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5 Ways to Be Happier at Work

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There are a lot of articles and ideas about making the workplace more productive, but who is talking about making the workplace a happier place?

Since we spend a third of our lives there, maybe we should spend just a few more minutes thinking and talking about that.

And while there are many things an employer can do to make the workplace a more pleasant place to spend all that time in, we can do a lot all by ourselves.

Here are five ideas to find more happiness at work: Click Here to Read Article …

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Common Hazards in the Office

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When speaking of workplace safety, people are usually referring to factories, mines, and other industrial settings.

These places often expose workers to dangerous conditions, like temperature extremes, the risk of cave-ins and exposure to dangerous materials.

The asbestos industry has plenty of examples of dangerous jobs in high risk areas.

However, workplace safety doesn’t just apply to people who work in factories and other industrial settings. While those jobs certainly have their fair share of risk, even your basic desk job can have risks as well.

These risks go beyond threats to your waistline, from too much sitting and too many office donuts to actual risks to your health and safety.

In fact, there are four common hazards that can occur in any office environment and can put workers at risk. Click Here to Read Article …

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8 Tips for Winning Work & Life

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It’s easy to get caught up in your work life and neglect your home life.

“Just half an hour more,” is a regular saying for anyone pushing deadlines, but what is this doing to your health?

Work-related stress accounts for 40 percent of all workplace illness, so remembering to separate your work life and home life has never been so important.

Here are eight tips for staying happy and healthy within the workplace. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Awesome Gifts for Freelancers

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Freelancers of any stripe need a good pick-me-up every so often.

Fortunately, many of us know folks who love to give us gifts and the gift-giving season is on its way. The holiday season is officially upon us folks.

A little boost in spirits could come in the form of a little gizmo, one that delivers a bit of consumer goods happiness.

So when someone asks you what you’d like, make sure to add these awesome gifts to your wish list: Click Here to Read Article …

How to Succeed: Listen More

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Far too many of us talk a lot but listen very little.

That probably means that we aren’t hearing all of the information that people are trying to provide to us.

It might mean that we are actually missing quite a lot.

Active listening can help us to both hear and learn more. It doesn’t mean that we can’t speak, but almost all can profit from listening to what others — especially our work colleagues — are trying to communicate to us.

The fact is that listening is one of the most important and under-rated skills you can have. How well you listen has a major impact on your job effectiveness and on the quality of your relationships with others. Click Here to Read Article …

If You Care About People, The Medical Field Needs You More Than Ever

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About a year ago, a thousand kids were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.

As with all surveys, this one leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions. Just over half the respondents provided the top ten jobs.

We do not know anything about the income bracket or level of diversity the kids represented.

The gender mix could have been extremely lopsided. We just don’t know.

That said, the responses were still worthy of consideration. Broken down by gender, doctor was at the top of both lists. I looked at a lot of lists from a lot of sources. Though not always #1, it seems there is still a lot of momentum for the healthcare profession. An awful lot of kids want to be doctors when they grow up. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Beliefs Limiting Your Success

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A few days ago, I was introduced to a talented executive I’ll call Edward, who was brimming with potential.

He was a results-oriented, driven self-starter who had aspirations to advance in his career.

He was bright, attractive, and able to come up with innovative, yet practical ideas with ease.

However, while he had a lot of strengths, it quickly became evident that he overplayed some of them into weaknesses.

For example, he was so focused on winning that I began to feel as though every interchange we had was a competition in which he was trying to show me how intelligent he was. The more I talked to him, the more I realized that unless he was open to some serious coaching, his attitudes would make it difficult for him to realize his vast potential.

In my role as a corporate psychologist, I work with a host of talented professionals like Edward who are eager to make the most of themselves in order to grow their businesses and advance in their careers. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Traits to Adopt For Success

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In his book The Corner Office and his popular New York Times Sunday Business column of the same name, Adam Bryant interviewed more than 70 CEOs from major international corporations to find out their secret to success.

What he found was that they shared a number of key qualities that propelled them to leadership roles and their seat in the corner office.

Those five qualities are passion and curiosity, battled-hardened confidence, team smarts, a simple mindset, and fearlessness.

