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Let’s face it: Nobody likes to get in trouble. When the boss starts coming around asking why something went wrong or the reason a deadline wasn’t met, seasoned workers often start sounding like third graders eager to throw a classmate under the bus. Such behavior didn’t make a person popular at age 8, and it does little to help one’s reputation later in life either.
A better strategy is to refrain from judgment and stick to the facts. While you personally may feel the order wasn’t sent off on time because Jeannie was too busy updating her Facebook page to pay attention to the clock, all you need to do is state your own involvement in the situation, such as “I put the boxed-up package on Jeannie’s desk at 11:00.” Let the manager take it from there.
While assigning...Read More »
Consider this question: If you were taking a new job and had a choice, would you prefer a male boss or a female one? A new Gallup poll reveals that 35% of workers would prefer a man and 23% would choose a woman. A preference for a male boss has been found every year since Gallup first asked the question in 1953. Other interesting findings include:
- Four in 10 workers have no preference regarding the gender of their supervisor. Half of the men surveyed didn’t favor one over the other, while a third of women polled didn’t have a preference.
- Among those with a preference, male bosses fared better than female ones regardless of the respondent’s gender. (Forty...
While you probably spend a lot of time typing for work-related tasks, you don’t necessarily spend all of that time on an actual computer (or even a laptop). Chances are, you spend a lot of your time typing on a variety of devices, from an iPad to your smartphone.
While this can be convenient, especially if you’re working at a location away from the office, it can have some downsides. One of the biggest problems is that it can be tricky—and often very frustrating—to try and type quickly and accurately from certain devices. This can be annoying when you’re even just whipping off a quick text message or email, but it can be downright exhausting if you’re working on a longer document or piece of text.
Fortunately, there is a tool that can greatly help make this task much...Read More »
- The Holiday Slowdown Could Actually Help You Land a Job [Psychology Today]
- Make Meetings Matter with the Right Tools [PC World]
- How to Cope with Public Speaking [Lifehack]
- Should You Adjust Your Resume When Switching Careers? [Lifehacker]
- Things You Must Stop Doing if You Want a Happier Career [Forbes]
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You notice a colleague preparing material for a meeting in a highly inefficient manner. You’re dying to scream, “There’s a much easier way to do that!” but should you?
Giving unsolicited advice can make you look like a know-it-all or a meddler, neither of which are great for your reputation. If what the person is doing isn’t harmful, just not the way you’d do it, keeping your mouth shut may be for the best. If you do decide something should be done, here are some strategies:
Be polite and respectful.
Refrain from judgment that the person or her method is “stupid” or “wrong.” Likewise, don’t preface what you say with statements that reek of superiority such as, “When I do that, I always . . .” or “Back in college, I was always told to . . . .”...Read More »
Finding out that a co-worker has had a miscarriage can be a sad experience for the whole office. Whether the person had announced the pregnancy and everyone was excited about the upcoming arrival or if she lost the baby before making the news public, it can be hard to know what to say or do at such a difficult time.
If you are close to the woman, letting her know that you are available to listen may be a welcome gesture. Don’t feel offended, though, if she is not quick to take you up on the offer. People grieve and heal in their own way. She may need time to come to terms with what has happened. Simply knowing that you care and are there for her when she wants to talk can be helpful.
Other officemates may want to send a note letting the person know that they are thinking...Read More »
- 3 Tricks for Improving Your Body Language at the Office [The YEC]
- How to Deal with Meeting Bullies [Psychology Today]
- 10 Ways to be the Most Creative Person at Work [Lifehack]
- The Tiny Adjustment That Could Change the Course of Your Next Interview [LinkedIn]
- 8 Ways to Reduce Clutter at Work [PR Daily]
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Few workers go through a career without feeling “stupid” at one time or another. The emotion might be sparked by a water cooler conversation on a subject you can’t follow or perhaps because colleagues seem to be mastering new software at twice your speed. Regardless of the reason, the result can be a lack of confidence and fear that others think less of you. Cowering in your cubicle, however, is not going to make things better. Consider these strategies to get yourself back on track:
Politely requesting that something be repeated, rephrased, broken down, or expanded upon doesn’t show a lack of intelligence. Rather, it demonstrates that you are a concerned listener engaged in what is being said and eager to improve your knowledge.
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The last two months of the year are filled with a variety of days off for workers. No doubt, many of us are looking forward to a three-day weekend in honor of Veteran’s Day, while Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s provide various-length respites depending on your individual workplace. Some people tack on vacation days in order to have an even greater amount of time off, and employers tend to be fine with this practice as long as the absence is cleared in advance so that not everyone is gone at once.
Some workers, however, try to extend their holiday by calling in “sick” – an action that can be detrimental to one’s career. While some people take the attitude that sick days are theirs to use however they see fit, your colleagues and boss may see things differently. Those...Read More »
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