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  • 5 Reasons Why Your Employees Want to Leave March 15, 2018 - By Karim Ansari – UndercoverRecruiter Imagine being in a situation where that star employee that you cant imagine running your business without wants to leave. And you’re sitting there thinking what have I done to allow this to happen? Retaining top talent is as important, if not more important, then attracting new talent. And top... read more
  • 7 clues you’re about to be fired — and what you can do about it March 5, 2018 - By: Rachel Weingarten – theLadders If you’re feeling that Monday morning dread every day of the week — you may be onto something. While it’s not always a great idea to trust your gut about every single work issue, here’s when it may be worth wondering if your job’s in danger. 1. You’re not that... read more
  • 6 reasons why your boss doesn’t trust you February 26, 2018 - By: Evangelia Leclaire – Ladders Studies reveal that one of the main reasons employees are dissatisfied at work is because of their relationship with their manager. While it is a manager’s responsibility to establish a positive and productive work environment built on trust, employees play a large part in building or breaking that. Rather than... read more
  • Survey: These are the top office stress factors February 22, 2018 - By: Jane Burnett – Ladders Recent research ahead of National Stress Awareness Day on November 1, from compensation, culture, and career monitoring site Comparably, shows that the top cause of stress cited by 42% of employees is “unclear goals.” Looks like some workers really feel like they could use more direction – even more so... read more
  • 7 TIPS FOR HIRING AN ALL-STAR EMPLOYEE WHO WILL HELP YOU TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS February 14, 2018 - BY RACHEL JACKSON – Social Hire The best employees can help you to take your business to the next level. Their skills, dedication and drive are key to your success. But how do you make sure you find and hire the best of the best? Here are seven tips for hiring an all-star employee who... read more
  • Suzy Welch: 3 ways to overcome a bad reputation at work February 14, 2018 - By: CNBC Make IT.- Suzy Welch How you’re perceived at work is crucial to your success. While you’re not always going to please everyone, developing a bad reputation can hold you back from getting the job, pay raise or new project you’ve been eyeing. According to bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch, a... read more
  • Overcoming failure in the office February 12, 2018 - By Jane Burnett – theLadders No one is immune to failure, but there are a few things you can do to pick up the pieces and move forward — whether you’re an employee or a manager. Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time it happens to you. Choose your words... read more
  • 7 politeness mistakes you could be making at work — even if no one’s broken it to you yet February 12, 2018 - By Jane Burnett – theLadders When a bunch of people work together in a shared space, team dynamics can shift at the drop of a hat because of one person’s behavior. That being said, here’s roundup of seven ways you could be annoying your colleagues, even if no one’s told you yet. Not responding to... read more
  • How Do I Play Nice With the Other Managers at Work? January 22, 2018 - By: Kim Scott – The Muse Dear Boss, How can I work more effectively with managers in other divisions or teams without causing conflicts or political issues? Signed, Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Dear Why Can’t We All Just Get Along, This is a tough situation to navigate for many managers, and the... read more
  • The 9 worst mistakes you can ever make at work January 18, 2018 - By: Travis Bradberry – The Ladders No matter how talented you are or what you’ve accomplished, there are certain behaviors that instantly change the way people see you and forever cast you in a negative light. We’ve all heard of (or seen firsthand) people doing some pretty crazy things at work. Truth is, you don’t... read more
  • 10 Signs You Have a Bad Manager January 18, 2018 - By: Run ADP Managers play a critical role in hiring and motivating employees, enforcing policies and rules, and promoting a fair and productive workplace. This is particularly true for small employers, where a single bad manager can wreak havoc. Here are 10 signs you may have a bad manager: #1: Takes all the credit, none... read more
  • 4 things to do when your manager treats you like a ghost January 15, 2018 - By: Jane Burnett – theLadders Ever feel like your manager either doesn’t want you to succeed, or won’t even give you occasional praise, even when it’s well deserved? You definitely don’t have to suffer in silence — this is what you should do instead of feeling undervalued. Have a chat Take a more proactive approach.... read more
