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Many of us dream of working in some inspiring or exotic location away from the office—say, while enjoying a fireplace in a mountain cabin or while lounging in the sun on a beach. And although that may not be an option (at least for most of us), there is some evidence that working around nature can help us get more done.
As this article notes, research shows that having a natural environment encourages cognitive function and improves our attention span.
If moving your desk into a forest isn’t an option, there may be some other steps you can take to still get a taste of nature—and perhaps reap some of the resulting benefits to your productivity. Using...Read More »
- Morph Into a Business Meeting Ninja [Psychology Today]
- Stay Positive While Looking for a Job [Career Realism]
- Four Ways to Be More Confident and Get What You Want [Lifehack]
- Want to Work for a Startup? 4 Skills You Need Now [Forbes]
- 8 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Public Speaking Skills [Monster]
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From hitting the punching bag at the gym to playing a few rounds of Angry Birds, most workers have go-to techniques that help them cope with stress. When these tried-and-true methods aren’t providing relief, however, it may be time to examine other options. Stress and wellness expert Beverly Beuermann-King of WorkSmartLiveSmart.com suggests asking yourself these three questions to figure out where you may be running into trouble:
- What am I doing to deal directly with the issue I am facing?
“The answers to this may revolve around problem-solving skills, time management, conflict resolution, simplifying your life, or saying ‘no’ to those other things outside of your priority.”...Read More »
Yesterday, we noted that people sometimes feel pressure at this time of year to express appreciation. Efforts that look “forced,” however, are unlikely to have the same impact as those that appear to come from the heart. While what you choose to do can be influenced by workplace culture and your own style, thinking through actions shows that you truly want your gesture to be meaningful. Keep these ideas in mind when deciding what might work best for you:
Cards are nice, but preprinted sentiments may come off as sending a mailing out to a list. Consider writing out your thoughts on a blank card in order to tailor feelings to the individual. Provide...Read More »
We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for an executive assistant at ING Investment Management. Based in New York City, this position involves providing executive-level administrative support and personal assistance to the executive vice president. Specific duties include managing daily calendars and meetings for the EVP, and coordinating and handling travel arrangements for the EVP other members of the team.
Will also review and process travel and expense reports and other invoices for approval and payment in an efficient manner. In addition, this person will set-up and manage conference calls and meetings, including the preparation...Read More »
- How to Get a Job Before It’s Posted [Glass Door]
- 3 Helpful Tips for Your Relocation Job Search [Career Realism]
- Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking [Lifehack]
- How the Holiday Season May Make You a Better Employee [US News]
- Why Desk Plants Can Make You More Productive [Lifehacker]
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The last few weeks of the year can be a stressful time as people attempt to juggle workplace demands with holiday preparations and familial obligations. The accumulation of stress sometimes leads even normally calm individuals to “snap.” Unfortunately, an administrative professional sometimes undeservingly bears the brunt of someone’s anger because she is the one to field the call or deliver the bad news. While such interactions aren’t pleasant, there are ways to diffuse some of the tension and restore order:
Your boss is late, and the busy client is mad. A simple statement such as, “I understand your frustration. I get upset when I have to wait, too” may help the person realize you are on his side and not trying to make excuses. Likewise,...Read More »
Television shows are fond of scenes in which a family sits down for a Thanksgiving meal and every person at the table takes a turn saying the things for which he or she is most grateful. Some people will roll their eyes and grudgingly mutter a few sentences; others will come up with elaborate, tear-jerking responses (pan to close-up of even grumpy old Uncle Walter misting up).
While the behaviors are quite different, don’t immediately judge who is the most “grateful.” Just like some people are more comfortable than others giving a speech or showing affection in public, everyone has their own level of ease with expressing thanks. Unfortunately, the holiday season can turn giving thanks into a competition or an obligation rather than an opportunity for a meaningful exchange....Read More »
Following the rules of office etiquette and maintain professional behavior has always been an important component of surviving in an office environment. And while some age-old basics of workplace etiquette will never go out of style, there are some new rules of professionalism that workers didn’t have to worry about years ago.
This involves staying current and flexible enough to adapt to today’s work environment and figuring out the appropriate way to act and how to present yourself in the best possible light.
As this article says, it’s important to remember that courtesy and appreciation for others is just as important...Read More »
- Why December is Prime-Time for Your Job Search [AOL]
- A 5-Step Method for Defining Job Satisfaction [Career Realism]
- Simple Ways to Relax and De-Stress [Psychology Today]
- Women and Office Politics: Play the Game or Lose [Forbes]
- Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer [US News]
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