“ how to... AVOID OF­FICE SU­PER-CHICK­ENS”

Elle (Canada) - - Career -

In a re­cent TEDWomen talk, man­age­ment con­sul­tant Mar­garet Hef­fer­nan ex­plained that work­place pro­duc­tiv­ity is be­ing dam­aged by flocks of high-per­form­ing “su­per-chick­ens”—em­ploy­ees who peck away at their work­mates to get ahead through ex­ces­sive com­pe­ti­tion, ag­gres­sion, dys­func­tion and waste. To coun­ter­act the phe­nom­e­non, and tap into the so­cial cap­i­tal (or col­lec­tive value) of the team, she says that work teams should de­velop a cul­ture of help­ful­ness: Col­leagues need to get to know one another, mo­ti­vate one another and build a habit of giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing help. (Our sug­ges­tion for a fresh start? Gen­er­ate some team spirit with a round of grilled-chicken sand­wiches at

your next lunch meet­ing.)

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