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You’re sitting at your desk when the perfect gift idea for hard-to-buy-for Aunt Sally pops into your head. It wouldn’t hurt to look at Amazon for a minute to check it out, right? Oh, there are two models that both look good; better read the reviews to see which might be better. OK, made a decision and ready to order . . . hey, when did they raise the free shipping minimum from $25 to $35? Don’t really want to pay for delivery, so maybe it would be better to just get it at Target or Wal-Mart if either has it; let’s check . . . .
Online shopping while at work can be a huge time killer. Likewise, switching your brain back and forth from holiday mode to the work on your desk can be difficult. Trying to succeed in both spheres, you may find you’re making mistakes in both --...Read More »
Today, we continue to give people the opportunity to express their gratitude for special administrative professionals. (If you missed yesterday’s sentiments, click here.)
“My office assistant, Adina Sweitzer, is my right hand. Without her I doubt I would be here typing this; I wouldn't have time. She's full of energy and great ideas. She sees potential problems and resolves them before they become a problem for me. She's articulate, creative, and wears many hats. I'm thankful for her because she loves her work. She is kind to everyone, and this sets the tone for our office each day. Needless to say, she is great.” -- Butch Harmon, CEO, No...Read More »
It can be tough to stay active when you’re stuck at a desk all day. And yet it’s so important to move around on a regular basis, even if it’s just to stretch a bit and get the blood pumping. For many people, this is especially important now in light of recent stories spotlighting the dangers of sitting for extended periods of time.
Yet even though you know you should squeeze some activity and movement into your day, it’s not always easy to do that, especially when you get engrossed in some project on your computer that demands your attention.
This is why FitBolt can be such a lifesaver (perhaps even literally). Available as an app or browser extension, FitBolt is basically a high-tech tool that nags you to exercise. From your dashboard, you can set a specific time period—...Read More »
- How Do You Express Gratitude at Work? [LinkedIn]
- Profit from the Positive: New Strategies for Success at Work [Psychology Today]
- 5 Ways to Get the Job You Deserve [Career Realism]
- How to Be a Superhero at Work [Lifehack]
- Workplace Rights to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving [US News]
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People often rely on black as their go-to color for clothes. Generally a “safe” choice for most environments, black tends to look polished and professional (not to mention slimming and somewhat effective at hiding minor dirt or stain mishaps). But what do interviewers think? Don’t they get bored seeing applicants dressed in black?
Apparently not, according to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder. When more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals were asked to advise about the best color to wear to a job interview, 38 percent of them chose either black or blue. Black was...Read More »
The services of administrative professionals are valued all year long, but Thanksgiving seems like the perfect time to express an extra bit of gratitude. We asked people what they’d like to say to their office superstar, and here are some of their sentiments:
“I often tell my office assistant that my greatest fear is that she'll win the lottery. We've been together for over a decade (see, I can't even remember how long we're so entwined) and have complementary skills. I thank her for learning new skills as we grow, interacting wonderfully with customers and vendors, and juggling. Thanks for letting me share how much I appreciate Julie Heins.” – Marian Thier, founder, Listening Impact
“We have an administrative...Read More »
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 »
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