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Ingredients for a Multigenerational Office

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:14
Salad ingredients sprinkle the lunch counter in many offices each afternoon. But have you ever thought about how that salad represents the workplace? The office is a salad bowl of different backgrounds, viewpoints and ages. Taking a workplace of multigenerational employees into consideration, it is important to find a balance between the ages in order to create a pleasing palate of flavor. Start with the most commonly known ends of the spectrum, the Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) and Generation Y (born 1976-present). Everything from explanations of office procedures to employee relationships will vary for each of these groups. Furthermore, they… Read more...

Establishing a Business Begins with Goals

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:49
According to Nell Merlino, author of Stepping Out of Line and founder of Take Your Daughter to Work Day, the average woman is earning less than $50,000 annually. Setting proper goals is the first step in reaching earning potential for women, and writing down those goals and creating action plans will increase the probability of achieving them. Although perfecting a business's craft is crucial, what is also important is the need for improved infrastructure. Setting financial goals is the first step, but in order to reach the bar, set goals that can be realistically fulfilled. Financial goals, especially in an… Read more...

How to Ask for a Raise

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:01
Asking employers for a raise can be an intimidating and sometimes touchy subject, especially for women, says Communications Professor Danielle Leek. When considering asking for a raise, be thoughtful and patient, this conversation takes practice. Before you consider leaving your job, schedule a meeting with your employer to talk about the possibility of increasing your compensation. Know what you want before going into an employer's office, Leek says. Learn what dollar amount is typically affixed to your profession and for someone of your experience and level of education. Don't jump ship because you are feeling under appreciated. "If you are… Read more...

Public Speaking for More than Money

Monday, 09 January 2012 15:22
Most of the time, getting paid means cold, hard cash. But there are some forms of compensation that may be more beneficial than Benjamins, especially for public speakers. In a survey by the National Speaker's Association, 81.1 percent of public speakers said they worked for no fee at least once in the last year. In addition, 89.6 percent of the same speakers said they speak for free one in ten times. Still, public speakers benefit from giving presentations without pay. Instead of raking in the dough, speakers develop good reputations and secure positive exposure and marketing. When a speaker knows… Read more...

Re-Launch Your Career

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 08:37
If you've taken a break from the working world to start a family, getting back into it can be daunting. With confidence, however, you can launch yourself, and your career, right back into the game. Follow these steps to achieve your goals in the work force: Make your first impression stand out by dressing professionally, crafting a well-groomed hairdo and complimenting your outfit with accessories. Carry this style throughout your careers, not only for your interviews. Launch your resume to the top of the pile by sending a hand-written thank you note after your interview. Thoughtful manners will make you… Read more...

Employer-Employee Communciation is Essential

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 13:40
Maintaining a good employer-employee relationships is professionally necessary and can promote a positive attitude in the work place. But to communicate effectively with employers, employees should be well-prepared emotionally in order to project the desired outcome of the conversation. Danielle Leek is an Associate Professor of Communications at Grand Valley State University. Leek says good communication is key in the workplace. She says the "three c's" are important to conversing successfully and efficiently at work. "To communicate effectively with employers, employees need to keep in mind the three c's–content, context, and coordination…Focusing on content and context shouldn't prevent you from… Read more...

5 Body Language Tips to Help Grow Your Sales

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:37
As sales people (or in any career for that matter), it’s important to think about how your shake your client’s hand, whether you cross your arms when you’re talking, whether you’re smiling while talking on the phone, etc. All of these actions project positive interaction with a current or potential customer. However, have you ever thought about mastering the Belly Button Rule, working your naughty bits, where you sit, or using your power gestures? Janine Driver, the founder and president of the Body Language Institute has several tips that could immediately impact your client interactions and potentially grow sales. Here… Read more...

There is No "I" in Team

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:05
When was the last time you and your teammates got out of the office, had some fun, and really thought outside the box? When was the last time you asked yourself why you did something the way you do it? Or, how often do you evaluate what is working and what isn’t working? And, what do you do to connect with your teammates? Some businesses take time to get away from the office to enjoy some team building and brainstorming. The benefits are tremendous and each year these companies identify ways to improve the overall direction of the company. Here… Read more...
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