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survive a bad boss

How to Survive a Bad Boss

A great boss can bring out the best in you; a bad boss can transform the best job in the world to the worst one ever. You spend half of your weekday life in the presence and under the control of your boss. If you’re fortunate, the two of you are on the same wavelength; […]

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career ooptions

When Things Get Tough: Evaluating Your Career Options

  When the workplace becomes intolerably stressful, what are your career options? Often, a career path is anything but linear. You may be charging toward advancement one minute, and ready to charge out the door, never to return, the next. Most of the time, you roll with the punches. But sometimes the pattern becomes increasingly […]

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improve employee morale

How Not to Improve Employee Morale

It may be a rude awakening, or a creeping uneasiness, but at some point, you and other leaders in your organization may decide to make a concerted effort to improve employee morale. You may have been caught blindsided. You may have issued a survey with the expectation of stellar feedback, only to be caught in […]

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Firing a customer

Firing a Customer: Strategies and Options

Whether you’re corporate or entrepreneurial, firing a customer can create an emotional roller coaster. More than likely, the soon-to-be ex-customer has been a source of frustration, discord, anger and financial loss. You know everyone will breathe easier, but you can still dread the showdown. The problem customer might represent a major account, responsible for a […]

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workplace hygge

Workplace Hygge and Winter Survival

How can you create workplace hygge and improve the winter experience? Hygge is, pardon the pun, the new “hot” solution to the cold and bleak long winter days. Adopted from the Danish, and pronounced “hoo-guh” or some variant depending on the dictionary, it is a quality of coziness, comfort, warmth and well-being. It’s nurturing joy. […]

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corporate culture

Is Your Corporate Culture Toxic?

How healthy is your corporate culture? Are you sure? What do your employees really think and say in private? From a management perspective, things can look great. Work gets done and employees are diligent. But is this because of your organization and leadership, or in spite of it? Corporate culture and morale rest solely on […]

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holiday work-life balance

Creating Holiday Work-Life Balance at Work

Creating a holiday work-life balance can seem beyond impossible. Indeed, work-life balance at any time is a challenge. But for many businesses, the 4th quarter means closing out the fiscal year, meeting sales quotas and deadlines, and setting budgets and plans for the upcoming year. Meanwhile, on the home front, there are family gatherings, winter […]

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Work-life balance

Finding Work-life Balance: How to Beat the Ultimate Guilt Trip

Finding work-life balance – welcome to the ultimate no-win guilt trip. Too much work time, and you wonder, “What am I missing? What am I working for? When will I be able to live? And what if I die tomorrow?” And in the midst of leisure, the nagging little voice says, “You’re falling behind. Associates […]

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Meetings destroy morale

Do Your Meetings Destroy Morale?

Do your meetings destroy morale? Do your staff members suffer a slow “death by meeting?” Meetings, whether face-to-face or electronic, are entrenched in business culture. We feel we need to keep people informed, and solicit input, feedback and buy-in. We feel meetings build morale. But do they? Are your meetings building morale or tearing down […]

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