While the coronavirus pandemic may have been the talk of the town recently, climate change hasn’t exactly gone away. In fact, it’s becoming more and more of a pressing concern, which means living sustainably is key.
Following the release of David Attenborough’s various documentaries on the BBC and Netflix, as well as the concerning statistics frequently reported by NASA, National Geographic and the World Health Organization, climate change is an issue we all need to play our part in resolving.
While many of us will have already made several home, personal and lifestyle eco-life hacks – recycling more often, using renewable energy, limiting car use – there is always more we can do collectively to limit the impact.
After the previous year, and all had to endure, what better time is there to do exactly that?
Join us as we run through a few ideas as to how to live more sustainably in 2021 – a year where the coronavirus pandemic should fade into the distance and we’ll all – hopefully – be able to make up for some lost time.
Change Your Eating Habits
The dairy and meat industries account for a huge percentage of the world’s total gas emissions. The beef industry alone emits 150 billion gallons of methane every day.
What’s more, the amount of land and water required for livestock is incredibly uneconomical; globally 85% of agricultural land is used for animal agriculture, with almost 2,400 gallons of water needed to produce just one pound of beef.
Therefore, by making a few small changes to your diet, you could make a huge impact on your carbon footprint. Whether you decide to go meat-free once a week or become a devout vegan, the choice is yours.
Protect The Pests
Insect populations have been on a rapid decline, over the past few decades, with the quality of soil being hugely degraded as a direct result.
While yes, insects can be annoying at times, the role certain populations play in maintaining the planet’s biodiversity is vital. Without plant-pollinating insects like bees, for example, many plants and ecosystems wouldn’t be able to grow in the same way, leaving your garden looking a lot shoddier as a result.
Therefore, to help instead of hinder insect populations, why not make a few small changes to your gardening?
Whether you decide to stop using pesticide, grow insect-friendly plants, plant more trees, build a pond, create a compost heap or cut back on your lawn mowing, whatever you do could not only make a big difference to your garden’s look, but its total biodiversity as well.
Think About Travel
While the coronavirus pandemic may have put your travel plans on the back burner for the time being, many of us will be itching to get away somewhere at the next available opportunity.
However, when you do travel, try to think of ways you could get to your destination without harming the planet.
While flying may be a lot quicker and easier, generally speaking, it’s also one of the least sustainable methods of transport, pumping huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere above our heads.
So, why not think about heading out on an interrailing adventure around Europe instead? Or limit your flights to only one or two a year? As long as you book your next trip with sustainable transportation in mind, you’ll be playing your part.
Encourage Each Other
As I said at the start of this article, it’s all well and good one person thinking and acting more sustainably but, we all need to act as a collective if we really want to make a lasting difference.
Encourage your friends, family, loved ones and other members of the public to get involved with becoming more sustainable too.
Even if they only change one of their habits, the more efficiently we’ll be able to make an impact.
Final Thoughts on Living More Sustainably
Climate change isn’t going away. It’s here to stay and, without a collective response, could have a drastic impact on our lives moving forward.
Some argue the impact of climate change is inevitable. There are a number of things we can do over the coming year, however, to turn the tide and slow down its progression.
This can only happen if we all work towards becoming more sustainable. We must set an example for others to follow. Otherwise, we’ll only have ourselves to blame when climate change really does become irreversible.
A conversation with professor Dr Lucia Reisch
In a world where global warming, biodiversity loss and other environmental challenges are becoming more urgent, how do we encourage individuals to make the right choices? In the second episode of the German edition of the Next Visions podcast by Porsche, our host Christopher Golombek speaks with Lucia Reisch , professor of consumer behaviour and consumer policy at Copenhagen Business School, about the concept of nudging and how it can help to behave and live more sustainably.
How can people be motivated to adopt a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle? What are the issues that prevent them from doing more in their daily lives? Which policy instruments are effective and useful in promoting sustainable consumption? These are the sort of questions that motivate Lucia Reisch’s research.
