A recent survey by BetterWorks found that 87 percent of Americans are reading political news at work. Nearly half of the people surveyed have seen discussions among colleagues turn into arguments. The heated political climate may be here to stay. Here are a few survival tips. If you get into a disagreement with a colleague, […]

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Fun Can Create A Safe Space To Take Chances Is having fun at work valued in your workplace? Researchers from Penn State, Loyola University and Ohio State University looked at this very topic. They concluded that performance can improve in environments where having fun is supported by the leadership. According to Penn State’s Michael Tews, fun […]

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It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is important for a good day’s work. But falling asleep and staying asleep can be difficult. Here are three quick tips that might help. After lying down, do a body scan to identify tension in your muscles. Are your hands clinched? Is your brow furrowed? Are you […]

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Stretch goals – goals that seem impossible given current reality – have advantages. They encourage creative thinking and exploratory learning, according to Mindtools.com.  And, they can have a downside, too. If the goal is truly impossible, it can demotivate and overwhelm team members. Increase stress levels and absenteeism. Result excessive risk-taking, causing mistakes that take […]

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Map Out Your Resolution Plan Keeping New Year’s resolutions can be difficult. One reasons is that we view our goals as one big task. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with an ambitious target like losing 30 pounds, or finding a new job. Frustration from not seeing progress quickly enough can derail our best intentions. So, […]

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Trust Your Aha Moments A team of international researchers, including Drexel’s Dr. John Kounios, have discovered that “Aha moments” often yield the right answers. They suggest that analytical thinking may be best when there are known strategies for arriving at solutions – like in arithmetic. But when there is no set path to a solution, […]

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    How To Boost Your Own Morale Are you in a rut; having trouble getting excited about your projects, or the job itself? No longer feeling challenged? Are opportunities to move up limited or non-existent? If so, here are a few Mindtools.com tips. Get to the root of the problem. Some times journaling about […]

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  Social Relationships At Work Affect Health Would it surprise you to learn that social relationships at work can affect your health? After an international team of researchers analyzed 58 studies from 15 countries, they concluded that positive workplace relationships are associated with better health and lower burnout. The report in the journal, “Personality and […]

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Hold Yourself Accountable For Achieving Your Goals Often, the reason we struggle to achieve success is that we don’t hold ourselves accountable for reaching our goals. Each day is made up of an untold number of decisions that can move us closer to or further away from our goals. For example: do I update my […]

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Being A Game Changer Starts Within Do you fantasize about being a game changer? About being on the big stage enlightening the world, or creating something that reshapes how people live? But, it seems the more you invest in finding what will catapult you into fame, the further out of reach it seems to become. […]

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Why Employee Recognition Is Important Study after study points to the value of employee recognition. It impacts job satisfaction, retention and performance. Employers search for innovative ways to build organizational cultures that engage, inspire and motivate. Yet workers across the US continue to say they’re rarely thanked for a job well done. Never lose sight […]

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5 Tips That Will Help You Speak Up At Meetings For some, speaking up at meetings is easy, but there are many who languish in silence yearning to be heard. If you’re the silent type who knows being heard will help your career, Mindtools offer these suggestions. Have confidence in your own value. You’re in […]

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Meetings That Move Things Forward Today’s work environment is meeting intensive. In-person meetings and conference calls can take up a lot of our valuable workday. Here are 3 tips that can make effective use of your time and move projects forward. Set and send out your agenda beforehand. Include how much time you intend to […]

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“…Involve Me And I’ll Learn” Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying “Tell me and I will forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I will learn.” When it comes to your team, are you the kind of leader who reports on the latest changes and processes expecting your team to glean from […]

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Explaining The What and The Why  We all know the saying “good news travels fast.” Well, “bad information travels faster.” Stay ahead of the warp speed at which bad information travels by proactively explaining the what, why and impact of changes up front. Technology upgrades. Process alterations. Organizational restructuring. Personnel moves. Mergers. Acquisitions. Changes in […]

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  Claim Your Personal Power For many of us, we feel like a victim of circumstances. We act helpless. We think we’re powerless. From that vantage point, we believe there is nothing we can do but complain, feel angry and resentful, look for someone to blame for the condition in which we find our self. […]

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