Negotiating With People of Prestige and Power

When you negotiate with people of prestige or power, do you become meek?

Sometimes, when we negotiate with people that we perceive as having more authority, power, or prestige, than ourselves, we become fearful or intimidated. Then, we tend not to negotiate with them as firmly as we might with other individuals. This can occur for several reasons …

  1. You don’t want to alienate the person of power for fear of losing something more important in the future.
  2. You fear the possible retribution that might come from being perceived as a ‘difficult person.’
  3. You want to be perceived as a person that everyone can get along with.

You could have all kinds of reasons and thoughts that create barriers in your mind, as to why you don’t want to negotiate from a stronger position. Regardless of the thoughts, seek to understand the impediments that prevent you from negotiating and address them.

When you negotiate with your boss, a power broker, or anyone that has more perceived authority than yourself, you can utilize some of the following strategies.

  1. Since the person has more prestige, power, or authority, appeal to their sense of fairness. You can cast yourself in the position of someone lower in stature that seeks their support. Depending upon the personality type of the individual you are negotiating with, that person’s ego may be stroked. Let her know how much you look up to her and the ‘good’ she’s contributing to your environment. Be prepared with a very good rebuttal if she tries to turn this strategy against you by suggestion the things she’s already done for you should be your reward.
  2. Seek grounds of mutual agreement as to the value you possess and be prepared to substantiate why your position warrants merits.
  3. Exploit, in a positive manner, any leverage you can utilize. If you’ve recently been cited for something of notoriety, especially if it relates to your goal of the negotiation, mention it as additional justification as to why you should receive what you seek.
  4. Suggest to the other person that they prepare to see you in a different manner, from which they may be accustomed to viewing you. Then, let them know you’re putting on your ‘business hat,’ or whatever metaphor is appropriate. If possible tie a positive trait that they possess to your actions and suggest you are attempting to imitate the good ‘business practices’ you’ve gleaned from them. Once you get their ‘buy in,’ you’re more than half way home to getting what you want from the negotiation.

Eventually, when negotiating, if you continuously put the feelings and desires of others ahead of your own, you will become very frustrated. In addition, your self respect will eventually start to suffer. You will look in the mirror and not like the person looking back at you.

When all is said and done, if you can’t summon the courage needed to negotiate with those that have more perceived power, and if the prize is large enough, consider having someone else negotiate for you. Just be aware of the inherent risk in doing so … and everything will be right with the world.

The negotiation lessons are …

  • When you negotiate with someone in a higher position than yourself, be mindful of what they might seek from you. If possible, give it to them and appeal to their sense of fairness to get what you seek.
  • If you find it difficult to negotiate with those that have greater authority, put your mind into a psychological state that cast you into a figure that can’t be beaten. Really psyche yourself up. Gather background information that will help you substantiate why you deserve your goal of the negotiation and start negotiating.
  • If you can’t summon within yourself the courage, strength, or whatever is needed to combat that which prevents you from negotiating with ‘stronger’ figures, and you have no other source to turn to for assistance, be prepared to live with the consequences of not negotiating.

Negative Effects Of Noise Pollution In The Workplace

Background noise can cause stress and affect productivity

When there is a lot of background sounds in the workplace it can seriously affect the productivity of employees. In fact, a study by the University of Illinois found that when noise levels reach 85 decibels, workers’ productivity starts to decline. Background sounds can also cause stress and anxiety, which can lead to health problems such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Since productivity is very important for a business, it is essential to have a work environment that is not too loud.

Noise pollution can lead to health problems, including hearing loss

Sound pollution can also lead to many health issues such as:

Hearing loss.
Heart disease.
High blood pressure.

All of these health problems can have a negative impact on employees’ productivity. It is important to take steps to reduce noise levels in order to protect the health of employees and improve their productivity.

Some of these health problems are permanent, such as hearing loss, which can lead to a decrease in productivity as well as a loss of income for many people, which means that sound pollution can have a significant impact on both the individual and the economy as a whole.

