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Workers know that professionalism is a desired trait that can influence how others perceive them. The word, however, is open to interpretation. Today and tomorrow, a variety of people weigh in with their definition of this important term:
“In my humble opinion, professionalism is a collection of the way one dresses, speaks, even walks and their overall demeanor. A person's perceived level of professionalism provides observers with a barometer for confidence they should have in that person. Certain roles require more professionalism/confidence than others. If we need to respect and depend on someone, we want them to convey a higher level of professionalism. If the service or product they are providing is not specialized or critical, we accept less professionalism....Read More »
Are you constantly switching from one task to another? Or interrupting one task midstream to do “one quick thing” before you forget? While it may seem like you are accomplishing a lot through this sort of multitasking, it actually is probably making you less efficient.
This sort of stop-and-go pattern forces your mind to run a mental relay race. With each new task, your brain has to switch gears and get up to speed again. It is also unlikely that you are giving any of the tasks your full attention or best effort.
But since you most likely have a long list of things to do, you need a better system that lets you get things done quickly. Many productivity experts recommend a “batching” approach. This is where you group like tasks together and do them all at the same...Read More »
- Seven Healthy Snacks to Take to Work [Healthy Living Online]
- How to Relieve Tension: Tips for Beating Stress [Life Goes Strong]
- Weirdest Job Interview Questions of 2012 [CBS News]
- Even a Small Distraction Can Derail Your Work [Lifehacker]
- Five Career Lessons from “Friends” [Forbes.com]
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While good looks are usually considered an asset to career success, an Iowa dental assistant would beg to differ. According to this article, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a dentist acted legally when firing his assistant of 10 years because her attractiveness posed a threat to his marriage – even though nothing had happened. The dentist claims that her tight outfits were irresistible, and he wanted to get rid of the temptation. She claims she only wore standard scrubs and was happily married with no interest in an affair. The termination came after the dentist’s wife found text exchanges between the two and demanded she be...Read More »
While it used to be standard to work 9 to 5, fewer workers are putting in those precise hours due to increasing flexibility in work arrangements. Some people may shift their hours earlier or later to accommodate childcare needs, while home-based employees may never even work the exact same 40-hour schedule twice.
Most people utilizing flexible schedules do so for a better work-life balance or to cut the cost and time involved in commuting. Employers too can benefit from these set-ups by having extended hours of office coverage and possibly increasing morale among staff members.
Before jumping in head-first, however, realize that problems can evolve. For instance, the thought of an extra day off per week by working four 10-hour days instead of five 8-hour ones may sound...Read More »
We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for an executive administrative assistant at Microsoft.
Based in Redmond, Washington, this person will serve as the assistant to the chief operating officer. Position involves a variety of primary administrative functions, as well as the responsibility for executive-level interfaces, contact with customers, partners, and frequent contact with all levels of Microsoft employees and subsidiaries. Will be responsible for: complex calendar management, thorough meeting and event planning and management for both onsite and offsite locations, domestic and international travel logistics management and trip...Read More »
- How to Boost Your Productivity Immediately [Lifehack]
- When Your Boss Doesn’t Believe You Have the Flu [CBS News]
- How to Manage Distractions at Work [Jobacle]
- Avoiding the Back-to-Work Holiday Hangover [Glass Door]
- Clues It’s Time to Leave Your Toxic Job [US News]
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You’re perfectly capable of performing your job, but Ms. Bossypants two cubicles down insists she knows how to do it better. How can you get her to mind her own business? Try these strategies, and share your own in the comments section.
Perhaps easier said than done, if you can simply move on, she may get the hint that you really don’t welcome her input.
Tell her “no.”
Do not offer explanations, excuses, or arguments. Simply tell the person “no,” and proceed with your work.
Some people have had good luck with phrases such as “Did you get a promotion I wasn’t aware of?” (especially when said within the earshot of other colleagues).
Talk to her....Read More »
Did your 2012 annual review look much like your 2011 one? If so, you’re not alone. A new study by the authors of the New York Times best-seller Change Anything reveals that 43 percent of employees experienced a déjà vu performance review -- receiving the same negative feedback that surfaces year after year.
Co-author and business leadership expert Joseph Grenny says one reason performance reviews are largely ineffective is employees lack the ability to put their performance feedback into action. In fact, in an online poll of 642 people, 87 percent said they left their review without a plan for how to better meet their managers’ expectations.
So how can a worker ensure her next review isn’t a carbon...Read More »
No doubt, you have heard it a million times: networking is critical for professional success. However, if you are just starting out, or are very busy in your current fast-paced position, you may think networking is something you don’t need to worry about at the moment.
That could be a costly mistake. Many people fall into the trap where they don’t worry about networking until they’re thinking about looking for a job. But that’s usually way too late. Strong, valuable professional often need to be developed over time. Plus, it may take you a while to find and connect with the right contacts for your network. If you are just learning the ropes of networking, it may take a while for you to get the hang of using tools like LinkedIn or to become comfortable attending in-person...Read More »
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