I’ve worked for, the professionals that chose the technical route seem to have less opportunity than those professionals that chose the business route… Susan Bulkeley Butler responds, “I believe that some technical professionals ‘let themselves’ get boxed in because they don’t know where they can go in the business (operations) route.”

How to fix your job, and improve your outlook in 2007

2007-01-06 6:48 pm

“At least half of our waking hours are spent on the job and going to and from the job. For those who are unemployed, finding a new position becomes a full-time job, not to mention a cause of full-time stress. It only stands to reason that improving this major component of one’s life can lead to greater overall happiness,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., the global outplacement consultancy, which provides job-search counseling to individuals who have lost their jobs. Read more

New Year’s Resolutions or New Goals for 2007?

2006-12-20 4:48 pm

Everyone talks about making New Year’s resolutions — and then laughs about failing! Susan Bulkeley Butler, Author of “Become the CEO of You, Inc.” wants to improve your chances of success by shifting your focus from ‘resolutions’ to ‘goals’. Read Susan’s Ten Tips for 2007: How to make things happen for you! Read more

Writer-blocked asks:

2006-10-31 4:43 pm

I’ve recently taken a position writing for a network television show. I was one of three writers that they took on to make the show better. Thus far, I’ve managed to be productive and show that I can contribute consistently to the show’s producers however, one of the writers who was already on staff and who has known the star of the show for most of his life (I try not to believe he got his position through nepotism but it seems likely) seems to have taken a dislike to me… Read more

Over the Boss’ head asks:

2006-11-18 12:43 pm
My boss asked our group to go to him first and allow all outward conversations to people in the company to go through him, especially where upper management is concerned. Lately I have been trying to allow our boss to represent me. However, after a meeting he had that I was not at, about a project I was working on, he came into our office space and began ranting… Read more