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Cracking the Code of Professional Communication: Navigating a Whiny World

06 Jun, 2023 Claire Muselman

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Denver, CO (WorkersCompensation.com) -- In a thought-provoking session held at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado, Tommie Jo Brode from Venice Solutions Group, LLC, captivated attendees at the 76th Annual Meeting & Conference of the National Council of Self-Insurers. The event, held on June 5, 2023, brought together self-insurance professionals seeking insights into effective communication strategies. Brode's presentation focused on the pressing issue of maintaining professional communication in an increasingly whiny world.

Setting the stage for the session, Brode emphasized the importance of setting expectations from the outset and paying close attention to how individuals convey their desired communication style. The presentation aimed to unravel the concept of professional communication, prompting attendees to question whether people are genuinely becoming whinier in their interactions. Brode encouraged participants to engage in interactive exercises and discussions, exploring various scenarios to practice effective communication and learn effective documentation techniques.

Recognizing the diverse range of communication channels, Brode guided attendees through an extensive list of mediums, including email, instant messaging, memos, letters, Post-It notes, telephone calls, video conferencing platforms like Zoom, face-to-face conversations, logs, and internal documents. Central to Brode's message was the necessity for new ideas, encouragement, and a positive attitude in professional communication. Furthermore, Brode highlighted the significance of non-verbal cues, such as body language, facial expressions, tone, glances, silence, laughter, tears, and even appearance, in conveying messages effectively.

Delving into whether people are becoming whinier, Brode acknowledged the challenge of quantifying such behavior. Drawing upon a wealth of experience spanning 27 years in workers' compensation and employment law/administration, Brode shared valuable insights into the prevailing trend toward employee-centric demands and a heightened focus on personal needs. Engaging the audience, Brode invited participants to share their perspectives on the prevalence of whining in the workplace, resulting in a resounding agreement that even one instance of whiny behavior is one too many.

The session further examined the modern workforce's state, encompassing pre-pandemic and post-pandemic shifts in employee attitudes. Brode referenced studies conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management, which revealed levels of disengagement, boredom, lack of motivation, and increased stress among workers before the pandemic. The post-pandemic era witnessed an unprecedented phenomenon known as the "Great Resignation" in 2021 and 2022, characterized by record-high resignation rates that persisted month after month.

Highlighting recent data from Gallup, Brode drew attention to a distressing rise in lifetime depression rates, particularly among women. The publication indicated a ten-percentage-point increase in depression rates since 2015, with 37% of women reporting experiencing depression during their lifetime. In a February 2020 article, Forbes recognized sensitive employees for their thoroughness but pointed out that they often feel undervalued in the workplace. Additionally, a December 2021 poll by the Pew Research Center revealed that 65% of respondents believed being "too easily offended" posed a significant problem in the United States.

Brode shed light on the challenges faced by women in the labor force, addressing factors such as childcare responsibilities and other obstacles that have contributed to the lowest participation rate of women in the workforce since the 1970s. Citing a report by the U.S. Chamber, Brode explained that the female labor force participation rate dropped from 70% pre-pandemic to 55% in the wake of the pandemic.

Furthermore, Brode referred to a January 2023 study published in the Harvard Business Review, which indicated that 51% of Generation Z workers felt their education needed to adequately prepare them for the workforce, highlighting a gap in their readiness to navigate professional environments.

To help professionals endure challenging situations with composure and maintain their professionalism, Brode offered practical tips and strategies. These included advocating for patience and understanding that high-maintenance and whiny behavior may only sometimes be intentional. Brode stressed the importance of documenting chronic challenging behaviors objectively to establish trends and address them effectively, including implementing disciplinary measures when necessary. Moreover, Brode encouraged early intervention in cases where whiny behavior might be attributed to a disability or substance abuse issue, advocating for interactive discussions or medical examinations to address the underlying causes.

Recognizing the importance of support, Brode advised professionals to involve another member of management who can provide neutral assistance when dealing with chronically challenging individuals. Support might include introducing a new person to the situation who can offer a fresh perspective. Additionally, Brode emphasized recognizing one's limits and removing oneself from a problem when needed, ensuring personal well-being and maintaining professionalism.

Concluding the session, Brode urged attendees to combat jadedness and snarkiness by actively listening to people's needs and requests. Professionals can foster a more harmonious and productive work environment by striving to find win-win scenarios. Brode emphasized the importance of upholding politeness, respectfulness, and professionalism in all forms of communication to navigate the challenges posed by an increasingly whiny world successfully.

The 2023 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting & Conference continues to provide a platform for self-insurance professionals to gain valuable insights, exchange ideas, and explore strategies for addressing emerging challenges in the industry. The session conducted by Tommie Jo Brode left attendees equipped with practical tools to maintain professional communication amidst the complexities of a whiny world.

Cracking the Code of Professional Communication: Navigating a Whiny World

Denver, Colorado - In a thought-provoking session held at The Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado, Tommie Jo Brode from Venice Solutions Group, L.L.C., captivated attendees at the 76th Annual Meeting & Conference of the National Council of Self-Insurers. The event, held on June 5, 2023, brought together self-insurance professionals seeking insights into effective communication strategies. Brode's presentation focused on the pressing issue of maintaining professional communication in an increasingly whiny world.

