Due diligence is important, whether you're taking a new job, making a career change, or starting a business. Sometimes, however, you have to jump and hope for the best. (Hopefully, you know, after some careful planning and building up a cushion of savings to soften your landing.) We asked Facebook users to tell us about the biggest risk they ever took ... and how it made their careers.
The brain is arguably the most definitively valuable tool to which we have access. If our lives and careers are a ship whose charter is based on a sequence of certain decisions, the brain is the captain steering its course. But how well do we you know it? Probably not very, according to some experts – and an interesting (free) quiz.
The old saying goes, you're only truly yourself when you're alone. That's because it's human nature to change the way we behave, even just slightly, depending on who we're with. This is just as true in the workplace as it is in our personal lives.
Most employees would do anything and everything to be granted the opportunity to work from home, even occasionally. The idea of working in pajamas, not having to sit in traffic, and not dealing with pesky co-workers are just a few of the majestic wonders that make not going into the office so desirable. If you pay attention, you might even learn a few surprising insights into your own goals and motivations.
Discretionary time for adults feels like a thing of the past. How often are most of us able to wake up and decide what to do today? Almost never. It can be difficult to set aside adequate family time, much less time for pure leisure activities, or for ourselves.
A national conversation around the issue of work-life balance has really taken root lately, and it has everyone talking about what can be done to better things moving forward. However, when we think about work-life balance, we should be mindful that it's an important issue for all adults – not just women. Here are some things to think about.
Whistleblowers are a vital part of our society. Without them, corruption and unfair and unsafe practices would continue unabated. These brave men and women have differing legal protections based upon what they blow the whistle on, whom they blow the whistle on, and where they live. One law that protects some is the Whistleblower Protection Act, which was supplemented in 2012 by the Whistleblower Protections Enhancement Act.
When you're a kid, the message about apologies is clear: when you're wrong – or even if you hurt someone by mistake – say you're sorry. The problem is, as kids grow into adults, one half of the human race seems to retain the message ... while the other half reserves their apologies for special occasions. (You know which is which.) Why, exactly, do women feel that they must apologize all the time, and how can they curb the impulse, especially at work?
Are you contemplating whether now's the right time to switch careers? If so, then you should know that there's a right way to change careers, and a wrong way. Here's what you need to know to ensure that you are well prepared to make a seamless transition into your new dream career, sooner than later.
If you've ever tried to up your listening game, you know it's harder than it seems. It's not a matter of simply cultivating interest in what the speaker is saying, or suppressing the tendency to wait for your chance to talk. This week's roundup includes insight into why you can't become a better listener, just by listening harder – plus, how to improve, the right way, and an explanation of why all those productivity hacks aren't helping you to get more done.
Starting to panic because you have finished college or your training program, but you don't have a job yet? As time passes, you're likely to start feeling like everybody else has already been hired, so it's natural for worry to set in. What should you do? What should you not do?
If you stop and think about it, it's pretty amazing how early we start talking with children about their future career choices. Although we don't really take the question seriously (and our kids are most likely just playing along) the tried-and-true kid conversation starter, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is asked, often, to even our youngest children. By age 3 or 4, a lot of kids have even worked out a pat response.