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5 Tips for Handling Workplace Drama
From rumor mills to office cliques, many of us have experienced this often-uncomfortable situation. Here are a few ways to avoid being the cause of it, as well as how to handle it when someone else is responsible.
1. You&rsquore confronted by a co-worker who says someone told her that Suzy said you will never move up in the company because you are lazy and don&rsquot know how to do your job.
Solution: Ignore or take action. If you feel the need to address what&rsquos been said, go to the source. If you don&rsquot feel comfortable going to the source, contact a supervisor or mediator. Request a meeting to professionally discuss your feelings and concerns. It is imperative to take action as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the higher the potential for increased tension and animosity.
2. Suzy and Jim always have the latest gossip. Not only do they want to let you in on the office dirt, but they also want your opinions. When they are not talking about others, they complain about how awful the workplace is.
Solution: Stay away from people who are part of the rumor mill or always have a negative attitude. You never want to be guilty by association and accused of playing a part in a workplace rumor. You also want to avoid those with negative attitudes. If your coworker is always talking about how long the work week is, how bad the supervisor is, or how coworkers don&rsquot pull their load, their negativity just may rub off on you.
3. Jim thinks you are not pulling your weight. He feels that his workload is heavier and he is frustrated and angry. As a result, he lashes out at you.
Solution: Don&rsquot respond immediately and add to the chaos. If confronted by an angry or upset coworker, take time to evaluate the circumstances before responding. It is important to allow the shock to wear off and to respond professionally and appropriately. My general rule is to respond the same way you would if your supervisor was present. Be an active listener, allow the individual to vent, and remain respectful. When it is your turn to respond, remain calm and positive.
4. You don&rsquot like office politics, you don&rsquot like managers, you don&rsquot like work, you don&rsquot like your job, and you let everyone know it.
Solution: Don&rsquot let yourself be labeled as the complainer. Whether good or bad, most of us would like to avoid labels. If we are labeled we most likely want the label to reflect who we are as a person and not how we are perceived to be. No one wants to be the office gossip, the &ldquobrownnoser,&rdquo the angry person, the troublemaker, or the complainer. It is important always to be aware of your actions and words. It is also important to remember it&rsquos not always what&rsquos said, but how it is said. In the workplace, let the work you do speak for you. Have a reputation for being a hard worker instead of a negative label.
5. Several people in the office have said you have a negative attitude or that you are sometimes difficult to talk to.
Solution: Be open to others&rsquo thoughts. It&rsquos very rare that several people have conspired against you to say something about you, your attitude, or your work performance. If people are always complaining about you or a specific behavior, maybe it&rsquos not &ldquothose people.&rdquo Self-reflection is very powerful. It takes a big person to take a look in the mirror, take responsibility, and own their part in the chaos.
Some people love drama so much they cannot seem to function without it. You may never be able to avoid it with those people, no matter how hard you try. In that case, it is your duty to rise above it. Sometimes we have to meet people where they are and accept who they are. If an individual loves drama and chaos, we can either choose to avoid them or deal with them in a way that keeps us from being sucked into their world. Challenge yourself daily in your work environment to make the best day possible for yourself and for those around you.
Ditch the crowd and make these boneless fried chicken bites for your own happy hour. Marinate the bites in rum and bring on the hot sauce.
Bring a little bit of Indian heat by using garam masala in both the brine and flour dipping mixture. For an even crispier chicken, let the meat rest in flour as the oil heats.
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Reality: Some voter registration data is publicly available.
Rumor: Someone possessing or posting voter registration data means voter registration databases have been hacked .
Get the Facts: Some voter registration information is public information and is available to political campaigns, researchers, and often members of the public, frequently for purchase. According to a recent FBI and CISA public alert, cyber actors may make false claims of “hacked” voter information to undermine confidence in U.S. democratic institutions.
Reality: Online voter registration websites can experience outages for non-malicious reasons.
Rumor: An online voter registration website experiences an outage and claims are made the election has been compromised.
Get the Facts: Outages in online voter registration systems occur for a variety of reasons, including configuration errors, hardware issues, natural disasters, communications infrastructure issues, and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. As CISA and FBI warned in a recent public alert, a system outage does not necessarily mean the integrity of voter registration information or any other election system has been impacted. When an outage occurs, election officials work to verify the integrity of voter registration information.
