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When you have a huge project with an upcoming deadline or an unrealistic number of items on your to-do list, the pressure is on. Everyone experiences stress sometimes, so it’s important to recognize the signs and know how to cope. Stress wreaks havoc on the body. People are impacted in unusual ways, but common side… Read more »

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Adding new members to your workforce on a temporary basis may not seem that important at first. But, when they are effectively managed, temporary employees can be a true asset and perhaps even an investment in your future. Here are some tips on best practices for managing temporary employees: Treat temps like regulars. Inclusion will… Read more »

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Attendance is critical in any job where employees deal with customers. In other words, coming to work when scheduled – and being on time – is essential to all jobs, even if the customers are internal. If you tolerate chronic tardiness on the part of even one team member, the problem will quickly mushroom. Morale… Read more »

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First things first, Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe 2017 has arrived already, but now that it’s here, you need to hit the ground running in your quest for a new job. Whether you vowed to finally start looking for new opportunities in January or are continuing what you started back in 2016, this… Read more »

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You’ve finally graduated and now you’re ready to enter the workforce! The prospect of scoring your first “real job” is incredibly exciting, but your enthusiasm may be starting to dwindle if your search keeps coming up short due to your lack of experience. It seems like every employer is only interested in candidates with experience,… Read more »

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If you’re searching for a way to earn a paycheck without the commitment of regular employment, a seasonal job is your answer. Many employers hire seasonal workers year-round, to help fill the gaps when employees are on vacation or to handle an influx in demand during busy periods. Since the holiday season is almost here,… Read more »

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As a leader, you need to be comfortable delivering constructive criticism. It can be a challenge, especially in the case of underperforming team members. But there are ways to get your message across and achieve productive feedback, while avoiding hard feelings. Set the Stage When you initiate a conversation for the purpose of constructive feedback,… Read more »

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Great leaders understand how to make competition work for their organization. Done well, workplace competition can inspire motivation, innovation, efficiency and quality. Done wrong, it can backfire and hurt morale, spread stress or even lead to backstabbing. Strive for healthy, cooperative competition in your workplace – the results can be striking. It will fuel collaboration… Read more »

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When you’re just starting out in the workforce, hiring managers typically cut you a little slack. However, now that you’re an experienced professional, you’re expected to have it all together. Simply showing up on time, looking polished, and maintaining good eye contact isn’t enough anymore. If you want to score a high-level job, you have… Read more »

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Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. Leadership and conflict go hand in hand – and the ability to recognize and understand conflict and bring it to timely resolution will serve you well as you drive your business forward. Unresolved conflict can result in loss of productivity, stifling of creative thought and barriers to cooperation and… Read more »