You Still Need to Be Professional When Working From HomeRead the rest of this entry »
Experienced work-at-homers know to keep the dog out and the door closed when on a conference call. For video meetings, they know it's important to present a professional appearance. That may mean dressing as they would in the office. They're also mindful of what's in the background that everyone can see.
Now that so many of us are working from home for the first time, it's too easy to fall ...
Where Should You Store the Ketchup?Read the rest of this entry »
Now that we’ve all bought enough food and supplies to last the year, or at least through any foreseeable quarantine, where do you store it all?
You’re on your own for the toilet paper and paper towels and disinfectant. But we suggest, as a last resort, under the bed.
This blog post, however, is not about that. We’re here to help solve the dilemma of whether opened ketchup belongs in ...
Laptops In Short Supply As More Of Us Work From HomeRead the rest of this entry »
Add laptops to the list of products shoppers have been scooping up.
The Wall Street Journal says so many people are working from home that there's been a run on computers, depleting supplies that already were limited because of the slowdown in PC sales generally. Nor is the shortage limited to laptops or major metro areas. A Birmingham, Alabama TV station did a segment on the difficulties finding monitors in ...
How to Get Your Co-Workers to Read What You SendRead the rest of this entry »
The ugly truth about those memos you send and reports you write is that no one wants to read them.
Don't take it personally, says Aaron Orendorff. Most of us are overwhelmed with the volume of words that come at us. One estimate is that the average office worker receives almost 100 emails a day. Add in the messages that come in by text, Slack and hard copy and it's ...
3 Steps to More Civil DisagreementRead the rest of this entry »
In these contentious times it's important to remember that disagreements and differences of opinion aren't zero sum games, battles to be won at all costs.
"Disagreement stems from differing points of view that may be anchored in deep-seated beliefs that each hold dear," writes John Baldoni, internationally recognized leadership educator and author of 14 books. "The challenge is to put aside the animus and respect one another as sentient ...
Thank You Team For All You Do!Read the rest of this entry »
In the press of business, while we’re rushing from one meeting to another, answering emails, hustling to get another report done by the deadline, it’s easy to forget to say “Thank you.” That’s why 25 years ago today was declared Employee Appreciation Day.
We all know how important it is to recognize each other for the contributions we make. It’s especially important for managers to acknowledge not only the special ...
Skateboarding Is Good For Your Mental HealthRead the rest of this entry »
Stickers declaring "Skateboarding is not a crime" show up almost everywhere there are signs saying skateboarding prohibited or forbidden or something similar. It's skateboarders way of protest.
Now, a study out of the University of Southern California could add "Skateboarding is good for your mental health" and "Skateboarding encourages diversity" and a few others promoting the new found positive effects of the sport.
“Our research shows that through ...
Employers Need to Prepare For Virus SpreadRead the rest of this entry »
While the US has so far seen few cases of the coronavirus, employers need to plan should the situation change, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a recent briefing.
“Now is the time for businesses, hospitals, community schools, and everyday people to begin preparing,” said CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes. Employers should “begin to respond in a flexible way to differing levels of severity, to refine their ...
Happy Birthday LeapersRead the rest of this entry »
You can thank Julius Caesar for tomorrow. Borrowing from the Egyptians, he decreed that an extra day would be added to the calendar every four years. Thus Leap Day was born.
It wasn’t a perfect solution to figuring out what day it was, but it worked fine until the 1500s when religious holidays had drifted 10 days off the mark. Pope Gregory fixed that problem by eliminating Leap Day in ...
More Vulnerable, Women CEOs Negotiate More SeveranceRead the rest of this entry »
When it comes to severance agreements for CEOs, the gender gap works against men. Women who lead publicly held companies negotiate severance packages more than half as rich as their male counterparts.
Good news? Not really, say researchers, who not only studied the size of these agreements, but also the reasons for the disparity.
“Pre-employment severance agreements reflect the heightened concern of prospective female CEOs that they are more vulnerable ...