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  • Public Speaking for Organizational Success: Your Pathway to Leadership

    When it comes to the top skills that are valuable for any career, the ability to deliver your message through public speaking tops the list. Communication in all its forms can be a deal breaker in almost every career. In today’s connected business world, having the skills to communicate in both the written and spoken word are paramount to success. Consider that many companies pay big bucks to hire a motivational speaker to come in for just one day. If you can harness this skill, there’s no limit to your career growth.
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  • 5 Ways to Survive a Boring Friday Afternoon at Work

    Sure, it’s Friday and we are super duper glad and TGIFing everyone sometimes as early as Thursday. But, sometimes, those last few hours of work make the best day of the work week, downright painful. Here are 5 ways to survive a boring Friday afternoon at work.
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  • 3 Practical Tips for Working Moms, From the Quora Question of the Week

    Going back to work after having a child is a difficult decision to make, especially when it entails leaving your children at home to be cared for by someone else. In a perfect world, everyone would work together to prepare meals, clean the house, and stay on schedule, and working women would find that blissful work-life balance. For most, though, this isn't the reality. Regardless of whether you work inside or outside the home, being a working mother is difficult. It's inevitable that priorities, finances, and sleep schedules will shift when we juggle work and children. We turned to the Quora community to see what practical tips its members have to share with other working moms.
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  • To Add or Not to Add Your Boss on Social Media? That Is the Question

    Social media is the easiest and most convenient way to stay connected to friends, family, acquaintances, but should it be the way you connect with your boss? There are a few things to consider before deciding whether or not to "friend" your boss online, so let's take a look at the pros and cons.
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  • 2 Reasons Why You Must Maintain Eye Contact During Business Communication

    Pay attention to how much eye contact your boss maintains with you during meetings. Employees who get more eye contact are more likely to get better perks, promotions, and raises.
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  • How Not To Act When You Don't Like Your Coworkers

    Very few workplaces are without occasional bickering and drama amongst co-workers. The reality is, if you spend that much time with anyone, you are likely going to start becoming annoyed by any number of pet peeves or idiosyncrasies. Although most of us are pretty good at refraining from throat punching people we work with, public bickering can be just as bad. Especially, if you happen to be employed in a public venue, such as the news.
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  • Career Satisfaction: Are American Workers Happier? [Infographic]

    As you travel to the office on an average workday, do you believe that you could possibly be one of the happiest employees in the world? Research indicates that employees in the US tend to be more actively engaged and satisfied with their jobs. In fact, employers are taking drastic efforts to provide incentives to create career satisfaction for top performance workers. It’s all about raising employee morale and productivity in a challenging economic climate.
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  • Watch Out for Office Hazards – Workplace Safety Tips that Could Save Your Life

    Do you know how to spot safety hazards at work? Even though you may think you work in a relatively trouble-free workplace, the statistics say otherwise. Let’s take a look at the top workplace hazards that may be hiding right in your own office space, and how to avoid becoming a victim.
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  • Here Are 3 Terrible Management Fads You Don't Need to Worry About Anymore

    Want to start a fight at your next meeting? Ask everyone what they think of a management theory from ages past. If they know what you're talking about, they'll either groan and roll their eyes, or they'll start telling you why such-and-such a theory should still be practiced today. That's because most of these fads are a "love 'em or hate 'em" proposition. Fans claim that adhering to a given theory will help you advance your career; detractors say it's a waste of time. No wonder, then, that so many management fads have faded away -- and for good reason.

