Book offers tips to reduce stress, dissatisfaction in workplace

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ARLINGTON, Va.—As the new year begins, far too many workers are trudging back to work with a sense of resignation, or even outright dread. “I can’t imagine another year at this place,” many say to themselves.

What is the reason for such high job dissatisfaction in America today? For many, the root of the problem is too much pressure and conflict in the workplace.

“We spend half our waking life at work, and when we’re unhappy at work, it causes a lot of stress in our life,” said Steven Gaffney, author of the new book, Honesty Works!—Real-world solutions to solve the most common problems at work and home (©2005 JMG Publishing).

Gaffney said true harmony in the workplace and greater job satisfaction comes from simple, straightforward communication among co-workers—and that, he contends, is in short supply.

“Honesty in the workplace is not just about truth or lies,” Gaffney noted. “Those issues get the headlines. But the more prevalent problem in business is the lack of open, honest communication between co-workers and on every organizational level. An often predictable pattern of selective sharing of information and intimidating management style, costs organizations billions of dollars each year from poor decisions, internal conflict, lost productivity, poor employee retention and morale, and wasted time dealing with internal problems when they should be focusing on their business.”

Creator of the landmark business seminar, “The Fish Isn’t Sick, The Water’s Dirty,” Steven Gaffney said his consulting work has shown, time and again, that one of the most prevalent issues he sees in the workplace is what he calls “the lies of withholding.”

“Whenever someone avoids a festering issue with a co-worker, tells a supervisor only the good news, remains silent when they disagree with a proposed initiative, becomes a ‘yes-man’ with superiors to curry favor, or complains to someone, other than the person they have an issue with, they are being dishonest,” said Gaffney. “And that lack of honest communication can come at a great cost.”

In his new book, as he does in his seminars, Gaffney highlights common situations and scenarios, familiar to both workers and managers. He shows how the core is related to non-direct or avoided issues, and, armed with that new perspective, helps individuals address the issue and move forward. His work has earned him a legion of fans and converts.

If you think Gaffney is a new breed of crusading “alter-boy,” think again.

“I’m not coming from any moral high ground,” a smiling Gaffney said. “I am as flawed as anyone else. But what I’ve found in my years of research and experience in working with organizational and interpersonal dynamics in the workplace is that honesty works. That’s really the source of the title of my new book. When all else fails, try honesty.”

Honesty Works!—Real-world solutions to solve the most common problems at work and home (©2005 JMG Publishing) is available online at Amazon.com or by going to www.honestyworks.net.

From the Jan. 18-24, 2006, issue

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