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Are they a career booster or a surefire way to fall flat on your face? Ask ten different women for their opinion on sporting high heels at the office, and you’ll likely get ten unique answers.
Some women enjoy wearing heels. Shorter women especially appreciate the added height, and many women say that heels make them feel stylish and more confident. Other women find heels uncomfortable and a hindrance to getting work done. They also may worry that certain types of heels make them look unprofessional or keep others from taking them seriously.
When asked whether heels can be too sexy for the office, style guru Tim Gunn told Yahoo! Shine that people should consider...Read More »
Ever been stuck alone with a client while waiting for your boss to arrive? Make the person feel welcome by offering some pleasant, professional conversation. Don’t worry about how “good” you are at it; the other person will probably be happy that you took the lead in breaking the ice.
Start by introducing yourself and your position. (“Hello. I’m Brenda, Mr. Smith’s assistant.”) After the other person does the same, try a brief comment about the weather or the surroundings to show that you are willing to carry on a conversation. (“Can you believe there is still a chance of snow at this time of year?” or “Have you ever dined at this restaurant before?”) A compliment about something the person is wearing or a positive statement about the person’s employer also might work. (“What an...Read More »
If you need extra storage space for your computer files and other data, a portable hard drive can offer man benefits. You can use it as a way to easily backup your files at the end of every workday—and then store it in a safe place (possibly offsite. It is also a great option for team collaboration, where several members of your team may need to have access to a certain group of files in the office.
Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless offers 500GB of storage and has a great, easy-to-use web interface.
But this is more than just your basic external hard drive. There is something extra—and the product’s name contains a hint. The Seagate GoFlex lets you share files and multimedia via Wi-Fi—and it even creates its own hotspot.
This means that, once you load your...Read More »
- 10 Ways to Be Successful at Your New Job [LinkedIn]
- Survey: Americans Feeling Better About Their Jobs [USA Today]
- How to Cure Your Lack of Motivation [Lifehack]
- When You are Bored and Unfulfilled at Work [Psychology Today]
- Blind Spots Between the Sexes at Work [Forbes]
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Just as “Stop, Drop, and Roll” is the mantra everyone has learned for what to do if ever on fire, many safety officials want “Run, Hide, Fight” to be the automatic reaction workers have if ever confronted with a gunman in the office. According to this article, people often freeze up when confronted with such a shocking situation and lose valuable time. By training the brain to have an automatic response, chances of survival increase.
If you see a way to escape the intruder, take it. Perhaps he is far enough away that you can make it to the stairs, an exit, or even out the window if you are on a ground floor. Encourage...Read More »
Rewarding employees for meeting certain health standards vs. penalizing them for unhealthy results has been a hot topic in the news, with headlines such as “When the Boss Makes You Pay for Being Fat” splattered across major publications. While leaders often prefer voluntary programs featuring incentives to make health improvements – a gift card for participating in a fitness challenge or $50 off monthly insurance payments for regular blood-pressure monitoring -- some are not seeing sufficient change.
According to a recent study of 800 mid- to large-size firms by the human resources consultancy Aon Hewitt, six in 10 employers say that in the next few years they plan to impose penalties on employees who don't take action to improve their health. The bottom line could be smokers or...Read More »
Technology in general can greatly help improve our productivity at the office. But taking that a step further, BYOD policies can really help boost our ability to be productive at work. If you aren’t familiar with BYOD, you must confuse it with something else that has a similar acronym. But BYOD has nothing to do with happy hour. BYOD stands for “bring your own device.” In other words, it means employees let workers bring their own personal devices to work for job-related usage.
Recent studies have found that employees who work for companies with BYOD policies are more productive and efficient. Not to mention, they are more comfortable with the...Read More »
- Dangers of Office Frenemies [Linkedin]
- Asking Friends to Help You Get a Job [HR Bartender]
- How to Clean Up Your Digital Organization System [Lifehack]
- Should You Feel Like a Failure for Quitting Your Job? [Psychology Today]
- Finding a Job Through Networking Groups [US News]
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Earlier, we talked about Helicopter Parents who like to get involved in every aspect of their child’s life – including career management. But mom and dad aren’t the only ones hovering at the office. Just as over-parenting can keep adult children from developing self-confidence, over-managing can do the same.
According to this article, Helicopter Managers are becoming increasingly common. Much like the parent who “just wants to help,” these supervisors feel they must constantly offer suggestions, opinions, and aid. The result can be...Read More »
Most of us are familiar with so-called Helicopter Parents, those moms and dads who create PowerPoints outlining their 3-year-old’s life plan and spend 10 ten hours supervising their fourth-grader working on “his” science project. While we’d expect (hope) such behavior would change over time as children mature, this isn’t proving to be the case – and the workplace may be the new playground.
According to Psychology Today, “In one survey of 725 employers hiring recent college graduates, more than a quarter had been contacted directly by applicants’ parents or received applicants’ resumes from parents; some even had parents show...Read More »