Discussing money might be the only real conversational taboo left in America. We've recognized, over time, that sharing our ideas and even our fears with trusted friends and family only builds our understanding and makes our lives better. These days, it's okay to talk about the troubles we're having with our children or even our marriages. We can talk about race, religion, identity, etc., outside of work. But, do we talk with each other about our salaries? Oh goodness, absolutely not. That's way too personal, and it's a conversation fraught with danger. But, what if this is a mistake? There may be some real upsides to loosening up our conversations about money.
If you started reading this, you're probably taking a break from dealing with a pretty long to-do list. Whether you have a system in place or not, gaining more control over your list is always a great benefit to your productivity. Here are some basic touchpoints you can use to make sure you're prioritizing the right things, at the right time.
It's a big week: you're about to head out on your first business trip for the company, and you want to really nail it. The good news is, you'll probably be fine. Just be yourself, trust that the company knows what they're doing sending you out — and then fake the rest until it feels all right. But for the sake of your own sanity, we've compiled a list of the travel hacks that will make this trip feel like as much of a vacation as your friends think it is.
Sometimes, it's tough to keep feeling good and working hard, especially during the winter months. There is something about the cold, dark, gray days that just make you want to stay in under a blanket with a good movie and a less-than-optimal snack. But, if you're looking for a quick and easy way to find more motivation for work, or other goals you're pursuing (maybe at home, or at the gym), this method could really help. Read on to learn more about how the concept of "future you" just might save the day.
Have you ever heard that you are your own worst enemy? It's true. Lots of time when we're not getting anywhere, career-wise, it turns out that we can only blame ourselves. But, before you throw those hands up in the air in frustration, learn about these ways in which you might be holding yourself back — and more importantly, find out how to let yourself succeed.
Being the bearer of bad news is never easy. Worse is when you have to try and break something to your boss, or maybe even ask them to do something they really don't want to do. Here are some tips for how to make that conversation less awkward, and more awesome.
Let's say your manager has assigned a project to you. You're already working on a few priorities, but you accept this anyway. Why? Any one of a number of reasons. Maybe you think the project is going to add to your skillsets, or you want your manager to know that you are willing to take on new challenges, or you just can't say no to your manager. Whatever the case, once you've started the project, you realize, you really don't have the time and resources to deliver. So what now?
Second jobs can be everything from part-time opportunities in an emerging field or personal projects that you'd like to make into a reality. Maybe you want to tackle something that your workplace can't offer you, or that can't sustain you, financially. Either way, a second job can be a great help to your career, or a great danger to your personal health and well-being. Here's how to deal with it all.
Your hands might be clean when you leave your front door, but think about all the things you touch along the way to work every day. Whether you ride public transit and hang from the bus straps, or get in your car that's also the grade-school carpool wagon, you're bound to hit some germy quagmires along the way. Here's how to deal with all that ick.
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place," George Bernard Shaw once said. Miscommunication in the workplace is very common. It's a big reason for missed project deadlines, postponed meetings, and misunderstood expectations. For example, maybe your boss expected you to be at work today because your leave was "till" today, but you meant it to "include" today. Sometimes, the communication channel just isn't clear.
Why is saying no so hard? Maybe you have the incessant need to please people à la Monica Geller in Friends, or maybe you're just too scared. Either way, by saying yes to everything, you might be stretching yourself too thin and taking on more than you can actually handle. Even if you aren't dropping the ball yet, continuing with the "never say no" rule could hurt your career.
We've all had our time wasted attending or even running a meeting at work. So often, we walk out of a conference room wondering, "What the heck just happened in there? How did everything spiral out of control so fast and furiously?" The next time you're planning a meeting, think about these five tips for making your meetings work better, stronger, and most of all, more efficiently than ever before.