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  • Is the unwritten office dress code unfair?

    Is the unwritten office dress code unfair?

    Employee POV: I work in a department with 15 other people. I started around the same time with seven of them. Three of them recently got promoted. When my boss announced their promotions, I noticed he stressed how much they “look the part” for their new roles. He commented on their attire and how...

  • Key elements of a good parental leave policy

    Key elements of a good parental leave policy

    The U.S. shockingly does not guarantee paid leave after the birth of a child, leaving each employer to determine whether to offer anything above the unpaid six weeks required by law. That’s in stark contrast to other advanced nations. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development studied...

  • Employee boosts that won't break the budget

    Employee boosts that won't break the budget

    As the economy moves forward and e-commerce and software-as-a-service companies grow at a rapid pace, businesses are looking for ways to make operations more efficient and to reduce expenses while also providing a pleasant work environment. Striving toward greater cost-effectiveness sometimes conflicts...

  • Young employee is making me look bad -- help!

    Young employee is making me look bad -- help!

    Employee POV: I've been a loyal employee for 10+ years. I helped the company through some tough years. Recently, my boss hired a much younger employee. The new guy is definitely more tech-savvy than me, works a lot of overtime and is getting a lot of attention for how well he is producing. Meanwhile,...

  • Habits that will sink your goals this year

    Habits that will sink your goals this year

    As a business coach, I find that the start of the year is always a great time because clients are full of optimism and ready to set bold new goals or create inspiring visions for their futures. And while I love to help them set these goals, it's worth noting that University of Scranton research...

  • Dump these ineffective office perks in 2017

    Dump these ineffective office perks in 2017

    The first week of 2017 is the perfect time to make a few changes around the office for a better work year ahead. That might mean introducing new policies around the office and it could also mean rolling back practices that don't produce the intended results. Not all policies and perks are created...

  • Daily habits that execs swear by

    Daily habits that execs swear by

    Successful executives and entrepreneurs likely didn't get where they are by accident. Typically, achieving great things involves hard work, perseverance and discipline, but sometimes a daily habit also proves to be a valuable friend. Here, some executives share the daily habits — some big, some...

  • Stop calling it 'work-life balance'

    Stop calling it 'work-life balance'

    It's time to bury the term “work-life balance” forever (maybe somewhere between “Y2K” and “phat”) because it doesn't make any sense. We might as well claim an avid biker has great “recreation-life balance” or a mother of four has great “parent-life balance.” Life is life, and pretending otherwise...

  • Ditch the old way of doing evaluations

    Ditch the old way of doing evaluations

    One of the big breaks of my career was being hired as the chief operating officer of a small organization. The board of directors recruited me after recognizing the CEO was one of those industry visionary types more suited to being the face of the organization than running day-to-day operations....

  • Try a mini-workout at work

    Try a mini-workout at work

    You already know this, but it bears repeating: Sitting all day long is not good for you. Sedentary behavior is linked to poor health and can increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, even cancer. As badly as we might want to avoid these outcomes, the reality is that a lot of us simply...

  • Start the year off right with manageable goals

    Start the year off right with manageable goals

    If you're like most people, you welcome each new year with at least a couple of resolutions. This is the year you're going to lose those pesky extra pounds, save money or quit your favorite vice. While New Year's resolutions are always well-intended, they can often be overly ambitious, which is...

  • Ways to tame a toxic workplace

    Ways to tame a toxic workplace

    There's been a lot of reporting this year on harassment in the workplace. While some conduct falls well outside the bounds of what is legally or socially acceptable, many people are working in more subtle, but still toxic, work environments, where caustic, disrespectful and/or belittling attitudes...

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