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If you decide to make telecommuting a permanent option after the pandemic ends, you will want to make sure employees’ home offices are as safe as your premises are. Take your cue from the federal government, whose www.telework.gov site offers this home office safety checklist.
Q: “Our office keeps several over-the-counter medications on hand if someone in the office should have a headache, indigestion, etc. But now I’m wondering if this is a good idea because of possible liability issues. Can you tell me if we’re safe in keeping a drawer of these meds if someone should ask for them?” – Linda, Oregon

Getting into the executive suite

February 3, 2021 Categorized in: Advancement

Here is an excerpt from my book, Underneath It All. . . Postgraduate Level Revelations Lift Assistants to New Heights, that will help get to the executive suite. With ambition and training, you can climb over the competition.
Technical certifications can shorten the discussion about your proficiency in the tools you’ll be using on the job. Here are some popular ones that will raise your profile in the workplace.
Question: Unlike most people in my office, I’m really skittish about coming to work in snowy or icy weather. I’d feel inadequate and judged if I ever called out when others have not, but I get a pit in my stomach when I see the streets becoming slippery and dangerous. What should I do?
Question: For the last several years it’s seemed like I’m always either at work or resting up from work in the evenings. Then, the weekends feel like they’re simply a respite from work and not actual life. I wonder if this is something I can change with a better job, or if I’m the problem?

1-Minute Strategies: March ’21

February 3, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

Keep a junk email address … Ease hand and wrist tightening … Before you choose a cleaning company …  Take a closer look at signature lines … Some like it hot (and healthy) … Remember the penny loafer?

Disagree without starting a fight

January 27, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

Meetings shouldn’t be battlegrounds, but that doesn’t mean you should never disagree with anyone for the sake of harmony. The trick is to make your point with tact. Here’s how to disagree without getting disagreeable.
Career advancement is a potential that we all have, but we must execute to meet it. Leveraging the business and employment-oriented powers of LinkedIn can be instrumental to our success.
Your image as a leader depends on more than selecting the right power suit. Here’s how to stay in control of how people perceive you.

Adding diagrams to Google Slides

January 6, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

To add a diagram to a presentation in Google Slides, click the Insert dropdown button and choose Diagram.
For a busy professional, it can be rare—and a huge relief—when the stars align and a lighter workday affords you some breathing room. But too much breathing room can be its own problem.
How can we reignite passion, productivity and success when we’ve “lost that lovin’ feeling”? Developing self-discipline is key.