Tag Archives: office etiquette

Weathering The Storm: What To Do When Your Company Is Acquired

After a lot of uncertainty, the news finally comes out, and the shock waves ripple throughout the office: Our company has been bought. Not every acquisition means that the new owners will immediately clean house, but you can count on the fact that everything will be under close scrutiny as they begin digging deeper into their new purchase… much like a new car owner starts fiddling with all the gadgets to get the “hang” of them. During this process, decisions will be made about what is useful… and what isn’t. So where do you fit in this picture? Believe it… Read »

Most Tragic Mistake Job Seekers Are Making… Right Now!

Day in and day out, I get emails from prospective clients in need of resume assistance, which I welcome as a service provider in this area. But a lot of times, after I get this message, I have to start an elaborate dance with them because they have put their job search in complete jeopardy. What’s that, you say? It’s true. Call it comfort. Call it laziness. Call it being too busy or tired to work on looking for a new job when they get home, but many people continue (astoundingly) to conduct job searches from their current workplace. On… Read »

What To Do When A Disaster Strikes The Office

Watching all of the coverage of Hurricane Sandy and the devastation that the storm has wrought as the images continue to come in as everyone begins to dig out begs a question. Beyond personal safety, property repairs, replacement purchases, and insurance forms, what happens to people whose employers suffered a catastrophe at the office – the workplace is destroyed, heavily damaged, or otherwise inoperable? What do you do if your office is destroyed/damaged by a catastrophe or large-scale disaster? Each situation is completely different, and lot of how your company rebounds from a disaster truly rests on the company leaders’… Read »

Why Good Customer Service Can Positively Impact Your Career

Ever wonder how certain people seem to attract career opportunities either through promotions or new job offers? If you look closer, you’ll see that many of these successful people are ones who do a good job of treating everyone with courtesy and respect, while genuinely trying to expedite quality responses whenever possible. And since most business owners see fellow employees as internal customers, how well you “play” with others and go that extra mile can have positive, long-term effects on your career. So ask yourself this question:  Are you working as hard to create a pleasant and collaborative team environment… Read »

Annual Reviews: What To Do When Your Boss Isn’t Giving You One

In talking to many clients, it is becoming extremely clear that many employers are failing to provide any kind of annual performance evaluation to employees. This is a dangerous practice simply because it leaves how you are actually doing your job subject to different interpretations. From a business standpoint, this can be a liability because if they suddenly decide to terminate the employee, if there isn’t documentation (i.e. performance review demonstrating that the staff member isn’t fulfilling the duties and expectations of the position. It could lead to possible litigation if the employee decides to take legal action if they… Read »

Companies Lose Brand Momentum When Handling Employee Departures Poorly

The other night, a couple of girlfriends and I got together to have an after-work walk, with drinks following afterwards to chat about work and life in general. One of them recently just left a business to take a job at a different company and was filling us in on the details of her new position. But then she paused. And provided a startling insight that many businesses often overlook… which is very shocking. At her previous employer, no one (still) has not bothered to check voice mails being left at her old extension, NOR on the business cell phone… Read »

Why I Hate People Who Come To Work With A Cold

Call it an overdeveloped sense of duty.  Perhaps the boss is so cheap that they don’t offer sick days. Or maybe people are fearful of “missing something” while out of the office. Or simply having imminent deadlines dangling overhead that must be met otherwise heads will roll…. Whatever you call it, it’s an ugly workplace truth. Time and time again (especially in the winter season), really sick people who SHOULD NOT be at work drag themselves into the office to share their cold/flu/sore throat and spend the entire day wheezing, hacking, and sneezing, all the while fitfully pumping the Purell container on… Read »

Truly Scary: Taking Halloween Too Far In The Office Can Damage Your Career

There really isn’t any other time of the year where we can adopt a totally new persona than Halloween.  This holiday can be fun, creative, and totally freeing for us to break from our traditional selves and adopt a whole new character for a day.  In general, Americans tend to revere this holiday and adore the opportunity to don costumes and other outfits we would never wear otherwise to the office. But some people get into this a little too much. You know who these folks are… the ones that truly go all-out with detailed costumes and character play. It’s… Read »

Helpful or Harmful: The Real Costs of Going to Work Sick

Most of us have faced the dilemma that morning when we wake up with an annoying scratchy throat and fevered brow…  Ugh! Do I go to work or not? Then the pressure is on. There are deadlines looming. An important meeting that can’t be missed.  An overriding fear of ‘missing something’ or not being there to field that VIP client call.  Some companies don’t even offer sick days, so not being paid could impact a worker’s finances. Or maybe, we are simply afraid that we might lose our job. We KNOW that we aren’t operating at 100%. Or 50%, for… Read »

How Your Email Address Can Torpedo A Job Search

Have you done an audit on your email address lately? I don’t mean opening up your account and looking for messages.  I mean taking a closer look at the actual email address that you are using. I have received a number of emails from some very interesting address names lately.  That being said, if you were to ask me if these names sounded professional, I would have to say absolutely not! Sometimes, we get so acclimated to that personal address that we simply forget about how others might perceive it. Add in the close scrutiny of a prospective employer, and… Read »