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    Why Failures Can Be Such Success Stories

    Why Failures Can Be Such Success Stories
    Many great business leaders have faced failure at some point in their careers. Psychology experts say they share a learnable trait called self-efficacy. To err is human. But to persevere is a feat that often separates the successful from the mediocre. In business—as in sports, politics, and the arts—many of the greatest and most influential leaders share a history of failure. ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Q: Am I legally bound to give employees an annual review?

    Q: Am I legally bound to give employees an annual review?
    Q: Am I legally bound to give employees an annual review? By law, is it essential to give an employee an annual review even if the company isn't doing so well? A: First, we should clarify your terms. I think you are using the term "annual review" to mean salary increase, versus an evaluation of an individual's job performance. While you ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Americans Receiving Jobless Benefits Hits Record

    Americans Receiving Jobless Benefits Hits Record
    The number of people receiving unemployment benefits has reached an all-time record, the government said Thursday, and more layoffs are spreading throughout the economy. The Labor Department reported that the number of Americans continuing to claim unemployment insurance for the week ending Jan. 17 was a seasonally adjusted 4.78 million, the highest on records dating back to 1967. That's an increase ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rate This
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    When an Employee Gives You Info in Confidence

    When an Employee Gives You Info in Confidence
    A reader writes: An employee tells you they observed another employee talking on a cell phone while supervising children (which is against company policy). How can you effectively address the situation when an employee asks you to to keep it confidential that it came from them, yet no one else saw it happen? It's not likely that it would happen in ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Oct. 22--What if to keep your job, you were ordered never to reveal your gender, race or ethnicity? While in some cases others might be able to guess about the traits that make you who you are, you would not have the right to tell them -- plainly and simply -- so they did not have to speculate. That would be ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Before They Were Prez: Job Tips from Our Founding Fathers

    Presidents were once lowly employees too... Think Presidents have it easy with all of their Cabinet and appointed staff to do things for them? Well, life wasn’t always so sweet. They had to work their way up the career ladder to the White House too! Here are some examples of jobs they had before the Oval Office and tips that ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    6 Ways Finding a Dream Job Is Like Finding Your Soul Mate

    6 Ways Finding a Dream Job Is Like Finding Your Soul Mate
    The idea of what makes a dream job changes over time, as does what a person looks for in their soul mate. In the past, one simply wanted steady work to provide food and shelter for his or her family. People also didn't live as long, and as a result didn't have the flexibility to date a wide variety of people ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Dark Side of Leadership

    The Dark Side of Leadership
    Many leaders have what Aristotle would have called a "tragic flaw". Othello's jealousy and Hamlet's failure to act are two well known literary examples. This weak spot that can lead to a leader’s downfall is often one of the leader’s greatest strengths, which when stressed and overused, turns into destructive behavior. I’ve always believed that most, if not all, leadership behavioral ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Health Insurance for the Self-Employed

    Health Insurance for the Self-Employed
    I would love to own my own business, but I wonder what self-employed people do about health insurance. Do they not have any? I think medical coverage must be a major reason that most people stay at their jobs. Are there ways to get health insurance other than through an employer? —M.B., San Francisco Unfortunately, there are an estimated 40 million ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Health Benefits: Medicare's Costly Doughnut Hole

    Health Benefits: Medicare's Costly Doughnut Hole
    For many older Americans, this is a bitter time of year with a deceptively sweet name: the "doughnut hole." It's not a treat from the local bakery, but rather a coverage gap in the three-year-old Medicare Part D drug program. When Part D was first designed as a way to help elderly patients pay for their prescription drugs, the only way ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Five-Figure Bonuses Stun Chicago Plant Workers

    Five-Figure Bonuses Stun Chicago Plant Workers
    CHICAGO - Dave Tiderman wondered if the decimal point was in the wrong place when he opened his $35,000 company bonus. Jose Rojas saw his $10,000 check and thought, "That can't be right." Valentin Dima watched co-workers breaking down in tears over their bonus checks and didn't trust his emotions. He drove home first, then opened his envelope: $33,000. Year-end bonuses ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Am I a Back-Up Candidate?

    Am I a Back-Up Candidate?
    A reader writes: I am curious to know what the message is to back-up candidates while a the company is waiting for someone to respond to a job offer. I was told that a decision would be made late last week, and I recently received an update that it will be another week and a half. I know that there are ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Tricked Into Resigning?

    Tricked Into Resigning?
    A reader writes: I work at a small company for now. 3 and a half people (the half being a part time contractor). There is no HR. The boss is HR. I have had several therapy sessions trying to figure him out. My therapist thinks he is an attention-deficit narcissist. He won't apologize, take responsibility, or listen. He disregards years and ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: -1
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    How Do You Survive Without a Job?

    How Do You Survive Without a Job?
    In the comments on a recent post, Kathy asked: Hi, I have a question that I do not mean with any snotty tone, whatsoever. I am truly curious because it's something I've always wondered: For those of you unemployed for lengthy periods of time, how do you survive? Did you have a large emergency fund built up? Do you tend to ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job

    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job
    When I lost my job, the last thing I needed was a blank social calendar and empty bed. There's only so much disappointment one girl can take. This modern-day Dorothy wanted to click her heels and have the perfect profession and pillow pal land right into her lap. Was that too much to ask? Maybe not. Monster contributing writer Nicole Williams ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    4 Ways to Get Killer Letters of Recommendation

    4 Ways to Get Killer Letters of Recommendation
    For many, attempting to get someone to write a letter of recommendation for school or a new job can be an extremely intimidating experience. Especially for those who fear rejection, don't easily accept compliments, or just don't like tooting their own horn. However, like filling out an application or writing a resume, getting someone to write a letter of recommendation is ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    What Professionals Should Never (Ever!) Wear

    We hate to admit it, because we personally feel that clothes shouldn't matter. In a perfect world, a person would be judged at their workplace based solely on the caliber of their work. Unfortunately, that's not how the world works. How you choose to dress each morning reflects how you feel about your job – that you take your position ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +21
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    Interview Questions to Ask When Hiring a Manager

    Interview Questions to Ask When Hiring a Manager
    I recently put this together for someone, and I'm recycling it here: interview questions to ask if you're hiring a manager of a department, organization, whatever. As you'll see, the idea of most of these to give you a good feel for whether this is someone who gets things done, is a strong manager who's focused on results, etc. Please add ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    What High-Performing Companies Are Doing Now to Retain Talent Later

    What High-Performing Companies Are Doing Now to Retain Talent Later
    There's a change in the wind. Most employers believe the poor economy has been key to employee retention over the last year or so. But now they're gearing up for a time when only solid retention initiatives will make the difference between keeping and losing key talent. i4cp found that over half (58%) of those responding to their recent Employee Turnover ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Strip-Search Job Interview

    Strip-Search Job Interview
    A reader writes: After filling out an online application, I received an email from the (large and well-known) employer asking that I return to their career website to provide my date of birth, social security number, and driver's license number. They added that they will only use the information to begin a background check if I were to receive and accept ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?