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Improve Your Reputation at Work: Meet Your Deadlines!

By Beth Kuhel

Whether you’re a student seeking employment after college or an employee working for a corporation, meeting your deadlines and showing up on-time for meetings will affect your reputation and your ability to earn respect in the workplace. Punctuality and meeting deadlines is critical if you want to be perceived as a reliable team member. Procrastination and perpetually arriving late on ...

Do your colleagues see you the same way you do?

By Dale Kurow

Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: "if you don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably you?" You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team player, but there might be something about your approach that prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing. Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the edges at work don’...

The Need of the Hour: Managing vs. Coaching

By Laura Stack

Despite what some people may think, being a manager is no walk in the park. In fact, the combination of mental work, social interaction, project juggling, time management challenges, high pressure, responsibility and variability makes it among the more demanding types of work any person can take on. The hours are terrible and the stress is inevitable. But if organizations expect to accomplish anyt...

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Performance review - tips for writing your self assessment

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My performance review is coming up in a few weeks and I would like to ask you a question about something that has me ill at ease. Last week my boss asked me if I would fill out a ‘self assessment," which is basically filling out my own performance review. I have never done this before and I'm not sure what I should do. What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing ...

Describe Your Ideal Work Environment

By John Putzier

Have you ever been asked to describe your ideal work environment? What do they want to hear? What if I describe something that they cannot provide? Isn't this a no-win question? As I have indicated in prior "gut wrenchers" articles, when in doubt, tell the truth. What a concept! Actually, that is what you should do. The reason so many people find questions like these so difficult is because they d...

The Art of Negotiating a Raise, Promotion, Better Job Title, and Bonus

By Teena Rose

Negotiation is a give-and-take process until an eventual agreement is reached between two or more parties. To understand the art of negotiation, a jobseeker must understand that it is a give process as much as it is a receiving process. Look at the proposition from the side of your employer. When faced with such a proposition, your superior will ask himself the reasons you're deserving of more and...

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Technology can be a major hurdle among workers of different generations

By Chattanooga Times Free Press

Lindsey Powell didn't have access to the Internet on her desktop computer at her last job, and it was probably just as well, she said. "If I had it, I might (have been) checking my personal email and Facebook and MySpace all the time," said Ms. Powell, 24, who worked for a year and a half as a counselor with Youth Villages, a social services agency in Chattanooga. Ms. Powell has had a cell phone s...

Career Approval Comes From You

By Deborah Brown-Volkman

Most people look for approval from the outside. They want to feel good about their choices and career path. They want validation that they are doing the right things at the right time and are being understood and respected for their decisions. After all, who doesn't want to hear the sound of applause or cheers due to their efforts? The truth is approval makes us feel better about ourselves. ...

NEW YEAR! Looking Forward

By Barbara Wulf

The holidays are over; it’s a new month, a new year.January provides us with a clean slate, a fresh start, there’s a newness of where we are heading or what we could be about, what we could accomplish in 2008. The month of January takes its name from Janus, the Roman god of gates and doorways.He is depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions.He looks ...