By By (author) John Putzier

Explains how managers can harness the normal weirdness frequently present in excessive performers at each point, whereas curtailing habit that is disruptive. This e-book provides 32 real-world case stories to demonstrate the criminal, human assets, and company ramifications of surprising habit within the place of work, and ideas.

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Everywhere. The dilemma was that he looked just fine. His attire was not only perfectly appropriate, but would actually be the quintessential “dress for success” look that every conservative corporate headquarters would love to clone. But please! Every day? Eventually everyone but Bob seemed to be aware of the situation, which eventually led to his manager coming to the Human Resources Department for guidance. Appropriately so, the HR representative suggested a one-on-one, diplomatic, confidential discussion between the manager and Bob in which the manager should mention the situation, and the fact that, as a highly paid professional, he should be able to afford more than one outfit.

In any event, they can be dealt with, managed, and even capitalized upon. There’s energy there that can be directed to awesome ends. That’s exactly why some weirdos can be a blessing in disguise. The key is to know who they are and how to realize their value by not stifling it. By the time you finish this book, you will be able to identify where, when, and how to focus your attention on unusual workplace behaviors based upon whether they have relative value or potential to the organization. You will be able to recognize alternative approaches and to select one most appropriate to you and your organization’s success.

So, why write a book that chronicles and analyzes weird behaviors at work? Well, there are several reasons. On the broadest, most prurient level, people just enjoy observing the human condition in its most rare or extreme form. Look at what sells on radio, TV, and the movies! Think of it as a form of societal/organizational voyeurism, like peeking at an auto accident, or watching reality TV. The cases alone make for a fun, and sometimes distressing read. On a more focused and pragmatic level, however, since most of us have to spend over half our waking hours working with and for other people, it could come in handy to have a handbook or reference guide for survival and success.

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