Setting the stage for the session, Brode emphasized the importance of setting expectations from the outset and paying close attention to how individuals convey their desired communication style. The presentation aimed to unravel the concept of professional communication, prompting attendees to question whether people are genuinely becoming whinier in their interactions. Brode encouraged participants to engage in interactive exercises and discussions, exploring various scenarios to practice effective communication and learn effective documentation techniques.

Recognizing the diverse range of communication channels, Brode guided attendees through an extensive list of mediums, including email, instant messaging, memos, letters, Post-It notes, telephone calls, video conferencing platforms like Zoom, face-to-face conversations, logs, and internal documents. Central to Brode's message was the necessity for new ideas, encouragement, and a positive attitude in professional communication. Furthermore, Brode highlighted the significance of non-verbal cues, such as body language, facial expressions, tone, glances, silence, laughter, tears, and even appearance, in conveying messages effectively.

Delving into whether people are becoming whinier, Brode acknowledged the challenge of quantifying such behavior. Drawing upon a wealth of experience spanning 27 years in workers' compensation and employment law/administration, Brode shared valuable insights into the prevailing trend toward employee-centric demands and a heightened focus on personal needs. Engaging the audience, Brode invited participants to share their perspectives on the prevalence of whining in the workplace, resulting in a resounding agreement that even one instance of whiny behavior is one too many.

The session further examined the modern workforce's state, encompassing pre-pandemic and post-pandemic shifts in employee attitudes. Brode referenced studies conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management, which revealed levels of disengagement, boredom, lack of motivation, and increased stress among workers before the pandemic. The post-pandemic era witnessed an unprecedented phenomenon known as the "Great Resignation" in 2021 and 2022, characterized by record-high resignation rates that persisted month after month.

Highlighting recent data from Gallup, Brode drew attention to a distressing rise in lifetime depression rates, particularly among women. The publication indicated a ten-percentage-point increase in depression rates since 2015, with 37% of women reporting experiencing depression during their lifetime. In a February 2020 article, Forbes recognized sensitive employees for their thoroughness but pointed out that they often feel undervalued in the workplace. Additionally, a December 2021 poll by the Pew Research Center revealed that 65% of respondents believed being "too easily offended" posed a significant problem in the United States.

Brode shed light on the challenges faced by women in the labor force, addressing factors such as childcare responsibilities and other obstacles that have contributed to the lowest participation rate of women in the workforce since the 1970s. Citing a report by the U.S. Chamber, Brode explained that the female labor force participation rate dropped from 70% pre-pandemic to 55% in the wake of the pandemic.

Furthermore, Brode referred to a January 2023 study published in the Harvard Business Review, which indicated that 51% of Generation Z workers felt their education needed to adequately prepare them for the workforce, highlighting a gap in their readiness to navigate professional environments.

To help professionals endure challenging situations with composure and maintain their professionalism, Brode offered practical tips and strategies. These included advocating for patience and understanding that high-maintenance and whiny behavior may only sometimes be intentional. Brode stressed the importance of documenting chronic challenging behaviors objectively to establish trends and address them effectively, including implementing disciplinary measures when necessary. Moreover, Brode encouraged early intervention in cases where whiny behavior might be attributed to a disability or substance abuse issue, advocating for interactive discussions or medical examinations to address the underlying causes.

Recognizing the importance of support, Brode advised professionals to involve another member of management who can provide neutral assistance when dealing with chronically challenging individuals. Support might include introducing a new person to the situation who can offer a fresh perspective. Additionally, Brode emphasized recognizing one's limits and removing oneself from a problem when needed, ensuring personal well-being and maintaining professionalism.

Concluding the session, Brode urged attendees to combat jadedness and snarkiness by actively listening to people's needs and requests. Professionals can foster a more harmonious and productive work environment by striving to find win-win scenarios. Brode emphasized the importance of upholding politeness, respectfulness, and professionalism in all forms of communication to navigate the challenges posed by an increasingly whiny world successfully.

The 2023 National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting & Conference continues to provide a platform for self-insurance professionals to gain valuable insights, exchange ideas, and explore strategies for addressing emerging challenges in the industry. The session conducted by Tommie Jo Brode left attendees equipped with practical tools to maintain professional communication amidst the complexities of a whiny world.


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      Meet Dr. Claire C. Muselman, the Chief Operating Officer at WorkersCompensation.com, where she blends her vast academic insight and professional innovation with a uniquely positive energy. As the President of DCM, Dr. Muselman is renowned for her dynamic approach that reshapes and energizes the workers' compensation industry. Dr. Muselman's academic credentials are as remarkable as her professional achievements. Holding a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University, she specializes in employee engagement, human behavior, and the science of leadership. Her diverse background in educational leadership, public policy, political science, and dance epitomizes a multifaceted approach to leadership and learning. At Drake University, Dr. Muselman excels as an Assistant Professor of Practice and Co-Director of the Master of Science in Leadership Program. Her passion for teaching and commitment to innovative pedagogy demonstrate her dedication to cultivating future leaders in management, leadership, and business strategy. In the industry, Dr. Muselman actively contributes as an Ambassador for the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation and plays key roles in organizations such as Kids Chance of Iowa, WorkCompBlitz, and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, underscoring her leadership and advocacy in workers’ compensation. A highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Muselman inspires professionals with her engaging talks on leadership, self-development, and risk management. Her philosophy of empathetic and emotionally intelligent leadership is at the heart of her message, encouraging innovation and progressive change in the industry. "Empowerment is key to progress. By nurturing today's professionals with empathy and intelligence, we're crafting tomorrow's leaders." - Dr. Claire C. Muselman

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