I Love to Work. What’s Wrong With That?

I Love to Work. What’s Wrong With That?
Many years ago, labor laws were put into effect to regulate work hours and conditions. Overtime became a common term. In recent decades, we have watched the required work week for most employees decrease from 40+ hours to 37 or even 35 hours per week. There are exceptions. If you own your own business, a standard work week may not apply. Many businesses require long hours and need attention seven days a week. Then there are quite a few people today who can’t get by on one salary, so ... Read more
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Everyone Does It

Everyone Does It
It can be easy to fall into bad habits at work. This is especially so if your workplace offers some flexibility. Common areas of abuse include start and stop times, shopping online, padding expense accounts, and misusing leave time. If you work in an urban area with high traffic and public transportation, start and stop work times can be variable. Perhaps company policy lists business operating hours as 9-5, but you can flex and arrive as early as 8 and leave at 4, or start at 10 and be in ... Read more
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Speak Softly and Wear Lipstick

Speak Softly and Wear Lipstick
Trump has never seemed older than he did this week when he said he was having a hard time getting beyond Hillary’s shouting. His comments seemed like a throw back to behaviors of many decades past when girls when supposed to be seen, not heard. A time when girls who were “tomboys” might be tolerated, but were a bit of an embarrassment to their families. When girls didn’t engage in organized sports but stood on the sidelines cheering on their boyfriends (and, by the ... Read more
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Applying Lessons from the Political Playbook to Your Workplace Promotion Campaign

Applying  Lessons from the Political Playbook to Your Workplace Promotion Campaign
Most of us have our daily routine. Due to our habits, our days are generally predictable. We drive the same route, or take the same train or bus to and from work. We eat lunch at the same places, and if we’re disciplined enough, follow an exercise regimen. These consistencies make life and work  comfortable. If you are trying to get ahead at work, however, staying in your comfort zone may not be the answer. Instead, take some lessons from current political campaigns, and find a way to ... Read more
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Some Conversations are Harder Than Others

Some Conversations are Harder Than Others
April 16 is a day to take action. It is the date each year that is designated National Health Care Decisions Day, a day to review and document the type of care you would want if you were too ill or incapacitated to make your healthcare or end of life care wishes known. If you are thinking, “I’m young and healthy, I don’t need to know this,” think again. Every year, healthy young adults are involved in traffic accidents, skiing accidents, and falls while hiking. They ... Read more
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Raising Your Own Expectations Can Be the Motivating Factor You Need

Raising Your Own Expectations Can Be the Motivating Factor You Need
How often have you been in a work situation where the boss or supervisor announces a team goal. It may be the annual fund raising goal, or the number of clients to be seen, or the number of attendees for a conference. Sometimes the goal seems realistic and quite doable; sometimes it’s a stretch goal that you are immediately skeptical of achieving. How does your personal psychology, commitment, and enthusiasm change depending on the expectation your boss puts forth? What about ... Read more
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Do Something Bigger Than Yourself

Do Something Bigger Than Yourself
Does the phrase “community service” bring a groan? Is it a high school memory with negative connotations? Were you forced into community service by scholastic requirements or by the need to bolster your college application? If so, it may be time to take another look. Perhaps you didn’t have the right fit before. Maybe you love children, but ended up working in a facility for older people. Or you dislike sales, and ended up in charge of selling tickets for an agency special ... Read more
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Has Your Expertise Made You Rigid?

Has Your Expertise Made You Rigid?
You’re smart. You have some great skills and you are anxious to apply them at your new workplace. What you have trouble accepting are the outdated systems and the ineptitude of some of your coworkers. There are easier and faster ways to do things. Why can’t others recognize this? Why can’t others get up to speed or get out of the way? Don’t they realize you are an expert? Stop for a minute to think how you and your thinking might be coming across to others. Would ... Read more
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Approaching the Point of No Return at Work

Approaching the Point of No Return at Work
Today the phrase “Crossing the Rubicon'” is used in a variety of ways (think Jeep Rubicon, a popular car choice.) In case you have forgotten the historical origin, it refers to a choice made by Julius Caesar in 49 BC when he crossed the Rubicon River, a geographic boundary that he was forbidden by Roman law from bridging. Today we use the phrase to mean “a point of no return.” There are rubicons in our lives are formed by laws, rules, oaths, and promises. Our ... Read more
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Who is Managing Your Talent?

Who is Managing Your Talent?
“Talent management” entered the common organizational lexicon about 2001. It’s a human resource concept that includes everything done “to recruit, retain, develop, reward, and make people perform” so that an organization can reach its business goals. Talent management focuses on an employee’s potential and how that can be developed to ensure a return on investment for the employer. The term may sound impersonal, but organizations spend significant dollars ... Read more
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