Success Jun 15, 2021
7 Tips for Dealing With Uncertainty

Article by Blush Life Coaching If this year has taught us anything, it's that uncertainty is a b----. Although we may see the light at the end of the tunnel now that vaccines are accessible to many, it's going to take a while to shake off the trauma of 2020. Between our health and safety being under threat, changing restrictions, simply not knowing when our normal lives would resume,...

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Success Jun 8, 2021
How I Avoid Loneliness While Working Alone

Article by Catherine Downes Edie's nose is small and dark. It looks like it belongs to Teddy Ruxpin. Her snout was once a similar shade of charcoal, but swards of white fur have sprouted up around the edges of her mouth. I can't tell you when this occurred. One day, it registered that my once entirely black dog had a muzzle that appeared to have been dipped in a bowl of marshmallow...

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Success Jun 1, 2021
Zoom Etiquette 101: 8 Tips to Put Your Best Face Forward During Virtual Meetings

Article by Megan Nicole O'Neal 2020 required professionals across all industries to change the way they handle business. After a year, working remotely has proven to be as successful as — if not more than — working in an office for most companies. In fact, more than 20 Fortune 500 companies like Google, Spotify, and Zillow have declared they will adopt remote or hybrid work models...

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Success May 18, 2021
4 Traits Every Next-Generation Leader Needs to Possess

Most business leaders had never previously experienced anything close to the disruption the pandemic has inflicted on both our lives and our work. It has posed brand new challenges for companies, turning the workplace upside down and inside out. Employees, too, have had to deal with job insecurity, health concerns, and heightened anxiety in various aspects of their lives. The very concept of...

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Success May 4, 2021
The Common Path to Uncommon Success Begins With an Idea

Article by John Lee Dumas You've been lied to. In fact, we've all been lied to. The reason? Most people don't want you to know one simple fact: Uncommon success is achievable, and the path there is a common one. I thought success meant money, respect, and maybe even fame. That warped definition led me to law school, where after one miserable semester, I dropped out. Then I dove into...

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Success Apr 29, 2021
45 Seconds to Change the World: What Every Woman Can Do to Help Close the Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day is observed annually to demonstrate how much of a head start men have in earnings in a typical year. In 2021, it took until March 24 for women to earn an amount equal to what men earned in 2020. That's right: Women needed almost three extra months of work to close the pay gap. And the lack of pay equity was more obvious than ever in 2020, with the pandemic taking a much...

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Success Apr 8, 2021
3 Body Language Tips for Enhancing Your Virtual Communication Skills

Body language is just as powerful in the virtual zone as it is in an in-person situation. From the nuance of gestures to vocal variety and eye movements, these telltale indicators help us deliver our messages effectively and provide instructions on how to read another person's true attitude or feelings. In the work-from-anywhere era of global teams, intentional nonverbal virtual communication...

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Success Apr 6, 2021
Waldenomics: Modern Professional Lessons From Henry David Thoreau

Article by Jen McGivny Henry David Thoreau hasn't aged well since his death 159 years ago. Through modern eyes, the 19th-century author looks like an out-of-touch dreamer, a privileged loafer. The guy who avoided a real career to live in a cabin in the woods now has his words relegated to hiking guides and inspirational notecards. A counterpoint, if I may. Thoreau couldn't be more...

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Success Mar 30, 2021
10 Essential Books to Read for Women's History Month

Article by Megan Nicole O'Neal Although we certainly don't need an excuse to celebrate women's stories, March is Women's History Month, which means it's an especially perfect time to do so. And what better way than to dive into fantastic books written by and about women? Whether you're hoping to be transported into history, get lost behind powerful prose, or fancy a healthy dose of...

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Success Mar 23, 2021
Side Hustle Smarts: 5 Metrics to Measure Success

Article by Amy Anderson Committing time to your side hustle is a big decision. The hours and resources you spend need to pay off in a tangible way — but are they? Smart business owners ensure they're investing the right time, energy, and money into their side hustles by measuring the right metrics. The finer details might be different for a creative contractor than for a real estate...

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Success Mar 16, 2021
18 Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Spark Creative Inspiration

Article by Lydia Sweatt When inspiration strikes, powerful things happen in the creative mind. A novelist might add five chapters to a book after wrestling with the introduction for months. A painter might finally confront the blank canvas, bringing an idea to life with broad, confident strokes. But just like lightning, inspiration doesn't always strike twice. You can't necessarily...

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Success Mar 11, 2021
Stay on Track — Don't Look Back! 7 Tips on Actually Reaching Your Goals

Setting goals can sometimes feel overwhelming, but if you plan your goals incrementally, you set yourself up for the best shot at hitting your target. When you set smaller, more attainable goals on the path to your bigger goals, each goal you achieve becomes a motivator, pushing you further toward your ultimate aim. You might fall off track from time to time. That's okay — do not be hard...

