Category Archives: Workplace Soft Skills

Social Media Productivity Loss in the Workplace

Many employers believe that browsing on social media during work hours is distracting. It requires time to refocus and make up for loss of productivity and mood shifts. A reasonable argument would be, so is the dog in the cubicle next to me. So is the coworker “om’ing” in the open-concept creative space. So is the...
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7 Questions To Help Keep A Workplace Compliment Sincere And Legit

Keeping workplace compliments sincere and within the legal boundaries is simple, if your reasons for giving it are sincere.

A few synonyms for the word “compliment” are admiration, endorsement, and congratulations.  These all sound innocent enough. However, a compliment veiled in flattery and flirtation can quickly turn into an awkward situation and labeled inappropriate,...
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5 Times An Apology Can Be A Good Career Move

We all mess up at work; it's how you handle things afterwards that reveals your character and professionalism (or lack of it).

In the workplace, there are situations where an apology can be a good career move. For example: 1. Clients. First of all, “the customer is always right” is not always true. However,...
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5 Ways The Apology Has Lost Its Value

When an apology loses its value, what's left? Grudges, hostility, revenge, retaliation, hurt feelings...in the workplace this is detrimental. 

All too often, the apology gets tossed around like a get-out-of-jail card. Add a few tears and some carefully selected words, voilà, all is forgiven and forgotten. Or does it depend on who the offender...
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6 Things That Make You Professional

What does being professional look like? 

Dressing the part can make you look professional. Having a particular title can make you look professional. Driving an expensive car make you look professional. Having a private office can make you look professional.  But these are all things that can easily be taken away. You can be professional...
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How the Golden Globes Taught Us How to Make Men Feel Uncomfortable

The Golden Globes taught us how to make men feel uncomfortable.

These Hollywood awards events are not unlike a work-related company event where a professional demeanor is still required. Including refraining from insulting, bullying. intentionally embarrassing someone or launching a takeover. Ah, the glittery Golden Globes Awards, where people across the country traditionally tune in to see...
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How Your Work Computer’s ‘History’ Can Get You Fired?

Don't get fired or experience an embarrassing moment because of what's found on your work computer's 'history.'

The recent sex-scandal implicating tech-sector employees reported by Newsweek, revealed that men working for well-known tech companies ordered "sex" using their work computer. Really? Don't these guys have a personal cell phone they could have used? A summary of...
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7 Easy Ways to Stop Being the Cranky Coworker

Are you the cranky coworker that makes the workplace atmosphere unpleasant for everyone? 

Everyone, even the most cheerful person has a cranky moment now and then. If your mood is always set on "cranky," you're either going to be a very lonely person or attract like-minded grumblers to hang out with.  (What fun!)
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