Self-Esteem In The Workplace

Self-Esteem In The Workplace


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ISBN-13: 9781453768747
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/22/2010
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Graduated from St. Petersburh (FL) High School. Received B.S. degree in Administrative Science from The University of Alabama. Served in the U.S. Army. Worked as Management Analyst for the U.S. Army and the Internal Revenue Service and as Chief Management Staff, IRS Data Processing Center, Atlanta, GA. Served eighteen years with NASA, Kennedy Space Center as Chief Administration and Logistics for Expendable Vehicle Operations and Shuttle Payloads Operatons. Retired with more than thirty-five years government service.

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Self-esteem in the Workplace 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
tiffanydavis2 More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually one to read "self help" type books, but I have to say that the information within this one is really good. Richardson gives tons of information on making it work between managers/employees/co-workers, as well as tid bits on using the tactics at home between family members. Richardson puts into perspective how to positively use corrective tactics, while still building up the employees self esteem (rather than beating them down). As I said, I don't generally read this genre, but I would say that I would definitely recommend this to new managers/supervisors, as well as employees, as it covers all the basics of manager/supervisor tactics to employees sense of belonging and their own need for some power. Good read! I feel that Richardson did a great job at his focal points of the book. I particularly felt that the guides and outlines included would be most helpful to new managers or supervisors.
Santosh More than 1 year ago
Ever since I read the book "Fire Angels" by Joseph Richardson, I wanted to read another book by him... and that opportunity came into being with the help of this book, titled "Self-esteem in the workplace". Main theme of the book is to explain how Self-esteem (positive as well as negative) affects workplace and its implications on Employee relations in general. This book gives enough knowledge about how to create and more importantly maintain a professional relationship with subordinates. This book is a result of author's own 35+ years of working experience of which 25 years he worked as a supervisor & on various management positions. Author also got help from his wife, who has over 30 years experience in Psychotherapy and she is the main inspiration behind this work. I know all of you (readers) want to know, 'what's in the book...' so here's the list of topics this book will be covering: 1) It describes concept of 'Self-esteem'. 2) What are the factors that affect 'Self-esteem’ 3) What are the conditions to develop high 'Self-esteem' 4) Tools, to evaluate own 'Self-esteem' 5) Finding one's strengths and weaknesses 6) Methods to strengthen weaknesses 7) How supervisors actions and attitude affects his employees level of 'Self-esteem' 8) Boosting employees self-esteem to make them more loyal to the organization 9) Through Examples 10) Methods of interacting with employees 11) How to make Employees achieve higher levels of productivity. 12) And lastly, a comprehensive guide for above all. Like I said earlier, 'This book is a comprehensive guide for all the supervisors and wannabes'; and a must read for anyone who wants to create, improve or maintain professional relationship with colleagues or subordinates. Being a working professional, I understand the importance of this book in corporate world, and I can already see myself reading it over and over again. I want to take this opportunity and Thank the author for yet another book written not only with passion and skill but also with information. This book has helped me a lot and I am sure it will continue to help me through my career. A gem, and thus 5 out of 5 stars.
mrsnancysorensen More than 1 year ago
Self-Esteem In the Workplace - FOUR STARS! (The Key to Positive Employee Relations) What a fantastic book! Years ago I read The One Minute Manager. I thought it was the best book one could read to work happily and cohesively in the workplace. It was short and concise. I loved it. This book is even better than The One Minute Manager. Joseph L. Richardson gets right to the most important part of what makes each one of us a good manager, supervisor, or employee; self-esteem. The author has four goals in writing this book. 1) to give the supervisor information on self-esteem and the conditions required for a person to develop high self-esteem, 2) to give the supervisor tools that can be used to evaluate his or her own self-esteem and determine areas in which he/she can strengthen those areas, 3) to help the supervisor understand how his actions and attitudes can affect his employees' self-esteem, and 4) to give the supervisor methods of interacting with her employees in ways that will enhance their self-esteem and help them achieve higher levels of productivity, competence, and confidence. I loved how Mr. Richardson points out that employees need a sense of belonging, and a good example if they are to be good employees. He also explains that if the supervisor is a dictator, he/she also has a low self-esteem, and that attacking one employee with verbal abuse harms the whole company, including the supervisor. He points out all of the ways that everyone gets hurt, and then shows us how things can be fixed and problems can be prevented just by evaluating our own self-esteem issues, addressing them, and then moving forward to becoming aware of employees' self-esteem. This book also gives us assignments designed to help us improve our self-esteem and work habits. In all of the years that I have worked for someone else, I have only had one good boss/supervisor. He followed these rules, but I don't think he knew he was doing it. It was just an innate way that he had for treating other people. His employees were loyal and we had a highly efficient and happy workplace. I wish I could buy this book for all of the places where my children work. Imagine the future they could have. At least they can read my copy to improve their self-esteem and work habits. Definitely four stars!
dcl55 More than 1 year ago