She is a professor of consumer behaviour and consumer policy in the Department of Management, Society and Communication at the Copenhagen Business School, and also holds a permanent guest professorship at the Zeppelin University of Friedrichshafen. She is an expert on sustainable consumption, behavioural public policy, and nudging with twenty years’ experience advising governments and private sector entities on sustainable development issues. She also has been a long-standing member of the Sustainability Advisory Council of the state of Baden-Württemberg, where Porsche is headquartered.
In 2016, the Zuffenhausen-based sports car manufacturer set up the Porsche Sustainability Council as an initiating body for economic, ecological, and social issues. Professor Lucia Reisch is the chairwoman of the five-person committee. Porsche calls on the Council for independent expertise and advice, for example regarding the circular economy, decarbonization or the Porsche Strategy 2030.
The second episode of the Porsche Next Visions podcast is hosted by Christopher Golombek. Christopher welcomes Lucia Reisch to the podcast to talk with her about nudges in the context of sustainable consumption.
Nudging is a concept in behavioural economics that offers a way to effectively address the biases that drive our behaviour and decisions. Underpinning this approach is the notion that we don’t always make rational decisions. With nudges, we can guide individual choices in a cheap and effective way, without limiting people’s freedom to choose otherwise. Nudges aren’t mandates or incentives but rather subtle encouragements that can take many forms.
“Nudges are basically little pushes. They’re supposed to get people to do what they want to do, but for some reason can’t get done.” — Dr Lucia Reisch
The concept was developed by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in 2008 in their groundbreaking book Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Here the authors popularized the term “nudge”, which they define as a choice “ that alters people’s behaviour in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives. To count as a mere nudge, the intervention must be easy and cheap to avoid […] Putting fruit at eye level counts as a nudge. Banning junk food does not.” This concept was well-received and even helped US-economist Thaler to get the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2017.
The nudging approach has been used to clean up public toilets, combat obesity, and increase organ donor registrations. Today, both governments and businesses apply this approach to push people in one direction or another.
„If you look around Copenhagen, the whole inner city is actually full of nudges that encourage people to use environmental-friendly transport.” — Dr Lucia Reisch
Nudging can also be used to protect the planet. And indeed, policymakers are increasingly applying behavioural insights to promote environmentally friendly behaviour. To take one of many examples, Copenhagen has appointed a dedicated team that tests behavioural nudges to increase cycling and public transport usage. The city has installed footrests and railings at intersections as well as so-called green wave LED lights in the asphalt that help cyclists avoid red traffic lights.
If you would like to learn more about nudging, listen to the full episode of the podcast now available on all common platforms like Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify and Deezer. Please note that this podcast is in German.
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There are over 15 species of hedgehogs and not all of them can be kept as pets as some can be “not friendly”. African Pygmy is the most popular choice due to its friendly behavior, however, there are some other good options.
However, remember that like any other animal, hedgehogs take time to open up and get comfortable around new people. They may appear to be hostile or scared in the beginning. It’s a common occurrence and nothing to worry about.
Spend a bit of time with your pet and get to know each other to develop the bond. The trick lies in knowing what they adore, what makes them angry or upset, etc. You will find all of such information in this article. Let’s move on:
Table of Contents
1. Are Hedgehogs Friendly With Their Owners?
Pet hedgehogs are popular as they are generally friendly. However, it takes time for a hedgehog to become friendly with their owner.
Start off by feeding them with your hands. However, make sure to not wear gloves as it would restrict them from smelling your hands. Hedgehogs use smells to recognize people and their surroundings. Therefore, give your pet the chance to understand your scent.
It will take a week or two for your pet to get comfortable around you.
2. Are Hedgehogs Friendly With Other Pets?
Hedgehogs can mingle well with cats and dogs but you need to introduce them to each other.
Hedgehogs are tiny animals. Even if your pet dog is not hostile, it may end up harming the hedgehog while at play. This is why it is important to keep them under your watchful eye.
Tip: Notice the hedgehog’s behavior when other pets urinate or defecate. If it scares the hedgehog then you must make sure to keep your hedgehog away from such animals.
It takes time for a hedgehog to recognize other pets and become friends with them.
