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What are Conflicting Cultures and How to Handle Them

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Have you ever been in a fight at work?

Your answer probably depends on the way your organization handles conflict and disagreements, and it affects everything from customer service, to creativity, to staff burn-out rates.

According to workplace psychologist Dr.

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Spring Break & The Stress It Puts On Mothers

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As Spring Break winds down for many families, fatigued parents eye their children’s impeding return to school longingly. Two weeks away from the usual routine can send many households into a tail spin. Between hunting down child care, and coping

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How To Enjoy Your Weekend

Enjoy the Weekend

It’s the weekend or your days off.

You’ve planned the best day-off ever

And, now it’s here,

But, you wish you could cancel it all!

It’s just seems too exhausting to follow through.

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The Art of Giving Feedback

Feedback

Getting feedback at work can feel like a bizarre ritual. It usually goes something like this: Once a year employees are rounded up and told how they are doing. They sit quietly listening to the supervisor, politely ask questions for

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Is Lying At Work a Good Thing?

Imposter

There’s been a lot of talk lately about alternate facts and fake news. In other words, lying. Yet, it turns out many of us manufacture our own brands of fake news and alternate facts, especially at work. Everything from faking

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How to Boost Your Small Business

Diverse Workplace

Want to boost your small business?

Increase profits and grow?

The key is taking a page from other small businesses,

Those who focus on developing, involving and rewarding employees on a budget.

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Messy But Efficient?

Messy Desk

Are you working with a Corner Cutter?

Slackers who seem to be getting everything done?

You know they’re not playing by the rules, like everyone else

And, it’s not only frustrating, it can be dangerous too.

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I Hate My Job But I Can’t Quit

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You’re fed-up with your terrible job.

Quitting is an option.

But, it’s easier said than done.

So, you think: I’ll just tough it out.

Here’s why workers stay in miserable jobs.

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Menopause Is A Fact of Work LIfe

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It may be a taboo subject.

But reaching menopause and all it entails, is an increasing reality for many workers.

It may be hard to talk about,

Embarrassing or mystifying for some.

But it’s a fact of work life for

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When The Rich Get Richer & The Poor Get Poorer

Rich People

The rich may be getting richer and the poor, poorer in 2017.

And, if increases in precarious employment continue,

Workers may find their financial and psychological wellbeing compromised as a result.

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