"a comprehensive guide to enable managers and supervisors of any company" I do not want to give away all the key issues for a successful partnership in a work environment between the manager/leader/supervisor and the employees as it is written by Joseph Richardson. I want you to read all of the book. Included are guides and outlines for business interviewing, training, and leadership. There are nuggets of information for families with children and establishing a practice of healthy correction and esteem builders.This review will not be able to expose all the wonderful insights into the advice for leaders, but you can read it and learn the actions for coaxing the very best from an employee. Self-Esteem In the Workplace: THE KEY TO POSITIVE EMPLOYEE RELATIONS is a comprehensive guide to enable managers and supervisors of any company. Reading this book by Joseph Richardson would be very helpful for all employees, not only those in a management position. Businesses with personnel comprised of a supervisor and/or manager which has responsibility for subordinate employees need to be aware of how important a positive attitude and good self-esteem can be to the employees. The key observations which are presented in this book could be implemented to provide a formula for success and harmony in the workplace. The author has written rules and examples to help convey the situations within an office or other business setting and the interactions of supervisors and employee. The chapters lead you to understand the need for professional treatment of employees as they are motivated to give their best. When an employee feels they offer value to the company and they have a healthy sense of self-worth, then they will be motivated to do their best. When working for a responsible and well organized supervisor, the employees often are infused with a sense of pride about their work assignments and will want to excel. Another crucial step is found in the flow of communication. If the employee does not understand the process or is given only a part of the information needed, that employee is set up for failure. Thus adding to low self-esteem when a problem arises. It is necessary for a supervisor to be diplomatic when appraising the employee performance or addressing an employee problem. It is possible to discipline an employee without the employee being left humiliated. A good supervisor will make recommendations for change to the employee without injuring or bruising the persons self-esteem as per the “sandwich” analogy. Self-esteem is defined as “Pride in oneself”. Some of the insights of the book content is concerning employees who do not seem to want to advance, or do only what is required. Sometimes these employees can be motivated to reach for higher goals if a supervisor is encouraging. The old style of harsh tempered bosses humiliating an employee in the office does not bring about positive feelings or results for the good of all employees and the company. Working in an unkind and harsh environment can lead to unhappy and unproductive employees. The author specifies some attributes which need to be present for optimum leadership in a supervisor : ABILITY to actively listen ABILITY to communicate ABILITY to respond positively ABILITY to be encouraging ABILITY to provide a positive work environment ABILITY to provide effective training ABILITY to provide the tools needed for the job The author specifies some attributes which need to be present for optimum self-esteem of an employee: A SENSE OF BELONGING or feeling connected...the employee needs to feel a connection or belonging to the work family A SENSE OF POWER OR CONTROL ... the employee is confident of possessing the skills, the resources, the capability for the job A SENSE OF UNIQUENESS ... the employee needs to be recognized for who they are and identified by their best, most productive qualities A SENSE OF MODELS ...the employee needs to view the supervisor as a role model who acts appropriately and reacts consistently These are only a few of the principals which are presented in this book. The book content is well written and easily understood.
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
Self Esteem In the Workplace written by Joseph L. Richardson is an insightful book into how a manager and/or supervisor can make the workplace a much better environment not only for the employers but also for themselves. It is a manual that explains how self-esteem affects our outlook on life and having good self-esteem can make us more productive employers and employees. The book is broken into two main sections. The first section mainly deals with explaining what self-esteem is and how it can positively or negatively affect our lives depending on whether we have good or bad self-esteem. There is an interesting exercise provided by the author to give the reader insight as to how we view ourselves and how to deal with things that adversely affect how we think about ourselves. The second part of the book is about how to carry out your job as supervisor and/or manager, knowing and using the key points made in part one regarding self-esteem. The author gives very insightful advice starting with the wording of the job advertisement to the interview for the position and, maybe most importantly, the first day of work. Throughout the book Mr. Richardson repeats some key ideas which are quite helpful in applying them to various work situations. Provided all through the text are real life examples of how a poor manager or supervisor can destroy a workplace, sometimes due to their own poor self-esteem. As I read through these examples, both real life ones and fictional ones, I could see how this was probably true of one of my former bosses and I was thinking to myself how it all made sense now. One sign of a good writer is being able to help the reader see themselves in the writing, even in a small degree. Mr. Richardson does this well. Aside from some editing mistakes that can be easily fixed this book is very well written and easy to understand. The information provided within can be attributed to many environments. I think that having a manager and/or supervisor read this book as part of their training would make for a good work environment.
M_R_Shah More than 1 year ago
Joseph L. Richardson's Self-Esteem in the Workplace: The Key to Positive Employee Relations works on reshaping the way managers and supervisors think, function, and behave. Richardson's intriguing text not only educates readers on how self-esteem is formed, but provides a number of strategies designed to recondition and examine one's self esteem as a leader in the corporate world. Essentially, Richardson's goal is to enhance employer relations with their employees and create an environment of confidence and positive self-esteem. From this book, the manager or supervisor will learn to better delegate tasks and communicate WITH the employee rather than TO him/her. Additionally, authority figures will be better equipped with tools to handle tense situations, such as performance appraisals, as well as effectively managing time and setting realistic goals. At the same time, Joseph Richardson emphasizes that a leader should be at the front of the pack. One of his chapters, in fact, is titled, "If you are our leader, get out in front." Regardless of how experienced and savvy the employees are, they truly need someone to lead the way and to point them in the right direction. Interestingly, many of the points in the book are derived from Joseph Richardson's extensive twenty-five-year tenure in supervisory and management positions. Of his experiences, he states, "I have seen a range from very good to horrible." Indeed, there are many who would benefit from this book. In one instance, Richardson describes how the cold and condescending verbal attack from a supervisor led a grown man to the verge of tears-"tears of frustration, humiliation, embarrassment, and worst of all, a severely injured self-esteem." When an individual is crowned supervisor, he/she is not given free reign to rule tyrannically over other employees. A supervisor that never admits when he is at fault, fails to communicate with his employees, and creates an autocratic environment in the workforce can adversely impact the company and its effectiveness-doing more harm than good. Ultimately, Joseph Richardson's Self Esteem in the Workplace addresses real problems that need solutions. Written exquisitely and to the point, the reader has much to gain from the countless practical examples, advice, and strategies outlined in depth within the book-certainly a must-read for managers and supervisors!