4 Definite Do's for Your Office Halloween Party

4 Definite Do's for Your Office Halloween Party

It’s October. So, you know what that means, right? This month you have a day entirely dedicated for you to assume another identity (or maybe two or three) if you factor in the weekend prior. Beyond the myriad of social events and contests around town, chances are relatively high that your office or shared work space, is hosting a Halloween Party too. Before you say “I don’t dress up for those,” I must ask “Why the hell not”?

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If People Think You’re Rude, They May Have a Point

If People Think You’re Rude, They May Have a Point

It may be hard to wrap your brain around this, and you may not agree, but if people think you’re rude, you probably are. It’s their perception, and that’s what counts. Your perception of you doesn’t really matter. Only theirs. Somewhere along the line, your intention to be polite and respectful to others and get stuff done has gone awry, and you need to find out why.

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5 Tips to Make Going Back to Work as a New Mom Easier

5 Tips to Make Going Back to Work as a New Mom Easier

Since the birth of your new bundle of joy, you’ve been going through a parent’s version of rigorous survival training. In a short period, you are subjected to a mixture of strenuous physical demands, mental strengthening drills, and unavoidable sleep deprivation as you work to develop a routine. If that’s not challenging enough, within a matter of weeks, you are expected to have conquered the new mommy landscape, and morph into a high performing working mother without missing a beat. Although an unreasonable expectation, ask any new mom and they will tell you absurd or not, it’s still the expectation.

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5 Work Habits to Save Time and Keep Your New Mom Schedule on Track

5 Work Habits to Save Time and Keep Your New Mom Schedule on Track

Time has a way of fading memories, but I remember how hectic motherhood is, and how brutal the back-to-work transition can be as a new working mom. You’ll get all kinds of advice, here are four habits every working mom can develop to keep their day job and navigate the demands of motherhood.

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How to Make Working at Home Work

How to Make Working at Home Work

It's easy for the freedom, sparkle and shine that comes with working at home to be a little intoxicating. But, if you don't sober up pretty quickly, bad habits and a lackadaisical attitude can catch up with you. You don't want to put your sweet little gig at risk, or you at risk of getting a good talking-to from you-know-who. And, let's face it, no one wants one of those.

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Time Management: Is Tracking Your Time on Your To-Do List?

Time Management:  Is Tracking Your Time on Your To-Do List?

It’s important to learn early in your career how to account for time and track it. It’s always going to get away from you, and you won’t ever have enough of it.  Just about everyone underestimates how long just about everything takes. Most people don't have a clue how much time they spend on routine tasks or their core job responsibilities. Here are two reasons you should.

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What You Need to Know About Manager Credibility

What You Need to Know About Manager Credibility

In my role as a talent development professional, I have been helping managers become better leaders for longer than I like to admit (think decades, not years).  When I facilitate leadership sessions, participants are often surprised to learn that I believe credibility is the most essential trait of a leader. I am not surprised to learn that they often don’t agree with me, or that our perception of credibility and the day-to-day interpretation of it, are vastly different.

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How to Nail the First 90 Days on the Job

How to Nail the First 90 Days on the Job

Congratulations! You have a new job. New jobs are exciting, despite the angst and anxiety that tend to be part of the process. Being successful in a new role is more than meeting the team, learning where the breakroom is and learning how to perform your new job. Starting a new job offers a fantastic opportunity for you to exploit the situation. Yes, I said exploit. And, I meant it. You can start over, reinvent yourself, change your style, improve your work habits and interact with others much differently than you have in the past. You can change anything you want as you walk through the new door. But, you’re only the new kid on the block for a short time.  And, as such, you will never have a better opportunity to build a strong foundation for success than during the first critical months of a new job. Here are three tips from Your Office Mom that will help any young professional transition smoothly into the new role at a new company.  

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Here’s How to Manage Your Time and Keep Customers Happy

Here’s How to Manage Your Time and Keep Customers Happy

We all have customers. Some are internal, others are external, but we need to keep them all happy. How can you manage your time more effectively and give excellent customer service? Here are Your Office Mom’s six work tips for smart, young professionals who want to keep customers happy and for entrepreneurs who want to differentiate themselves from those other guys.

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Straight Talk about Sexual Misconduct

Straight Talk about Sexual Misconduct

We've always had sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s not a new phenomenon. What’s become painfully obvious is we are still so confused over what it is, exactly.  The term sexual misconduct is getting a lot of attention lately.  Whereas some people may understand it’s the broad term to encompass any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature, most don’t, which complicates things.  Headlines, especially the latest ones naming Aziz Ansari have people shaking their heads, for a number of reasons. 

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