Topic: Workplace Smarts

Being Realistic in a Job Quest

Being Realistic in a Job Quest

In case you’ve missed the news, times are not great.  Unemployment is creeping up.  Google’s recent announcement of a layoff post the DoubleClick acquisition has splashed across the nation’s news outlets.
Now, it’s not uncommon for a company to do some housecleaning when a merger or takeover occurs.  The news was that it was Google doing it, the workplace environment that’s taughted as one of the best in the country.
If the financial numbers continue to decline, …

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What is Seen is What You Say

What is Seen is What You Say

Have you ever been at a function, be it with a dozen or many, many more, and you’ve done one of those brain-dead things … you’ve forgotten the name of someone you were just been introduced to?You painstakingly try to remember the guy’s name, hoping that someone will come along and call him by his name and bail you out. You hesitate to ask again, truth-be-told, you don’t want him to think that you weren’t …

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What To Do When the Boss is a Steam Roller

What To Do When the Boss is a Steam Roller

You’re beat. It’s been a long month. You note the clock says 3:10. You need a break.
Your boss walks into your cubicle and drenches any plans of you roaring at a game. Another project has become urgent. One that you knew was out there, but your boss didn’t express any concern about timeframes when you approached him the previous week. Goodbye Avs.
What happens when your boss is a cross between Attila the Hun and a …

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You’ve Been Fired!

You’ve Been Fired!

When the dotcoms went dot bust a few years ago, employees celebrated their inclusion to the jobless ranks with pink-slip parties. Your entry ticket was showing your termination notice at the door. No notice, no party. Being fired became a badge of honor—if you hadn’t been, you just weren’t in.
Fast forward to today. The workplace is still in transition. People still get fired. No one is immune, no matter what the size of the organization. …

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You May Talk Too Much . . .

You May Talk Too Much . . .

During the past month, I’ve had several queries about personal information, as in, how much should be revealed within the confines of the workplace?
Consider this—you are the parent of a driving teenager, a challenge that post teen parents will empathize with you on. Your son has been practicing his independence with the car, his responsibilities on the home front, and in general, he’s being a royal twit. 
You aren’t getting enough sleep—you are worried; you’ve even …

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