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Don't Be Afraid to Ask For HelpRead the rest of this entry »
Why is asking for help so hard?
Some people seem to do it naturally; others become a pest because they're always asking for help when they should know how to do it themselves. But, as research and studies show, the majority of us hesitate to ask for help when we really need it. We wait until we have no choice and the problem has become so much larger.
Yet, people ...
Get Out the Windex and Clean Your DeskRead the rest of this entry »
Get out the Windex, grab some paper towels and start cleaning. Scrub the top of your desk. Dust the stuff before you put it back. If you have shelves in your cubicle or office, take everything down and clean.
It's National Clean Off Your Desk Day so get busy.
Don't skimp on this. Starting with a clean, cleared off desktop, put things back one at a time, weighing as you ...
Humanities Majors Make the Best ManagersRead the rest of this entry »
Who make the best managers? Not MBAs or STEM professionals, says DDI's Frontline Leader Project. The best leaders are humanities majors.
"Leaders with humanities backgrounds showed the strongest performance in leaderships skills focused on people and interactions," according to the latest study from the global leadership consulting firm. Leaders with degrees in business or STEM were stronger, the research found, "in common business-related skills like judgment, problem analysis, and ...
Here's What It Takes to Be a Good ManagerRead the rest of this entry »
Are you a good manager? How do you know?
Who taught you how to be a manager?
Sadly, for a quarter of all managers, the answer to that last question is "no one." But even when managers are trained, often it's limited to the nuts and bolts of company policies, compliance practices and the basics of supervision. And it's a one and done program.
The good news is that of ...
Is Job Turnover Slowing? The Data Says NoRead the rest of this entry »
One of the biggest surprises of the economic recovery of the last 10 years has been the slow, sometimes stagnant growth of wages.
When unemployment was high as it was during the Great Recession when it reached 10%, employers felt no pressure to hike pay. Now, with unemployment at a 50 year low, a labor force participation rate lower than it has been for decades and millions of open jobs, ...
Half of Us Will Be 'Workshopping' This SeasonRead the rest of this entry »
Amazon and smartphones are giving a whole new meaning to "workshopping." It hasn't received the blessing -- yet -- of the Oxford English Dictionary gatekeepers, but with half of all office workers planning to go online at work to shop this holiday season, workshopping could become as common as texting.
A survey of 2,800 office workers found 52% of them confessing they'll be shopping online at work or while using ...
Leadership Isn't About Being the SmartestRead the rest of this entry »
Great leaders are not the smartest person in the room. They couldn't be. No one is an expert on everything.
The greatest leaders are the wisest in the room.
These leaders, writes author and leadership guru Gifford Thomas, "Llisten to their teams, ask the right questions, and give everyone the chance to contribute.
"They admit when they're wrong and genuinely want to learn from others."
In his short, yet powerful ...
IRS Has New W-4 Coming Next YearRead the rest of this entry »
Big changes are coming to the form employers use to know how much federal income tax to withhold.
Two years ago, when Congress enacted the sweeping changes of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, it eliminated personal and dependent exemptions. Previously, these exemptions were typically reflected on the W-4 workers filled out to tell payroll how much tax to take out of their paycheck.
Now, the IRS ...
Make Your Job Ads Stand Out From the CrowdRead the rest of this entry »
Not getting the response you want to your job postings? The reason cold be as simple as the job posts themselves.
Are you selling the job or merely listing skills, experience and requirements? Do they have anything to attract attention -- images, color, bold design? Are you even attempting to describe why someone would want to work for your company?
Any sort of ad will attract any sort of candidate. ...
Costume Ideas HR Will LikeRead the rest of this entry »
This is the time of year that sends shivers up the back of HR managers everywhere. Just thinking of what kinds of costumes some people might wear to work on Halloween is enough to tempt HR to take the advice of attorney Karen Michael and cancel the whole day.
And then deal with the Grinch who stole Halloween fallout for weeks.
We write about this HR dilemma every year. Last ...