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Preparation is involved in all aspects of our daily lives. If we’re hosting a dinner party, we prepare by planning a menu, buying groceries, and cooking ahead of time. If we have a test, we prepare by studying. Being prepared is also a necessary aspect of our work life; our days aren’t likely to be at maximum productivity if we haven’t done some level of planning ahead of time. Here are some preparation ideas you can incorporate into your routine: The night before Pick out your outfit: Laying out the clothes you want to wear the next day will let you know if anything needs to be ironed and will save time in the morning. Plus, you might get to sleep in for a few  Read the full article…

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Onboarding, which is the process of adding new employees to a company, can be a tricky period of time for all involved. The company and its longstanding employees want to move forward and continue with the work they’re in the middle of, without slowing down or pressing pause. The new hire (or hires) have several things to get used to–perhaps a new schedule, office, and/or commute. This is, of course, in addition to the new work they’re undertaking. Figuring out how to use different programs for scheduling meetings, getting comfortable with their assignments, and even meeting coworkers can be a lot to get used to. Here are some suggestions for effectively communicating with your new hires:  Periodically check in with them to make sure they  Read the full article…

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The number of women in the workforce with leadership roles has been rising in recent years. Check out these quotes for their advice and insight as to how their gender affects their positions in the workplace.   “I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all. My husband and I have been married for 34 years. And we have two daughters. And every day you have to make a decision about whether you are going to be a wife or a mother, in fact many times during the day you have to make those decisions.” Indra Nooyi, CEO PepsiCo “If you can find something that you’re really passionate  Read the full article…

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When you were a kid, you were probably told platitudes such as, “be a team player” and “treat others the way you want to be treated.” As adults, we (hopefully) don’t receive reminders like this, but these clichés still hold value for us. When you go to work, the easiest people to work with are those that are team players, and those that treat you how they would like you to treat them. These clichés, among others, could be under the umbrella term “emotional intelligence.” Do you want to work for someone who can’t decipher how his or her staff reacts to an idea? Do you want to work with people who shoot down others’ suggestions and only want to go forward with his or  Read the full article…

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It can be tough to sit at your desk during the week when the weather is finally nice enough to enjoy some time outdoors. Here’s some advice to boost your productivity during these hot months. Make the most of your free time After work: With the extra daylight this time of year, there’s plenty of time for activities after work. Planning fun things to do during the week might act as incentives to get your work done. You don’t want to miss out on going to a baseball game because you had to stay late. Just make sure to get enough sleep! Weekends: If you want to pack several activities into your Saturday and Sunday, go for it. If you want to unwind over the  Read the full article…

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Befriending people you work with can be a great way to form lasting friendships. You already have your workplace as a common denominator, so you’re bound to find more shared interests. It can be helpful to have friends that understand aspects of your personal and professional lives, but it can also be tricky. Whether you eat lunch with your colleagues, get drinks at happy hour after work, or spend time with them on the weekends, here are some suggestions for balancing your workplace friendships. Don’t let your friendship get in the way of your work: Having friends at work can make the day go by quicker, but make sure you’re not doing too much socializing and not enough working. Don’t let work damper your friendships:  Read the full article…

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During these hot, summer months, many of us look forward to getting out of the office to enjoy the sunshine and spend some time away from our workplaces. Vacations can be great for relieving stress and recharging, but regardless of whether you prefer to spend your vacation adventuring or relaxing, it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things upon returning to the office. Some people may find themselves still in “vacation mode” and struggle to find motivation. Here are some tips to make your transition back to the workplace more manageable. Before you leave: You already planned your trip, but when working, it’s also important to plan for your return. Finish what you need to before your departure: Make sure you  Read the full article…

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Sometimes the lines of communication get muddled, even within the best of companies or between people in productive relationships. Such miscommunication can trigger negative feelings in people, from frustration and loneliness, to inadequacy. But, the good news is, there are simple steps that you can take to influence others and reopen the communication lines. Admit that there is a problem. This is the hardest step, as we often do not want to acknowledge that something is wrong or not working properly. By disclosing that the train is slightly off-center, causing delays and wear and tear in the relationship, you are taking a major step toward addressing the issue. Get together with the people who are affected by this miscommunication. Whether it’s holding a company meeting  Read the full article…

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Now that the excitement of the New Year has ended and resolutions start to fall by the wayside, why not focus on one that may actually stick? A few months ago we created a post about the art of listening and steps you needed to take in order to actively listen to the other person. Since you have had months to practice this skill, let’s make it even more challenging. Take the 2017 Challenge and make the choice to be fully present when you are with others by following these five rules: No cell phones at the table. This includes just having the phone present at the table, even if it is facedown. Merely having the phone physically on the table shows that you are  Read the full article…

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We’ve all seen it. That negative presence in the workplace that literally sucks the life out of an organization as it moves its way from host to host, slowly infecting everyone in the office. You see it coming and try to avoid the “sickness,” but at times to no avail. Yet, as with many illnesses, there is a cure; the sooner you start taking it the more quickly you will start to see results. The first step is to recognize that negativity is indeed infecting your workspace. You and others are starting to dread entering the office doors. However, before it takes on its full force, you can use the Influence Styles to help others recognize when negativity is taking control and adjust their attitude  Read the full article…