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The Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of employment law attorneys from around the state who share in a common mission; providing quality representation to employees and vindicating employees’ rights.

To that end, CELA’s members work collaboratively to:

  • Promote and increase public awareness of the rights of individual employees;
  • Furnish educational opportunities for attorneys who represent employees;
  • Assist lawyers who actively represent employees in employment related disputes by:
  • Providing ready access to knowledgeable colleagues;
  • Relieving the sense of professional isolation experienced by many employment lawyers who practice in solo or small firms; and
  • Promoting social and cultural exchange among attorneys and other interested groups.
  • Promote the intellectual and professional interests of attorneys who represent employees;
  • Provide the public with accessibility to skilled legal counsel who are well versed and accomplished in the complex area of employment law; and
  • Provide educational training and instructional activities for members, the general bar and for the public.

Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association Weekly

Topic of the Week  Game Change: Positive Politics at Work

  • Do anticipate political consequences.
  • Do random acts of kindness.
  • Do study effective people.
  • Don’t only talk to people who agree with you.

Game Change: Positive Politics at Work

It’s difficult to watch TV, go online or look at a newspaper today without seeing headlines about politics. But according to a recent poll, politics isn’t limited to politicians. 56% of us believe that playing politics is necessary for getting ahead at work. Which reminds me of a quiz that I often give when giving a speech. I ask an audience to tell me what comes to mind when I say, "office politics." I’d always hear about backstabbing and brown nosing and get not even one example of positive politics.

Remember politics at work can also involve building community or having each other’s backs. In order to encourage more positive politics, I’ve outlined three Do’s and one Don’t below.

Do anticipate political consequences. My English teacher in high school always gave us two grades on all of our writing assignments. One for content and one for style. Is it any different at work? We’ll always be judged on both the quality of our work and the politics surrounding it. Yet, many of us just deny that politics exist, mostly to our own detriment. That’s why I always suggest to people to get input from others, don’t tune out criticism and put effort into building support for your ideas.

Do random acts of kindness. We’ve all experienced this situation, we need a favor from someone so we suddenly do something to help them. All designed to get on their good side. The only problem is that most people can spot exactly what you’re doing trying to win their trust. That’s why I’m a big believer in random acts of kindness, reaching out to help people long before you need anything in return. Not only will this help you down the road, but it will go a long way to creating a saner and healthier workplace for everyone.

Do study effective people. Whenever anyone is successful at work, most of us tend to attack them. They’re suck ups, or worse. I adopt a different attitude. I offer to buy them a cup of coffee so I can pick their brains. See what you can learn from successful people instead of just trashing them.

Don’t only talk to people who agree with you. Most of us spend all of our time in the echo chamber of people who agree with us. Or at least we try to. I couldn’t disagree more with this approach to life, or work. I actively seek out the people who will hate whatever I’m working on. Because this allows me to learn the weak spots from people other than my boss or customer. It also gives me the opportunity to form alliances with surprising allies.
A reader once wrote to me describing how he had refused to play politics at work. He used one of my favorite all time phrases to describe what had happened to him. He said he’d ended up being "dead right." Follow these tips and you will not only be right, you’ll live to tell the tale.

Bob Rosner is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. For free job and work advice, check out the award-winning workplace911.com. Check the revised edition of his Wall Street Journal best seller, "The Boss’s Survival Guide." If you have a question for Bob, contact him viabob@workplace911.com.

Thought of the Week

“Trust is a great force multiplier.”

–Tom Ridge

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Blog of the Week

AFL-CIO Tells Congress No Repeal Without Replacement of ACA

As Congress debates the future of the Affordable Care Act, the AFL-CIO sent a letter to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging Republican leaders to abandon plans to roll back coverage protections.

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