The saying, “It’s about quality, not quantity,” is something we have all heard hundreds of times, but do we practice it in our daily lives? No, I’m not referring to the project you are doing at your job or the clothes you buy, I am talking about the time you’re spending at home and at work. It’s not all about how much time you spend at home and at work, but how you spend that time. (more…)
Being able to leave your work at work is one thing when you physically leave the office and travel back home. Working remotely adds challenges as the lines between work and home can become blurred. Knowing that there is no right or wrong way to do this, there are a few things you can try to get you on the right path. It’s important to find the way that works for you! (more…)
In the world of workers compensation, the subject of employee vs. self-employed independent contractor is complex. Employers are not required to provide workers compensation coverage for independent contractors. Likewise, employers are not responsible for payroll taxes and other legal obligations that are necessary for employees. However, there are consequences for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor, so it’s important to understand the difference. (more…)
Finding that you need more time in your day is a problem for almost everyone. I mean, come on, you get up early, work all day, hurry home to spend time with your family while making dinner and getting ready for what tomorrow may bring…and then there’s finding the time to get enough sleep?! Oh, and don’t forget about the gym – that’s supposed to fit in there, too.
It can be extremely overwhelming. That’s why we have put together a list of tips to help you fit all of your competing priorities into your crazy day. (more…)
Once you have settled into a new workspace, it’s only natural to want to personalize it and make it your own. Use these starting points to create a personalized workspace that also doubles as one that will inspire you to be productive and successful. (more…)
Okay everyone, let’s acknowledge the fact that Superman and Superwoman are fictional characters. No one is perfect, and it’s okay if you don’t devote 100% of your energy into every single thing you do.
The house isn’t perfectly clean? You left things unfinished at work last night? The school bake sale is tomorrow and you forgot to make those darn brownies…again? Believe it or not, this happens to ALL of us. But for some reason we still carry around this feeling of guilt. Why exactly is that when we all know that nobody is perfect? More importantly, how do we overcome this feeling? (more…)
Your organization’s holiday party is right around the corner, and it’s time to eat, drink and be merry! In moderation, that is.
Letting loose and partying with your fellow coworkers may sound necessary after a long year, but let’s remember the fact that you do have a professional reputation to maintain. Believe me, it’s still going to be about business, no matter how festive the occasion is. Here is some advice to help the evening go as smoothly as possible. (more…)
Being a leader comes with many responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is setting smart and effective objectives. What does this really mean?
First, it’s important to point out that objectives are different than goals. Goals are what you want to achieve; objectives help you work towards achieving those goals. To begin, take a look at the overall strategy and objectives for your organization and your team. The targeted objectives you develop should support those larger strategies and objectives in order for them to be effective.
Here are a few steps you can take to create your own objectives that will lead your team and company to success. (more…)
Whether you’re a manager or an employee, year-end reviews can be nerve wracking. As the employee, we know that our manager is about to go over our performance and development from the past 365 days, including the good and the bad.
Most likely, managers will also help you develop an “action plan” for your next year to work towards achieving your goals. This is helpful, but it will not determine how your next year will go. Do you know what will? Let’s talk about it… (more…)
Finding the right person to fill a position is just as important as having a process to properly onboard them. Whether your company is large or small, getting your new hires off on the right foot is important and can make a huge impact in the long run. (more…)