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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Health:  The Downside of Caffeine

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...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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What Peyton Manning Can Teach Everyone about Professionalism

To say that Peyton Manning didn’t have the greatest of days on Sunday may be an understatement. From the opening moments when the Seahawks made the quickest score in Super Bowl history to the lopsided final result, things just didn’t go the way the Broncos quarterback and his team wanted. Nobody would have blamed Manning if he wanted to avoid everyone after the game and high-tail it out of New Jersey, but he did what needed to be done – he faced the music. Here are reminders anyone regardless of profession can take away from his handling of this tough situation:

Admit mistakes promptly

Quickly owning up to your role in a mishap is the professional thing to do. Trying to hide isn’t going to make the incident go away, whether it happened in front of...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Tech Tip: PhonePad Phone Message System

For most office professionals, answering phones and taking messages was generally a main part of the job. It can also be very time-consuming, and not very convenient (written messages are tough to keep organized). Then there is the challenge of trying to keep track of which calls were already returned and which are still waiting. Not to mention if you lost track of a caller’s contact information.

Not surprisingly, there are now high-tech tools that help with this task. (So you can say goodbye to those old-fashioned message pads.)

PhonePad is a program that makes it easier to take and relay phone messages. It has a simple, intuitive interface that makes it very easy to use. All of the messages are stored on one main dashboard, which is color-coded to make it even more...

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Tweets That Can Get You Fired

How can talking about a Cheerios commercial on social media lead to losing your job? One MSNBC employee found out the hard way. According to this article, an unnamed staffer sent out this message on the network’s account last week about an ad running during the Super Bowl:  “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww:  the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family.” The Republican National Committee was outraged, saying that the tweet painted the party as racist. MSNBC took down the post, issued an apology, and fired the person who wrote it.

Employees need to be especially careful when posting from an employer’s account. Anything said may be...

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Should the Super Bowl Be Moved to Saturday?

The Monday after the Super Bowl is not traditionally regarded as one of the year’s better work days. As this article notes, an estimated 1.5 million employees will call in sick and another 4.4 million workers will come in late. Those who do make it into the office on schedule often stand around the water cooler chatting about the half-time show and the commercials. Thus, the question begs to be asked:  Would it be better to hold the Super Bowl on Saturday?

The folks at MoveTheBigGame.com certainly favor the change. Claiming the Super Bowl is not just a sports event but an American holiday,...

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Productivity Tip: Focus on Just Three Items

When you have way too many things on your to-do list, it can seem so overwhelming that it can be tough to get anything accomplished. When faced with the prospect of trying to do so many things, you may just freeze up or feel exhausted before you even begin.

That’s why many experts recommend that you just focus on a few of your highest-priority tasks. Set those as your goals and don’t think about the other things you need to do until you complete these first items.

This article refers to these as the “rule of three,” since it suggests focusing on three items. When planning your agenda and goals for the day, pick three specific things that you definitely need to finish. Yes, you may have a lot of other things you want to accomplish, but on most days there are a couple of...

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Staying Sane When Crunched for Time

That report needs to be done by 3 p.m., two clients have left voice messages, payroll sheets are due, you need to swing by the store after work to get the ingredients for your Super Bowl spinach dip, and you aren’t sure if your daughter finished her project for Girl Scouts tonight. So much to do . . . and with your mind thinking about all of these activities, nothing is actually getting accomplished, which leads to more panic . . . .

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. You can survive time crunches, especially when using these strategies:

Prioritize

Some tasks have set-in-stone deadlines that need to be met, so focus on them. If other important -- but not immediately critical -- jobs have you worried, quickly schedule them on your calendar...

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Succeeding at Online Learning

Online courses are a convenient way to expand educational horizons. To get the most from them, however, a student needs to approach these classes with the same vigor as she would a physical classroom experience. Here are some tips for being an A+ virtual learner:

Examine the technical requirements.

What software, hardware, passwords, Internet connections, and the like are needed? Just as you wouldn’t go to class without a pencil and notebook, be sure you have the technical supplies needed to take the course. Set everything up at least a week before the class starts to allow time to contact the school’s help desk with questions.

Stay on track.

Without the judgmental eyes of the teacher and fellow students “encouraging” you to...

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