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Jerks at Work: Tips on Harnessing Negativity & Turning it Around
Date: Sep 22, 2020 Beginning at 2:40 PM
Session Duration
1 hour and 15 minutes

Learning Objective
- Build a deeper understanding of the psychological and behavioral roots of negativity and bullying; analyze and discuss relevant statistics related to bullying in the workplace.

- Consider related legal liabilities, direct and indirect costs of allowing "jerks" in the workplace.

- Attendees will leave with clear path (BIE Model) to addressing "jerks at work," as well as ideas (technical policies, procedures and programs) for preventing jerks from having an impact in the first place.

Session Description
A Jerk: an obnoxious, negative person. We’ve all been there, having a seemingly “normal” day, only to be hijacked by a jerk. Jerks come in all types, and left unchecked, will create a toxic environment that permeates the workplace and decreases morale and productivity. Although there is no one single solution to dealing with jerks at work, it is important to remember that there is a way to successfully deal with each and every jerk. Human Resources professionals are tasked with setting the standard when it comes to dealing effectively with problem team members and jerks at work. Whether it is the CEO or the new intern that is causing a ruckus, attendees will be encouraged to get realistic about what it is like to work with a jerk, and will leave with information on the impacts that negative employees have in the workplace, and solid strategies on how to harness and redirect that negativity. This session is based on the philosophy that Negativity is a disposition, not a way of life; and is a temporary condition. Based on this philosophy, if we dig and in get a plan in place, we can tackle this temporary issue successfully! Attendees at this interactive and engaging session will leave with: • A deeper understanding of the psychological and behavioral roots of negativity and bullying; analyze and discuss relevant statistics related to bullying in the workplace. • Important considerations related legal liabilities, direct and indirect costs of allowing "jerks" in the workplace. • A clear path (BIE Model) to addressing "jerks at work”. • Ideas for crafting and implementing employment policies, procedures and programs that work to prevent jerks from having an impact in the first place.

Session Speaker

Niki Ramirez

HRAnswers.org

More About Niki Ramirez

Niki Ramirez is an engaging, sought-after, certified human resource professional with over 20 years of successful experience in leadership and human resources management and is a trusted industry expert. To date, she has facilitated 100's of training sessions, workshops and thought-provoking conversations for 1,000's of ambitious HR and business leaders at local and national conferences across the Country, including: 5 years at the Arizona State SHRM Conference, 5 years at the National Native American HR Association National Conference, and many other associations and organizations.

Known for her exciting, interactive presentations, she has developed a unique and practical approach to balancing employees’ and employer’s needs; this balance yields maximum results for all stakeholders. Niki believes in the power of collaboration and communication and that success is accomplished is through the dedication of great employees who feel respected and empowered in the workplace. This belief shines through in each session that she facilitates.

Niki's passion is to educate employers and their employees to work in partnership to design and implement meaningful workplace and human resources programs rooted in collaboration, respect, trust and open communication creating a positive ripple in the world.

Over the years, Niki’s has been trusted to serve in operational management and leadership roles, as a human resources consultant with a Fortune 500 company, as well as community college adjunct faculty, and as a human resources executive. She is also a long-term volunteer, supporting the You're Hired! Program offered through Junior Achievement of Arizona. The program mission is to prepare youth for success in the workplace. In addition to her 3 HR professional certifications, Niki is bi-lingual in Spanish/English, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Arizona State University, and an MBA in HR Management from the University of Phoenix.