How To Introduce Other Pets To A Hedgehog: Never let a hedgehog roam freely in a room with other pets. Instead, keep them confined to their cage and place the cage at a considerable distance from pets such as cats and dogs.
It’s better to keep the cage in an elevated position so that other animals cannot reach it.
Allow the hedgehog and other pets to get familiar with each other. They will both get used to each other’s presence and learn to recognize scents. It can take about two weeks for both the animals to get comfortable around each other so make sure to be patient.
All in all, cats and dogs can turn out to be quite friendly with a hedgehog but you need to wait for them to develop a bond.
3. Can Two Male Hedgehogs Be Friendly?
Two males cannot be friendly to each other, especially if kept alone in the same cage. This is because hedgehogs are said to be jealous of each other and may try to get into a fight over food or area.
They may roam around freely in open space but never in the same cage unless there’s a border between them.
4. Can A Male Hedgehog Act Friendly With A Female Hedgehog?
Absolutely. It’s natural for opposite genders to attract each other. In fact, hedgehogs are known to mate and your female may get pregnant, so be careful before you keep a pair in a cage.
Check out this guide to know if a hedgehog is pregnant. You will have to take special care of a pregnant animal.
Tip: Do not place a young female hedgehog (under 5 months) with a male hedgehog. The mating experience can be too much for the female pet and she might not be able to bear the pain of breeding.
5. Steer Clear From Things That Upset Or Make Them Angry
Hedgehogs have a sensitive nature due to which they get scared easily. Loud sounds, too much light, and an unknown environment can make them uneasy and upset.
They anoint in such situations, hence make sure to be careful about how you behave around them.
Here are a few known things that upset hedgehogs:
- Strong scent.
- A male hedgehog in their cage.
- Not allowing them to sleep in the day.
- Not providing them with a preferable diet.
- Cold temperature.
- Loud sounds.
- A small cage that allows little to no movement.
- Poor hygiene condition.
- Touching their belly.
- Washing them with cold water.
Make sure that you avoid these things to keep your hedgehog friendly and playful at all times.
6. Provide Them With A Warm Environment
Hedgehogs do not like cold temperatures. If you live in a cold region, provide them warmth by installing a heating pad or a light bulb that maintains the temperature between 72-80 degrees.
You can also install new bedding to offer them comfort and warmth.
7. Do Hedgehogs Like To Play?
They do play but not like cats and dogs. You can’t expect your pet hedgehog to fetch the ball.
Their favorite activity is to run on a Ferris wheel. Hence, consider installing one in their cage. This will ensure they remain healthy.
Experts say that hedgehogs can gain a lot of weight if they do not run a lot. And overweight hedgehogs can easily get ill. This is a good reason to introduce a Ferris wheel so that your pet doesn’t end up getting obese.
Sick hedgehogs can easily get irritated and lazy. Therefore, take steps to ensure they remain healthy.
All in all, hedgehogs are friendly in nature but they require time to create a bond with the owner and get accustomed to the surroundings. Give your animal some time and you two will have a lot of fun together.
Do you want to create a more sustainable office? Or maybe you’d like to save some money by going green? Whatever the answer is, there are some proven ways to make your office space more environmentally friendly. From setting up paperless meetings to embracing natural light over artificial light, you have options at your disposal.
We should strive to live up to our environmental responsibilities. Creating an environmentally friendly office leads to positive change for everybody. It also helps with the bottom line!
This article will start you on the path to a greener office.
1. Energy Efficiency
Make some changes to the office. Replace standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED bulbs. Implement rules about when lights need to be turned on. For example, an everything off at night policy is a great way to not only go green but also save some money. You can also compost kitchen scraps and install low-flow toilets.
Purchase electronics that can be recycled easier and that make better use of energy. Install sensors and timers for office lighting. This will reduce energy consumption and costs. Paint the office with lighter colors; they will reflect daylight better and reduce the need for overhead lighting.
2. Renewable Energy
Make the switch from a traditional energy company to one that draws its power from renewable sources like wind and solar. You can also install solar panels on the roof and implement recycling policies. Consider using information servers that use green hosting. Every little bit helps.