Reality: A compromise of a state or local government system does not necessarily mean election infrastructure or the integrity of your vote has been compromised.
Rumor: If state or local jurisdiction information technology (IT) has been compromised, the election results cannot be trusted.
Get the Facts: Hacks of state and local IT systems should not be minimized however, a compromise of state or local IT systems does not mean those systems are election-related. Even if an election-related system is compromised, a compromise of a system does not necessarily mean the integrity of the vote has been affected. Election officials have multiple safeguards and contingencies in place, including provisional ballots or backup paper poll books that limit the impact from a cyber incident with minimal disruption to voting. Additionally, having an auditable paper record ensures that the vote count can be verified and validated.
Reality: Malicious actors can fake manipulation of voter registration data to spread disinformation.
Rumor: Videos, images or emails suggesting voter registration information is being manipulated means voters will not be able to vote.
Get the Facts: Claims are easy to fake and can be used for disinformation purposes. If voter registration data were to be manipulated, states have several safeguards in place to enable voters to vote, including offline backups of registration data, provisional ballots, and in several states, same-day registration.
Reality: Safeguards are in place to prevent home-printed or photocopied mail-in ballots from being counted.
Rumor: A malicious actor can easily defraud an election by printing and sending in extra mail-in ballots.
Get the Facts: This is false. Committing fraud through photocopied or home-printed ballots would be highly difficult to do successfully. This is because each local election office has security measures in place to detect such malicious activity. While the specific measures vary, in accordance with state and local election laws and practices, such security measures include signature matching, information checks, barcodes, watermarks, and precise paper weights.
Reality: Safeguards are in place to protect against fraudulent voting using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
Rumor: A malicious actor can easily defraud an election using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
Get the Facts: Changing an election using fraudulently submitted FWABs would be highly difficult to do. This is because election offices have security measures in place to detect such activity.
The FWAB is primarily used as a backup ballot for military and overseas voters who requested but did not yet receive their absentee ballot. FWAB users must provide their signature and meet varying state voter registration and absentee ballot request requirements, which can include provision of full or partial social security number, state identification number, proof of identification, and/or witness signature.
Since only military and overseas voters are eligible to use the FWAB, relatively few of them are submitted each election. In 2016, states reported that only 23,291 total FWABs were submitted nationwide, with all but six states receiving less than 1,000 FWABs statewide. Since use is relatively rare, spikes in FWAB usage would be detected as anomalous.
Choose Between Rolled and Steel Cut
Rolled or steel cut? Here's how to choose: If you prefer not to taste your oats, go with rolled. They will soak up the liquid for a smoother, silkier texture. Steel-cut oats, on the other hand, have a more chewy, hearty texture and require longer to soak. While rolled and steel cut oats contain nearly identical nutritional profiles, steel cut oats contain resistant starch that breaks down slower, keeping you fuller longer.
What to Do With Spoiled Milk — From Baking With It to Facial Masks
There’s no use crying over spoiled milk &mdash because you can still totally use it. We usually toss out milk that’s gone sour ASAP, but it turns out we may have been missing out on a few interesting uses for dairy that’s past its prime.
According to Dana Gunders, Natural Resources Defense Council’s leading expert on food waste, cooking with sour milk is delicious.
“It’s a substitute for buttermilk,” she tells NPR. “You can [use it] in pancake or biscuit batter. And you can’t taste the sour! I’ve pushed it, and let the milk get really old. The pancakes turned out fluffy, and really good.”
But first, a very important warning: Don’t consume milk if it’s curdled because of age. This can make you very sick. We’re talking about milk that has a sour taste but hasn’t curdled yet and is safe to consume.
Typically, milk goes sour about three days after the expiration date. If unopened, it can last up to two weeks past the expiration date. Sour milk has many uses you may find helpful, and you’ll no longer feel the need to rush to consume it all before it expires.
The first thing I think of when I find soured milk is making cheese. After all, the main ingredient in cheese is milk that’s gone bad. You can make cottage cheese by cooking sour milk in a double boiler over simmering water until it begins to whey (when the watery part of milk separates from the curd, or cheese). Strain it through a towel to remove excess milk, and add in some cream and salt and pepper to taste.
