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    7 Secrets for Good Meetings

    7 Secrets for Good Meetings
    One of the biggest changes I experienced when I became a consultant involved meetings. Working in corporate, I attended a lot of meetings – many of them were routine like staff meetings or safety meetings, etc. As a consultant, the number of meetings I attend has diminished significantly. And maybe it's just me but, the meetings I do go to for ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Which Countries Have the Most Vacation?

    Did you take a vacation this summer? If you did, it was because your company generously allowed you a few paid vacation days. Unlike businesses in these other countries (all members of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development), U.S. companies are not required to give employees time off. Despite working some of the longest hours in the world, we ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    My Boss Acts Like I'm On-Call Day and Night

    My Boss Acts Like I'm On-Call Day and Night
    In response to an earlier post about calling coworkers at night or over the weekend, I wrote that (a) it can be okay if you know they're fine with it, which some people are, (b) you should avoid doing it if you're a manager, even if you know/think they're fine with it, because most people will be less comfortable telling you ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    What to Reveal When Rejecting a Job Candidate

    What to Reveal When Rejecting a Job Candidate
    A reader writes: In notifying candidates (who were interviewed) that they were not chosen, do you think it's better or worse to let them know that we've selected an internal candidate for the position? I'd come down on the side of more information being better than less information. Job seekers so infrequently hear anything from companies they've interviewed with, and I ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Speaking in a Foreign Language

    Speaking in a Foreign Language
    A reader writes: I would like your feedback on a common occurrence in our store. Sometimes a couple of customers will walk in whose native language is other than English. However, these customers do speak English quite well but choose to speak in the other language while they are being directly waited on by our employees. If they are trying on ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Calling a Coworker Who is On Vacation

    Calling a Coworker Who is On Vacation
    A reader writes: My husband called a co-worker Tuesday night after 10:30 pm and talked until almost midnight about business. This person was also on vacation. This was not an emergency call and I feel, regardless of whether the co-worker kept the communication going, that my husband was out of bounds in making this call. Please advise. It totally depends on ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Long-Distance Job Searching

    Long-Distance Job Searching
    A reader writes: I am looking for a position in another city. I am applying for positions that I am well qualified for and would easily be asked for an interview if I was local. However it seems I keep getting turned away because I am out of state. I have stated in my cover letter that of course I will ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Danger Signs in a Job Interview

    Danger Signs in a Job Interview
    A reader writes: Can you give some advice to first-time job-seekers on how to verify the legitimacy of companies posting job opportunities? I recently was blindsided by being hired into a company that lacked any sort of professionalism or integrity. Although I've gracefully dealt with an entry-level customer service position for two years, I walked out of this job in tears ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Make Friends In and Out of the Office

    How to Make Friends In and Out of the Office
    When we were younger, making friends was easy. School provides us with an instant pool of people our own age that we interact with on a daily basis, who are in the same boat we are. But once we leave college and enter the real world, finding friends can be a more difficult task, especially if you have to relocate for ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Answer the Interview Question "Tell Me About Yourself"

    How to Answer the Interview Question "Tell Me About Yourself"
    A reader writes: The interview question that stresses me out the most (besides the what are your weaknesses question) is the tell me about yourself question...or statement...or request, whichever it is. What do employers really want to hear? I'm assuming that this isn't the time to regale colorful stories of my childhood in the deep south, but what should I be ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Can Your Boss Legally Open Your Mail?

    Can Your Boss Legally Open Your Mail?
    A reader writes: My own postman is unreliable, so I often have book orders from amazon, half.com and ebay sent to me at work. The other day, my boss opened a package addressed to me and was offended. He wasn't offended that I had something mailed to me at work, he was offended by the subject matter that the book dealt ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Two Weeks Notice Not Enough?

    Two Weeks Notice Not Enough?
    A reader writes: I have been working at the same company (my first post-school job) for about 2 years now, and I've been moderately to very unhappy for most of my time here for a variety of factors (different working style from my boss which has lead to clashes in the past, public belittlement if something goes wrong, a team that ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Why Muslim Employees Aren't Participating in Your Company’s 401(k)

    Why Muslim Employees Aren't Participating in Your Company’s 401(k)
    When it comes to news about American Muslims in the workplace, the focus is often centered on issues of discrimination, harassment, or misunderstandings related to Muslims' religious beliefs and practices. Very little seems to be written about how to create an environment of inclusion beyond basic workplace accommodation. For employers, the importance of understanding the laws specific to religious accommodation and ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Too Much Contact When Job Searching?

    Too Much Contact When Job Searching?
    A reader writes: I'm about to lose my job (temporary hire for a project that's almost over) and now am starting the hunt again. I've been reading all the advice, going to the free federally-funded we-help-you-get-hired places, and all of them tell you to constantly call, call, call the place you're applying. Call after you've sent in your resume/application to make ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Handle a Creepy Coworker

    How to Handle a Creepy Coworker
    A reader writes: I work with a man who has an inappropriate infatuation with a much younger, married co-worker. He is married with a daughter about the same age as this woman (mid 20's). I have seen him demonstrate obsessive behavior toward her: Leering, taking her picture with his cell phone, outward anger/jealousy toward anyone else who interacts with her. He ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Cliques and Teams

    Cliques and Teams
    Franny Oxford over at Do the Work blog wrote a post a while back about SHRM (aka the Society for Human Resource Management). While her post was about something completely different, she made reference to SHRM affiliated chapters being cliquish. The comment really struck me because, during my involvement with SHRM, I've heard the same remark…many times. And I always walk ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Social Media Goes to Work

    Social Media Goes to Work
    With Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media technologies virtually omnipresent lately, it's not surprising that many managers are wondering how to leverage these tools. Sales and marketing were the first to exploit these technologies, which present new ways of reaching customers. But the real trick is finding ways to improve productivity, collaboration, communication and learning within organizations using tools that ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Do You Work in the Gray Zone?

    Do You Work in the Gray Zone?
    One of the absolutely fabulous readers here at HR Bartender sent me this question. It was a question asked of her during a job interview and she wanted to know how I would have answered it. Jan and John are working together on a project. HR is planning to suspend Jan. Do you tell John that Jan is going to be ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Re-Listing a Job Posting

    Re-Listing a Job Posting
    A reader writes: I applied for a job with an organization, passed the phone screen, and was given a second interview less than a week later. I interviewed with a panel of people and was told at the time there were several candidates interviewing for this position. In my opinion, the interview went well. After the interview, the recruiter also let ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    6 Myths About Job Hunting During a Recession

    6 Myths About Job Hunting During a Recession
    By Cherie Berkley The job market is tight. Competition is stiff. But, if you are one of the thousands tasked with getting a new job in this poor economy, all is not lost. Hopefully, you can move more quickly from the unemployment line to a job offer once you get past these six common myths about job-hunting during a recession. Myth ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?