One of the best ways to reduce your office’s carbon footprint is to avoid paper whenever possible. Use digital files instead of paper ones. Review documents on computer screens instead of on paper. Try to print less paperwork in general and switch to e-filing for vendors. Although mailing items can be unavoidable, you can purchase eco-friendly and reusable envelopes.
4. Office Supplies
Purchase office products that are friendly towards the environment. Did you know that in the U.S. four million pens are disposed of every day? Stock the office with reusable pens. And while going paperless is a better option, use 100% recycled paper when you can’t avoid it. Use the printers’ eco mode and use refillable ink cartridges. Use non-toxic cleaning materials. Avoid plastic and opt for wood or metal desks and office chairs. Look for products that are made from post-consumer content. Communicate with live chat software. Finally, consider appointing a waste auditor. This person can help determine what is being thrown away needlessly, what items can be recycled and other areas that could be greener.
5. Carbon Neutral
Making your office go carbon neutral is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to the environment. This is achieved by purchasing carbon credits to offset the amount of carbon released by your office. A carbon offset can be significantly easier than other actions. Start by measuring your carbon footprint. Then, look to purchase credits through established companies.
6. Greener Office
Place indoor plants throughout the office. They act as filters for all of the pollutants inside the office space . They can also help cool the air. When plants transfer water into the air by a process called transpiration, they can act as a natural air conditioner. This will keep the office cooler on hot summer days and reduce the need for using the AC.
7. Green Commuting
Did you know that we spend about 47 hours per year commuting in rush hour traffic? That amounts to 23 billion gallons of gas wasted. Encourage employees to reduce emissions by walking, biking or carpooling to work. Create incentives for using public transportation. Consider offering work from home opportunities or even some home office days. These will significantly cut down the use of energy at the office.
There’s no doubt that a greener office is a happier office. Don’t you agree?
These are just some ideas on how to create a more environmentally friendly space. Do you have any others? Let us know in the comments!
The world of marketing has always been a kind of a crazy roller coaster ride, and the last few years have seen the pace of change accelerate rapidly. And while it can be quite exhilarating, sometimes it’s a little scary when you don’t know what’s coming up around the next bend. Will it throw you for a loop? Send you into a nosedive? Only time will tell. However, like any roller coaster, marketing always seems to come back around and start all over again.
Consider search engine optimization (SEO). When it first came into play, many people were resistant to the idea of “writing for robots” in order to make web pages rank higher on search results. Cramming a well-turned phrase with keywords seemed like an affront, as did front-loading a clever headline with popular search terms.
But without optimizing your web content for search, how would people ever find your site?
Fortunately, this situation has changed as well, and we’ve come full circle. We may still be writing for robots as well as humans, but those robots now understand natural-sounding language and reward pages that deliver what real people might actually be looking for.
This development is one of the topics addressed in a new eBook from Anvil Media and Act-On Software, How to Make Any Content SEO-Friendly: A 3-Step SEO Guide for Writers and Content Marketers. This eBook is a great resource for anyone who has been tasked with writing anything for a website. Whether it’s an article, a blog post, a landing page, a product page, or an entire site, this eBook can help you make sure your content will be found through organic search.
Optimizing content isn’t complicated, but there are several tricks of the trade around keyword research, selection, and placement. And since, like everything else in digital marketing, SEO continues to evolve, there are some emerging best practices that you can use to help search engines make the most sense possible of what you write … which helps them choose your page to return.
Here are three basic steps that can help you optimize your content for search engines.
Step 1: Choose Your Keywords
Here’s one thing that hasn’t changed – optimizing your content is still all about choosing the right keywords. But instead of just picking the keywords that are likely to get the most searches and fitting them into the copy as many times as possible, it’s important to prioritize. Quantity is great (to a point), but quality is even better. It’s smarter to use a keyword that’s very targeted to your audience and cast a smaller net, because the searchers you pull in will be more likely to buy. It’s also best to think about how your audience might actually look for your content. What questions are they likely to ask? What words will they use to ask them? Find the answers … and your keywords will follow.
