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Employees deserve honest coaching

By Joan Lloyd

Jack's secretary drove him crazy. She forgot to write meetings in his calendar, sent memos to the wrong people and was curt on the phone. Last week he exploded in a fit of anger and fired her. She was dumbfounded. "He never told me there was anything wrong! He seemed crabby sometimes but he never said he was unhappy with my work." Tom is a vice president for a medium-sized company. O...

Are Your Work Habits Slowing You Down?

By Dale Kurow

Nobody’s perfect and we all come chock full of our own personal bad habits. But what if your undesirable habits are piling up and creating a case against your work success? If you think you might be committing some office faux pas and are interested in making some small steps to improvement, ask yourself if any of the following bad habits ring true for you: Exaggerating the truth You may fee...

Do You Have a Plan B for Your Career?

By Marc Miller

You have probably been told that you should have a Plan B. What if something does not work out? How about having a Plan B for your career? I entered the job market in the 1970s when I expected to work for one employer for most of my career. Well, that lasted 22 years, and was then followed by six different employers in the last 16 years. Most of those transitions were planned, which means I planne...

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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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Reasonable Dress Code

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I was reading what you have to say about dress codes and recently a new policy was put in place where I work. (I work in a home where we serve older adults). Apparently, now there is a required skirt length of not more than 2" above the knee. It seems there are only two people (myself included) that would be addressed with this issue, as most people do not wear skirts,...

Religion and work

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am Wiccan, and have had issues on the job, and now that I am job hunting, have issues in being hired. I usually wear my pentacle the same as many Christians wear a cross. I have been told by many that I shouldnot wear a pentacle to job interviews; ifI do wear one, to have it on a long chain and tuck it in for the interview. I also have a Myspace and a Fac...

The Care and Feeding of Generation Y

By Janine Moon

Employers are gearing up for the coming generational change-out…the departure of the Baby Boomers from their work places and the continuing arrival of members of what has become known as Generation Y.Whether employers realize the importance of this transition may well determine how successful the business will be when the changeover is complete a decade or so from now. For the record, ...