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5 of the most toxic co-workers and how to deal with them

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 10:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

Here are five of the most common toxic colleagues The Flake: factor in their anticipated laziness when you're given a project with a lazy co-worker The Betrayer: they'll throw you under the bus the second a project goes wrong, so protect your ideas by sending a memo of your thoughts The Full-time Downer: spend as little time with them as possible The Office Gossip: keep your personal details close and limit this co-worker's access to your social media posts The Narcissist: keep your expectations of what t

You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your relatives – or your co-workers. When a colleague is a toxic influence, you probably can't replace them. However, you can take steps to minimize the ways their behaviors impact you and your job performance. 

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Workplace and health experts say the stakes are too high to simply ignore toxic co-workers. From gripe-fests that drain your time and energy to betrayals that can cause anxiety and even heart attacks, the effects of working with toxic people are widespread and can make you miserable.
Here are five of the most common toxic colleagues and what to do about each one:

The Flake. 

It's easy to pick out the flaky co-workers: They're the ones who call in on the day the big project is due or check Facebook while you make all the calls. Along with the obvious effect of reducing your productivity on joint projects, if you let them, flakes can gradually leave you feeling bitter about a job you enjoy. No. 1 rule: Don't let them distract you, Stever Robbins, an executive and personal coach, told Forbes

"Human beings are funny that way. We will spend more time focusing on the fact that our colleague isn't doing their work than it would take to just do it ourselves."

Robbins also urged co-workers to focus on their own job performance and not to get caught up in the issue of fairness. Not being able to change the flakey co-workers' behavior doesn't mean you just pick up their slack, Robbins added. "When you're given a project where you'll have to depend on your lazy co-worker, factor their anticipated laziness into your schedule."

The Betrayer. 

These co-workers will throw you under the bus the second a project goes wrong or a supervisor questions their mistakes. They're easily spotted as the ones who never, ever take the blame when things go wrong, according to Forbes.
This kind of friction can cause you anxiety, rage, depression and stress, according to Alan Langlieb, director of workplace psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He told that those symptoms caused by backstabbers can lead to problems from headache to heart attack. recommended not losing your temper or resorting to negative gossip about the betrayer. Other suggestions include:
• Protecting your ideas by sending a memo that summarizes your thoughts and actions after important meetings.
• Clearing the air tactfully, in a way that won't start a fight. 
• Letting it go instead of retaliating. This can be easier said than done, but you're better off just moving forward.
As for future interactions with the betrayer, there's no need to be sociable, only professional, according to an article on Chron.

The Full-time Downer

Misery loves company and a negative co-worker can suck you into his reality before you realize what's going on. According to The Balance, the first step to coping with “Debbie Downer” in the workplace is to sort out whether a co-worker is chronically negative or has a legitimate, one-time cause for being a downer.
For those who exude negativity constantly, The Balance recommends spending as little time with them as possible. If you must work with a negative person, establish a policy where you don't let yourself be drawn into negative discussions. 

The Office Gossip. 

A study Forbes stadd wrote about found that 27 percent of those surveyed had a friend who blabbed secrets. If this friend is a co-worker, embarrasment on the job could result. Forbes' tactic for diffusing the office Big Mouth is simply to keep your personal details and at-work secrets close, along with limiting this co-worker's access to your social media posts.
Job coach Lea McLeod encourages forthrightness in her Job Almanac column on The Muse.
"When I hear something outrageous or questionable, I push for real answers: 'Oh, wow, that sounds pretty extreme. Is that a fact? Or did you hear that from someone?'" McLeod noted. "You'll quickly set the expectation that you won't engage in frivolous chatter that's not based in fact.”

The Narcissist. 

"The narcissist is particularly difficult because he or she often lacks the ability to see things any other way than their own, needs constant attention and admiration, and generally lacks empathy," noted AirPR chief strategy officer Rebekah Iliff in Entrepreneur. "And somehow, amidst all of it, they can make you feel like the biggest loser on the planet. It's much like dealing with the antics of a spoiled child."
Tips for dealing with a narcissist, according to executive coach/management consultant Steven Berglas in Forbes 

•Keep your expectations of what they will deliver as low as possible. 

•Understand they will give you only what they need to sustain your involvement with them.

•Berglas also recommended being responsive the moment they demand attention. "If you cannot respond to the bell, don't sign up for the job," he noted. "If you do react as desired, what can save you from psychic torment is learning to temper the narcissist's demands without incurring his wrath. Responses such as, 'Sounds good to me,' chill the needy child by affirming his worldview while limiting your involvement in actualizing it."

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UDRI lands $72 million Air Force contract

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 6:10 AM
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 4:34 PM

            Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based at Wright-Patt. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based at Wright-Patt. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The University of Dayton Research Institute has landed a $72 million, six-year contract that provides research and engineering support to the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The work, part of AFRL’s Quick Reaction Evaluation of Materials and Processes program, includes testing of environmentally friendly technologies, determining the cause of component failures , evaluating materials and protective coatings on advanced aerospace systems, among other things.

“This really means we respond quickly to requests for failure analysis investigations and materials evaluations to support the Air Force needs, be it on a base, in the field, or wherever we are needed.” UDRI spokeswoman Pamela Greg said in an email.

The initial award for $11.7 million will focus on research, evaluation, and testing of corrosion control and prevention, UDRI said. The contract supports about 30 jobs at UDRI, Gregg said.

The work will be conducted at Wright-Patterson and UDRI.


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Miami Valley Hospital buys more land near Austin Landing

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

Work continues on the Miami Valley Hospital South expansion project in Centerville. A spine and joint center will be the cornerstone of the $60 million project. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF
Work continues on the Miami Valley Hospital South expansion project in Centerville. A spine and joint center will be the cornerstone of the $60 million project. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Miami Valley Hospital has purchased two parcels of Miami Twp. land totaling nearly 12 acres near Austin Landing and the Exchange at Spring Valley, local property records show.