Having the right words isn’t enough – you also need to consider the order of your keywords. For example, “vegan gluten-free oatmeal cookie recipe” receives an average of zero searches per month, whereas “gluten-free vegan oatmeal cookie recipe” gets an average of 20. It’s amazing…. all it took to improve the results of this concept was to reverse the order of two words. Brainstorming, research, and tools such as Google Keyword Planner, Wikipedia, Übersuggest, and MergeWords can also help with the keyword creation process.
Step 2: Refine Your Choices
Once you’ve uncovered the keywords that make the most sense for your page, you should make sure you have at least two and no more than eight keywords. The most relevant of them all will be your primary keyword, and the rest will be supporting keywords. In order to whittle down the list, it’s important to remove the words (and combinations of words) that can actually harm your search results, including:
- The ones that don’t sound like a naturally occurring phrase. For example, “Cookies oatmeal” has search volume – we all enter backwards phrases like that into search engines now and again – but optimizing for it in your copy would make you sound like English isn’t your first language. Keywords should blend seamlessly into your page copy, so don’t try to make something work that just doesn’t sound right.
- The ones that sound like advertising. Keywords with words like “best” or “for sale” may get more search results, but your copy will suffer if you play to those search queries explicitly. Try to keep your keywords purely descriptive.
- The ones that mention a competing brand by name. Bidding on competitors’ names in order to gain impressions is also a bad idea. The results are sure to suffer because your page isn’t really what the potential customer is looking for.
Once you’ve got your keyword list, make sure the primary keywords aren’t used that way anyplace else on your site. You should never assign the same primary keyword to more than one page. It’s fine to use a primary keyword on one page and then use it as a supporting keyword on one other page, as long as the keyword in question is relevant to both and the primary keywords are different.
Step 3: Optimize Your Page
The more your primary keyword appears on your page, the more convinced Google will be of the page’s relevancy to that keyword. You should make sure your keywords appear in the following places:
- Body copy
- Page title
- Meta description
Keyword placement can be challenging. It used to be that there was no such thing as too many keywords. These days, that’s called keyword stuffing, and it won’t get you any points with a search engine. SEO is almost more an art than a science, so if you have any doubts about the density and placement of your keywords, you may want to consult an SEO professional.
Be sure to read the eBook to get an in-depth look at the tips that can help you connect with your target audience, and make sure that search engine robots love your page as much as your human readers do.
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Getting Started In Your Community
In utilizing the community toolkit, leaders and community organizers convene, engage, analyze and act together to foster dementia friendliness
A dementia friendly community is one that is taking action to foster quality of life for people living with dementia and their care partners by decreasing stigma, increasing opportunities for meaningful social interaction, and offering support in addressing the changing needs of people living with dementia. Dementia friendly community initiatives are ongoing and dynamic initiatives—dementia-friendliness is not a “yes” or “no” characteristic of a community, but an aspirational goal that individuals, organizations, and groups continuously strive toward over time. In many instances dementia friendly communities are geographic (such as a city, town or county), but there could also be dementia friendly community initiatives defined by race or ethnicity, religion, culture or shared background or interest (e.g., young onset). Most communities that are part of the DFA network are grassroot efforts with stakeholders on a shared mission to create a more dementia friendly culture in their local area.
Key Goals Among Dementia Friendly Communities
Some dementia friendly communities work toward one or two goals while others work on several or all goals. Throughout each of these goals, a consideration for including representation from diverse members of your community in helping to shape the initiative and then engaging with diverse partners and settings as you work to achieve these goals is critical. Throughout the activities listed for each goal, we have suggested activities that include diverse aspects.
Increase awareness and understanding of dementia and of people living with dementia.
Increase awareness and understanding of brain health and risk reduction.
Collaborate with public, private, not-for-profit and health care sectors to better serve people living with dementia and care partners.
Address the changing needs of people with dementia and care partners.
Create social and cultural environments that are inclusive to those living with dementia.
Improve the physical environment in public places and systems (e.g., parks, transportation) so that it is dementia friendly.
