6 Phrases You Should Have in Your Back Pocket if You Want to Ace Your Performance Review

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By Caris Thetford – theMuse If the mention of “performance review” makes your heart race and your palms sweaty, you’re not alone. Many people get unnecessarily anxious when it comes time for the common annual evaluation. Personally, I’m not a huge proponent of the performance review as I believe feedback should be ongoing, but I… read more

The Best Way to Make Sure You’re Not Blindsided in Your Performance Review

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By Sara McCord – theMuse Last year, a friend and I had our performance reviews days apart. We both had worked hard and felt good about our work. My meeting went as I’d hoped, but my friend’s went terribly. Her manager had a totally different view of her work, and told her if things didn’t… read more

Everything You Need to Know About Writing a Self-Review (Template Included!)

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By Alyse Kalish – theMuse Ah, performance review season! Hopefully, you’re hopping into this stretch with a confident step. But, if you’re not that’s normal, too—you’ll probably want to read this and this to get your nerves under control. Odds are that you’re reading this because you’ve been asked to write a self-review before your… read more

This is what optimists can teach you about dealing with stress

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By Michelle Gielan – Fast Company Positive psychology researcher Michelle Gielan has studied optimism and success for more than a decade, and she has found that those with an optimistic outlook are better equipped to deal with stress. There are nights I’m sure I’m asleep before my head hits the pillow. As a working mother,… read more

What 50-year-olds know that 20-year-olds often don’t

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By Phyl Bean – Ladders Here are some lessons I’ve learned during my half-century on this planet. Life goes by really, really fast, but it’s better after 50. Here are some lessons I’ve learned during my half-century on this planet: 1. Be kind. The benefits of being kind—or at the very least courteous—far outweigh the… read more

22 Team-Building Activities Your Co-workers Won’t Hate (We Promise)

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By Alyse Kalish – theMuse “Team building” is a term you probably first encountered years ago. Maybe when you were in elementary school and your class had to work together to solve a puzzle. Or at camp when your bunk was tasked with completing a group scavenger hunt or catching each other in trust falls…. read more

Here’s How to Address a Not-So-Self-Aware Co-worker

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By Alyse Kalish – theMuse There are the co-workers who are constantly interrupting you in meetings. There are the ones who don’t seem to pull their weight. And there are even the ones who blast their music or chew their gum at the loudest possible volume. Whatever their annoying habits, these co-workers obviously aren’t all that self-aware. After all, if… read more

Why you should never tell your coworker they’re ‘well-spoken’

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By Sheila McClear – Ladders While a quarter of respondents were certain they faced a microaggression at work, 22% were unsure of how to define microaggression. Microaggressions are those comments that are rude at best, racist and sexist at worst, but in an under-the-radar way that’s hard to pinpoint or call out. Often, perpetrators aren’t… read more

6 Tips for Answering “What Are Your Pet Peeves?” in an Interview

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By Kiley Bense – theMuse “What are your pet peeves?” isn’t a question you typically expect to get in a job interview, and it’s a tricky one to answer on the fly. That’s because it’s asking you to talk about something negative about yourself—what bothers you at work—while still leaving a potential employer with a… read more

6 pieces of common financial advice you shouldn’t follow

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By Anisa Purbasari Horton – Fast Co. Your credit score is not everything. There is no shortage of personal finance advice. It seems like for every American living paycheck to paycheck, there is a blog post, book, video, or online course that purports to have the secret to freedom from financial worries. There are even… read more