  • January 11, 2018 - By: theMuse KEEP MOVING “When things are going really badly, the one thing you can almost always control is your movement,” explains Bo Hickey, a full-time online fitness coach for RITTER Sports Performance. “I’m lucky that I’ve always had mentors who’ve taught me how to keep moving, to set small goals, and to just figure... read more
  • 10 ways to turn yourself into a productivity dynamo January 9, 2018 - By Eric Barker – the Ladders You’re only productive at work three days out of the week. How can you improve that? 1. The secret to getting more done is to make things automatic. Control over your schedule stops you from getting tired at work. Progress motivates us more than anything else. Your mind moves... read more
  • Going on a ‘complaint diet’ will make you more successful in 2018 January 8, 2018 - By:Deepak Chopra and Kabir Sehgal – CNBC Make It If you want to win the New Year, it’s important to break bad habits – like consuming things that aren’t good for you. We’re not just talking about cutting back on calories. There’s something else you should slash from your life: complaints. Complaining is a bad... read more
  • Seven things deeply intuitive people do differently January 5, 2018 - By Travis Bradberry – theLadders Steve Jobs once said that intuition is more powerful than intellect. As it turns out, Jobs was onto something, and the scientific community backs him up. It seems that we’ve been giving intuition far too little respect. “Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” – Jonas Salk... read more
  • 9 things that will kill your career January 2, 2018 - By: Travis Bradberry – Ladders There are so many things that can kill the careers of good, hard-working people. Honest mistakes often carry hard-hitting consequences. We usually only hear about the more egregious examples, such as when Yelp employee Talia Jane recently became an Internet sensation for writing a blistering post criticizing the company’s low... read more
  • 7 indispensable soft skills to develop for 2018 January 2, 2018 - By Lindsay Tigar – Ladders Oftentimes when you’re eying job descriptions, you’re haphazardly and unintentionally checking off what requirements you match. Being fluent in programs, applications and languages are your hard skills — the technical aspects that allow you to master your job effectively and efficiently. While a robust set of hard skills is necessary... read more
  • This is how important it is to have a supportive manager December 26, 2017 - by: Monica Torres – Ladders As anyone who has had a good mentor or a bad boss at work knows all too well, when someone believes in you, it can make all the difference. A new survey by the American Psychological Association of 1,076 U.S. workers found that a manager’s support can make or break... read more
  • Study: These are the best days, times, months, and seasons to be productive December 26, 2017 - by: Jane Burnett – Ladders Task and project management platform Redbooth recently partnered with data content firm Priceonomics to look at when productivity spikes and slows down durning the work week. The research team reportedly took a look at anonymized data of Redbooth users, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Here are some of the... read more
  • 20 Career-Boosting Steps You Can Take Before New Year’s Eve December 26, 2017 - by: Suzanne Gelb – TheMuse It’s finally December, and you’ve worked hard all year long. You wrote enough emails to fill a novel. You spent an average of seven hours a day on your computer. And, if you were working full-time, you probably spent 42 hours of your life battling traffic during your daily commute.... read more
  • 16 Signs You’re Headed for Burnout December 26, 2017 - by: Scott Dockweiler – TheMuse I’m normally a morning person, even on the weekends, so when I realized I had been dragging myself out of bed around 11:30 AM for the last few Saturdays in a row, I knew there was a problem. But I haven’t always been so good at recognizing the signs of... read more
  • 13 Characteristics of People Who Have True Integrity December 26, 2017 - by : Awareness Act Integrity, for those who are not familiar, is quite important. It is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. People who have a strong sense of integrity are sadly a rare breed. However, there are still some people left in this world with integrity, and usually, they share... read more
  • How to rebuild burned bridges at work December 21, 2017 - BY:Rachel Weingarten _ TheLadders Remember that time you told off your boss in front of everyone else in the department and then flipped her the bird for good measure? It. Felt. So. Great. For about a nanosecond, until you realized you’d become the office pariah and no one would even talk to you for fear... read more