Readiness and Recognition
The following readiness and recognition criteria indicate a community is ready to work on a dementia friendly community initiative. For more information on How to Join the DFA Network of Communities, click here.
Inclusion and Leadership of People Living with Dementia. People living with dementia and their caregivers are key to leading and shaping dementia friendly communities. It is imperative that their wants, needs and preferences are integrated into the planning and implementation of dementia friendly community efforts.
Establish and maintain a cross-sector team that works collaboratively to create change. Creating change in a community cannot be accomplished without establishing and maintaining an effective planning team that works collaboratively. A cross-sector team includes at a minimum, government, clinical, community-based organizations and people living in community with dementia and their care partners. Ideally, several community sectors are represented on the cross-sector team. The team is an asset that will help to engage the wider community to increase awareness and change the way the community thinks about living with dementia. No one single organization can be responsible for change across a community.
Adoption and Communication of Dementia Friendly Practices and Change Goals. DFA communities foster sector-specific dementia friendly practices across their communities. The DFA toolkit guides communities through a step-by-step process that fosters adoption of dementia friendly practices in all parts of community. DFA guides communities through a comprehensive process of convening an action team, identifying community needs, prioritizing those needs and developing an action plan for ensuring a more dementia friendly community. Please summarize how your community plans to engage in dementia friendly work and how it will sustain these efforts moving forward
Champion Organization and Coordination Capacity. Many DFA communities benefit from having an organization that is willing to champion, coordinate and, if needed, serve as a fiscal sponsor. The champion organization may help recruit and partner with a senior leader of local government in the effort (e.g. mayor; city council; other elected officials).
Progress Tracking and Sharing. Communities will report progress by providing a current program description, upon request, and by completing periodic surveys. Communities are also asked to report on outcomes of dementia friendly activities included in their evaluation plans.
Narcissists are fiercely calculating and capable of vicious manipulation that nonnarcissists, or “nons,” would never dream of let alone act on. It takes someone intimately familiar with a narcissist to understand the extraordinary harm they are capable of on a day-to-day basis. Even those closest to the narcissist—her spouse and children—are typically so loyal, so entangled in her emotional barbed wire, and so disbelieving that someone supposed to love them is capable of such cruelty that they have difficulty recognizing and acknowledging the abuse that defines their lives.
As someone with a personality disorder, the narcissist suffers from problems that shape his beliefs and behavior in extremely distorted ways, making him profoundly self-centered. Narcissism is characterized by a lack of empathy and ruthless self-promotion. And yet there are times when the narcissist is nice.
When the Narcissist Is Nice: False Versus Genuine?
So where does “nice” fit into the picture of the narcissist?
Those close to the narcissist are well-versed in her wide range of controlling tactics. Narcissists are notorious for idealizing a love interest, “golden child,” or even friend, charming and drawing them in with excessive displays of admiration and attentiveness, prematurely shared intimacies, and grand promises. The idealization phase typically turns to devaluation once the narcissist’s seduction succeeds or if she finds a better source of “narcissistic supply.” Hoovering (drawing someone back in) old sources of supply, too, is often short-lived because the narcissist drops her veneer of charm once the person is back in the fold or is replaced by someone “better.”
But the truth is that although people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) have a crippling mental condition, they are still people who in some cases experience moments of clarity that can include varying degrees of self-awareness and caring for others. Like the rest of us, narcissists exist on a personality continuum, ebbing and flowing through their lives. In his most secure, insightful moments, the narcissist may step beyond his defenses, see things outside of his immediate perspective, and attempt to genuinely reach out and/or make amends.
For example, the narcissist might, perhaps for the first time,
- tell her child she is proud of them;
- admit that she should have been less self-involved as a mother;
- admit to her spouse they were right about something they previously fought about;
- agree to family or marriage counseling;
- show spontaneous affection;
- express concern for a friend;
- acknowledge an adult child’s accomplishments or success; or
- tell her spouse that they are a good partner or parent.
To Trust or Not to Trust When the Narcissist Is Nice
That is the question!
