Personal Development

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In any office situation, it quickly becomes clear that there are three groups of people: the “office stars,” who are capable and liked by almost everyone; the “coasters,” whose goal is to get away with as little work as possible; and the “lacklusters,” the people who fade into the woodwork.
While healthy competition can boost productivity, a hyper-competitive workplace can also cause stress, anxiety and office drama when employees feel pitted against one another. Chris Taylor, writing at The Muse, offers advice for avoiding harmful rivalries in a competitive company.
Making sound decisions is an administrative skill set that needs to be developed like any other. Here are six ideas to consider.
There’s another hole you need to close up against hackers: app permissions. If you’ve logged into a service using your Facebook, Twitter or Google account instead of creating a new profile, you could be vulnerable.
It’s necessary to promote yourself as competent and confident in your job, but beware of turning people off with exaggerations. Here’s how to avoid sounding arrogant when you’re trying to sound confident.
A less-talked-about cause of stress is loneliness. Busy couples might rely too heavily on each other for companionship, and single people who live alone might lack outside friendships. Connecting with other people and having the support of friends is important to reduce stress.
Laura Golonka, the executive assistant to the president of Combined Insurance in Chicago, says patience and persistence are among the most important qualities she has developed in more than 30 years as an admin.
Intelligence and technical skills can move you through your career, but people who also have social skills and likability tend to make more money. If you’re shy or anxious in social settings, here’s some advice for becoming more likable at work.
Although everyone likes to hear compliments and accolades, you learn more from criticism. If you can properly accept constructive criticism, you’ll be able to grow and move your career forward.
A tip for better small talk … Give small projects their own to-do list … Time to chat? Nope! … Flying cars and transportation pods are finally here … Your favorite color may not always be your favorite … Multiple languages, multiple feelings?
Working outside the home and raising children at the same time can be a challenge, but there are ways to do both successfully, says computer programmer and productivity blogger L.J. Earnest.
This one’s real simple to score—just circle every question to which you answer “False.” Circle it again … and then again … and then one more time. And then take a moment to think…
We made these mistakes so you don’t have to.
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