February 19, 2014
When I was a young girl and started taking gymnastics lessons, I hung a poster on the wall of my bedroom showing a gymnast doing a split leap on the balance beam. The caption on the poster was an anonymous quote that stated: “If it’s to be it’s up to me.” Read the rest of this entry »
February 12, 2014
Climbing the career ladder is not just about what (or whom) you know, it’s also about your image. Wondering why you’ve been past over for promotions? Maybe it’s time to take a look at your wardrobe and make sure your wardrobe is working as hard as you. Read the rest of this entry »
February 7, 2014
“I’m beginning to wonder if this grey winter weather is ever going to end,” remarked the woman in front of me as we waited in line at the coffee shop. “I just feel so blah. I don’t think I could make it through the work day without coffee,” she added.
Sound familiar? Unfortunately, the feelings that come from a prolonged lack of sun during the winter can get especially terrible, causing many people to lose steam at work. Need a pick-me-up to take you from ho-hum to energized at the office? Try these six simple tips: Read the rest of this entry »
January 29, 2014
Struggling to decide on an outfit for your upcoming job interview? What you wear to an interview creates an image or perception of the type of person you are, so choosing your attire is critical to presenting yourself as the right candidate to hire. (Advice as seen on New Day NW television show)
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January 22, 2014
Scenario 2: You’ve just presented an idea during a staff meeting and your boss angrily criticizes it in front of the entire department.
You want to tell him or her what you think, but know that if you do, you’ll likely damage your career. Here’s what you should do when you want to call your boss the B-word… Read the rest of this entry »
January 15, 2014
After the end of the fiscal year, many companies ask employees to complete self-evaluations. These self-evaluations are then reviewed by the employee’s manager and, often times, included in the employee’s annual performance appraisal and personnel file in HR.
While many people scoff at this process and don’t take it seriously, it can actually be a great opportunity to increase communication between you and your boss and improve your career development. Just like with most things in life, the more effort you put into your self-evaluation, the more you’ll get out of the entire performance appraisal process. Read the rest of this entry »
January 1, 2014
At some point in our careers, we’ve all had to deal with people who act like jerks at the office. But what if the office jerk is actually you? Take this quick test and find out… Read the rest of this entry »
December 26, 2013
At a recent seminar, the presenter – a friend of mine – seemed anxious on stage. He kept pacing back and forth and wiped sweat from his brow several times. At the break, I went up to him and asked, “Are you doing OK? Would you like me to get you a glass of water?”
“I’m fine,” he replied. “I think I just had a little too much caffeine this morning. I was really tired and wanted to be on my game. Guess the shot of espresso I added to my drip coffee wasn’t such a great idea after all.”
While the caffeine in coffee can be a great pick-me-up (especially when you’re tired), could too much caffeine negatively affect your work performance? To find out more about coffee, I sat down with Cristen Harris, PhD, RD, CSSD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington (Seattleites are actually 94% more likely to prefer espresso to bottled water than the average American). Read the rest of this entry »
December 18, 2013
“Now that it’s December I can’t wait to decorate my cubicle!” exclaimed a friend while we sipped coffee.
Our other friend rolled her eyes, shook her head and groaned, “That’s exactly why I hate the holidays at work — people go so crazy decorating their offices, making it impossible to get anything done. And I hate those singing Santa toys!”
“Oh, don’t be such a Scrooge,” the first friend joked.
Although we ended up laughing about the conflicting opinions of showing holiday spirit in the office, the conversation highlighted how different people are when it comes to what’s considered appropriate holiday etiquette. Read the rest of this entry »
December 11, 2013
You’ve made it through the job application submission process and received notification for a telephone interview by a Human Resources recruiter to screen for “cultural fit.” Uh oh. Do you know the differences between a cultural fit interview and a job interview to assess functional fit? Here’s what you need to know about each type of interview… Read the rest of this entry »