The problem with the narcissist’s “nice” overtures is that they can be difficult, even impossible to discern from his manipulations. The recipients of a narcissist’s apparent kindness, particularly if they have known him for a while, will be rightfully confused by the turnabout. They will wonder if the gesture is sincere or yet another tactical maneuver to hoover them or otherwise set them up for further manipulation. The narcissist himself may not fully understand his own feelings or motives or how long they may last.
Accept the Good, with Healthy Skepticism
If the kindness feels real, the non should try to accept it at face value and feel good about that long-craved-for affirmation. It may be one of only a handful of moments or even the first of its kind in the relationship. But as a veteran of the narcissist’s abuse, the non also should remain skeptical of authentic lasting growth in the narcissist, something that at best will be very limited. Probably the safest response for the non is to neither reject the overture nor expect more of the same from the narcissist.
Maintain Your Boundaries
Perhaps most importantly, the non in the situation should not base conclusions or decisions upon what may be a fleeting opening. A spouse would be wise not to push the issue by pulling out a laundry list of complaints or suddenly confiding things long held in check. Similarly, the adult child of the narcissist may be tempted to resume or increase contact but should instead let the dust settle to consider the situation and see what happens next. The same goes for the ex or friend who is tempted to reconcile with the narcissist.
Enjoy the moment, even savor it, but for your mental and physical well-being keep the bigger picture in mind and maintain your boundaries.
Work can be stressful, and at times, not a lot of fun. But professionalism in the workplace can make it easier to get through bad situations and help advance your career, as well.
Professionalism in the Workplace
You should always maintain a degree of professionalism in the workplace. That doesn’t mean you have to be working in an office to be professional. You might be working on a construction site. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, professionalism means conducting yourself with responsibility, integrity, accountability and excellence.
Qualities like showing up for work on time, managing your time well, taking responsibility for your behavior and working well with others will serve you well, no matter which career you choose and no matter where you are on the career ladder. Indeed Career Development states that work is just that, work, but developing a positive attitude while you’re there can make your own work-life and the work lives of your coworkers much more pleasant.
Having a positive attitude not only makes the lives of those around you more pleasant, but it also reduces your own stress, gives you more energy and productivity and improves your decision-making skills. And even more important, it typically results in better relations with your customers and clients.
Good Workplace Qualities
Being a team player is often brought up as a quality companies want when they hire an employee. But this overused term means more than just being a part of a team. According to Corporate Essentials, it means being able to engage with your coworkers and collaborate with them as an equal, no matter where you and your coworkers are in the corporate hierarchy.
In other words, you treat all your coworkers with respect. According to Fairy God Boss, doing a good job and having a good work ethic aren’t the only skills a good employee needs. Acting in a responsible way is just as important. Being polite, happy and considerate of others means your superiors will consider you to be reliable and helpful. This may mean you’ll get more consideration when big projects are on the horizon.
Even when you’re in a bad mood, and everyone has their days, try to be polite, Fairy God Boss states. Also, it’s good to look the part at work. Whether your workplace requires casual or more formal attire, dress to look clean, neat and put-together. Being accountable, well-organized and using good communication skills are other desirable attributes to have at work.
Things Not to Do in the Office
There’s also a financial reason to act in a positive manner at work. Problem employees can cost an organization up to about $7,200 a day, according to the Harvard Business Review. According to an article in CNBC, this happens because problem workers erode trust, cut down on overall output and innovation and cause coworkers to become less motivated and cohesive.
Things to avoid at work include being resistant to change, not taking ownership or responsibility for your actions, having a negative attitude, not responding well to coaching and not working well with others. Other things not to do in the workplace, according to Future of Working, include sexual harassment of any kind, intimidation or bullying, making rude comments, using offensive and abusive language, making violent threats and being excessively critical.
Unfortunately, there are still employers and employees who are insensitive in what they say and do in the workplace, states Future of Working. But if you are hiring employees, make sure you check their references. Also, make sure you ask questions in the interview that indicate you are hiring someone with good communication skills who also displays respect and humility. And if you are interviewing for a position, strive to show you will offer good professionalism in the workplace.