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Climbing the ladder

The Right Way to Ask for a Raise

Renise Alexander, a 26-year-old sales associate in Virginia, was convinced she deserved a pay bump after achieving her earnings quota for the year — several months ahead of schedule. But, to her dismay, the raise never arrived.  “Sales is a hard...

It’s Time to Stop Apologizing

A few months after I gave birth to my second child, a senior (and childless) executive I admired pulled me aside at work. You’re doing a great job, she assured. “But,” she added, and looked me straight in the eye, "You've got to stop...

Two Questions to Ask Before Your Next Career Move

I've been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. Now that my children are getting a little older, I’ve found I can handle a job and a home. I've been on our school's executive board as a fundraising chair for two years. (The first year, we raised...

Finding Gratitude in Unexpected Places

How to turn career setbacks and disappointments into advantages.

You Could be a Better Manager. Here's How.

As a workplace advice columnist, management consultant and former chief of staff for a successful nonprofit, I’ve witnessed a lot of managers who struggled to transition from being part of a team to effectively managing one. In fact, one of the...

What You Should Know About a Company Before You Join

Let’s face it: There are a lot of people who don’t like their jobs. The 2013 Gallup State of the American Workplace Report found that 70 percent of Americans are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” with their work. If you’ve found...

8 Lessons I Learned from Changing Careers

It took Nicole Lee 13 years to find her true calling. Here’s what she found out along the way.

How Do I Motivate a Burnt-Out Employee?

I think my marketing assistant might be burnt-out. She gets her work done but just barely — it’s like she’s doing the bare minimum required, rather than bringing any excitement or sense of possibility to the work. She also doesn’t seem fully...

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