Music at Work?

Do you prefer music or silence while working? I first tried the “music in office” experiment back in 1995. I remember because it lasted exactly two minutes and twelve seconds, the length of Del Amitri’s hit single, “Roll with Me.” The song came on and we all nodded...

Should I Bring Notes to a Job Interview?

Yes. Candidates can unwittingly put themselves on the back foot if they sit empty-handed in front of a seasoned interviewer. That posture is more akin to a detective’s interrogation than a collaborative discussion between potential colleagues. Often people who prepare...

Graduate Degrees: Yes or No

In the post, Is an Advance Degree Worth It? I offered a three-step process for making the decision. These consisted of: Embracing the Informational Interview: to ascertain the value of a degree from those who hold it. Challenge the Job Description: to test whether the...

How to Reduce Employee Stress

Seasoned leaders understand that stress can cause short-term productivity loss and, if left unaddressed, systemic efficiency and quality issues. It can also have a negative impact on both employee engagement and customer loyalty. To be effective, they must understand...

How to Give Notice

People quit jobs in even the tightest of markets. And while there are countless reasons for saying, “So long,” the catalyst for the decision often boils down to either a competitive pull or a company push. Whether you’re moving toward something positive or away from a...

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