Reduce Office Stress by Opening Lines of Communication between Coworkers

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In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Regular, open communication between coworkers is critical for workplace success. It strengthens interpersonal relationships, which leads to enhanced job satisfaction, efficiency and engagement. Effective communication builds trust and mutual respect. So how can you… Read more »

4 Ways to Kick Start the Second Half of 2014

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Before you know it, the calendar year will reach its midpoint. How can you look ahead to the second half of the year with an eye on renewing morale, performance and productivity? There’s still plenty of time to lay the groundwork for your best year yet in several key areas. Work Area Enhancements A simple… Read more »

Implementing a Summer Dress Code Policy? Here’s How …

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As an employer, you have the right to impose guidelines on employee dress code at your place of business. Regardless of the season, your goal is to maintain a workplace environment that’s professional, comfortable and inclusive for every staff member. Summer business attire, though typically more casual, should exhibit the same level of common sense… Read more »

Making a Difference at Work- And Getting Your Boss to Notice

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How can you step up at work and make impactful positive changes? The more you focus on changing things for the better, the more opportunities you’ll recognize. Start by asking yourself: Who needs help and how can I provide it? Who benefits from what I’m doing? How does what I’m doing impact what the organization… Read more »

New Networks: Places You Never Knew You Could Make Connections

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When you’re job hunting, keep your mind open to any and all networking possibilities. Anywhere you visit can become a venue for making new contacts – and anyone you meet can be a potential source of information, insight or professional contacts. Stay Fit While You Network Whether it’s the gym, the golf course or the… Read more »

Kicking Cabin Fever in the Workplace

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The entire nation has been wrapped up in – or buried under – this winter’s infamous polar vortex since the season began. And as recently as this month, the icy meteorological clutch refuses to let up. It’s been too cold to stay outside for long, too gloomy to be motivated, and too snowy to go… Read more »

Is a Career Change Worth a Pay Cut?

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A career change can be exhilarating, exciting and at the same time, more than a little scary. This is especially true if your job switch comes with a significant cut in pay. Should salary be your main focus as you consider the next step along your professional path? There are several factors to consider including… Read more »

Put Your Best Foot Forward with an Excellent Cover Letter

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As a complement to your resume, your cover letter distinguishes you from other candidates and introduces you as the best person for an employer to hire. It’s an opportunity to specifically relate your qualifications to the position and to describe your passion for the job and the hiring organization. Here are some tips for creating… Read more »

Surviving the Workday as a Middle Manager

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Middle managers are crucial to the success of a company. But “managing in the middle” can be challenging, especially as the workplace changes, mid-level managers take on additional authority, and organizational charts become flatter. What does it take to add value on a day-to-day basis? Mediate and Communicate Walk a mile in the other person’s… Read more »

Cutting Through the Clutter with an Attractive Cover Letter

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Your cover letter is often the earliest contact you have with a potential employer, so never underestimate its importance as you make that critical first impression. Studies have shown that reviewers spend an average of only about 10 seconds scanning candidates’ cover letters. So, you need to make your mark quickly and effectively or you… Read more »