Archive | January, 2011

Success Stories of Two Entrepreneurs

Posted on 30 January 2011

Two entrepreneurs seize the day. Making a career dream come true means different things to different people. For a certain brand of entrepreneurs who have a passion to share with the world, the best career path is self-employment. “I’ve always been big into goal-setting and making dreams come true,” says Anne Leighton, an independent music [...]

Different Generations in the Workplace

Posted on 28 January 2011

Baby Boomers, Gen-X’ers march to different drummers. From landing a job to setting career objectives to deciding when to leave, the ways Baby Boomers and Generation X’ers approach their jobs contrast dramatically. Given the technology growth in the last 20 years, it’s not surprising that Gen-X’ers are more likely to take advantage of technology; they [...]

Balancing Work and Your Personal Life

Posted on 26 January 2011

Why is the two-word sentiment “Back off!” so difficult to convey in a polite, professional manner? We’ve all seen–or become?–the classic cases: The executive conducting client calls while on the beach with his kids. Or packing three or four gizmos on a belt to ensure 24/7 connectivity–but a ceaseless cacophony of beeping, chirping chaos as [...]

The Flaws in Family Leave

Posted on 25 January 2011

It sounded like a no-brainer at the time: In 1993, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), ensuring that parents would not lose their jobs if they took time off to care for a seriously ill child. But, like many well-intended laws, the FMLA has produced unintended consequences–resulting in confusion and conflict [...]

Signs and Symptoms of Job Burnout and How to Preventing Them

Posted on 23 January 2011

It’s problematic and pervasive. You enter a career as an excited new worker. After a short while, you feel like just another brick in the wall. You have it: job burnout. From Reaffirming to Depressing “Job burnout is essentially job depression,” says author and workplace expert Dr. Beverly Potter. “And how do you differentiate that [...]

Innovative Benefits for Working Moms

Posted on 08 January 2011

If parenting is the toughest unpaid job there is, how can we compensate the 26 million working moms in America today? For starters, we need to stop talking out of both sides of our mouths. Society says our children are lacking in parental guidance–but, at the same time, we want men and women to compete [...]

Being Yourself at Work

Posted on 08 January 2011

What if some high-priced corporate lawyer suddenly stood up in a meeting and started dancing on the table–would you still be able to take that person seriously? Probably not. In any professional situation, it’s important to appear competent and in control. You want to project a great image. But does that mean that our true [...]

The Pros And Cons of Working With Relatives

Posted on 06 January 2011

“Honey, let’s start our own business” Sounds charming, even romantic, right? But love, passion, and desire aren’t the only ingredients for success in business. Despite what you may have heard, it isn’t as easy as pie. Just ask Susan Axelrod, president of Love and Quiches Desserts, a New York-based manufacturer that distributes bakery products worldwide [...]

How to Write Annual Performance Review

Posted on 03 January 2011

It’s that time of year again: annual reviews. But for some reason, your boss seems unable to make the time for yours. It wouldn’t be so bad if she were just a few weeks late, but last year it took months before you were able to pin her down for the performance review. You swore [...]

New Graduate Salaries

Posted on 03 January 2011

The robust economy drove up salaries for the Class of 2010, according to a recent survey of 104 colleges released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The most recent graduating class saw, on average, larger salary increases than did the Class of 2009. Some employers are even reporting that students, who recognize [...]