6 Ways You’re Setting Yourself Up to Fail at Work
by Alexandra Levit - Sep, 2013
No one wants to disappoint a colleague or manager. No one wants to be bad at their job. No one wants to fail. Nevertheless, people do these things every day, and more often than not, they bring the problems on themselves. In the event that you may be unknowingly sabotaging your productivity and success, here are six things to make certain you aren’t doing: You set unrealistic expectations You’re a can-do person,...
Essential Steps To Take Before You Quit Your Job
by Michelle Dumas - Sep, 2013
“Take this job and shove it”! The title of a popular 1977 country song (sung by someone ironically named Johnny Paycheck), it describes a feeling many, if not most, of us have felt at least once in our professional lives. Life isn’t perfect, and neither is employment. Dissatisfaction with a job may be so great that you just don’t feel you have any option other than to quit. Or maybe you’ve just simply found something bette...
Adapting to Change in Your Office
by Alexandra Levit - Sep, 2013
Over at the Fast Track blog, we received the following reader question: I work in an organization that has frequent changes in policies, which requires ongoing adaptation to our assessment and decision-making processes. How do I manage older employees who are struggling to learn to use new processes and technology, resulting in significant time lags in completing their work? Many of these employees have had an excellent tr...
Do You Suffer from Monday Morning Blues?
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2013
Chances are, at least some of you answered yes, thinking that it’s perfectly understandable to feel a let-down when your weekend is over and you have to return to work. However, chances are, you’d be wrong–if you think Monday morning blues means that Monday is the worst day of the week for you by far. Yes, many people feel a mood change when going to work after a weekend, but the mood isn’t much if any different on Tuesday...
Miserable in Your Job? Wake Up Your Dreams.
by Dawn Lennon - Aug, 2013
Maybe you're sick of it-that "follow your dreams" bit. It can be annoying when fabulously successful people deliver that seemingly hackneyed message. Their words make it sound so easy, as though our dreams are actually clear to us and the path obvious. Their encouragement can even sound a bit like criticism. Ugh! We often convince ourselves that realized dreams are for other people-mostly celebrities, pro athletes, an...
14 Tips For Working From Home
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Aug, 2013
Overall, working from home can be a positive and rewarding experience for you, your family, and your employer, if you follow a few simple tips: 1. Understand Your Employer’s Expectations Will your job requirements and duties be the same at home as in an office environment? How much support will you receive as a home office worker? Some companies have very stringent guidelines about what equipment and support will b...
Career Change: Now…Later…Never?
by Georgia Adamson - Jun, 2013
Career Change: Now…Later…Never? If you’re one of those fortunate people who knew at age 10 what you wanted your life’s work to be and have never wavered from that, congratulations! You’re almost certainly one of a fairly small minority. Most of us have progressed through multiple career changes; many have done it a lot. Sometimes it’s a question of personal growth, changes in our outlook on life, the realization that we...
Excuses–Self-Inflicted Career Wounds | A Pro Knows
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2013
You can run but you can’t hide. Mistakes, poor decisions, sub-par performance, unbecoming behavior, and unmet expectations stalk even the most skillful among us. Performance missteps will happen spite of our best efforts to avoid them. In every case they belong to us. We own them and it’s in our career best interest to admit that. Excuses cut deep. We don’t want to goof up at work. It feels bad. When it happens our...
Reducing Your Risk of Layoff
by Dan King - Jun, 2013
Uh oh! We're starting to hear the "R" word again. Nobody wants to actually say it, but we all know the economy is in "recession," sure to be followed by more "restructuring," "reengineering," and "reorganization.” As organizations roll-out these three "R's, you'd be wise to reassess your career strategy and ready yourself for another rout of "rightsizing." And redo your resume while you're at it. For the past several ye...
by Julie Cohen - Jun, 2013
Dennis, an accountant, was part of an audit team for a large corporation. As he was reporting some data findings to his project manager and the rest of the team, his manager pointed out an incorrect assumption Dennis made that resulted in erroneous figures and that could have legal repercussions. Fortunately, the mistake was found before the results were presented publicly and Dennis was able to correct his reports. Unfortunat...
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