1. Passion and Curiosity

Bryant calls this a deep sense of engagement with the world, and the leaders he spoke with all had a questioning mind and were acutely interested in people, ideas and things.

It is much more than curiosity — it is a desire to figure out how things work and how they can be made better.

It is also the combination of curiosity and passion because on their own they won’t bring that synergy that’s needed for great leadership.

2. Confidence

The confidence that he heard from CEOs is about developing a track record of overcoming adversity so that you know what you’re capable of.

This is important. At certain points in our lives we find ourselves put on the hot seat in stressful situations, and we need to know that we can handle it.

Out of those experiences comes the confidence that they would know what to do in all sorts of business situations — this confidence carries them through.

3. Team Smarts

Team smarts refers to more than being able to be a good manager or coach, although that is important too. It’s another level down where a leader knows the inner dynamics of a team and how to get the best out of everyone.

The smartest and most successful CEOs know and can easily recognize the soft levers of power and how to tap into them to ensure success.

The best can not only make the official org chart work for them but the informal leadership be part of their team as well.

4. Simplicity

Simplicity is not simple-mindedness but the capacity to take complex ideas or problems and distill them down to one of two key points that everyone can understand.

As human beings we can only process a couple of ideas at a time, so we need leaders who can help us take the twelve organizational priorities down to a few simple and easy-to-follow directions.

This helps build teamwork and cohesiveness in the organization and allows all employees to focus on what is really important.

5. Fearlessness

This doesn’t mean making decisions without proper care and concern, but it does mean a bias towards action. It is a willingness to take risks and to sometimes see that things need to be completely overhauled in order to be successful in the future.

In today’s fast-paced business environment you just can’t afford to wait too long if a product or service isn’t taking off. You may need to kill the organization’s pet project in order to save the rest of the enterprise.

Even when things are working well, the fearless leader is not afraid to blow it up in order to make it bigger or better.

Do you have what it takes to get to the corner office? If you want to be a successful CEO, you might want to think about developing some of these key qualities the CEO’s that Adam Bryant interviewed have. That’s why they’re sitting in the corner office.

10 Tips for Better Health at Work

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As a writer who deals primarily in work-life balance issues, I reserve a special place in my heart for health issues — specifically getting and staying healthy.

In an office environment, the pace is often slow and temptations are ever-present.

Perhaps your goal is to lose weight or maintain a healthy level of fitness.

If so, how do you keep your focus strong and navigate the pitfalls of sedentary work and endless occasions for “treats?” Click Here to Read Article …

Bring the Convenience of an Ecommerce Store to a Brick and Mortar Location

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Every business owner wants to increase their bottom line, and brick and mortar retail stores are no exception.

The overhead and competition with larger online markets can make it more difficult.

This may be one of the reasons why many businesses are unaware of the fact that those same online solutions can be brought into their location to make business run more efficiently.

These solutions can also help a business reap more profits.

The U.S. Small Business Administration recommends that businesses that have physical retail locations consider using ecommerce solutions to help them run their business. Businesses just need to learn more about the benefits ecommerce has to offer them and just how easy it is to implement and use these systems. Click Here to Read Article …

3 Steps to a Healthier Work-Life Balance

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Staying at the office late on a Friday for the third time this month? Spending more time on the weekend dealing with work issues than relaxing?

Frequently getting stuck doing the work of other people in the office? You may be suffering from the absence of clear and healthy boundaries at work.

One of the most important components of a healthy and fulfilling work environment is the presence of clear boundaries.

When you set boundaries with your coworkers and supervisors, you’re telling them how you expect to be treated and the behaviors you will and will not tolerate. Click Here to Read Article …

7 Tips to Manage Time Like a Boss

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What differentiates a smart entrepreneur from a mediocre one? Time management. A successful businessman is one who knows how to utilize his time in the right manner.

Sadly, many entrepreneurs fail to cope with this major factor in their life simply because they are either not good at it or are too busy to think about it.

Ultimately, they suffer losses, valuable contacts and above all the much-needed balance in their life that can seriously affect their performance.

But with effective time-management skills, they can turn the situation in their favor. Click Here to Read Article …