Is what my employer is doing legal? Yes or no
Q: Welcome to the @Work Advice lightning round, answering one question: Is what my employer is doing legal? A yes answer means the described situation is generally legal. The reader can protest or refuse to participate, but not on legal grounds. A no answer means the situation seems to violate at least one labor law.
Career Coach: Shaping your own future
In our hyper-dynamic and complex world, it is easy to confuse means with ends, activity with progress, efficiency with effectiveness, and busyness with importance.
A checklist for keeping you focused at work
A quick check of Facebook and next thing you know, a half-hour’s passed. Start chatting with a co-worker and suddenly 20 minutes is gone and the report you were supposed to finish by lunch is late.
Fancy management systems won’t fix bad managers
In violation of my long-standing “only watch TV” rule, I read an article recently about how Zappos is adopting a management structure known as holacracy.
Your Office Coach: Supervisor-employee boundaries must be honored
QUESTION: Two weeks ago, my husband “Barry“ unexpectedly came home from work with a large flat-screen television. He explained that one of his employees gave it to him as repayment for a loan. I was shocked, because I had no idea that Barry was lending people money.
Silly mistakes that sink job applicants
Some employers won’t care - or won’t catch them - but mistakes in word usage can put your application in the reject pile.
Watercooler: Raised to the roof
Q: Over 15 years, I have worked my way up the corporate ladder with the same organization. I have been given a raise every year and excellent reviews, as well as several promotions.
Career Coach Q&A: job search follow-up; introverts as leaders
Starting a business:
Q: I have a stable job that I don't hate, but I have an idea for starting my own business.
How to become a leader
QUESTION: I’ve just been promoted into a leadership role. I’m excited, but also kind of overwhelmed. What do I need to do to be good at my new job?
Balancing Act: How much is your time worth? Consider outsourcing some tasks
Todd Paton has a booming business getting customers noticed on the Web. One tool he uses is generating online press releases to build brand awareness and create links that will send traffic to a customer’s website. But Paton, owner of Paton Internet Marketing, acknowledges that writing the releases is not his strong suit. Rather than spend his time doing it, he hires out the task.
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