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How to Bolster Employee Confidence

 


 

When we feel good about ourselves, our workplace performance and our career prospects, our work tends to thrive. That positive feeling is confidence. Although sometimes perceived as a fixed trait, confidence is actually a “soft,” or difficult-to-measure, skill that changes over time.

Indeed research reveals that employee confidence brings similar benefits as happiness, which evidence shows can boost workplace productivity. We recently polled 800 U.S. workers to find out more about career confidence right now.

With positive news about the job market, the stock market and the economy, it is...

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I’m a child of the late ’60s and early ’70s. During my early childhood, I was raised by my grandparents because my mom was working after the untimely, early death of my father. Growing up on a farm in Luckey, Ohio was wonderful !! My brother and I had countless adventures that were mostly outdoors. You used your imagination to make your surroundings come to life. We watched very little television because our grandmother wanted us out from under her feet. When we did watch on their tiny black and white set, we watched PBS. Yes, PBS. Grandma made...

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Say Yes to ‘Responsible Romance’ in the Workplace


 

What’s your policy on workplace romance? Chances are, any rules or policies you put into place will be no match for the human heart.

As a CHRO with 30 years of experience in the field, I can assure you that rules do little to change human behavior when it comes to mutual attraction in the workplace.

New research from SHRM finds that 27 percent of American workers have had a workplace romance, 41 percent have been asked on a date by a co-worker and 23 percent have asked a co-worker...

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8 Workplace Guard Rails for a Happy #ValentinesDay

 


 

We all know that the initial purpose of Valentine’s Day was for individuals to express their love to those whom they love in a non-platonic way. I was tempted to say romantic, but I once had a manager deny there was any romantic relationship because “it was only sex.”

Over time, however, the meaning of Valentine’s Day has changed. Just look at cards to parents, grandparents, kids, etc. There is no sexual message.

Many employees acknowledge the day...

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How to Create Powerful, Positive Mentoring Relationships

 

In our study on Disruption and Reskilling, we found that one of the top ways employees want to learn new and different skill sets is through coaching and mentoring. However, mentoring is one of those concepts that is often oversimplified in the workplace. It’s more than a casual conversation or one-way relationship. As today’s guest on We’re Only Human puts it, there’s a level of “needed nervousness” to create positive tension and a supportive relationship. In other words, if you’re always comfortable, you are overlooking growth opportunities and you’re not developing at the rate you could be.
 

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What Should We Do in Response to Harassment & Discrimination Issues in the Workplace?

 


 

As a Human Resources leader for a couple decades, turned neutral workplace investigator and educator around sexual harassment and discrimination issues in the workplace, I have experienced first-hand the many practical challenges we all have around what we should do when we become aware of potential harassment or discrimination issues. Certainly, in wake of the #MeToo movement, the social, political and work environments we live and operate in have evolved. Whether you have had to deal with these issues or potentially face them in the future,...

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I've Read 1000+ Cover Letters, and THIS is What Will Get You the Interview

 


 

There is a nasty rumor going around that recruiters and hiring managers do not read cover letters. The truth is, many large companies use software to scan resumes for keywords and then forward those candidates deemed qualified to the HR team. In this case, your stunning cover letter would not help you get to the first round.

I get it, this is frustrating because job seekers spend a lot of time applying without much signal or feedback throughout the process. Which leads to LinkedIn posts like this that encourage job...

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