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If you have trouble getting through the afternoon without an extra cup of coffee or two, you're either the parent of a small child, an insomniac, or someone who just can't bring himself to go to bed when it's time. All three conditions will wreak havoc on your productivity, but since the last one is under your control, it's the most worth examining, in terms of improving efficiency and job satisfaction. Why do we stay up, when we should go to bed?
If you have a big job interview or presentation coming up, you've probably already thought a lot about how to make a good first impression. You know you need to dress professionally, for example, and make eye contact. Perhaps you've even thought about things like the strength of your handshake or the genuineness of your facial expressions. But you probably never thought about one key ingredient for winning over your audience: the way you enter a room.
Working in an office seems like one of the safer career choices you can make. Unlike medical professionals, you don't have to worry about your mistakes costing lives; unlike, say, firefighters or military personnel, you don't have to be concerned about danger to your own life or limb. Or do you?
If you're feeling less-than-fulfilled by your job, you're not alone: only 13 percent of us are engaged at work. Everyone else is waiting for Friday (and hoping against hope that this weekend, like most, won't be consumed by work emails). Why are things so bad for so many?
Being overpaid is probably not something you've ever spent much time worrying about. After all, real wages are down 7.7 percent, compared with 2006 numbers, and 23 percent of workers were laid off at some point during the recession. Earning too little seems more likely -- and more dire -- than earning too much. So should you even worry about being overpaid, in the first place?
Many of us are our own worst critic, and our careers suffer as a result. It's hard enough to hear negative self-talk when you're going about your business after work, but listen to bad internal chatter during your work day, and you'll start to have trouble hitting your professional goals.
There are two types of people: those who swear by to-do lists, and those who swear at them. If you're in the latter camp, and have never been able to figure out exactly why to-do lists don't work for you, the answer is simple -- your lists aren't helping you do the right things, in the right order, at the right time. Here's how to fix them.
If you're reading this in a the middle of your long holiday weekend, it's long past time for this question: in a time when we're always connected to our jobs, via mobile devices and the shifting expectations they've created, is there any real way to take time off?
Is your team fleeing the company like the proverbial rats off the sinking ship? Bad news. The problem might not be your organization. The problem might be you.
Yesterday, eBay announced that the encrypted passwords and personal details of all 233 million of its users had been compromised in one of the largest security breaches of all time. What does that have to do with you at work? Well, if you use the same password for multiple accounts, as many people do, this or any other hacking incident could expose more than just your personal information: it could compromise your accounts at work, leading to potential security threats for your employer and career fallout for you.
What's the worst part of being a brand-new manager? The certain knowledge that, no matter what you do, you're going to make mistakes. However, if you know which pitfalls generally catch new leaders, you stand a better chance of avoiding them.
In an ideal world, we'd never have to worry about fallout from a colleague's ambition, control issues, or fear. In the real one, we're forced to deal with this stuff all the time, by the very nature of collaborative work and corporate hierarchy. So how do you deal with office politics, without losing sight of your own goals or forfeiting your happiness at work?
Remember Obie, the dachshund who used to weigh 77 pounds? Well, he's still going strong, having lost over 50 pounds. His journey is inspirational, not just for pet lovers, but for anyone who's ever had to struggle through tough times. In short, there's a lot we can learn from this little dog. Here are three more reasons why Obie should be your career spirit animal.
What's the number one thing people do wrong before asking their boss for a raise? Consultant and executive coach Karen Cates suggests it's failing to ask whether they deserve one in the first place.
These days, you might do business with a co-worker for years and never meet them face to face. Maybe they're in an office across the country or the world, or maybe they -- or you -- work at home. Whatever the reason behind it, working in a different physical space than your colleagues requires adaptations that you might never have anticipated, when you first started interacting remotely. For example, what happens when you need to negotiate with someone, and you can't see their facial expressions?
Every office has at least one: that grumpy guy or lady who won't be charmed, no matter what you do. The problem is that winning over those less-than-friendly folks is essential to your career. Heck, they might even be the boss, and if they aren't, their buy-in or lack of it might prevent you from getting the boss's attention -- at least in any way that you'd want to get it.
To make yourself as attractive a job candidate as possible, you should always be looking for opportunities to pick up a new skill. That doesn't mean you have to attain expert status in order to catch the attention of a hiring manager. However, it's useful to get an idea of exactly what kind of investment you'd have to make, to be considered an expert by those in the know.
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