Once in a while, you have a gauntlet day: a day that you dread upon waking. You dread it because there are obligations stacked up like towering blocks. Here are some tips to help you soldier through.
In a 2019 CNBC article, author and consultant Gary Burnison cited some Harvard Business School research on how our choices in declining or avoiding invitations—both social and professional—have significant interpersonal effect.
Along with the recent omnipresence of “literally” and “absolutely,” is it even possible to count how many times you hear the word “definitely” in the course of a day? Is this an infuriating laziness, an epidemic of insincerity, an inattentiveness to language?

Hit the snooze button in Gmail

August 3, 2022 Categorized in: Personal Development

Snoozing Gmail can be used to remind you of important messages that you need to reply to or act on.
If you discovered the navigation pane in Microsoft Word, which makes moving around and rearranging documents organized with heading styles very easy, you might think you have to live without it in Google Docs. You don’t!
The problem with viruses, malware, ransomware and other things that can ruin your day or level your organization’s network is that they keep changing. While it’s unimaginable to be doing business without automatically updating virus/malware software installed on everyone’s computers, it is also good to stay up to date on the latest scams arriving in your email inbox. Here are some things to watch out for.

How to collect strong job references

August 3, 2022 Categorized in: Advancement

Seeking out others to give you references is a normal part of the job hunting routine. And though you know it shouldn’t be a big deal, it can somehow be the most stressful part of the process. Don’t sweat it. Here are a few reminders (and reassurances) about handling this step.
“If you’re too right-brained,” says author and speaker Lee Silber, “you’re never getting anything done; you’re all over the place. If you’re too left, you’re too rigid. So, let’s put them together.” Here’s how to make sure your awesome halves stay sharp.
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If a staff member is grieving

July 29, 2022 Categorized in: Personal Development

The workplace functions on elements that are naturally in opposition to anyone trying to heal; it demands and prizes focus, productivity and the ability to keep emotion out of all processes. But stepping around a colleague’s difficulties, in most situations, is not the best way to deal with it. Here are some basic governing principles to adhere to when someone’s going through a dark time.
“To do our jobs effectively,” said Julie Perrine, Founder and CEO of All Things Admin, at May’s online Admin Pro Forum 2022 event, “we need to hit reset and reenergize our careers to stay relevant. This is how you become CEO of your own career. We have to reinvent ourselves to avoid extinction. We have to bring new ideas to life.”
There’s plenty of advice for gearing up your career, but not enough suggestions about how to gear down. Here are some tips for plotting your escape from the unforgiving ladder.

Postal ode

July 6, 2022 Categorized in: Personal Development

If I could be in two places at once, I’d show up every Monday ready to rock it with sorting, bundling and delivering the mail, steeped in postie serendipity, greeting customers when I bring their parcels to the door.