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  • 5 Ways to Include Under-Privileged Women in the Lean In Discussion

    Sheryl Sandberg’s super popular movement that calls for women to “lean in” to the careers has been criticized for leaving out women who are less privileged and lacking many of the options commonly discussed. Many poor and working class women are unable to hold out for higher salaries, or decide who works and who doesn’t. The option to stay home during pregnancy or after childbirth are often not really options but rather the result of having no other choice. How then can we make the Lean In movement more inclusive?
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  • Improving Your Bottom Line with an Authentic Corporate Culture

    The popular buzz phrase for many companies is “corporate culture”, which is increasingly becoming more important in the race for top talent and performance. A well-defined corporate culture is the personality of a business to the outside world. Above the mission statement and vision plan, the corporate culture determines the way in which employees and clients view the company as a living, breathing organism.
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  • Addicted to Technology? 10 Reasons to Unplug for More Brain Power

    The human brain is an amazing organ, capable of operating at average speeds of 100 Hz per second, with over 10 billion neurons firing at once in a very efficient manner. While this is a bit slower than the standard operating system of a computer or mobile device, most people find it increasingly important to utilize technology to augment their normal workday. Multi-tasking for eight hours a day seems like the norm for millions of working professionals.
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  • Quora Question of the Week: 5 Best Startup Perks

    Job satisfaction is something every employee wants, but few are lucky enough to experience during their careers. Long work days, stressful commutes, demanding deadlines, and stagnant salaries combine to make work seem ... well, like work. The good news, according to the Quora community, is that it's very possible for employees to find satisfaction at the office, and it comes in the form of attractive company perks. Let's take a look at the top five perks that Quora members deemed most appealing to the everyday employee.
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  • Summer Dress Code: Do We Really Have to Wear Pantyhose?

    At some companies, the dress code is, essentially, "Please be dressed when you come in to code." At others, well, the only way you can tell you're not on the set of "Mad Men" is that everyone has a computer. This causes quite a bit of debate during the summer months, when the usual business attire starts to look less like a charming nod to the past and more like punishment. For working women, the real question is, "Do we still have to wear pantyhose when it's 80 degrees outside?"

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  • Legalizing Gay Marriage is Good for Business

    The Defense of Marriage Act, in addition to being a civil rights battle, has implications in the workplace, too. That's why some major companies like Disney, Amazon and Microsoft (to name a few) have submitted amicus briefs encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to reform the meaning of federal marriage to include same-sex unions. Their argument: It's good for the country, but it's also good for business.
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  • Coping with the Ogre - Strategies for Managing a Mean Boss

    Nearly every workplace has at least one “ogre”. This is a manager who appears to be mean as a rattlesnake for no apparent reason. You may have a tendency to avoid this type of manager at all costs, because of not-so-pleasant interactions you’ve experienced in the past. This is a boss who has a reputation that precedes him or her, leaving co-workers shaking in their boots at the very thought of upsetting this volatile volcano.
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  • What's Trending on Twitter? - #ThingsThatIrritateMe, #Powerball, #TheOfficeFinale

    Today's Twitter roundup recaps three of last week's trending topics: #ThingsThatIrritateMe, #Powerball, and #TheOfficeFinale. Why should the consummate professional keep hitting the refresh button on their Twitter feed? Well, somewhere amongst the snark and the manic updates, you might just find some timely lessons to apply to your career. Read on to find out how the above trending hashtags relate to common grammatical errors, job satisfaction, and corporate culture, respectively.
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  • Engaging Employees in Corporate Wellness

    With the Affordable Care Act transforming health care as we know it, wellness awareness in the workplace is a growing trend as more companies look for ways to increase productivity, while simultaneously influencing the cost of health care premiums. From corporate-sponsored health fairs and biometric screenings to onsite wellness services and fitness incentives, any size company can develop a wellness program that supports the well-being of their most precious asset – their employees.
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  • How to Stand Out in an Office Full of Slackers

    In a competitive job market, employers are likely to be carefully evaluating the performance of employees. This means, employees who want to stand out as high performers can take the high road and avoid becoming complacent. A Forbes article advises that, “Job security comes from making sure that your daily performance is so amazing that any company would be crazy to let you go.” As a professional who wants to stay employed, standing out at work counts.
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  • Want to Be a Success? Use Humor

    Many job descriptions include a line about how successful applicants will have a good sense of humor, but usually this means, "Won't flip over his or her desk, Real Housewife-style, when things get tough." A recent article on Forbes.com, however, points out that having a good sense of humor is valuable to you as an employee, not just to your company. Here's why.

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