Happiness at Work

Sexual Harassment, Bullying or Both?

“Where were you? Did you go to meet Sam?” Sharon’s boss Judy said accusingly, as she smirked. “No,” said Sharon. “I went downstairs to get lunch.” Judy looked at Sharon, crossed her arms, gave an angry look and then walked away. Sharon could hear Judy go into her co-worker Helen’s cubical and whisper. She couldn’t hear what was being said, but the…
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How to Make Work a Happier Place

Did you ever work with someone who walked in every morning and said “Good Morning” with a smile on their face? Not the guy who says good morning out of habit, someone whose positive presence you really feel. I used to work with a guy who every morning, would walk in with a big smile on his face and say good morning…
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Know Your Job’s Market Value and Get Paid What You Are Worth

Are you being paid your worth? Years ago, I took a job as a technology trainer. Since it was for a higher salary than my previous, very low paying job, I thought they had made a good offer. Just by chance, a few months after I started this job, I learned a new trainer was hired at a salary that was several…
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Lessons Learned About Working From Home

I started working from home after my first daughter was born. I would work 3 days in the office and 2 days from home. To me, this was the best of all solutions.   This was many years ago. At the time, telecommuting was in its infancy. Few companies had allowed it and I was lucky to have an excellent manager, who…
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What I Learned From My Worst Interviewing Experience

One of my worst interviewing experiences was early in my career. I was asked to come in for an interview and the hiring manager was an angry man who criticized me harshly (and loudly) for seeking an entry level position without having any experience. Maybe he was used to people taking whatever hostilities he threw at them, maybe it was his way…
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Are You Managing Your Career or Are You Just Letting it Happen?

Some people let life happen and some people make life happen.  Working hard and doing a good job is important, but working hard isn’t the only ingredient to reaching your goals. It’s time for you to decide where your life will go and how you are going to get there. It’s time to stop waiting for the future to happen and start making it…
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Why Taking Risks Leads to Success

Almost everyone I know has had second thoughts about an opportunity for a new job, project, role, assignment, etc. It is only natural to have second thoughts about taking a risk and trying something new. One of the differences between very successful people and less successful people is the amount of risk one is willing to take. People typically don’t take risks…
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