You can also make regular cheese by lining a colander with cheesecloth and pouring in curdled milk. Gather it into a bundle, and hang it in the fridge over a bowl. Once it stops dripping, the cheese is done. Enjoy with crackers and wine!
Bake with it
Sour milk is a common ingredient in many pancake, cake and waffle recipes. Once it’s cooked, you can’t tell that sour milk was used, and it’s an easy (and delicious) way to use it instead of having it go to waste. Check out this recipe for lemon Bundt cake or this one for Coca-Cola cake. Note that you can also make your own sour milk by adding vinegar or lemon juice to fresh milk.
Though sour milk can be delicious in baked goods, desserts (think custards and cheesecakes), eggs and casseroles, there are many other uses for it that don’t involve food:
- Beauty. Sour milk is a common ingredient in facial masks. It’s great for the skin &mdash making it smoother and giving it a more even, consistent color. Place sour milk all over the face, let sit, then rinse off with milk (strange, I know), followed by a final rinsing of water.
- Pets. Use sour milk for pet food &mdash make dog or cat biscuits, or feed it to hens once it’s curdled (you can sit it outside in the sun to speed up this process).
- Home and garden. Pour it around plants to keep deer away, and put it at the base of rosebushes to help them grow. You can even pour sour milk over silver and let sit overnight to make it shine.
As you can see, there are many uses for milk that has spoiled. So next time, think twice before pouring it down the drain!
A version of this article was originally published in October 2012.
How To Stop Rumors From Spreading In Your Company
Rumors exist for all kinds of reasons. They can be a source of diversion or they can validate and support a point of view. They can be a way to get attention, to manipulate a situation or to reconcile one's psychological state with what one sees as actually going on. But most of the time, ambiguity causes rumors people are just trying to fill in the informational gaps.
In normal business situations, rumors are typically between 75% and 95% correct. But the more correct a rumor is, the more dangerous it becomes. Eminently believable rumors invite greater buy-in, which translates to more people who are exposed to the incorrect, and often damaging, part of the rumor.
But not all rumors are alike and not all rumors are inherently bad. Wish Rumors are the most positive as they provide a window into employee desires, which is good information to have. These rumors should be handled with a light touch. Anxiety rumors develop when employees verbally express their fears and anxieties to others (e.g., about possible layoffs, the company being sold, new leadership, etc.) Wedge rumors are motivated by aggression or even hatred and can divide groups and destroy loyalties. Anticipatory rumors occur after employees have waited a long time for an announcement. These last three types of rumors must be addressed head-on.
Rumors persist, in part, because people tend to evaluate information in a biased way that reinforces their existing views or values. So if someone is inclined to believe, for example, that companies don’t care about employees, will conduct layoffs, sell the company, etc., they’re much more likely to embrace a rumor of, say, impending layoffs.
People will also often harden their original views when presented with unwelcome conflicting information. So if someone already believes that companies can’t be trusted when they say ‘we’re not doing layoffs,’ and then the CEO challenges that belief by saying ‘we’re not doing layoffs,’ that person is likely to believe in impending layoffs even more strongly than before.
There’s also evidence that familiarity increases the likelihood of accepting information as true. Which means if you keep hearing rumors about impending layoffs, that information becomes familiar, and thus more memorable.
Most of the time, rumors about your company are being spread by people in your company. Restating a false rumor won’t wipe out the rumor. Your employees will just restate the false rumor and then negate it, further cementing the rumor in their minds. And going on a witch hunt for the perpetrator of the rumor is just about the worst thing you can do. This will alienate and antagonize your other employees, making even your biggest supporters reluctant to rush to your defense.
Controlling the company rumor mill relies on debunking rumors. This can be done via in-person meetings with individuals or small groups or by holding larger, town-hall-type meetings. Delivering a debunking message through email is another approach you might take. There are just six steps to follow:
Step 1: Don’t make the rumor the headline of your message. People tend to remember the headline, so instead of the rumor, choose a positive fact on which you want people to focus. If there’s a rumor spreading that your company is about to have layoffs, try a headline like “Our company is growing,” or “First quarter sales are up 18% from first quarter last year.”