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Success Mar 10, 2021
Too Connected to Concentrate? 7 Ways to Find Focus When Working Remotely

It's noon and you've been working on a project since 9 a.m. The deadline is looming and you're barely a quarter done. Relentless emails, texts, alerts, and meeting invitations — all meant to keep you connected while you work remotely — keep pulling your attention away. Every time you settle in and regain your focus — ping! Sound familiar? You're not alone. Remote workers are...

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Success Mar 9, 2021
How to Be Your Own Cheerleader

Article by Cecilia Meis If you've ever heard some well-meaning but flat phrase like "Chin up!" or "Be happy!" just know this isn't that. That being said, positivity and encouraging language truly can have a physiological effect. According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thoughts hold myriad benefits, including increased life span, decreased rates of depression and distress, greater...

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Success Feb 25, 2021
How to Get to Know Your Coworkers When You Haven't Met Them in Person

The global pandemic has forced countless employees to work remotely, and in doing so, it has also given people room to consider whether they're living in the best possible location. According to a recent Upwork survey, 23 million people could be planning to move from big cities to less populated areas thanks to the newly widespread availability of remote work opportunities. As more people...

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Success Jan 26, 2021
How to Make Your Severance Last

Leaving a job isn't always easy — especially if it isn't by choice. With 54 percent of working adults worried they could be axed in the coming year, now is a good time for all of us to start thinking about what we'd do if placed in that position. A severance package can certainly help soften the blow of a sudden job loss. While severance pay can provide a much-needed financial cushion if...

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Success Jan 26, 2021
15 HARD (but Totally Doable, Totally Worth It) Resolutions You Haven't Tried and Won't Fail

Article by Lydia Sweatt Don't believe the hype: Setting a New Year's resolution is worth doing every year. With the right intent, chasing a goal or two promotes discipline, reinforces accountability, and encourages self-reflection. It makes you better. However, goals aren't always easy to reach. On January 1, you may be pumped up and ready to go, planning to tackle your resolutions with...

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Success Jan 25, 2021
The 5 Best Etiquette Rules for Video Conferences

In 2020, video conferencing was as ubiquitous as making bread and clapping for healthcare workers. But many have also struggled with the art perfecting video conferences. Today, we share tips on how to hold great video conferences that keep your team connected. 1. Be Punctual Treat your video conferences as you would any other meeting. Make sure you have everything set up in...

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Success Jan 19, 2021
How to Stay Motivated While Job Hunting During a Pandemic

Article by Isaiah Hankel The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of Americans out of their jobs in March, and the layoffs have more or less continued since. If you're feeling stressed about your own job security or unmotivated as you look for work in today's highly competitive job market, this probably isn't what you want to hear. However, the good news is that employment opportunities...

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Success Jan 19, 2021
Working From Home: What Are Your Rights as an Employee?

In a time of unprecedented working styles, it is worth exploring the legal rights of an employee in this brand new context. We speak to Matthew Sullivan of litigation finance company Kramer Sullivan to share their insights into employee rights in 2021. Tax Relief According to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), a UK government department, some of the costs associated...

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Success Jan 15, 2021
How to Deal With a Personality Clash at Work — Without Losing Your Professionalism

All workplaces are prone to occasional disagreements, most of which are due to simple miscommunication. Some, however, are driven by personality clashes between people on the same team. Such clashes have the potential to cause serious disruptions. What can you do if you find yourself on one end of such a clash — or you are the manager dealing with opposing personalities on your...

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Success Jan 15, 2021
The Best Salary Finance Schemes for Employees

"Salary finance schemes" are a way for employees to withdraw their salaries in advance of payday. It is also a way for employers to provide financial assistance and increased financial security to their workforces. Though relatively new in the world of employee benefits, salary finance schemes have become an increasingly important incentive for today's job hunters. As working habits...

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Success Dec 22, 2020
3 Ways to Turn a Crisis Into a Career Upgrade

Article by Seth CasdenThe COVID-19 crisis has disrupted nearly every single facet of life on this planet in some way. Now, an entire generation of workers is coming to terms with new career trajectories, scrapping old goals and dreaming up new ones.These moments of change offer the unmatched potential for personal growth, but they can also feel paralyzing. Fear and courage are locked in a...

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Success Dec 16, 2020
Is Asking for Equity-Based Compensation a Good Idea? Here's What You Should Know.

As a job seeker, you'll find yourself negotiating compensation and benefits at some point during the interview process. While most zero in on things like salary, vacation time, and health insurance (with good reason!), there's another important piece to think about during contract negotiations: equity compensation.It may not help you afford rent in the present moment, but it could end up...

