Take measures to protect your online security by selecting passwords that are challenging to others yet memorable for you. Here are some considerations:
1. Don’t use personal information.
People around you may be aware of your pet’s name or favorite sport’s team, so these aren’t wise choices. Likewise, with the amount of information online—think about your Facebook page— criminals can make good guesses. Also skip your address, phone number and, by all means, your Social Security number.
Could 2013 be the year when you get that long-awaited promotion or brand yourself as indispensable to your current employer? Take your career to a new level by developing strategies for turning resolutions into results.
Know what you want
What, specifically, is the end goal? A higher salary? Greater responsibility? A more pleasant work environment? Pinpoint what you would like to achieve, and put it in writing so that it becomes more than a pipe dream.
Every successful business depends on having the right vendors and suppliers. Office professionals are often the first line of contact with these important people, so it’s crucial to develop a good working relationship and get the best service (and prices) for your business.
Choosing the right vendor for your company requires careful planning and consideration. While you may not have authority to make a final selection, your input is valuable. Here’s how you can play a key role in vendor selection:
Don’t feel threatened by the energy and up-to-date skills of younger colleagues. Show your employer (and yourself) that you still have plenty to contribute. These adjustments can make a mature worker more valuable than ever:
Be a lifelong learner
A reputation for being stuck in one’s ways can lead to an older worker being seen as inflexible and irrelevant. Shatter the stereotype by committing to continual self-improvement.
Many studies have ranked public speaking as people’s number one fear … before spiders, heights and even death! I’m often asked, “Can someone who is afraid of public speaking get over his or her fear?” I would love to just say “yes,” but the truth is that fear is a natural part of public speaking. Getting over your fears should not be the goal; instead, learn how to manage them. In my webinar, I will share practical tips that help you deal with your fears.
For peace of mind, many people double-check that a door is locked before heading off to work or proofread a report one extra time before submitting it to a boss. For the estimated 3.3 million American adults diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, however, such safety measures go beyond simple reassurance. They feel compelled to repeat the task, even when they know that doing so is making them late and that rechecking is senseless.
Have you ever needed to create a graphic from a screen shot or optimize a large image down to a smaller size for email or a presentation? You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create and edit simple graphics. Microsoft Office Picture Manager is a free tool already installed on your computer that makes it simple to create, edit, resize, crop and more.
You can find Picture Manager by searching in your Windows search bar or by navigating on your Start menu to All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools.
Performance reviews can evoke a range of emotions, whether it’s the hope of a bonus or a promotion or anxiety of hearing how you stack up to others. When your review includes a less-than-stellar assessment of your role, constructive criticism is hard to digest. Here’s how to bounce back from a poor performance review:
Many people use “that” and “which” interchangeably, but the words have different grammatical meanings. Here’s the basic rule of thumb: You use “that” for clauses that are imperative to the sentences, whereas “which” is for phrases and clauses that aren’t essential and usually just serve descriptive purposes.
1. Offices (that/which) recycle help the environment.
2. The new copier—(that/which) was just delivered last week—is already broken.
3. Software programs (that/which) help with editing images are often expensive.
No matter how efficiently you usually work or how much you enjoy your job, there will inevitably be times when you're stuck in a rut, can’t seem to get motivated and work at a slow pace.
For the sake of your productivity (not to mention your job security), it’s important that you snap out of this slump as quickly as possible. If you feel discouraged because you’ve fallen behind, it might be helpful to make a catch-up list of tasks you can accomplish quickly to give yourself a morale boost.