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While Valentine’s Day may be a great occasion to celebrate with your spouse or express love to your children, it is a tricky holiday to navigate in an office setting. Before you send out little preprinted cards that may be scrutinized for secret messages or favoritism, keep these things in mind:
- Decorating the office in a sea of red and hearts may not be welcome by colleagues who actually plan on getting something done on February 14 or by managers who would like to project a professional image to incoming guests.
- Watch giving presents to individual co-workers. Your gift may spark hard feelings from non-recipients or be misinterpreted by the receiver as either sucking up or trying to move your relationship to another level. Bringing in cookies for the...
While the Opening Ceremonies aren’t until tomorrow night, viewers who can’t wait for Olympic competition can tune in tonight to see two of the Winter Game’s newest sports: team figure skating and slopestyle snowboarding. In the spirit of Sochi, here are some words of wisdom from past Olympians that ring true whether you’re an athlete or an admin:
“Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose.” -- Nancy Kerrigan, ice skating
“Falling in life is inevitable—staying down is optional.” -- Carrie Johnson, kayaking
“Nobody needs to prove to anybody what they’re worthy of, just the person that they look at in the mirror. That’s the only person you need to answer to.” -- Picabo Street, alpine skiing...Read More »
It’s easy to get stuck, and reach a point where we feel trapped in our career. You may not like what you’re doing—frankly, you may even hate it—but you can’t or won’t walk away. Often, this is due to practical concerns. It’s tough to walk away from a job that pays you’re a decent salary, even if you don’t like it.
But a lot of times we are also frozen in place by fear. You may be afraid of change or taking a risk by setting out on an unknown path. You also may have somehow gotten the notion that your current job is what you are “supposed to” be doing, and you have mentally limited yourself to staying within that box.
The thing is, you will never have the opportunity to explore new opportunities and discover something you really love if you won’t give yourself permission...Read More »
- How to Handle a Colleague Who Complains All Day [LinkedIn]
- Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Address on Your Resume [Lifehacker]
- 10 One-Minute Time Hacks That Will Make You More Productive [Lifehack]
- Quick Tips for Better Online Networking [Career Realism]
- 12 Ways to Get The Most Out of a Conference [US News]
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Most of us have heard the saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” But with constant demands on current time and energy, it can be difficult to devote proper effort to visualizing the future and how to achieve goals. Finding the motivation to do so, however, can have exciting results down the line.
In his book Time Management – one of the titles in his pocket-sized Success Library series – author Brian Tracy notes that a common thread in biographies and autobiographies of exceptional people regardless of field is that “true greatness only emerges with introspection, retrospection, solitude, and contemplation.” If you’re serious about wanting to choose your future...Read More »
We all know that proper vision care is essential to carrying out daily activities. Heading to the eye doctor when you’re having problems seeing is a no-brainer. New research, however, shows that an examination may help your health in other ways.
Comprehensive eye exams provide the only possible non-invasive view of blood vessels and the optic nerve. As a result, eye doctors can sometimes detect early signs of chronic diseases before any other healthcare provider. In fact, a study conducted by HCMS Group (a firm that analyzes data to help employers reduce waste in health benefits and increase human capital) of workers with VSP Vision Care insurance found that eye doctors were...Read More »
If you work in an office—no matter what your actual position may be—you likely end up taking lots of notes, at least when working on certain projects. In the past, this would mean jotting down stuff in notebooks, message pads or anything you could use as a writing surface. Then of course you would have to try and find room for all of these notes and keep them organized so you could actually find what you need.
These days, many people have switched over to using some sort of online note-taking program. While there are quite a few to choose from, one that has been around for a long time is Simplenote.
Yes, it’s basic and simple (hence the name) but that’s exactly what a lot of people like about it.
You can save your notes in files and “notebooks,” and the instant...
- Why Office Clutter is Bad for Business [Business News Daily]
- The World’s Most Incredible Offices [CNN]
- How to Dress for Your Career with $100 or Less [Career Realism]
- Why You Need to Work Smarter Not Harder [Lifehack]
- 2014 is the Year of Online Meetings [Lifehacker]
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Twitter chats can be a very useful way to get a conference-like Q&A session for a very affordable price: FREE! Twitter chats consist of a group of people all tweeting about the same topic, and utilizing a specific hashtag (#) so they can view all the comments and questions around that topic. This allows everyone to follow the chat, and it ultimately feels like you’re in a specific “room” dedicated to the topic.
This Thursday we’re hosting a Twitter chat led by Julie Perrine, who is the founder and CEO of All Things Admin – providing training, mentoring and resources for administrative professionals worldwide.
Julie will be covering “3 Simple Tools to...Read More »
With caffeine found in a variety of commonly consumed products, it is sometimes easy to forget that it is officially a drug. While many people readily dismiss talk of caffeine’s negative effects, new studies show that this mild stimulant can become habit forming for some individuals and result in withdrawal symptoms when they quit. In fact, the term “caffeine use disorder” was added in 2013 to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a universal authority for psychiatric diagnosis.
So how much is too much? Since individuals react differently to caffeine, an exact number is hard to pinpoint. According to the...Read More »
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