Can’t We All Get Along?

Can’t We All Get Along?

Why it’s important to combat incivility in the workplace Most of America cringed when SNL’s Pete Davidson said that newly elected Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw, ...

Sartorial Tips to Get Your Career Off to a Great Start

Sartorial Tips to Get Your Career Off to a Great Start

Although hoodies and harem pants no longer raise eyebrows in some workplaces, there is a lot of confusion today over what is appropriate to wear ...

What Employers Need to Know About MA’s New Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

What Employers Need to Know About MA’s New Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

There’s nothing like voter fear to get politicians moving! In an unusual show of bipartisanship, the Mass legislature quickly came together in June and produced ...

Employers and Job-Seekers:  The Autumn Hiring Harvest Begins, Starting Now!

Employers and Job-Seekers: The Autumn Hiring Harvest Begins, Starting Now!

With Labor Day behind us and the kids back to school, now is the time for companies and potential employees to connect. As hiring managers hurry ...

The Limitless Value of Initiative

The Limitless Value of Initiative

A consultant, who works out of her home office, used a software security service as part of her internet package.  After upgrading to a fiber ...

News Flash for Millennials:  You Will Get Old.   What Your Future Looks Like, Depends on How You Save Now!

News Flash for Millennials: You Will Get Old. What Your Future Looks Like, Depends on How You Save Now!

According to a report by the National Institute on Retirement Security, if you are between the ages of 21 and 32, you are probably among ...

Don’t Let Labor Shortages Slow Your Growth!

Don’t Let Labor Shortages Slow Your Growth!

It’s what Americans have been waiting for:   Personal and disposable income is trending up .04 percent in May, allowing people to feel more comfortable ...

Get Healthy at Work:  30 Days of Keeping it Simple 

Get Healthy at Work:  30 Days of Keeping it Simple 

No, wait!  Don’t X this tab! Your blood pressure is probably soaring at the thought of yet another article on “workplace wellness.” I get it. ...

Speed Up Your Hiring Process to Attract Top Talent

Speed Up Your Hiring Process to Attract Top Talent

When Ben Franklin said, “Lost time is never found again,” he hadn’t had the pleasure of applying for jobs in 2018! Lengthy hiring processes should ...

How Quitting Smoking Can Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired

How Quitting Smoking Can Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired

If you’ve ever needed another reason to quit smoking, it’s this: Depending on your profession and where you live, you might not get hired. Don’t ...

Generation Z – The Next-Gen Workforce | Part Two

Generation Z – The Next-Gen Workforce | Part Two

Tips for Hiring and Engaging Gen Z Workers In last month’s blog, Generation Y and Z.  What’s Different? we explored some generalized contrasts between Gen Y ...

Generation Z – The Next-Gen Workforce | Part One

Generation Z – The Next-Gen Workforce | Part One

Generation Y and Z.  What’s Different? Just as you were getting the hang of managing Millennials (Gen Y), now you are faced with the complexities ...

A Digital Cleanup Can Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired

A Digital Cleanup Can Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired

Arguably, the most fascinating Washington hearings lately have been the Mark Zuckerberg grillings by Congress.  They revealed key takeaways for social media platforms and ISPs ...

EMAC could mean Monstrous fines for your business!

EMAC could mean Monstrous fines for your business!

If you are a Massachusetts small business with at least six, full or part-time employees whose non-disabled employees are on a state subsidized healthcare plan ...

Three Steps to Becoming a Leader Even if You Aren’t in Charge

Three Steps to Becoming a Leader Even if You Aren’t in Charge

Everyone wants to oversee something, even if it is only controlling their own environment.  In the workplace, being in charge signifies that you’ve “arrived.”  That ...

Constructive Review Or Cyberbullying?

Constructive Review Or Cyberbullying?

  Just like a relationship, disappointment with an employer, brand, or service provider is inevitable.  Hard feelings used to be expressed over a drink and ...

New Year’s Career Resolution: Start with You!

New Year’s Career Resolution: Start with You!

Assess your Attitudes, Abilities, and Skills for Success in 2018 So how is it going with the New Year’s resolutions?  Making good progress on that ...

In Review: Three Updates to Pay Attention to in 2018

In Review: Three Updates to Pay Attention to in 2018

    Looking back over an eventful 2017, we can only assume more of the same, uber-dynamic challenges, but also opportunities for growth in 2018.  ...

Economic Trends You Can Tap into in 2018

Economic Trends You Can Tap into in 2018

The beginning of a new year is a fine time to take stock of where you are in your career and whether some changes might ...

Holiday Work Parties:  Just Forego the Mistletoe

Holiday Work Parties: Just Forego the Mistletoe

The holiday season is the best time of year to recognize and thank employees for their dedication and hard work.  However, this year’s barrage of ...

Conversation with a Reference  

Conversation with a Reference  

  Congratulations, you’ve made it to the third-tier interviews, and the hiring manager wants to check your professional references.  Have you ever wondered how the ...

Five Ways to Ace Your Live Video Interview

Five Ways to Ace Your Live Video Interview

  How amazing is visual communication?  Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts – these are all awesome until we are accidentally photo bombed by a half-naked ...

The New Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “What Were You Making at Your Last Job?”

The New Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “What Were You Making at Your Last Job?”

  Marital status, kids, nationality, medical status, age, faith – most hiring managers know that asking job candidates questions about any of these topics violates ...

