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Nodding to Alex at the security desk, Quinter stepped on the elevator and punched the number of his floor. When the elevator door opened on seven, he was startled by a cry coming from the direction of his office at the end of the hall. Unnerved, he broke into a trot down the narrow corridor. When he was within feet of the opened door to his office, he noticed the broken lock. –Quinter by C. Reynolds Keller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a quick scene describing what Quinter discovers.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you at work.

Art Prompt: Elevator 

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about workplace violence and give them tips for spotting the warning signs.

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The average office worker is interrupted every three minutes, according to research undertaken in California. It’s a wonder that we get anything done at all. -Elisabeth Wilson, Boundless Energy (52 Brilliant Ideas)

Fiction Writing Prompt: Who interrupts your protagonist and why? Write a scene about it.

Journaling Prompt: What interruptions happen to you at work? How do they affect your work? How do you deal with them.

Art Prompt: Interruptions at the office

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a humorous piece about interruptions.

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People who work in offices are crazy, and they create an environment they hate, write rules they want to break, cast each other in roles they despise. It’s like they’re sixth formers in an end-of-term drama acting out the agony of everything they fear most in their life, but they forget to end the play. -Helen Smith, Alison Wonderland

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem set in an office.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your workplace. Does it resemble anything in today’s reading?

Art Prompt: The Office

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a humorous piece about your workplace.

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moral disengagement

“We often hear that people who feel envious of their colleagues try to bring them down by spreading negative rumours, withholding useful information, or secretly sabotaging their work,” says Prof. Aquino, who conducted the study with colleagues from the University of Minnesota, Clemson University in South Carolina and Georgia State University.

However, Aquino says envy is only the fuel for sabotage. “The match is not struck unless employees experience what psychologists call ‘moral disengagement’ — a way of thinking that allows people to rationalize or justify harming others.”

The researchers explain that moral disengagement is most likely to occur when an envious co-worker feels disconnected from others in the workplace. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a character sketch for someone who is morally disengaged. What motivates his or her bad behavior?

Journaling Prompt: Write about an office gossip you have known.

Art Prompt: Morally disengaged

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about moral disengagement and office sabotage. Give them resources to use if they find themselves in this situation.

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Is it any wonder we’re all stressed out? This sounds like a vicious cycle to me!

“A co-worker’s rudeness can have a great impact on relationships far beyond the workplace, according to a Baylor University study published online in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Findings suggest that stress created by incivility can be so intense that, at the end of the day, it is taken home by the worker and impacts the well-being of the worker’s family and partner, who in turn takes the stress to his/her workplace.” -Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene that illustrates at least one part of the cycle described above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when a co-worker’s rudeness cause you to feel stressed.

Art Prompt: Rude!

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about the problem of rudeness in today’s culture and suggestion a solution.

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open workspace

One of the biggest stressors in our lives is the workplace. There are a lot of studies about how to design a productive work place, but what really works?

While building a supportive environment for employees may seem intuitive, Dr. Toker says that many workplaces have lost their way. Despite open concept offices, many people use email rather than face-to-face communication, and social networking sites that may provide significant social connection are often blocked.

How to make an office friendlier to your health? Dr. Toker suggests coffee corners where people can congregate to sit and talk; informal social outings for staff members; an internal virtual social network similar to Facebook; or a peer-assistance program where employees can confidentially discuss stresses and personal problems that may affect their position at work — anything that encourages employees to feel emotionally supported, she says. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Where does your character work? Describe the environment. What is your character’s feeling about this space? How does it create tension or nurture your character?

Journaling Prompt: Write about the work space you have at your job and how it affects you emotionally.

Art Prompt: Office

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about your workplace.

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