Politics, a demotion and a boss's bad habit

Wednesday, 10th February, 2016 at 11:26 PM

I couldn’t believe it when my employee threw me under the bus. I’ve always been lenient with her. I didn’t let my status as her supervisor go to my head. I helped her out when she got behind in work, even when..  

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The thin gray line employers should be cautious not to cross

Thursday, 4th February, 2016 at 10:59 PM

We have received a number of inquiries seeking information about an employer’s ability to request medical information.   Employees are given forms asking about their health status and they ask us “is it legal?” 

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Dealing with workplace drama queens (and kings)

Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016 at 11:18 PM

Drama queens and kings. Like hurricanes, they whirl through the workplace, sucking the oxygen out of the air you and others breathe. Five minutes with a drama king or queen saps more energy than an hour on an elliptical. Your escape?

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6 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Think It Is Time To Leave Your Job

Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016 at 9:00 PM

When you first started your job, every day was shiny excitement. You learned new things and often wondered if you could keep up. The days now seem routine. You no longer look forward to coming to work. Is it you – or the job?

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5 Strategies for saying goodbye to the procrastination blues

Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016 at 1:25 AM

The report’s good, but not good enough. You should have started it a week ago, but put it off. Friday afternoon, you panicked. You killed a perfectly good weekend to get everything finished by the Monday morning due date. If you want to break the “put it off until nearly too late” habit, try these five strategies.

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4 Questions to ask yourself to find out if the job is right for you

Friday, 29th January, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Have you ever landed a job, been excited by the “We’d like to hire you,” call only to experience applicant’s remorse? You wonder, “should I have accepted this job or waited for a better offer?” 

If you’d like to know for sure that you’ve landed the right job, ask yourself these questions.

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6 Ways to manage bringing your kids to work with you

Friday, 29th January, 2016 at 12:07 AM

When our fledgling company swapped space in our office building with another tenant, the landlord cut our rent in half.  As a small business owner, I was so pleased that I overlooked the fact that our new office suite contained a door to which the landlord lacked a key. My staff and I decided to prop open the door until the landlord could locate the lost key.

The next day, I brought my 2-year-old daughter to work. Jenny happily colored pictures alongside me for hours, hanging them on the wall we’d declared hers. Then, needing to retrieve something from the car, I asked an employee to watch Jenny for two minutes.

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Dispelling some myths about sexual harassment

Tuesday, 26th January, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Sex harassment -- so common a term that everyone thinks they know what these words mean and what happens when accusations fly. Do you?

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How to survive workplace 'mean girls'

Monday, 25th January, 2016 at 10:02 PM

The workplace mean girl. Have you tangled with one? Did you hold your own or did she ride roughshod over you? If you want to escape unscathed, learn to stop the mean girl in her tracks, root her out of your head and turn the tables on her. '
 

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How do I keep my supervisor from running me out of my job?

Friday, 22nd January, 2016 at 1:08 AM

Three weeks ago, “Keith,” a senior manager in the company I now work for, hired me for an administrative job. Normally, the office manager hires the administrative assistants because she supervises them, but she had just left on a three-week vacation when the last assistant unexpectedly quit. There was a lot of administrative work backlogged, and the senior manager took it upon himself to interview me. We hit it off, he hired me and I started feeling excited about my new job.

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