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Good communication goes beyond email, memos and meetings

By Joan Lloyd

As organizations get more complex, it becomes increasingly important to communicate clearly and quickly. Wherever I go these days, I keep hearing, "We need to communicate better!" At the same time, I hear complaints such as, "We spend all our time in meetings and can't get anything done." Why not take an audit of your communications systems? I often find that people don't think about the wa...

Are Dog or Cat Lovers Better HR Pros?

By Jeana Quigley

I’m gonna tell you a secret: I talk to my dog—and my cat. Not only that, but I “talk” as my dog and my cat. Yes, I have voices for them and they respond to my questions. Too much information? Definitely. But at least it’s never been broadcast across the internet, like the poor recruiter whose voicemail went viral when she didn’t hang up the phone and proceeded t...

How To Make Friends With HR & Why It's Important

By Mark Feffer

Most job seekers regard HR as an obstacle. After all, these are the people who position themselves between your resume and the hiring manager, and often seem more concerned with making sure procedures are followed then quickly filling a position. That’s the wrong attitude to have. Instead, make friends with HR professionals in your network. If you make friends with HR managers and staffers, ...

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Organizational structure can be underlying cause of workplace issues

By Joan Lloyd

Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure, determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something breaks, and so it goes with organizations. How an organization is structured basically means how the reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a great deal about the culture, function a...

A Hard Look at the Soft Stuff

By Janine Moon

With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work, then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult, and something to be suffered. While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The res...

What questions can employers legally ask?

By Nick Reddin

Question: What questions can employers legally ask? When dealing with background checks, are there limits to how far back they can go? Are they just looking for felonies or misdemeanors too? I hate answering these questions. I am in the process of getting an assault charge cleared from 12 years ago that was a false charge to begin with. This is a great question that a lot o...

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When and How to Put an End to Procrastination

By Norine Dagliano

Early in my career I had the opportunity to teach a student success class (Becoming a Master Student, David Ellis) at a local community college. I loved the course curriculum because it provided numerous tools and logical advice to help students succeed in attaining their goal to stay in school and earn a degree. A lot of what I taught is very applicable to job seekers and how well they succeed in...

Younger workers less loyal to corporations

By Chattanooga Times Free Press

After four years of surviving plant closings and work-related moves in her job with General Motors, Gail Dawson decided to leave the company and pursue a master's degree in business administration. Her father thought that was a crazy idea. "My father was born in 1928, and he believed that - if you're lucky - you go to college, come out, get with a good company and stay there your entire career," s...

Staff manager who plays favorites is playing with fire

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I have a situation in my office for which I would like your advice. I work for a very large telecommunications company on the east coast. Although I have been working in my position as an account manager for four years now, I started working for a new boss a year ago due to a merger. I recently discovered that this boss takes certain employees in our department to baseball games ...