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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Dealing with a Snub

No doubt many celebrities are overjoyed today by the news that they are nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards. Yet as critics look at the lists of contenders and start strategizing about who will take home an Oscar, talk also will turn to the actors and actresses whose performances were not recognized. (Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, and Oprah Winfrey seem to be the most notable exclusions this year.)

Whether you work in Hollywood or in a regular office, it hurts when you believe others haven’t noticed your efforts. While a private cry or temper tantrum might get rid of some pain, it may pay to seriously reflect on the...

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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The Happiness-Productivity Link

Much has been made about the idea that happier employees are more productive. A new study by a Harvard University researcher, however, calls into question the notion that happiness and output naturally go hand in hand.

As discussed in this Inc.com article, real-time tracking of feelings using a smartphone app showed that people often were the happiest when lost in the activity they were doing. On the flipside, they were less content when their minds wandered. The type of activity, work or play, didn’t matter as long as they weren’t distracted or bored. The conclusion: “Employees aren't more productive when they're happy. They're happy when they're focused,...

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Career Success: Honesty is Your Best Policy

Years ago, the concept of “creatively enhancing” your resume (in other words, making stuff up) was sort of an unofficially accepted thing—if you didn’t do it yourself, you likely knew people who did. And the conventional wisdom was that once you got hired and started your new job, the fact that your fudged a few things on your application or added a bit of fiction to your resume was seen as no longer relevant.

These days, of course, that’s no longer the case. Employers (especially large companies) are becoming more diligent about verifying employee information, so as to avoid embarrassing scandals, costly mistake or risky liability. And of course thanks to the internet it’s very simple for an HR rep to confirm (or disprove) your claims with a few internet searches.

Even...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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In the News:  How Much Kids Earn in Allowance Money

Looking for a subject other than the weather to discuss around the water cooler? Ask your colleagues what they think the going rate is for allowances these days. You’re bound to hear a variety of opinions (and maybe learn a thing or two about people’s views on money).

A recent Harris Poll of more than 2,300 adults asked respondents what they felt was an appropriate weekly allowance for children in three different age groups. The results were $4.10 for ages 4-9, $8.70 for ages 10-13, and $16.00 for ages 14-17. Men were more generous than woman when stating figures, and younger adults (18-48) were much looser with the purse...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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How to Be a Better Student

Earlier this week, we examined how to do an A+ job when asked to instruct co-workers. Now, let’s take a look how to improve skills when you’re on the flipside in the role of “student” at the office.

Choose knowledge over pride.

Shaking your head and pretending that you understand when you actually don’t have a clue is not going to help you learn. Speak up, even if you think you have a “dumb” question. Likewise, asking for instructions to be repeated or clarified does not signal ignorance; rather, it shows that you care and want to do things right.

Give the instructor your full attention.

Your colleague is using her valuable time to teach you...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Cyber Assistant: Fylcloud Collaboration Tool

Online collaboration tools are almost a necessity in the office environment in many businesses today, especially with so many workplaces involving remote employees or a number of offices spread out among different locations.

While there are many cloud-based collaboration services out there, one that we think you should consider is Fylcloud. It offers all the standard stuff you would expect—things like file sharing and storage—but there are lots of features that make the process especially efficient and convenient.
You can add confidential notes to files, establish privacy and security setting to control who has access to files and create comment threads for each project or file.

The project management tools let you assign tasks and keep track of the status of each...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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The Value of a Solid Track Record

Figure skater Ashley Wagner has a variety of impressive titles associated with her name. At the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, however, she may be best known as the athlete who got a second chance.

Despite multiple falls and a fourth-place finish at the national championships this past weekend, U.S. Figure Skating chose Wagner for the three-person ladies team headed to Russia. In doing so, the group deprived bronze medalist Mirai Nagasu of her Olympic dream. The selection committee justified its decision by noting that Wagner has superior national and international credentials over the past few years. Nagasu...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Workplace Culture: The Co-worker Who Always Swears

The new Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Wolf of Wall Street is getting attention not only for its fine performances but also for its record-breaking use of the f-word (506 times, to be exact, which is roughly 2.81 times per minute in a film over three-hours long). For those who prefer not to hear that type of language or get offended by it, the solution is simple – avoid that movie.

If you have a chronic swearer in the office, however, the situation is a bit more complicated. Sure, you can try to ignore what you hear or limit contact with the person, but doing so may be difficult or inconvenient. Another option is talking to the...

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