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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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For Better or Worse: When Cupid Strikes at Work

For every woman who dreads having to see her ex-boyfriend each day at the office, there seems to be a story of a happily married couple who fell in love while working together on the Jones account. So just how common are office romances, and do they work out?

According to Vault.com’s 2014 Office Romance Survey, 56% of business professionals say they have participated in some type of workplace relationship. Office romance led to a long-term relationship for 17% of women and 11% of men. Still, the experience must not have been too traumatic:  70% of men and 62% of women say they would likely participate in another office romance if the opportunity...

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Working with a Narcissist

Getting a pat on the back from management or a little extra attention from co-workers every so often feels nice. But someone who expects praise constantly or walks around like every day is her birthday can quickly wear on the nerves of those with whom she works. Tired of running in a different direction every time Ms. Self-Absorbed comes your way? Thinking about telling her once and for all that you’re sick of her inflated sense of importance? Your sanity and working relationship might be better if you heed this advice instead:

“Narcissists know how to belittle you and make you serve them,” says Judith Orloff, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and author of the new book The Ecstasy of...

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Career Success: Don’t Be Afraid to Break Some Rules

How many career rules can you recite off the top of your head? Probably quite a few. We’ve all heard them—those long-held beliefs that have been passed down the corporate ladder for ages. Things like, “Job-hopping is bad, so stick with one company.” Or a reminder that you should always be striving to climb the ladder.

Of course, there are also lots of rules related to job searches and other professional topics as well (if you have spent any period of time as a job seeker, you could probably fill a book just with resume rules alone).

Well, the workplace has changed a lot—and so have the so-called rules for success. You might even say there are very few ironclad rules for work success these days.

Even if you aren’t a rule-breaker by nature, you don’t necessarily have...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Words of Wisdom about Honesty

Fudging on a timecard, keeping quiet about an error, playing innocent after insulting a colleague – workers sometimes don’t see the harm in little (or not so little) lies. In honor of “Honest Abe” Lincoln’s birthday today, keep these thoughts in mind the next time you’re tempted to bend the truth:

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” -- Virginia Woolf

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” -- Albert Einstein

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” -- George Washington

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.” -- Mahatma Gandhi

“The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” -- Norman Vincent...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Flower Power

Florists will undoubtedly be busy this week as February 14 approaches. Last year, CNN estimated that Americans spent $1.9 billion on flowers for Valentine’s Day and that 224 million roses were grown specifically for the occasion.

While beautiful bouquets are bound to bring joy to lucky recipients this Friday, remember that any day can be made more pleasant by the simple act of giving and receiving a flower. In honor of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, here are two stories about flowers making a difference in the workplace:

“A few months ago, the women at our custom power supplies...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Cyber Assistant: ZenDesk Customer Service Program

Assisting customers is something you may enjoy, but it’s also something that can become very time-consuming, which can be stressful—especially if you find yourself spending a lot of time repeating the same answers or processes over and over again.

Even if your official job title doesn’t say customer service, it’s likely that you do provide some form of customer service on a regular basis—or provide support and administrative help to those who work on that department. So it’s to your benefit to make this process easier and more efficient. Not to mention, keeping customers happy is something that benefits everyone in the company.

ZenDesk is a customer service software program that allows you to assist customers more quickly and efficiently, while also keeping the whole...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Stop Crying over Spilled Milk

Have a tendency to beat yourself up over everything from the library book you forgot to return last week to the job you wish you would have taken five years ago? Today (February 11) is the perfect time to let go of frustrations big and small by celebrating National Don’t Cry over Spilled Milk Day. Forgive yourself, others, and the universe for things that went wrong, and make an effort to either fix or forget troublesome situations. You’ll decrease stress and enjoy a more optimistic life.

Need some help getting started? Consider these ideas from relationship expert April Masini of the advice column Ask April:

Watch your words.

Discipline yourself to simply be aware of anything that you say that...

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