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There are thousands of articles on how to cope when you absolutely hate your job. But what about when your job isn't awful, but it isn't exactly great, either?
After a few years of building our careers, many of us learn to be fairly accommodating, in order to get along with our colleagues -- and bosses. The problem with learning to say yes, readily, is that it becomes hard to say no when you have to. And if you can't say no, you sometimes can't advance your career to the next level.
If you have any presence on social media this Thanksgiving season, or friends with good attitudes, you're probably already familiar with the idea of gratitude journaling, the practice of listing things for which you're grateful. But what if you're feeling less than grateful about your work situation this year?
Mental strength goes by a lot of different names: determination, tenacity, even confidence. But true toughness goes beyond all these terms. It's a quality of believing in yourself and your goals that can't be undone by obstacles (or obstructive people).
No one likes hearing less-than-positive things about themselves, but if you work at a company that does performance reviews, sooner or later, you'll have to hear about your "opportunities for growth" as well as your shining achievements. If you want to get promoted or get a raise, you'll have to learn to take what you hear and make it work for you.
Sometimes, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. For an example of how not to behave in the workplace, we need look no further than embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Read any profile of a successful entrepreneur or executive, and eventually you'll find some reference to the fact that they get up early. The folks who start multimillion-dollar businesses, write bestselling business books, and do TED Talks all seem to get up at the crack of dawn. So where do they get the get-up-and-go?
By now, everyone with an internet connection and need to restore their faith in humanity has read the story of Miles Scott, better known as Batkid, the pint-sized cancer survivor who saved San Francisco from evildoers, with a little help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. But what you might not know is that Batkid can also help save your career.
When is being nice a liability instead of an asset? When it gets in the way of your career. Meredith Lepore at Levo League wrote a recent post about the dangers of being too nice at work -- and what to do about it.
The internet teems with ideas on how to improve your performance at work, but most of the time, the advice focuses on big changes: taking a class or an entire degree, adopting an entirely new system for dealing with emails or tasks, or just plain changing your nature. Fortunately, there are plenty of little things you can do to be better at what you.
If your company has recently started doing 360 reviews -- where the managed offer feedback to the manager -- you might be a little nervous. After all, even if it's anonymous, isn't it dangerous to review the boss?
When you listen to your inner voice, is it mean to you? If so, you're not alone. Many people go through their days hearing an internal litany of self-criticism. The problem, of course, is that it's hard to get anything positive done at work while you're tuned into negativity.
Think about your least favorite jobs. Odds are, your boss was partly to blame. Bad managers are the number one reason people leave their jobs. Of course, if you're not quite at the point where you can turn in your resignation, you'll need to figure out ways to make your situation more tolerable.
Most of us spend our careers trying to avoid making mistakes -- and failing that, trying to hide them. The problem with this way of doing business, of course, is that it makes it hard to fix errors, and even harder to learn from them.
The fastest way to talk yourself out of a successful career is to hold fast to the idea that you're "not a math person," and yet many workers do just that. Why? Because they believe that people are either good at something, or they're not -- even though evidence strongly suggests otherwise.
What does it take to make an employee leave a job voluntarily, in a tough economy? A bad boss.
Unemployment is slowing improving, but that doesn't mean that workers' fear of getting laid off is also on the decline. The best way to achieve job security these days is to make yourself essential personnel in the eyes of your boss.
What is it about the office environment that brings out the mean girl (or boy) in some people? Years after we've graduated from high school, we still sometimes have to put up with juvenile behavior from our coworkers.
Confidence is important, whether you're interviewing for a new job or trying to get promoted at the one you already have. Even if you're completely happy where you are on the corporate ladder, being confident will help you persuade other people to support you, which is essential for getting buy-in for your projects and achieving your goals. But what if you're not a naturally confident person?
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