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My Crazy Office

Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster

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Hosts Kathi Elster and Katherine Crowley are best selling authors of three books about workplace behaviors: Working with You Is Killing Me, Mean Girls at Work, Working for You Isn’t Working for Me. Kathi and Katherine address all of those wacky behaviors that we all deal with at work. That coworker who ate your lunch then complained that you put too much mayo on the sandwich? They know him. Join Kathi and Katherine as they answer real workplace questions with solid advice, and a great sense ...
 
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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 someon…
 
On this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherin discuss what you should do if a recruiter contacts you. This is something that a lot of people find perplexing. Kathi and Katherine start with a question from someone who really likes their current position and isn’t sure what to do when a recruiter contacts them regarding a dream job.…
 
Sometimes, you know it’s time to go, but leaving seems too scary. On this My Crazy Office podcast, Kathi and Katherin explore what happens when you know you’ve been at a job too long, but you’re afraid to actually leave. Kathi and Katherine also consider what managers can do if they know that certain employees should move on but seem reluctant to g…
 
Burnout — It happens to the best of us. On this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine explore the topic of burnout; how to spot it, how to treat it, and how to manage someone who has it. What do you do if you feel so depleted that going to work fills you with a sense of dread? How do you manage a top performer who suddenly seems burnt out…
 
Are you a rebel at work? Do you manage a rebel? In this episode of My Crazy Office podcast, Kathi and Katherine discuss the strengths and weaknesses of rebel employees. First, they offer advice to a rebel whose protective boss is leaving the company. During the second part of the podcast, Kathi and Katherine give tips to managers about teaching the…
 
Jealous feelings crop up at work all the time. If you receive praise, get promoted, or find yourself in the spotlight, your colleagues are likely to feel jealous. Similarly, if someone you work with gets promoted, receives praise, or gains favor with the boss, you may feel jealous as well. In this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine dis…
 
On this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine discuss the possibility that working remotely could be hurting your career. They start with a question from someone who works remotely but used to go into the office for monthly visits. Now that the company won’t pay for monthly trips, this person feels disconnected from others at work. During…
 
Do you love remote working? Or do you yearn for time in the office? In this My Crazy Office podcast, Kathi and Katherine examine the pluses and minuses of remote working. They start with a question from someone who has a new remote job and misses the camaraderie of office life. During the second part of the podcast, Kathi and Katherine consider tho…
 
On this My Crazy Office podcast, Kathi and Katherin cover a topic rarely discussed at work: What do you do if your boss is jealous of you? They start with a question from someone whose boss is not happy when a certain large client prefers the employee’s presentation over the boss’. During the second part of the podcast, Kathi and Katherine consider…
 
Are you an over-talker? Do you manage someone who talks too much? Over-talking can be a real obstacle to moving your career forward. It can compromise your reputation and cause people to avoid you, personally and professionally. In this podcast, Kathi and Katherine examine the problem of over-talking at work and offer concrete tips for how to deal …
 
Do you suspect that someone you manage is lying to you? In this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine discuss how to handle it when someone you supervise lies to you. It may be a junior co-worker or a member of your staff. What do you do when you know they are not telling the truth?By Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster
 
Kathi and Katherine discuss how to manage an argumentative employee. Are you trying to manage someone who challenges your every move? In this podcast, we’ll examine what happens when a member of your “support staff” questions or corrects everything you want to do. During the second half, we consider the employee’s perspective — What if you challeng…
 
What do you do if your current boss leaves for another job? It’s not always clear. In this My Crazy Office podcast, Kathi and Katherine discuss how to adjust when your boss leaves and a new boss appears. First, they consider a situation where the employee has a great boss and that person takes a new position. Then Kathi and Katherine discuss what i…
 
Sometimes, the more you know about your staff’s personal lives, the harder it is to hold them accountable. In this podcast, Kathi and Katherine discuss how challenging it can be to hold employees responsible for their work product, when you know too much about their challenges outside of work.By Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster
 
One of the things that can be more difficult to establish when we work remotely or in hybrid situations is a feeling of trust. Because we can’t see each other, it’s harder to verify what is really going on. In this podcast, Kathi and Katherine examine the qualities of two kinds of work environments: Trustworthy and lacking trust. Join us and see wh…
 
The world is changing at a rapid pace. The pandemic shook up the way we do business, our work routines, and how we think about our lives. Add war, inflation, political unrest, and climate change, and you’ve got a lot of uncertainty. In this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine offer concrete ways to manage uncertainty on the job and in g…
 
It’s easy to be disappointed at work. A new hire may not be all you hoped for, a new boss may promise a lot but fail to deliver, and a new job may look great before you take it only to become a serious disappointment. In this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine examine the nature of disappointment at work and offer proven techniques for…
 
Theoretically, any promotion should be a good promotion. But there are certain situations where promoting you may benefit management, but not be great for your career. In this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine discuss which kinds of promotions you may not want to take, and how to say “no thank you,” without burning bridges.…
 
Kathi and Katherine talk about the Great Resignation on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast. First we give advice to someone who hasn’t resigned yet, but knows it’s time and is having difficulty staying focused at work. Then we consider what managers can do to keep their staff engaged if they sense that the employees are checked out.…
 
Kathi and Katherine talk about unrealistic expectations on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast. First we give advice to someone whose boss makes promises to clients that cause his staff to overwork themselves. Then we examine what a manager should do if they keep taking on demanding projects to keep the staff employed.…
 
Kathi and Katherine talk about a rejected help on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast. First we give advice to someone who was recently hired to assist a busy executive and the executive refuses to share the work and be helped. Then we discuss what managers can do if the person they bring in to help their busiest employee, gets rejec…
 
Kathi and Katherine talk about a disappointing new job on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast. First we give advice to someone who thought their new job would bring exciting projects, working for someone they respect, only to be disappointed. Then we discuss why certain managers believe that every new hire should pay their dues.…
 
Kathi and Katherine talk about cultural changes on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast. First we give advice to someone whose buy out by a larger company requires them to change their work behavior. Then we discuss what managers can do when they inherit staff from an acquired company who do not fit the culture.…
 
Kathi and Katherine talk about a complacent boss on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast. First we give advice to an employee whose laid-back manager’s behavior is hurting the team’s morale and productivity. Then we address managers who have become complacent and consider what their motives might be.…
 
Kathi and Katherine talk about changes in management on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast. First we give advice to someone who’s unhappy because their boss hired a new deputy director to report to. Then we discuss how to avoid the risk of your staff not liking your replacement.By Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster
 
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