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Ready to start tackling your resolutions for the new year? Getting in the correct mindset is half the battle. (As this article notes, developing a plan of attack is the other half.) As you prepare for new beginnings, consider these words of wisdom:
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -- Walt Disney
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” -- Lao Tzu
“The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.” --David Weinbaum
“When I face the desolate...Read More »
It’s that time of year when suffocating snowstorms, prickly sleet and curtains of cold rain descend upon us as if nature is trying to tell us something (and that just may be the case).
Our local weather reporters venture into the biting elements and film cars stuck in frozen ditches and interview snowy children carrying sleds up icy hills. But office professionals are thinking only one thought: how am I getting to work tomorrow?
Even the most dedicated and disciplined office professional will fondly recall those days of being a kid and missing school because of snowfall and wonder if, just maybe as an adult, those meteorological miracles are still possible. Answer: no, not really.
As professional adults we are expected to make it to work on time regardless of the...Read More »
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Every successful business depends on having the right vendors and suppliers. Office professionals are often the first line of contact with these important people, so it’s crucial to develop a good working relationship and get the best service (and prices) for your business.
Choosing the right vendor for your company requires careful planning and consideration. While you may not have authority to make a final selection, your input is valuable. Here’s how you can play a key role in vendor selection:
- Research the service or product the vendor offers. Different businesses have different needs, so a vendor you hear good things about at a friend’s company may not work for yours.
Looking to make 2013 the year that you really move forward in your career? While it is easy to blame the economy or your company as reasons you aren’t where you want to be, it is more productive to think about other factors – ones that you can control -- that may be stopping you from obtaining what you want.
Career and life coach Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc., and author of Coach Yourself to a New Career, says that one of the greatest obstacles to overcome is fear.
“Everyone is afraid of something, and fear is normal,” says Brown-Volkman. “Actually, fear can be a good thing because it protects you from harm or getting into damaging situations. But, fear is negative when...Read More »
Whether at an official office event or a casual after-work get-together, alcohol is often involved when colleagues gather together. While we’ve all heard the warnings to watch consumption in order to maintain professionalism and not say or do something we’ll later regret, some people have the opposite problem – they don’t want to drink at all but feel pressured to do so.
A simple “No, thank you” to an offer should suffice, as presenting a lengthy explanation could appear preachy. If pressured further, a statement such as “Thanks, but I’d really rather not” should cue others to stop pestering.
(Note: If you are the one doing the cajoling, stop. People have a variety of possible reasons for not drinking, including religious beliefs or a history of alcoholism. Respect their...Read More »
Somewhere deep within the psyche of many office professionals, there is a need to be good to others—to be of use and valued—and this can lead to behavior where we actually treat other people better than we treat ourselves. Insecurity sets in and self preservation goes out the office window. The worst part is we know better, but we do it anyway.
If you have ever had an internal conversation where the words “How could you be so stupid” were uttered, then you know of this condition well. Negativity from others is hurtful; negativity from ourselves is emotional, spiritual and professional sabotage. As this article illustrates, having self-compassion is more...Read More »
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So, it’s the day after Christmas, and you’re at work. The office is half empty and your commute took half the time it normally does. The roads were free of traffic. You got a seat on the subway. It’s going to be an easy day. This afternoon you plan on returning that ugly sweater and then search online for where to spend your vacation in April. The Caribbean sounds warm and welcoming. Ahhhh.
Stop right now! You’re at work, remember?
During this time of the year office professionals often make the mistake of falling into the mid-holiday season malaise where a lack of bodies, bosses and general workplace energy makes them feel as if they’re not really at work. Employees feel as if they’re making some special sacrifice for actually being on the job while everyone else is home...Read More »
Looking for a way to boost your reputation in the workplace while making others feel great in the process? Consider giving more compliments. This simple act can promote goodwill, strengthen bonds, show appreciation, and brighten days – with minimal effort on your part.
Experts agree that the key to giving a compliment is being sincere. Phony ones are relatively easy to spot, and people may question your motives. Likewise, keep it short and to the point. You don’t want to look like you are “sucking up,” nor do you want the recipient to be embarrassed by an overdose of flattery. Challenging yourself to find something compliment-worthy for different people will show that you’re an observant, kind colleague rather than someone who is trying to get in good with a particular person....Read More »
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