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Get a Handle on Workplace Stress

November 4, 2017 10:03 am Published by

Workplace stress is real. “Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea”  ~ Doug Hall The Mayo Clinic educates us to some of the silent signals of stress.  From headaches, stomach cramps, overactive sweet tooth, heart palpitations, anxiety or shedding hair – your body can have a physical, obvious or not so obvious, reaction to stress. All of us have our “pain points” or triggers that cause some kind of involuntary stress reaction. Spend sometime today thinking about your triggers.  There may be more than one.... View Article

Set S.M.A.R.T. career goals

November 2, 2017 10:36 pm Published by

Be S.M.A.R.T about your career goals.   “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk” ~ J.C. Penney Set career goals. Write them down.  According to research from Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University, individuals are 42 percent more likely to achieve their goals by writing them down.  There is also a 78 percent increase in achievement when sharing weekly progress on goals with a friend.  Goal setting is... View Article

Sexual Harassment and Emerging Professionals

October 20, 2017 2:57 pm Published by

Sexual harassment in the workplace is real and emerging professionals and new graduates are sometimes the target.  Workplace predators are counting on the naive responses, fearful attempts to push back and lack of knowledge about sexual harassment policies. Often, these emerging professionals, who are new to the workplace, don’t even fully know what is acceptable behavior or expected of them and of co-workers just yet. When you read the op-ed by Lupita Nyong’o in the New York Times, about her encounters with Harvey Weinstein, you really get some insight into... View Article

No Pay Raise; What Else Could You Ask For?

February 2, 2016 11:48 am Published by

Let’s face it, many of us see our annual pay raise as a way to feel value at work. It reaffirms our importance to the company and it is something employees look forward to – even more than they do the company picnic or Christmas party. USA Today reported, based on survey data from Towers Watson (a compensation consulting firm) that U.S. employers were planning to give pay raises averaging 3% in 2015.  That was on par with the 2.9% average raise in 2014 and 2013.  However, if you are... View Article

Before Workplace Stress Creates a Meltdown

April 26, 2015 9:28 am Published by

Remember Steven Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job by jumping down an emergency escape hatch, beer in hand about five years ago? If the internet buzz and water cooler conversations were any indication, Slater was the everyday-working-man’s hero and a cult sensation for a while.  Everyone, it seemed, was living vicariously through Slater wishing secretly they could jump out of their jobs the way Slater jumped out of his. For a little while, I imagine, employees everywhere dared to dream of the exhilaration and sense of... View Article

Who Hired the Angry Black Woman?

October 30, 2014 9:10 am Published by

Last month, highly acclaimed television producer, Shonda Rhimes, was titled the “angry black woman” in an article from the New York Times.  The article stated that Ms. Rhimes, creator, writer and producer of television favorites like Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder, consistently displays the main characters in her top rated television shows as angry. The article noted also that Ms. Rhimes’ main characters are African-American women.  In response to the article, Ms. Rhimes blasted the writer for stereotyping her and her main characters.  The comments of the writer from... View Article

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