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It’s a natural human reaction; when someone says something
negative about us, we put up our defenses. From cooking to
parenting skills to how well we do our jobs, life is full of
critique. How receptive are you to feedback when it’s
Constructive criticism is particularly valuable in your
professional life. If you baulk at negative feedback, you’re
missing out on a great career opportunity. Yes, that’s right,
we said great career opportunity.
Rather than getting defensive,...
Are you looking for ideas for recognizing your
Good for you! So much attention is put on employee recognition that
we sometimes forget about recognizing managers. We all need
reminders (and ideas) for recognizing our managers.
I recently heard from a reader whose manager has many different
ways of recognizing the people in her department. Each month she
puts up new posters praising something the group accomplished. She
offers lots of verbal praise and writes plenty of notes. She has
Having any type of job nowadays can be considered a blessing,
especially if you live in an area that has a high unemployment
rate. But when you have been working your hardest for a long time
and keep getting passed up for promotions, it is incredibly
frustrating. While a small promotion might not seem like a big
deal, it can be.
Here are some things to understand about getting passed up by
promotions and how to get the next one:
Reasons you were passed up
The first thing to understand is what...
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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
What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing my
review? If I rate myself too low, do I risk getting a lower review
and lower salary increase because...
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
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 don't even know what the truth is for
Here is a way to find out. Take a piece of paper and draw...
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 whether it's feasible for the department or
company to give you such. Never, or very rarely, a company...
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Q: I am dumbfounded. Someone else just got the
promotion we all thought was mine. I should have been the one
promoted. I don't know if I should quit or stay, but I do know I am
not happy about what has happened. Is hard work worth anything
A: I am sorry you did not get the promotion you
were counting on. Although you are disappointed, I hope you will
take some time to process what has happened and that you will take
some time before making any long term...
I am desperate for an answer on why a person would use the
silent treatment in an office. Is this the fashion in the US, in an
office environment where five women work and the leader
continuously gives one or two the silent treatment?
Is this good education? Is it ignorance? Is it due to a mental
health condition? Is it acceptable in an office environment?
In summary, this office leader uses the silent treatment when
she wants to ostracize someone. She claims continuously that she is
Carol had been out of work for six months and was frustrated
by her inability to land a new job. She'd had a few interviews but
nothing had come through for her and her money situation was
getting tight. Like many unemployed people Carol decided to seek
work through a temporary agency.
Carol was delighted when the agency found her work related to
her area of expertise. The pay was not great but it was enough to
keep her afloat. In addition it gave her the freedom to say no to