741 Developers Ltd. sold nearly 11.7 acres of land off Miami Village Drive to Miami Valley Hospital, in a transaction recorded Friday, according to Montgomery County hospital records.

Near the Exchange at Spring Valley, Miami Village Drive runs from Ohio 741 roughly southeast to Austin Pike, east of the sprawling Austin Landing development.

Records gave the sale price as $885,000.

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A spokesman for Premier Health, Miami Valley Hospital’s parent company, asked to gather information before answering questions.

Premier Health has been in expansion mode lately, at least in some areas. Last December, Miami Valley bought 4.58 acres of land on Miamisburg-Springboro Road/Austin Boulevard, for $850,000. The company started building a $12 million emergency center near Austin Landing around that time.

The hospital has also been expanding Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville.

The news outlet reported in March that the company is planning to build a $24 million, 60-bed rehabilitation hospital, with an Alabama-based health network, in early 2020 on the Miami Valley campus north of Apple Street.

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Also, as a co-investor with the University of Dayton (UD) in the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Premier and UD both said this week they they will search out funding sources for redevelopment of the 38-acre former fairgrounds.

At the same time, however, Premier is planning to close Good Samaritan Hospital, which it operates in northwest Dayton, and is working with other groups to attract a new user to the Philadelphia Drive site

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Surge in construction jobs doesn’t help Ohio jobless rate

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

Pepsi is building a new distribution warehouse in Fairborn. Construction on the 150,000 square foot facility on Spangler Road near Ohio 444 is underway. The development has been code named “Project SoHo.” It’s unclear if the new development will impact Pepsi’s bottling facility at 526 Milburn Ave., one of the major employers in Old North Dayton.  TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Ty Greenlees
Pepsi is building a new distribution warehouse in Fairborn. Construction on the 150,000 square foot facility on Spangler Road near Ohio 444 is underway. The development has been code named “Project SoHo.” It’s unclear if the new development will impact Pepsi’s bottling facility at 526 Milburn Ave., one of the major employers in Old North Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

A springtime surge in new construction jobs didn’t help the state’s unemployment rate in May, which remain lodged at 4.3 percent, unchanged from April, the state said Friday.

Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 22,600 over the month, from a revised 5,576,000 in April to 5,598,600 in May.

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Still, this May’s unemployment rate was down from 5.1 percent in May 2017.

Again, Ohio’s jobless rate remains higher than the nation’s. The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent in April, and down from 4.3 percent in May 2017.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 933,700, increased 6,700 over the month with gains in construction (6,000 new jobs), manufacturing (500 new jobs), and mining and logging (+200 jobs), the state Department of Job and Family Services said.

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Over the past year, manufacturing alone has added 10,200 jobs in durable goods (8,600 new jobs) and non-durable goods (1,600 added jobs). Construction added 7,100 jobs total and mining and logging added 1,100 jobs.

Gov. John Kasich hailed the report in a statement Friday.

The latest report brings the total number of private sector jobs created in Ohio since Kasich took office to 520,500, the governor’s statement said.

“Stabilizing Ohio’s finances, cutting taxes, streamlining regulations, improving our workforce and helping more Ohioans get healthy so they can work—these have all contributed to the jobs-friendly climate that continues to produce solid results for Ohioans,” Kasich said. “I’m optimistic that it’s a model that will continue to work for Ohio for years to come and it’s a roadmap for the next generation of leaders in Ohio ... and the country.”

For the month of May, the private services sector, at 3,877,000 jobs total, added 13,400 jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities (5,300 new jobs), financial activities (2,400 added jobs), leisure and hospitality (+2,100), professional and business services (+1,600), educational and health services (+800), information (+600), and other services (+600).

Government employment, at 787,900, increased 2,500 in local (+2,300) and state (+200) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.

Over the past year, there were also gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+18,600), educational and health services (+8,000), leisure and hospitality (+7,900), financial activities (+7,100), other services (+6,500), and professional and business services (+2,500).

Ohio also saw losses in the information sector (400 fewer jobs).

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5 ways Springboro plans to transform former grocery lot into $3.5M project

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 9:55 AM

Reporter Larry Budd shows the demolition of Springboro's IGA on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.

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A $3.5 million performing arts center will likely be part of redevelopment at the former Springboro IGA Plaza.

And city officials have even bigger plans for the area. As it revealed plans to anchor the plaza redevelopment with the performing arts center there, officials acknowledged a larger vision stretching from the intersection into the historic downtown and all four directions.

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Here are five things city officials had to say about the new project:


The city hopes the development will stretch farther west, to include the remaining shopping center next to the redevelopment site, east and west along Ohio 73 from the intersection and south into the historic downtown.


where a Speedway previously operated, the city is considering building a curved building coaxing visitors at this “gateway” to turn south on Main Street into the historic district.


the redevelopment is to include land east on Ohio 73, where businesses previously stood, and could also stretch to the former school site southwest of the former Speedway corner. “We’re going to be talking to the schools. That’s in the future,” Springboro City Manager Chris Pozzuto said.


The first building to rise, the arts center, will house the Playhouse South Community Theatre currently located in Kettering. The community theatre group, which has performed for the past decade in Springboro’s Shakespeare in the Park summer theater program, is to move into the Springboro Center for the Performing Arts, a 2.5-story, 150,000-square-foot building expected to anchor the six-acre redevelopment.


“We want this to be a catalyst to potentially start redeveloping the entire corner,” Springboro City Manager Chris Pozzuto said during a meeting at city hall.


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