Best Paying Industries for Recent Grads

Best Paying Industries for Recent Grads

When you’re fresh out of college and entering the job market, the last thing you want is a job that would force you to live ...

Attract Top Talent by Integrating Sustainability into your HR Practices  

Attract Top Talent by Integrating Sustainability into your HR Practices  

If your company is in the process of transforming itself into a sustainability-oriented enterprise, you are not alone.  According to a 2016 GreenBiz report, 51 ...

Not Getting Hired?  Time to Check Your Writing!

Not Getting Hired? Time to Check Your Writing!

  At the risk of being in the hot seat as readers try to discover errors in this blog, it is important to remind job ...

What New Team Leaders Should Know First

What New Team Leaders Should Know First

  Monday is going well, until your boss announces she wants you to head up a new project team.  Memories of college team assignments flood ...

When Fire Struck, It was all about EQ

When Fire Struck, It was all about EQ

IQ and EQ – intelligence and emotional intelligence – much has been written about these cognitive skills, but when disaster hits, leaders will know just ...

Is There Room for Recent Graduates to Negotiate Salary When Accepting Their First Job? 

Is There Room for Recent Graduates to Negotiate Salary When Accepting Their First Job? 

Schools out, you’ve got that new diploma in hand and you’re ready to start earning some of that sweet cash that you were promised by ...

High Impact Workspace Ideas for Productivity and Engagement

High Impact Workspace Ideas for Productivity and Engagement

Not looking forward to Monday?  According to a 2017 Gallop study, neither are nearly 70% of workers, including 60% of Millennials, who make up 38% ...

Summer’s Here – Get Your Team Out of the Office

Summer’s Here – Get Your Team Out of the Office

Summer’s Here – Get Your Team Out of the Office A perfect summer corporate event might consist of staff leaving for an early Friday afternoon ...

The Minimum Wage Conundrum

The Minimum Wage Conundrum

The Minimum Wage Conundrum Jon is excited to hit that $15.00 per hour wage increase at his next employee review.  At a starting wage of ...

What are the Most Common Traits of People that Rise to the Top and Get Promoted?

What are the Most Common Traits of People that Rise to the Top and Get Promoted?

  What are the Most Common Traits of People that Rise to the Top and Get Promoted? Are you hoping to move your career forward ...

How Does Caffeine Affect You at Work? 

How Does Caffeine Affect You at Work? 

Are you a coffee addict or soda fanatic who must hit the coffee or vending machines the minute you walk in the door of your ...

Arm Yourself Against Cyber Crime

Arm Yourself Against Cyber Crime

This month, hearings are being held in Washington related to the reported hacking of the U.S. electoral system by Russian operatives.  In addition, every few ...

Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety

The Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Excel Industries lawn products company in Kansas, and the WDBJ TV station shooting in Roanoke, Virginia in which ...

Understanding Emotional Intelligence. What it is…and do you have it?

Understanding Emotional Intelligence. What it is…and do you have it?

Do you have emotional intelligence, more commonly referred to as EI? Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify emotions and manage them.  People with ...

Organizational Essentials:  Cultivate, Sow, Feed and Weed

Organizational Essentials: Cultivate, Sow, Feed and Weed

May is usually the signal to get out in the garden and begin the process of connecting with the earth, cultivating the soil, considering what ...

Networking Not Working? Try These 4 New Ways

Networking Not Working? Try These 4 New Ways

  Gone are the days where networking consisted of an awkward after-work mixer with nametags and not enough cocktails.  The new networking culture is not ...

Spring Cleaning:  Detox Your Workplace

Spring Cleaning: Detox Your Workplace

Run out of the house, quick latte, grab a donut or a muffin as you pass the break room, hit the desk, nibble on those ...

Giving Ex-Offenders their Next Chance

Giving Ex-Offenders their Next Chance

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, nine million convicted criminals, most non-violent offenders, rotate into and out of various correctional facilities each ...

Intervention for Your Social Media Addiction…BEFORE You Get Fired!

Intervention for Your Social Media Addiction…BEFORE You Get Fired!

  Is it 3:00 p.m.? Are you at your desk, trying to make progress on that looming deadline? But you say you’ll just take five ...

Hiring the Next-Generation Workforce

Hiring the Next-Generation Workforce

    Earlier this month, Automation:  Preparing for a Next Generation Workforce outlined some of the advantages and disadvantages of the increased focus and reliance ...

Automation:  Preparing for a Next-Generation Workforce

Automation: Preparing for a Next-Generation Workforce

As if Americans do not have enough to worry about, government reports and economists say up to 50% of workers should be prepared to be ...

Six Ways to Diffuse Disruptive Political Energy in the Workplace

Six Ways to Diffuse Disruptive Political Energy in the Workplace

  Despite a long and grueling election year guaranteed to exhaust even the most ardent current events follower, there remains a seemingly inexhaustible force of ...

Will President-Elect Trump Bring More or Less Regulations to the Workplace?

Will President-Elect Trump Bring More or Less Regulations to the Workplace?

  Even before the January 20 Inauguration, employers are seeing some impact in the results of the most recent presidential election. But will Present-Elect Donald ...

While Medical Marijuana Becomes More Mainstream…You Might Want to Think Twice About it

While Medical Marijuana Becomes More Mainstream…You Might Want to Think Twice About it

Just because your state may have passed Recreation Marijuana laws, it doesn’t mean employers aren’t still conducting regular drug tests for that and other drugs. ...