  • The Best Way to Break Down Complex Ideas So Anyone Can Understand Them December 13, 2017 - By; Matt Eventoff – The Muse You’re sitting in a conference room with all the big bosses. They’re meeting to discuss the annual budget, and it’s your job to pitch them your case for more money for your team. The problem? While you’re quite confident everyone has a vague idea what your department does, you’re... read more
  • 6 Ways to Banish End-of-Year Stress at the Office December 13, 2017 - By Judy Martin – TheMuse The holiday treats start flowing into the office (cookies=calories), decorations appear in the lunchroom (a dreidel hangs on a Christmas tree), and then the dreaded self-talk begins about what to buy for the secret office gift pool (a stress ball seems apropos). The festivities have begun, but the merrier trimmings... read more
  • 4 ways improv can help you succeed at work (and 2 words that will change your life) December 11, 2017 - by: David Wilk, Frank Ford and David Ahearn – Ladders As improv comedians, the same philosophy and principles that work so well for us on stage also work very well when we apply them to our business. Here are four ways you can apply improv techniques to help you succeed at work. 1. Become an... read more
  • 10 toxic people you should avoid like the plague December 5, 2017 - by Travis Bradberry – Ladders Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic... read more
  • 20 Ways to Improve Empathy and Relationships at Work December 1, 2017 - by: Reuben Yonatan – UndercoverRecruiter In the busy, fast-paced world of business, it may be surprising to learn just how important empathy is when it comes to your personal level of performance and how well you can interact and work with your co-workers. Low levels of empathy can cause many problems in the workplace –... read more
  • 11 things organized and productive people do every day November 29, 2017 - by Travis Bradberry – Ladders We often confuse being productive with working as fast as we can, every second of the day. We fear that slowing down to get organized will kill our productivity, but the facts suggest otherwise: The average office employee spends over one hour each day just looking for things. The average... read more
  • 6 honest mistakes that can get you fired November 28, 2017 - by: Travis Bradberry – Ladders There are so many things that can get good, hard-working people fired. Honest mistakes often carry hard-hitting consequences. A recent study from the ePolicy Institute surveyed more than 300 companies and found that a third of them have fired employees for the misuse of company technology. Companies are so worried... read more
  • 9 types of people who never succeed at work November 7, 2017 - by Travis Bradberry – Ladders Experience and knowledge are rapidly losing their relevance to success in the workplace. Harvard economist David Deming studied workplace tasks from 1980 to the present day and found that those that emphasize social skills grew by a whopping 24%, while tasks requiring technical know-how and intelligence experienced little growth. Deming... read more
  • The best ways to respond to an insult, according to Steve Jobs November 7, 2017 - by Layla Tabatabaie – Ladders While we wait for AI gatekeepers to be adept enough at detecting and sending trolls back to the murky waters of 4chan where they belong, digital trolls are a reality all people on the Internet must tolerate in the meantime. Some trolls can’t be reasoned with. But for the ones... read more
  • 10 Signs You Might Be Leadership Material, From 10 Experts Who Know November 1, 2017 - by David Sturt & Todd Nordstrom – Forbes “I was offered a promotion to management,” a friend recently informed us. “You guys know me. I honestly don’t know if I’m leadership material.” While we could have just sent our friend a message back saying, “Yes. You’ll make a great leader.” Her question made us curious... read more
  • The Unexamined Mind Doesn’t Think Well: Why Self-Awareness Is A Fundamental Leadership Capacity November 1, 2017 - by Prudy Gourguechon – Forbes I’ve been interested in identifying the fundamental capacities of character, habit and cognition that every leader must have. My search led me to a remarkable document, the Army Field Manual on Leader Development. It was striking to me that the Army places great emphasis on self-awareness as a core leadership... read more
  • 5 Ways to Build Resilience During Tough Times November 1, 2017 - by Nick Hedges – RecruitLoop Life doesn’t always work out the way you think it will. You may think you are on a path. Things are going well. All your ducks are in a line. And then when you least expect it, everything changes. Let’s suppose you recently commenced a new job. You are excited.... read more
  • New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy October 30, 2017 - by: Eric Barker – LADDERS You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them. Actually, don’t trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you... read more
