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Climbing the ladder

Don’t Let Your Co-workers Bring You Down

At one point in my career, a slightly senior staffer started freezing me out — failing to invite me to key meetings and leaving my name off memos and emails I should have been included on. I eventually concluded that she might be feeling...

What’s More Important Than Your Job? Your Network

When I was headed off to my freshman year at Boston College, my Uncle Bob gave me this piece of advice: “Don’t make friends too quickly.” Bob, a priest and professor who had been teaching theology to freshman at the University of Scranton for...

What You Should Know Before You Take Maternity Leave

Having a baby should be one of the happiest times of your life. But an unsupportive work environment can leave you wrought with anxiety. More than 3,500 women filed pregnancy discrimination charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...

7 Things Recruiters Won’t Tell You (But You Should Know)

Have you ever thought connecting with a recruiter could lead to your dream job? It’s possible; a good recruiter can be an asset. But be warned: She is not your golden ticket, nor your advocate. So before you dish the dirt of your recent layoff,...

Can We Please Stop Asking If Women Have it All?

Newsflash: We don’t. We never did. And we never will “have it all.” Because it’s impossible — for anyone. Male or female.  Having it all is no less a fantasy — and no less self-defeating a comparison — than a Barbie doll’s measurements or the...

Sharing Bad News at Work? Read This First

Last month, my sister landed a fantastic new job, but she dreaded telling her boss, who she loved, that she was leaving. We strategized about how to break the news, and she rocked it — so much so that her manager promised to look out for a...

8 Phrases You Should Never Say at Work

Sometimes the little things we say can have a positive lasting impression. Maybe your boss shared bad news about a project, and you thought of the perfect response to soften the blow. Or you won over a difficult client with just the right reply...

How Important Are Soft Skills If You Do Good Work?

I manage a four-person team. One of my staff members is incredibly hard to work with. She’s negative, combative, resistant to feedback and direction and doesn’t get along with the rest of the team. But her work is good, and so I don’t have...

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