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September 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Before taking on volunteer role, ask yourself these questions

With fall’s arrival, the call for volunteers heats up, bringing opportunity to devote time to new causes and pull back from current positions that no longer hold interest. Before signing on to be president of the chamber or chair of a fundraising event, here are a few tips to ensure your volunteer duties match up with the rest of your life.


More in Career Advice | Topics: nonprofit, volunteering, work/life balance

August 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Career advice: How to outwit a peer who is undermining you

Q: I’m in charge of a team tasked with implementing a new corporate strategy. I’m running into a peer who seems to be trying to undercut my efforts. How should I handle him?


More in Career Advice | Topics: conflict, HR, management

August 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Career advice: To calm nerves, quit worrying about ‘what if’

Q: I always get nervous before and during client calls, especially with new clients. I just want to get the call over with. How can I handle this?


More in Career Advice | Topics: communication, meeting, sales

August 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Career advice: How to work with a workaholic

Q: I have a co-worker who is a self-described workaholic. He works on weekends and seems to expect me to, as well. I work hard but very much value my work-life balance. How can I manage this situation so that our close working relationship remains positive?


More in Career Advice | Topics: etiquette, managing up, work/life balance

August 6, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Q&A: Think twice before leaving job that’s a poor fit

Q: Let me just say that I hate working with the public. When I took this job, my manager said I would be doing data entry and filing. Since then, however, I have been assigned to work the front desk several times a week. I love entering data and don’t mind filing, but I despise dealing with the rude, pushy people who come into this office.


More in Career Advice | Topics: education and training, job hunt

July 30, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Q&A: Confronting new boss over changes is an unwise move

Q: Recently, a new manager was transferred to our store from a different location. “Gwen” apparently wants everything to be just like it was at her previous workplace. Instead of trying to understand how we do things here, she has turned the place upside down with one change after another.


More in Career Advice | Topics: conflict, management, managing up

July 28, 2014 at 4:00 AM

How much is your time worth? Consider outsourcing some tasks

As outsourcing sites spread, today’s business owners have more options for hiring out tasks that detract from generating income and having a balanced life.


More in Career Advice | Topics: contracting, freelance, work/life balance

July 23, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Q&A: Don’t back down when co-worker drives dangerously

Q: I’m afraid that I could be hurt or killed by colleagues who insist on texting while driving. Recently, one of my co-workers offered to drive us to a meeting with a new client. On the way back to the office, “Brad” received a text from his daughter and began reading it while we were in heavy traffic.


More in Career Advice | Topics: conflict, etiquette, HR

July 11, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Career envy: how to conquer professional jealousy

Career envy existed long before social media, but Facebook and LinkedIn make it easier than ever to obsess over who’s doing better than you.


More in Career Advice | Topics: networking, social media

July 9, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Q&A: How can unfair vacation policy be fixed?

Q: In our company, most people get away with taking much more vacation than they should. These employees have bosses who allow them to keep their own records, while the rest of us work for managers who monitor our use of leave. As a result, we get less time off than everyone else.


More in Career Advice | Topics: benefits, HR, vacation

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