Office ‘meldrews’ damaging morale

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Grumpy bosses and surly colleagues who don’t even say ‘good morning’ toother staff are damaging the morale and motivation of workers in the UK. Although the season of goodwill is fast approaching, politeness is in shortsupply in the workplace, with 40 per cent of staff admitting their colleaguesdon’t even say good morning. And 25 per cent complained their own good morninggreetings were simply ignored. Research by business supplier Office Smart found that 92 per cent ofemployees think politeness at work is vitally important. Elena Neville, marketing director at the firm, said the survey showedBritain’s workers weren’t as polite as they should be, and 78 per cent felt itdamaged motivation. “We all know what it’s like when a manager barks at usand tells us to do something without saying please or thank you and it clearlyaffects people’s motivation,” she said. The survey also shows the office creep is alive and well with 30 per centadmitting they are more polite to the boss than other more junior staff. Office ‘meldrews’ damaging moraleOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Allardyce: I’d have inspired Ade

first_imgSam Allardyce believes he could have got the best out of Emmanuel Adebayor had he been able to land the Tottenham striker in January. Although he is one of Mauricio Pochettino’s three captains, the Argentinian would not have stood in the way of Adebayor leaving the club in January – with suggestions chairman Daniel Levy was the man who vetoed a loan deal to rivals West Ham. That leaves the 30-year-old as part of Pochettino’s squad but, with Harry Kane in fine form, first-team opportunities are still likely to remain at a premium for Adebayor, although Allardyce admitted he would have relished the prospect of working with the former Arsenal and Manchester City man – despite his reputation for causing unrest. “Goals,” was Allardyce’s simple reply when asked what the signing of Adebayor would have brought to West Ham. “If you see where he has gone and his initial impact at where he has been would be that he comes into a football club and scores goals on a regular basis. “There is obviously one of those players that you have to look at him and as a manager and say ‘how do I react with him and interact with him and on the basis of how well I interact is on the basis of how well he plays for us’. “So you use your management skills in terms of looking at his personality, like you do with most players and talking about wanting the best out of him while you are here, and wanting him to enjoy your football and do what you do best – play and score goals. “I never really think I have anybody signed until I know they are at the training ground at the final pieces, however long, or short the contract is. It looked a really good possibility but I was keeping my fingers and toes crossed. “If you are in the transfer window and a quality player comes your way and you think he is a quality player, some people say ‘do you need a player in that position?’ – but the bottom line is that he is a quality player. “If you can get him, for me you get him if you can afford him. That is what we tried to do. There was such a short time frame at that time it was not possible to be pulled off.” Any frustrations at not getting a last-minute deal for Adebayor over the line on transfer deadline day would have been magnified when club-record signing Andy Carroll was ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery. Allardyce conceded Adebayor would have been the perfect fit to step in with Carroll sidelined but has now called on the likes of Enner Valencia, Carlton Cole, Diafra Sakho and new arrival Nene to prove their worth. “Any player with the ability that he has got is my kind of player,” he added of Adebayor. “Particularly with a relatively good goalscoring record. There can be the odd blip that happens with a player of his character but sometimes you deal with that as a manager. “You don’t want it to be easy week in and week out. you want some challenges. You set yourself the challenge that you hope he can make a difference to your team. But it was not to be. “We have players here that have got to perform from now to the end of the season. There is no let up. “They can’t take it easy and sit back on what they have done in the past and they have got to continue to strive for the future and hit the levels we have performed at for most of the season.” Press Association West Ham came close to completing a loan move for the Togolese, who is likely to be consigned to the bench when the Hammers travel to face their London rivals at White Hart Lane on Sunday, on the final day of the January transfer window. Adebayor has played just three times for Spurs since their defeat to Stoke on November 9 and has also been the recipient of jeers from home fans during that time. last_img read more

Chicago Blackhawks fans line up outside Kohl Center for free merchandise

first_imgAlthough there are many sports teams that one could be a fan of in Wisconsin, there is one professional sport that we do not have a team for – hockey.This often leads to many interesting conversations as you wsee people on campus supporting teams from all across the NHL. From Toronto to Anaheim, there is most likely someone else on campus who happens to be a fan of the same team as you, you just have to try and find them.The Chicago Blackhawks, who recently hired former UW assistant coach Don Granato, realized that there was not a good place for Wisconsin Blackhawks fans to get together, so they decided to create an event specifically for that.The Chicago Blackhawks Fan Development situated themselves at the entrance of Gate B, equipped with all of the free merchandise that fans could want, and an inflatable hockey rink. Fans began lining up at 5 p.m. hoping to not only get some gear for the Blackhawks, but also to get prepared for the upcoming Wisconsin hockey season.Granato to depart UW hockey program for coaching position with Chicago BlackhawksOnly a year after the University of Wisconsin’s men hockey program acquired Don Granato, the former associate head coach announced Read…Any Wisconsin students who could attend were invited to stay and participate in a friendly hockey game against the Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team, creating a great chance for fans to interact with the players.Students who bought season tickets were also invited to join the Crease Creatures, the official student section of Wisconsin men’s hockey, for pizza and beer. The student organization, which was founded earlier this year, is welcoming all student season ticket holders into the group for free during their first year.The event was organized to give fans of all ages a chance to interact with the team, from coaches to players, and to show their support for both their collegiate team and their professional hockey team (although it was not required for participants to be Blackhawks fans). Fans were also given free t-shirts and could take photographs with any UW personnel who was there.The Wisconsin men’s hockey season does not begin until this weekend, when Wisconsin welcomes Michigan tech to the Kohl Center for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game. The match between the two teams starts at 2 p.m. this Sunday.last_img read more