There may be times in your career where you are asked to do something you don’t have the time to complete, you don’t know how to do, or you may not feel comfortable working on it. Rather than agree, it may be in your best interest to decline and politely say no.  However, saying no at work can be difficult, especially when you say this two-letter word to your boss or another executive. So, how can you say no at work, guilt-free — without it affecting your career? Explain Why Rather than saying no and ending the conversation, explain to your manager why...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that during the 2019 to 2020 United States flu season, there were 39 million to 56 million flu illnesses. There were also 410,000 to 740,000 individuals hospitalized due to the illness. Unfortunately, close contact with individuals outside of your home — such as in the workplace — is a major spreader of the flu. Luckily, there are many things you can do to stay safe and to keep your body healthy.  Here are five wellness tips to keep you healthy at work during flu season. 1. Wash Your Hands Often One of the best things...

Depression costs businesses in the United States more than $44 billion each year. Poor mental health can affect your employees’ engagement levels, productivity, team-building, performance, and so much more. While a great salary is a perk that many employees search for, if you truly want to attract and retain talent, offering mental health benefits is key. This will not only benefit all of your employees but the entire company as well.  There are a variety of mental health benefits your company may consider offering its employees.  A few of these benefits include: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a work-based...

Changing careers can be a frightening and stressful experience. Due to all of the emotions you may feel, you may even consider putting it off or avoiding it altogether. However, if a career transition is what you need to be happy, improve your lifestyle, or to increase your engagement in the workplace, it may be worth all the anxiety and stress you may feel.  Here are five signs that it is time for a career transition. 1. You are Bored at Work Do you find yourself constantly bored at work? Are there few tasks that challenge or excite you? When you face this...

Getting all of your work done throughout the day is no simple task but it becomes even more of a challenge when you have to take care of children on top of it. Children demand constant attention and the pile of assignments to complete, Zoom meetings, deadlines, etc., can make life stressful.  Luckily, with a few expert tips, you can remain productive while working from home with kids. You can still accomplish your work and give your children the care that they need. Establish a Routine A routine will help to lower your stress levels and allow you to get more done. Plus,...

Your resume is essential to help you land your dream job. However, if there is anything unusual or out-of-the-ordinary on it, hiring managers and human resource personnel may inquire about it and place you low on their “favorite’s list.” So, what should you do if you have weird gaps on your resume? Can you use these questionable aspects of this document to your advantage?  Here are a few tips to help you best explain those weird gaps on your resume. Be Honest The best thing you can do when asked about any unusual points on your resume is to be honest. Employers value...

Bad days at work are going to happen and unfortunately, there is no way to avoid them. However, how you handle these rough days is going to make all the difference in your attitude, how others view you, your confidence, productivity levels, and much more.  When those bad days at work occur — and they will — here are five simple things you can do to stay positive. Take a Break If you are struggling at work, the best thing to do is to walk away for a few minutes. Take a break by getting up and leaving your desk. Go for a...

A career transition can be a major life change. It can be a frightening and overwhelming move as you may be unsure about your future and the steps you must complete to ensure your career change is a success. To help you get started and to feel more confident in your decision, here are five things you should do to find success. 1. Do a Self-Evaluation First, you must decide why you want to change careers. Is it because you don’t like your current job? Are you finding your current employment is too stressful or boring and dull? You should also...

No matter if you schedule one-on-one meetings each quarter, every month, or weekly, these meetings must be a priority. These meetings allow employees to ask questions, gather feedback, make suggestions, etc. It helps them recognize the areas where improvements could be made, provides a setting to receive praise, and allows them to work with their managers to reach their career goals.  Unfortunately, many one-on-one meetings are rushed, provide little value, and turn into gossip sessions rather than productive workshops. Here are a few tips as a manager for turning these one-on-one meetings into a success. Don’t Cancel or Reschedule When your schedule becomes...

No matter your industry, position, or past experience, the ability to make a good decision is a skill you should strive to possess. A good decision-maker is an individual who can think clearly, logically, and quickly. These individuals can leave their emotions out of the decision-making process and will feel confident in their final decisions — they rarely hesitate or re-think their choice.  Any individual can become a good decision-maker. Here are a few tips to help you improve this important skill.   Use Available Resources Good decision-makers use available data and research. They rarely make decisions without looking at all of the facts....