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.
The Color of Money: No easy way to get out of debt
Many people who are deeply in debt are desperate for a quick fix. They ask the question: What can I do to get out of debt?
Watercooler: When to speak up if you see problems down the line
Q: Our organization has hired a new director. I am one of a number of division heads; above us, there's the associate director, and above him is the director. The associate director is feared and disliked for his duplicity and dictatorial nature, though few have come forward because of his vindictiveness.
Career Coach: Bringing a purpose-driven spirit to work
Increasingly, religious beliefs and practices of employees are becoming more evident in the workplace. Religious diversity and concepts of spirituality are more prevalent in organizational settings.
Ask the Mompreneur: It’s best to farm out your payroll
When my husband and I hired our first employee at our Web development company, we had it easy when it came to doing payroll.
Protecting against unnecessary losses
QUESTION: I run a small bar and grill which is open 7 days a week and have to rely on others for some of the shifts. How can I ensure employees have not become my partners?
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.
Workplace distractions are everywhere, especially in an age of social media and open-plan offices. In the face of so much temptation, accomplishing what you’re paid to do can be tough.
It could be time for a career coach
Need a little help figuring out your next career move?
If you’re putting in the hours and still not seeing the rewards, feeling undervalued or simply striving to be more successful, it may be time to hire a career coach.
Your Office Coach: Turn to boss for help with disgruntled underling
QUESTION: When I joined this company a few weeks ago, I discovered that the person who previously held my position is now working for me. “Sarah” obviously resents my presence and frequently says I don’t have the authority to manage her, even though I clearly do. Her negativity has made my job much more difficult.
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