| Management Decisions - Receiving Your Pension...Maybe
by Mark Stratis and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Some people may not even know what a pension is anymore, but for others, they're still potentially a part of the benefits offered by an employer. With some changes in philosophy, employers are searching for alternatives to get these long-term payments off the books. Mark Stratis, senior financial planner for Szarka Financial, discusses why pensions are disappearing. Mark also fills Tim Muma in on what options are taking the pl...
| Employment Notebook - Fears of Running Out of Money
by Les Szarka and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Unless you're in the latter part of your career, retirement is often looked at only occasionally with an eye on things like your 401K. The reality remains, many people end up fearing they won't have enough money to last them to the end of their lives. Les Szarka, CEO and founder of Szarka Financial, talks with Tim Muma about the concerns and solutions related to retirement and finances. Les offers his experienced advice on wha...
| Employment Notebook - Ethics in Journalism
by Robert Drechsel and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Though it's often listed as one of the more important traits, ethical behavior in the workplace and in business is often questioned. Among all the fields, however, ethics may be most vital in journalism as people put their trust in what is said and written. Robert Drechsel, Director of Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, gives Tim Muma the inside scoop on how stories are chosen, discussed and placed ac...
| Management Decisions - Why Are We Missing Great Leaders Today?
by Ben Slater and Tim Muma - May, 2015
High quality leadership is vital to the long-term success of a business or a team within an organization. Many people are concerned that truly great leaders are lacking across all types of industries, and the negative impact it could have. Ben Slater, head of marketing for Seed.jobs, runs through a handful of reasons leadership appears short on excellence. He explains to Tim Muma what can be done to attract great men and women...
3 Ways to Shake Up Your Mentoring Program for Better Results
by Lindsey Pollak - May, 2015
Remember that old song we learned as kids, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold?" It's a good reminder for the workplace. As individuals, we benefit from having a professional network comprised of both longtime connections and new workplace relationships. If you primarily hang out with the "old guard" in your organization or industry, you risk missing out on fresh perspectives. If you...
Build a Strong Reputation – Communicate Minor Achievements
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2015
Build a strong reputation by making the most of minor achievements. In my seminars, I am fond of discussing the importance of perception. You could be the smartest, most talented individual your organization has ever hired, but if people don’t like you or value what you have to offer, you’re dead in the water. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to project a positive image. When you meet people in person, make sure you...
Don’t Be a Job Search “Idiot”!
by Georgia Adamson - May, 2015
If you’ve never made any dumb or slightly silly mistakes in a job search, congratulations! On the other hand, an occasional misstep is probably not the kiss of death unless it’s seriously stupid. Look at it this way, though: If you don’t put your best foot forward when you’re planning and conducting a job search, why should a potential employer assume that you won’t do something equally bad as an employee? To those employe...
The Non-Techno-Geek’s Ultimate Guide to Using #HashTags In Your Job Search
by Michelle Dumas - May, 2015
#HashTags? Seriously? Why should I care? I hear the objections starting to run through your head already. They ran through mine too. In fact, the truth is that despite the fact that I run an online business, until recently I had only the most rudimentary knowledge of what a hashtag was. In the expectation that I am not the most naive non-techno-geek out there, and many of my readers may feel the same way, here is how...
The Future of Work: 5 Skills for the Robotic Age
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May, 2015
The Future of Work: 5 Skills for the Robotic Age The challenges of 21st-century work—rapid innovation, unrelenting change and unprecedented uncertainty—have created a stress pandemic. Depending on your disposition, you may view the future as ripe for a spectacular explosion of creativity or poised on the brink of self-destruction. Either way, there’s no going back. The tools and skills we’ve developed over the last c...
Are You On The Right Career Path?
by Carole Kanchier - May, 2015
Are you where you want to be professionally? Have you reached a fork in the road and can't make a career decision? Do you have a career path? What is a career path? A career path can take many forms, and much depends on where you are in your professional life. Are you a new grad just starting out or a seasoned pro looking to re-ignite a passion? Are you hoping to climb the ladder in your current organization or longing t...
My Biggest Work Fail: A Lesson for Millennials and Their Managers
by Lindsey Pollak - May, 2015
My first job out of college was in the business development group of WorkingWoman.com at the height of dot-com mania. Early on, I was tasked with negotiating a contract with a new client, something I’d never done before. But I was on it – referring to my notes and busily cutting and pasting verbiage. When I was finished, the contract reflected everything we had discussed – I had nailed it! But as I like to say, you don’t k...
Can One Lazy Employee Destroy Your Team?
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2015
Peer effects are directly responsible for the work ethic of one team member mirroring that of another. Is your coworker setting a good example, or a bad one? And how is that affecting the teams’ productivity? Those who have reading my posts for a while know that I have a special interest in the intersection of economics and business, as well as the intersection of neuroscience and business. Recently, I corresponded with Ey...
How to Move Past the Obstacles to an Encore Career
by Hallie Crawford - May, 2015
Many find it difficult to imagine starting an encore career. After working for a certain number of years in a specific industry, it can be hard to visualize yourself in a new industry - or even a new position in the same area. Change is tough for anyone and including those in this final phase of their professional life. Normally, an encore career is a career started in the second half of one’s life that, while providing an i...
Do You Mistake Net Worth for Self Worth?
by Michelle Kerrigan - May, 2015
One of the largest confidence killers I’ve ever seen is when people confuse net worth with self worth. Net Worth = The value of your financial assets, minus your liabilities. Determined by the market, it is your external worth. It is an asset that fluctuates over time. It is fluid and quite vulnerable. Self Worth = Respect for yourself. Your value as determined by you. It’s your internal worth, and the most important com...
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