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Giving and Getting Feedback in the Workplace

Feedback in the workplace is a funny thing. It’s inevitable but can be uncomfortable. It helps improve productivity but can be hard to hear. Knowing how to give and get feedback can separate the good professionals from the great ones. Feedback is sharing an observation or information about a work process or product that is intended to assist in improvement. Many of us have experienced receiving feedback in a way that makes it difficult to

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4 Tips for Addressing Conflict Authentically

Conflict is inevitable If two or more people are interacting with each other. Differences in knowledge, experience, motivation, or values can cause a disagreement. We manage conflict every day in both personal and professional settings. Some conflicts are minor and easy to resolve while others are more complicated and challenging. You may quickly decide what pizza to share with a colleague at lunch even though you initially want different toppings. Choosing which direction to move

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Performance Goals: Set Yourself Up for Success

Metrics and performance reviews have become standard tools used in the workplace over the past twenty years. Measuring productivity has grown more complex as jobs have shifted to be more service oriented. Performance reviews help employers understand the allocation of resources, deliverables, and achievements. They are also designed to allocate rewards, bonuses more objectively, and raises to employees. While performance reviews can significantly benefit organizations, if used appropriately, they can benefit individual employees as well.

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Workplace Friendships: Do’s and Dont’s

When working full-time, the most of our we spend most of our waking hours with at work. It’s no surprise that work is one of the primary sources for friendships. Workplace friendships can make our days more enjoyable. Our work friends understand the context of the workplace, the players in the office and the challenges that present themselves. They can also be our biggest champions and our moral compass. These relationships are often an asset

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Managing Up: How to Help Your Supervisor Help You

Managing up is a popular buzz phrase in the human resources world of the past few years. Managing up refers to being an employee that is supportive of their supervisor and brings significant value to their boss and the company as a whole. In other words, managing up is the act of doing want you can help your manager be successful. Success usually happens when you have the resources you need and use them effectively.

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Start a New Job Your Way

Starting a new job fills people with lots of different emotions; joy, excitement, anticipation, anxiety, and even fear. We look forward to starting a new journey, but may worry about entering a new environment, learning a new system, and working with new people. The mixed emotions are normal and can help us prepare for a good start. The first day of work jitters can give us the energy and drive to tackle the task of

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How Self Care Makes You a Better a Employee

The Importance of Work/Life Balance: How Self Care Makes You a Better Employee Because of the speed at which the economy moves, slowing down feels like something that isn’t possible. We have multiple methods of instant communication, faster processes, and higher production demands. It is really easy to be on call around the clock in the never-ending quest to tame the to-do list. The reality is working with limited breaks actually makes us less productive.

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Being Yourself During an Interview: Why It’s Important

Interviewing is an interesting part of the job search process. We are grateful to get the opportunity to present ourselves and make our case for a position in person and stressed out by the prospect of having to show our best selves in a finite part of the time. A skilled interviewer researches the position, the company, and tries to find out how to best showcase that they are matched for the role and the

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5 Things Successful People Do at the Beginning of a New Year

Five things Successful People Do at the Begining of the Year   Throughout the year there are many moments of transition. The change of seasons, religious holidays, or even the end of the fiscal year, serve as moments to shift focus. A collective transitional point is the beginning of the calendar year. The changing of the calendar year provides all of us with a time to reflect, reframe, and reset. Successful people use the slower

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Four Apps to Help you Accomplish your SMART Goals

The new year is just a couple of weeks away, the perfect time to get ready to make a plan for resolutions and goals. In January, many of us are inspired by the new beginning that the new year brings, but as the months continue, it’s easy to get bogged down by new challenges and lose focus. We all need a little help to keep our eye on the ball, and with the invention of

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