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Success Dec 15, 2020
3 Strategies to Help You Pivot Gracefully

Article by Simon T. BaileyThe COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every industry in the world. As many of us seek to realign ourselves and our businesses, we'll need to utilize a crucial skill: being able to pivot with grace.What do you value? What do you prioritize? What is the biggest dream you have for your life? Answering these questions — and then taking note of what your answers...

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Success Dec 10, 2020
Baby, There's COVID Outside! Tips for Workplace Holiday Celebrations: The 2020 Pandemic Edition

Let's face it: 2020 has been hard. We'd all like the year to be done. Good riddance. The US workforce has seen furloughs, layoffs, and pay cuts — plus the challenges to working parents posed by the lack of childcare and the stress of managing remote learning. It's the end of the year, we all hope we'll never have to do 2020 again, and employers are looking to celebrate with their...

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Success Dec 8, 2020
Keep an Open Mind: 5 Tips to Stay Receptive to New Possibilities in a Tumultuous World

Article by Cecilia Meis  In the wake of an economic recession, our natural response is to tighten the belt and wait for the worst to pass. However, open-mindedness — our ability to remain receptive to new ideas, perspectives, and solutions — is truly crucial at a time like this. The world is never riper for innovation than in times of uncertainty. Plus, those who see an abundance...

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Success Dec 4, 2020
Humor Is Fundamental to a Healthy Workplace — But Not Without Its Risks

"A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done." - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States It's not easy to define "humor." It has many facets. It can be a play on words, a joke, a story, or funny behavior. It can be lighthearted, ironic, good-natured, sarcastic, satirical, or cynical. For me, humor is much more than...

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Success Dec 2, 2020
Leadership vs. Management: Trust Makes All the Difference

Look online, and you'll find an abundance of memes comparing the traits of managers and leaders. Many show the manager sitting behind a desk with the whip to his people, while the leader is in front of the pack and leading the charge. But is it really that simple in our day-to-day work lives? I don't own a whip; am I automatically a leader? How must we act to distinguish ourselves as...

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Success Nov 17, 2020
4 Questions to Ask Before You Accept That Promotion

Article by David Gellar Asking for a raise can be challenging. How should you approach the conversation? What amount should you ask for? Should you go to HR or your manager? Because of how daunting the task can be, it can seem like a dream come true when management presents you with a promotion of their own volition. Sometimes, however, it's worth doing some soul-searching before you...

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Success Nov 10, 2020
Do You Have the Competitive Edge of Fortitude?

Article by Simon T. Bailey If you look up definitions of the word "fortitude," you'll find entries like "courage through adversity" or "resolute endurance." While I think those definitions are accurate, I don't believe they fully encapsulate what the term truly means. Fortitude, as I define it, is the strength of mind that enables a person to experience adversity with courage. The...

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Success Nov 5, 2020
The Landscape Might Look Different, but Virtual Work Experiences Will Benefit Students, Job Seekers

For students and recent graduates, the summer season has long been a time for gaining work experience between semesters or bridging the gap between completing a degree and securing that first job. Similarly, the fall semester is often a time for students to gain valuable work experience in addition to their studies. This year, however, lockdowns and the deployment of a remote workforce...

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Success Nov 3, 2020
Happiness Is ... Now a Career Path

Article by Tyler Hicks Amber Slone was on a mission. It was early May, a couple of months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and she and her coworkers had been working from home for 10 weeks. They were bored. She was bored. The last thing anyone wanted was another Zoom call. Nevertheless, Slone wanted to engage her colleagues, so the 33-year-old found herself driving around Dallas, darting...

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Success Oct 27, 2020
How to Create Job Security for Life

Article by Michael Pietrzak A lifetime ago, I worked with a woman we'll call Martha, who flew into a minor rage when she learned that a coworker from another department had been promoted over her. Martha's reaction surprised me — not because we were in the middle of a full staff meeting, but because she was the opposite of a model employee. Martha did the bare minimum, argued with the...

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Success Oct 26, 2020
The Ideal Worker in the Age of AI: Doing What the Machines Cannot

As technology continues to advance, humans will encounter new challenges that change the way we live and work. In our quest to leverage tech to make our lives easier, we sometimes fail to notice the negative impacts these innovations may have until it's too late. The very same advances that make our lives more comfortable often displace a lot of people from jobs, creating massive...

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Success Oct 23, 2020
The First 90 Days: 10 Steps to Help You Ace a New Role

The first 90 days in a new role are extremely important — in fact, they can determine your overall success or failure in that role. That's the basic premise of Michael D. Watkins' best-seller, The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter. In his book, Watkins talks about what transitions are and why they are extremely important from the perspective of...