  • 5 Coping Strategies for When You’re Feeling Anxious at Work October 10, 2017 - by: Melody J Wilding – the MUSE Gina, a former colleague of mine, spent most of her career dreading work. She constantly worried about her performance and often felt overwhelmed by the pressures of her job. As Gina’s anxiety began to interfere with her work, causing her to lose focus and miss deadlines, it became... read more
  • Why Everyone Needs A Portfolio Career October 5, 2017 - by: Ron Carucci – FORBES These days, most professionals understand the precarious nature of relying exclusively on employers to develop and advance their careers. While some companies have invested in career development efforts,professionals are, for the most part, on their own when it comes to cultivating their future earning potential. But the day-to-day grind of... read more
  • Do You Have A Culture Of Fear? Three Questions To Ask October 5, 2017 - by: Louis Efron – FORBES Is it better to be feared than loved? Most leaders today would thankfully answer loved. However, when Niccolò Machiavelli posed the question nearly 500 years ago, things may have been different. Despite companies’ sentiments that they prefer “loved,” many corporate cultures still feed on fear. The problem is that some... read more
  • 4 things to do when you catch a liar October 3, 2017 - By Travis Bradberry-Ladders It’s a hard fact to accept, but your friends and coworkers lie to you regularly. The real challenge lies in how you respond once you catch someone in the act. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Even... read more
  • How to Handle 7 Types of Problem Employees September 27, 2017 - BrightTalk – Webinar Presented by Deb Calvert, Executive Coach & President of People First Productivity Solutions
  • This One Behavior Is Stalling Your Career August 29, 2017 - by: Brian de Haaff – LinkedIn “I have some feedback for you.” When you hear these words, do you go into fight or flight mode? Maybe you are a runner. You think about an escape route. So you defensively scramble for a convenient excuse to avoid the discussion entirely. I know that the sting of... read more
  • If You Don’t Fail, You Won’t Succeed August 29, 2017 - by Robert Herjavec – LinkedIn I’ve spent a lot of time recently talking about failure. It’s one of those words, just like sales, that gets a bad reputation. Failure isn’t a bad word! At one time or another in our lives we will be faced with the fear of failure. But if you don’t take... read more
  • Fascinating Facts About Eye Contact August 29, 2017 - by Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D – LinkedIn Did you know that eye contact is like Goldilocks and the three bears? It’s true. Too much eye contact is instinctively felt to be rude, hostile and condescending; and in a business context, it may also be perceived as a deliberate intent to dominate, intimidate, belittle, or make... read more
  • How to speak confidently in front of a crowd August 17, 2017 - By Keith Yamashita – Unstuck The prospect of public speaking often hacks away at our confidence. The antidote: Build experience through planning, preparation, and careful attention to details. Keith Yamashita, cofounder of Unstuck, shares 12 of his very thorough tactics for presenting so you, too, can stride confidently onstage. 1. Write down the logic flow,... read more
  • 13 Ways We Damage Relationships At Work August 17, 2017 - by Kare Anderson – Forbes When things go wrong, we tend to blind ourselves to other’s feelings. We are more likely to fall into a destructive behavioral trap. Sadly, when we do, we cannot be empathic. We weaken that human bond that’s vital to re-grouping and resilience. These blinding mindsets make us feel dumb, powerless... read more
  • 7 ways successful people become the best June 27, 2017 - By Eric Barker-Ladders Want to be more successful? Actually, that’s not ambitious enough — want to be the best? I do. So I called my friend Daniel Coyle, author of the best books on getting better at anything: The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent. Dan knows that the “10,000 hour rule” is... read more
  • How to Prevent a Lax Workplace This Summer June 26, 2017 - By Run-ADP During the summer, the warm weather and the draw of the beach, barbeques, and travel may lead to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. Below, we identify some common workplace issues during the summer months and how you can prevent and respond to them. Dress Code Violations: As the temperature rises outside, dress code... read more
  • 4 ways improv can help you succeed at work June 12, 2017 - by: David Wilk, Frank Ford, and David Ahearn -Ladders As improv comedians, the same philosophy and principles that work so well for us on stage also work very well when we apply them to our business. Here are four ways you can apply improv techniques to help you succeed at work. 1. Become an active listener Everyone thinks that to... read more