These health problems do not only affect the worker but also their families. For example: if an employee has tinnitus (ringing or buzzing of ears) due to prolonged exposure at high decibels then this could also cause them stress and anxiety when sleeping. In addition, there is a risk that they may develop heart disease over time because their body cannot cope with constant pressure on its system; so, it is vital we take steps towards reducing any negative effects of loud sounds on employee health by conducting regular onsite audiometric testing for all staff members who are at risk.

In addition, noise pollution can also cause accidents in the workplace. For example, if someone is trying to concentrate on a task but is constantly distracted by the sound of people talking or machines running, it could lead to them making mistakes that could potentially be dangerous.

To reduce noise pollution at work, businesses should install sound-absorbing materials that will help reduce sound levels in the workplace and make it more comfortable for employees to work there.

It is difficult to concentrate in a noisy environment

When there are loud noises around you it is very difficult to concentrate on what you are doing. This is especially true when there comes a moment of silence after hearing something loud and then trying to go back into your thoughts again. You can’t just pick up where you left off because now everything feels different.

Sound pollution affects people’s productivity by making it hard for them to focus on their work or studies due to constant distractions caused by loud sounds in their environment. The lack of concentration leads to workers feeling tired and fatigued which negatively impacts their performance at job-related tasks like meetings with clients or meetings between management and staff members.

Loud noises can be distracting and irritating

A loud environment can be distracting and irritating to workers, which can lead to them being less productive. It can also cause headaches, stress and even heart problems.

In some cases, the noise levels in a workplace are so loud that it becomes difficult for employees to hear each other properly, thus leading to communication issues as well. This not only affects productivity but could also potentially lead to safety risks if team members are unable to understand one another during an emergency situation.

Noise pollution can cause tension and conflict among co-workers

When there are loud noises around it can cause irritation which can, in turn, lead to tension and conflict between workers. This is especially true when the noise levels are high but there is no way for employees to escape from them (e.g., if they work at a construction site).

The problem of hearing loss due to noise exposure has become so prevalent in society that OSHA now requires all companies with 100 or more workers who are exposed on-the-job sound over 85 decibels must provide their employees hearing protection devices (HPD) such as earplugs or muffs at no cost; however, many employers still do not comply with this rule because they don’t want the expense associated with providing HPDs, even though it may save lives.

It is clear that noise pollution can have a number of negative effects on both employees and businesses alike, so it is important to take steps to reduce noise levels in order to improve productivity and protect the health of employees.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Interior Decor Presents

Choosing a gift for someone to display in their home can be frustrating. On the other hand, if you’re shopping for a friend or family member, you can give a present that will be appreciated.

When to Not Give Home Décor Presents

If you’ve never been to your friend’s home, I would definitely not give a household item unless it’s for a recent bride with a gift registry. Even if you’re gift shopping with your friend and she points out a darling framed picture or frilly pillow, that doesn’t mean the item will fit in her personal interior décor.

Perhaps you know your friend collects figurines like I do. Because of my last name, I started collecting fish years ago. However, I collect tiny glass antique fish, about one inch tall. The large wooden fish my mother gave me just doesn’t fit my interior décor.

How to Give Home Décor Presents

If you have been to your friend’s home and know she needs to complete her home decorating with accessories, here are some gift ideas:

1. Double check your friend’s color scheme. Your gift doesn’t have to match perfectly to blend in.

2. Make sure her home isn’t too crowded with many small decorating items. Many small accessories make a home feel cluttered.

3. Make something yourself that has meaning to you both. For instance, make a stained glass icon to reflect light in her bathroom window.

4. Find an old snapshot of you two from the past. Get the picture touched up professionally and frame it in a frame that blends in with her home decorations.

5. Give your friend a huge candle dressed up with pearls, sequins, or seashells with a base that matches her style. For instance, if she loves silver, crystal, ceramics, or brass, choose that material.

If you give thought to your gift with these interior decorating tips, you will make your friend happy.