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Archive for November, 2010

November 29th, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in In the Workplace, Most Popular

modern officeWorkers today are continually being asked to do more and more work in the same eight-hour day. The hectic schedule of this fast-paced world we live in can leave even the best of us in the dust – which is why good organization has become so key. The more prepared and organized you can make your workspace, the better your chances are for success.

Negative space makes for a positive working environment. Whether or not it’s pretty, you want to be able to see most of your desktop at any given time. This means keeping only essential items out on a permanent basis, like your computer and phone. Depending on your job, these items can obviously change, but keeping your desk clean and clear will prevent you from burying and losing work, or needing to clean before you have a place to work, both time-consuming activities.
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November 24th, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in In the Workplace

Xmas Office Party: Wasted CoworkerThe holidays are fast approaching, bringing with them a variety of office traditions, including food drives, potlucks, and Secret Santa gift giving. Not to mention the all-important office parties, where many offices will let the alcohol flow freely. At such occasions, it’s important to know how to behave appropriately, because mixing alcohol with work can be confusing and lead to embarrassing situations.

Do know your limit. Remember, these are your coworkers, some of whom you may supervise or – more importantly – may supervise you. How you act today will effect how they see you professionally tomorrow. Yes, it’s a party and you want to have fun, but remember that the goal is to relax, not to get drunk.

Do have something to eat. Most office parties will at least have some kind of appetizers with the booze, so be sure to partake so that you’re not drinking on an empty stomach. If there isn’t food at the party, plan ahead with a big lunch, or bring snacks with you. It may seem silly, but having something to absorb the alcohol could be your saving grace if you do accidentally misjudge how much alcohol you can handle.
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November 24th, 2010 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice

Enhance your leadership with mentoringOne part of leadership, obviously, is leading the team. But another, perhaps even more important part of leadership is leading the individual: dealing one-on-one with a person you like and admire, and whom you want to help grow into his or her full range of capabilities.

Doing this is called “mentoring,” and it’s probably one of the most satisfying aspects of holding a leadership position. Here’s how to become a great mentor:



Mentoring Means Relating

The central element of mentoring is the relationship you form with the person whose career, and possibly life, you’re going to influence. Mentoring can begin when you offer your services to another person, or when another person approaches you and asks you to take on that role for him or her.

Either way, to play the role of a trusted adviser or role model, it’ll be your job to behave warmly, supportively, and wisely toward the person you’re going to mentor. You’ll offer suggestions, and share both general and specific knowledge. You’ll coach them through their difficulties, listening to their concerns and offering the benefit of your own awareness, experience, knowledge and abilities. You’ll work with them to help them improve their skills and take the right steps toward advancing their career.
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November 18th, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in In the Workplace

Dollie The Business DogDid you know that two-thirds of dog owners would work longer hours if they could bring their dogs to work? And nearly half would change jobs for the perk, according to a survey conducted by SimplyHired and Dogster.com.

The presence of animals can lower stress and help employees to bond. It can result in a happier, more loyal work force. But of course, there need to be some ground rules to keep the company from going to the dogs!

Make sure your dog is healthy. This includes keeping him up-to-date on vaccinations and insuring that he is free of ticks, fleas, or any other parasites. If he’s feeling under the weather, keep him at home until it has passed. 


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November 12th, 2010 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, Job Search, Most Popular

LeaderSome people are born leaders, some strive to become leaders, and some are thrust into leadership by circumstances. But in every case, a leader has certain abilities and talents that make her or him stand out from the crowd.

Here’s a quick quiz to see where you stack up on leadership:

Instructions: For each item, write down the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement. Use the following scale:
  1. (Strongly Disagree)
  2. (Mildly Disagree)
  3. (Neither Agree Nor Disagree)
  4. (Mildly Agree)
  5. (Strongly Agree)
At the end of the quiz you’ll find a quick scoring assessment.
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