Help Wanted

Help Wanted

After spending a highly unsuccessful, ninety-degree afternoon hunting for a part time job, I felt tired, depressed, and somewhat saddened. But then, in the midst of my despair, I glanced upward and noticed a card shop with a “help wanted” sign in the window. Ecstatic,...

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...

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