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July 28, 2019

4 Strategies to Address Employee Burnout Before it Ignites

In the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), the World Health Organization officially acknowledged employee burnout as an “occupational phenomenon”. With due respect we say it’s about time! Burnout has been a serious workplace concern across the globe for at least the last four decades, making this official recognition long overdue. Finally, […]

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July 12, 2018

Say what? 4 Tips to Being a Better Listener

July 18 is World Listening Day, an annual global event put together by the World Listening Project. This unique celebration calls attention to the importance of listening – not just to those around us, but to our inner voices and the everyday sounds of life. Living in a fast-paced world with several distractions can sometimes […]

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December 15, 2016

Say Again? The Value of Straight Talk in the Workplace

Businesses of today have a big problem with speaking in plain English. The English language is the hardest language to learn, and also has the largest vocabulary. Unlike the romance and Eastern languages, which depend more on inflection, local customs, and context to give words deeper meanings, English aims to assign a word for everything, […]

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July 26, 2016

DNC Emails Remind Private Orgs to be Mindful of Cybersecurity

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has had some very public work email issues as of late. Soon after FBI Director James Comey announced that his bureau would not be pursuing criminal charges for her private server snafu as Secretary of State, WikiLeaks released some 20,000 emails from the offices of the Democratic National Committee […]

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April 5, 2016

To Emoji or Not Emoji?

A recent Cotap Inc. survey showed that 76% of workers admit to using emojis in professional communications. I have mixed feelings about that. There is no shortage of industry blogs, experts, and analyses that will tell you emojis are here to stay and we should get used to them popping up in daily communications. Again, […]

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January 4, 2016

5 Fatal Flaws of Darth Vader’s Management Style

Maybe you’ve heard of a small independent film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was released this holiday season? It is the continuation of the original Star Wars Trilogy, which featured the incomparable villain Darth Vader, a high-level management type in the Galactic Empire, whose mission was to eradicate the small band of rebels […]

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December 16, 2015

Death of the Annual Performance Review

Years ago, I interned at a film production company. I would read screenplays and evaluate each piece. I had the internship for one semester. And for the dozens of screenplays I reviewed, I had no idea I was filling out the evaluation form incorrectly. In class, my professor taught me a certain way to write […]

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October 8, 2015

5 Manager Behaviors that Kill Engagement

Over 2 million people quit their job every month, and the number one reason is the quality of the relationship between them and their direct supervisor. It stands to reason, as managers are more likely to have daily interactions with employees, and they are usually the benchmark employees use to judge a company’s culture. However, […]

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September 29, 2015

4 Tips for Engaging Teleworkers

A new infographic put together by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s online MBA program takes an in-depth look at telework, and has uncovered some surprising stats about the ever-growing segment of remote workers. In 2015, nearly half (45 percent) of all employees telecommute or work remotely in some way shape or form, and they’re […]

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