The answer may be the secret to getting the next one. “I just got passed up for another promotion. This is the third one in the last four years. I have a degree and great skills; I get excellent comments and scores on my yearly reviews, too. It seems impossible for me to break out … Continue reading Always Ask Why You Didn’t Get That Promotion
The first full-time job I applied to after college was as a receptionist at a real estate company. I wore my mother’s linen suit, silk blouse, and pearls to the interview. I was offered the job during the interview and I gladly accepted it. I was instructed that, although everyone in the office called my … Continue reading Exciting Changes in Store for the Administrative Profession
When do you decide you’re under too much stress? When do you call in sick and take a mental health day? When do you put you at the top of your to-do list? Not often enough, I say — and when we do, it’s usually because our body has given us no choice in the … Continue reading Preventing Burnout Is A Choice We Should Make Every Day
Copyright: Image by StockUnlimited Have you ever had to tell someone that they need to shower more, find somewhere else to live or they’re too loud at work? Those kinds of conversations can be incredibly uncomfortable. According to a recent study, the average employee spends 2.8 hours a week dealing with conflict, including uncomfortable discussions. … Continue reading Having a Difficult Conversation
I’m a pretty black-and-white thinker. I’m all about an action plan, a solution, a strategy. I provide solutions to my clients, my friends and my family. I can always come up with solutions to other people’s problems. It’s my issues that are the problem. Sometimes my issues feel too big, too close, and too emotional … Continue reading Can you ask for help?
Is it OK to give up on your difficult person? There may come a time in your relationship with your difficult person when you realize it is never going to work out. You are never going to reach a middle ground. You are never going to change their behaviour. Is it OK to give up? … Continue reading Can I Quit
At what point does being helpful become complaining? We have a home in Florida that we use as a vacation rental. We do our best to keep it looking and operating at peak efficiency and comfort. We have great guests, and people seem to enjoy their time while on vacation. Ed and Gretchen were excited … Continue reading Helpful Or Complaining
Sheryl Crow has a line in a song that I love: “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you have.” We live in a society that always wants more. A better job, a nicer car, a bigger house, a bigger paycheque, a great title, and so on. However, each of these wants … Continue reading Everything You Want, Comes With A Price Tag
I’ll admit that occasionally I watch the TLC show Hoarders. I always feel better about myself after I watch it. My life may be messy sometimes, but it isn’t anything like that! Or is it? You may not be a classic hoarder. You may not have areas of your home and office that are crowded … Continue reading Are You An Email Hoarder ?