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Success Oct 5, 2020
Should You Take a Pay Cut for Your Dream Job?

After nailing the interview, you receive the job offer of your dreams. It feels like all the pieces are falling into place — until you see the salary. It's no only less than you asked for, but less than what you're currently earning. Now you have a dilemma: Do you take the position with the pay cut, or continue earning the same salary at a job you don't really enjoy? According to a...

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Success Sep 30, 2020
6 Things You Need to Be Aware of When Terminating an Employee Remotely

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the business landscape forever. Alongside the myriad other challenges companies are facing, HR representatives have a uniquely difficult task to tackle: terminating employees remotely. Terminating an employee under any circumstance is an uncomfortable and sometimes nasty affair. It's one thing to tell an employee to their face that they need to pack up;...

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Success Sep 29, 2020
How to Stay Productive Without Sacrificing Creativity

Article by Cecilia Meis In the modern workscape, creativity is a calculated act. Copywriters are hired to deliver a set number of words by a specific date. Designers work with a client on an incremented timeline. Performers must master the choreography before the curtain call. Developers must solve coding hiccups before the site launches. Anyone who has been involved in a creative...

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Success Sep 22, 2020
3 Ways Female Leaders Can Get Ahead

Article by Stefanie O'Connell Women comprise 50.8 percent of the United States population. They earn the majority of undergraduate and master's degrees. They hold 52 percent of all management and professional-level jobs. Yet when it comes to representation in executive leadership positions, women still lag substantially behind men. In the late 20th century, women ushered in an era of...

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Success Sep 18, 2020
Get Ready to Handle the 401(k) Enrollment Season Remotely

Conducting 401(k) enrollment meetings is often a challenge for HR professionals, but the stakes have never been higher than they are in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic will impact both the substance and the form of these meetings. Are you ready? In terms of substance, the pandemic has created legislative changes, erratic investment markets, and in many cases, reduced earnings for employees...

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Success Sep 15, 2020
3 Ways to Use Your Influence to Help Others

Article by Sonia Thompson I follow a few influencers on Instagram and Twitter. I have go-to people for a range of interests, including marketing, spirituality, cooking, fitness, and even entertainment. These people have earned the "influencer" title because they have amassed large numbers of followers who pay attention to them and take their advice. But being an influencer isn't...

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Success Sep 14, 2020
Transitioning From Freelance to Full-Time Work? How to Embrace the Change

Are you thinking about transitioning away from your freelance career into a full-time position? It's not an uncommon situation. While freelancing offers plenty of independence, the stability of full-time employment can be very alluring — especially at a time like this. Even so, you might be feeling nervous about the changes this transition could entail. Any career change is bound to...

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Success Sep 8, 2020
6 Simple Ways to Find Motivation in Your Everyday Life

Article by Tyler Hicks This was going to be my year. At the beginning of 2020, I was newly married, I had a new job, and for the first time in a while, I had a solid exercise routine that didn't zap all of my energy or leave me cursing the inventor of cardio. I had lofty goals for where I wanted to take my business, and I was optimistic. Most importantly, I was motivated. Then, of...

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Success Sep 2, 2020
How to Ask Your Employer to Cover Your Educational Costs

Expenses are tight for most companies these days, but continuing your education could still be valuable for your employer. After all, learning new skills and staying current on industry trends can only make you a better employee, which in turn means you can contribute more to your employer's bottom line. This reasoning might be why 92 percent of US employers offer some sort of educational...

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Success Sep 1, 2020
The Enneagram at Work: Which Number Are You?

Article by Sarah Paulk Personality tests are comforting because they give us instant gratification, telling us right away whether we're extraverted or introverted, logical or creative. But while these quick-results quizzes tell us how we behave, almost all fail to explain why we behave the way we do. That's why many business leaders are turning to the Enneagram, a personality tool with...

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Success Aug 25, 2020
Power Doesn't Always Corrupt: How to Use Your Influence as a Leader

Article by Karima Mariama-Arthur When English politician and historian John Dalberg-Acton said, "Power tends to corrupt," he was painting with a broad brush. There are many types of power, and while some are corrupting, others can bring out the best in people. When leaders leverage their power effectively, they can improve morale and increase productivity. The proper use of power is to...

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Success Aug 20, 2020
Question Your Scheduling Norms: How the Pandemic Changed Company Meetings

In addition to all the other challenges it has created, this pandemic has made it much harder to manage our time. People are juggling working from home and managing their families and personal responsibilities in the middle of a crisis. Distractions have practically quadrupled from what they were in the pre-pandemic days. On top of that, the way people meet has been drastically altered....

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