Step 2: Next, expand on the positive fact you introduced in your headline, e.g. “First Quarter Sales Are Up 18% versus last year and since January we have added 127 new employees.” The goal here is to provide positive facts that support debunking of the rumor, without actually mentioning the rumor.
Step 3: Issue a warning, e.g. “Now watch out because some low performers want to mislead you.” This puts the rumor into context and sends the warning “you may get duped.”
Step 4: State the actual rumor, e.g. “A persistent rumor is that our company is in financial trouble and will have layoffs.”
Step 5: Provide an alternate explanation that shows why the rumor is misleading, e.g. “This rumor mistakenly sees people leaving our company for performance reasons, or relocations, etc. and wrongly equates that with layoffs. Sometimes people leave because there wasn’t a good fit with the company. Or their spouse moved to another city. Those are terminations or voluntary turn over. And every company has those.”
Step 6: End with a “tweetable” message that includes your positive message from step one, e.g. “But we also have something most companies don’t have… First quarter sales are up 18% vs. last year. #salesgrowth And since January, we’ve added 127 new employees. #newemployees
Adding positive visual images can help make your message more memorable and tagging a memo with a searchable term (hashtag) will help your message to spread.
Keep your message tight and use no more than three facts to support your case. Information overload will just make the rumor spread faster. If you debunk a rumor via a town hall or in-person meeting, make sure to put your message in writing and hand it to folks as they walk out the door.
Rumors aren’t fun, but keying into the misinformation being shared amongst your people can actually offer great insight. And when rumors do occur, it is absolutely within your control to debunk the rumor using the six-step process described here.
49ers announce Levi’s Stadium will return to full capacity in 2021
The 49ers were one of 13 teams that played their 2020 home games in front of no fans. This season, the team hopes all 68,500 seats are filled for every home game.
49ers team president Al Guido announced on Twitter that Levi’s Stadium will return to full capacity for 2021.
“This moment has been a long time coming!” Guido tweeted with a statement about the announcement.
The 49ers play their first preseason home game Aug. 14 against the Chiefs. Their first regular-season home game is Sept. 26 against the Packers.
“Not a day goes by that we haven’t missed hearing 49ers fans in Levi’s Stadium and we’re thrilled to be able to fully welcome them back for the upcoming season,” Guido said in his statement. “We want to thank the frontline healthcare workers at Levi’s Stadium who have worked tirelessly to drive the largest vaccination site in California. Thanks to their efforts, we’ve administered nearly 350,000 shots in the name of protecting our community and allowing us to return to the activities and people we love. We’d also like to thank state, county, and local officials for helping to lead us through a tough and unprecedented year. We encourage everyone in our community to get their shot as we get ready to host the Faithful for the upcoming season!”
14 We Want To Try: Patina Lucretiana
Because the people of the day thought beef had a tough texture and a bit of an insipid taste, their main meat consisted of lamb and pork. Apicius has several recipes with seafood as well as these two meats.
An excellent recipe with pork involves preparing a bed of shallots and scallions covered in oil, water, and some broth. A salted chunk of pork goes in the middle, then everything is baked until the pork browns. It is served with honey and a dash of vinegar or pure wine, depending on which one is easier to acquire or on personal taste preference.
Amazon Users Say This 'Brilliant' Tool is the Best Way to Spread Cold Butter
A cold stick of butter plus a soft, pillowy roll is a recipe for dinner disaster. Okay, not quite, but it is a formula that will lead to a flat-as-a-pancake roll after the butter knife tries𠅊nd fails—to spread a little brick of butter around on the fluffy bread.
This exact scenario, plus dreaming of summer sweet corn fresh off the grill this summer, has inspired our latest culinary love: the MAX SPACE Butter Mill Butter Dispenser.
While it might look like an odd art utensil or home improvement tool, with a simple twist of the knob, this butter mill promises to spread a stick of butter into a soft and spreadable 10-foot(!) ribbon. It works on butter right from the fridge or thawed to room temperature slightly, and fits most major sticks of butter right in the slot. Once you use up all that butter, the mill can be cleaned in the dishwasher or by hand washing so it&aposs ready to use for another stick.