Did you know that the average desk has 400 times more germs than a toilet seat? Yet despite the germs, desk surfaces and office supplies are rarely sanitized. When not disinfected, you are prone to various illnesses and can carry these germs home to your family members, infecting them as well.  Additionally, it isn’t just the office supplies in our office that need to be sanitized often. You cannot forget the germs in your home office, particularly if working remotely.  The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting Before you begin, it is important you understand the difference between cleaning and sanitizing. Cleaning involves tidying...

There will come a time in your career where it will be necessary to negotiate your salary. Whether it is after receiving a job offer or because your current compensation doesn’t accurately reflect your work, this conversation may need to happen. However, before you run into your manager’s office to request a bump in your pay, you want to remember to handle this situation professionally. Here are several things you should never do when negotiating your salary.  Don’t Have the Discussion With Your Manager Unprepared When negotiating your salary, you must be prepared. You must be able to accurately explain why you...

Millennials are a powerful force in the workplace. Statistics show that by 2025, millennials will make up more than 75% of the workforce. These individuals are often tech-savvy and have new and innovative ideas, which can help take a company to the next level.  So, as a company, how can you attract and engage this generation of workers? What type of workplace are these individuals searching for? Money Isn’t the Main Focus For many millennials, they aren’t necessarily looking for the job with the highest-paying salary. While they need a competitive income, they are also looking for perks that will enhance their work...

Negotiating a job offer can feel awkward and uncomfortable. However, it may be necessary to ensure you receive the pay and benefits that you deserve. When you don’t receive adequate pay or many perks, it can cause low engagement levels and result in a lull in your career.  Remember that every job offer and personal situation is unique, making it important that you carefully think through all of your actions. To help you along the way, here are five tips for negotiating a job offer. 1. Do Your Research One of the most important things you can do before accepting a job offer...

A job reference is an individual who can discuss your work ethic, performance, skills, etc., to a potential employer. It is someone who knows about your experience, talents, work habits, character, and more. As you apply for a new job, this is an individual whose contact information you place on your resume so potential employers can contact them, ask them questions, and receive a positive picture of who you are and why they should hire you.  However, the challenge becomes knowing who you should list as a job reference. How do you choose the right person to positively speak about your...

When you are on the job hunt, you’ve likely sent out dozens of resumes. What happens when you’ve been offered two jobs? How do you determine which job will be best for you? Here are several things to consider as you choose between the two job offers.  Make Sure All Of Your Questions Are Answered As you determine which job is best for you, gather all the information you need about each position. To do this, make a side-by-side comparison of all the benefits of each particular job. Consider what your home/work balance will look like, as well as your future with...

Gossip in the workplace occurs no matter your industry, position, or experience. It can be detrimental to a team, affect your engagement, and make you dread going to work each day. Plus, it is a major waste of time and greatly decreases your productivity.  What should you do when the rumor mills begin? How should you handle the situation? Here are four ways to help you deal with workplace gossip.  1. Train Your Employees Or Participate in Training If you wish to decrease workplace gossip, make others aware of it. If you are a manager, consider training on this particular topic. Coach your...

No matter your industry or position, you will likely experience some conflict in the workplace. When stress levels are high, deadlines are approaching, or personalities do not click, tension can quickly arise. Luckily, there are many things you can do to reduce this unwanted conflict and work in a comfortable work environment. Let’s explore several ways you can reduce tension in the workplace. Communicate One of the most effective ways to reduce conflict and tension is to simply communicate. Take the time to truly listen to the other side of the argument. Often, tension arises because someone does not feel heard....

No matter if you are just beginning your career or you have been working in a specific industry for 15 years, you want to keep moving your way to the top. You must remain competitive and demonstrate a strong work ethic and self-motivation. You want to be familiar with the latest technology and new developments and guidelines. To do this, you must stay relevant in your career. So, where do you begin? How do you remain competitive in the industry? Here are five things you can do.  1. Learn a New Skill  One of the best ways to stay relevant in your own...

A great mentor can be instrumental in helping you grow in your career. A mentor’s job is to help you reach your career goals. They are available to give you advice, teach, and support you in all of the steps in your career. However, a mentor is not someone who is likely assigned to you. It is usually an informal relationship and you typically have to seek it out. How do you find a mentor? Where do you begin your search?   Define What You Want in Your Career  Before you begin the hunt for a great mentor, you must define what you...