Work Daze: New Kid in Town

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It's your first day at a new job. What do you think about? If it's you, you think about how long it will take before you reach your last day at your new job. But I'm talking about normal people. Normal people want to do their best from Day One, so they can grow and learn and have long and fulfilling careers. Or so I learned from Julia Malacoff in her recent post on glassdoor.com. Titled "8...

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WORK DAZE: Not Working From Home

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Do you hate leaving home every morning to go to work? Do you wish there was a way to avoid going to work, other than doing so little of it that you are eventually fired? Luckily for you, there is a solution. Instead of you traveling to your work, have your work travel to you. According to a recent article in forbes.com, "7 Things To Know If You Want To Work from Home," a 2016 Gallop...

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Work Daze: Take a Message

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This has happened to you, I'm sure. You have a problem with your cable company, or your telephone provider, or the emergency button on the key fob for your new Lamborghini Centenario Roadster has stopped working. You call customer service, and after poking your way through a phone tree of Paul Bunyan proportions, you eventually reach a human being who helpfully explains that the cause of the...

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Work Daze: Hello, I Hate You.

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Has this ever happened to you? Your company makes a passel of new hires, some of whom are earmarked for your department. Because you have no say in the hiring process, you have no idea who has been hired or what they have been hired to do. The question is -- what do you do when the newbies arrive? Welcome them warmly. They're human beings and they will appreciate your kindness. Be...

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Work Daze – Weekend Update

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TGIFridays It's not just a gourmet restaurant, where the Philly cheesesteak eggrolls alone are worthy of three Michelin stars. It's also an expression that sums up your entire working experience. At the start of the workweek, you put your head down and muscle your way through a miserable Monday, a terrible Tuesday, a weird Wednesday and a thrombotic Thursday. But then, just before you reach...

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Work Daze: Mistaken Identity

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We all make mistakes, or do we? When it comes to doing your job, you're famous for doing everything right. You're perfect, and that's why everyone at work hates you. (Well, it's not the only reason, but it is one we can discuss in public.) While your faultless record is admirable, there could come a time when making a mistake would not be a mistake. According to Sara McCord, in a posting on...

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Work Daze: AI & U

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Companies are trying something new: artificial intelligence. Sound scary? It is. But you have to admit, it's better for management to actually have some intelligence, even if it is artificial. Or is it? According to "What's on Your Mind? Bosses Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Find Out," a recent article by Imani Moise in The Wall Street Journal, "Human-resource departments are...

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Work Daze: Musical Chairs

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You want to succeed at work. This is admirable. But will the traditional methods for getting ahead work for you? Don't think so. Maintaining a positive attitude is one frequent suggestion for strivers, but your "can't-do" attitude is based on years of failures, flops and boo-boos. To positively believe you have what it takes to get ahead is only possible if you are positively...

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Work Daze: Leave Me Alone

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Ever dream of being stranded on a desert island? There you are, totally alone, in the middle of the ocean, doomed to spend the rest of your days with no human company. Sounds good, doesn't it? Thanks to today's trend of open offices, the constant cacophony of co-workers can make work hell. Equally bad are the desk-side pop-ins from employees who have no qualms about disturbing you. Not...

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Work Daze: Power Up

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"Many young employees are frustrated when their first jobs land them in powerless positions at the bottom of the organization chart after years of leadership roles in school." So reports The Wall Street Journal reporter Sue Shellenbarger in "How to Gain Power at Work When You Have None." It is understandable that a new hire wants to think of their desk as a trampoline to upper management,...

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