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How To Get A New Boss To Listen To You

Brandon Smith - Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 10:21am

In addition to death and taxes, what is certain is that at some point in our careers, we will be handed a “new” boss. Getting him or her to hear us is not always easy. The Myth There’s a myth out there that we need to...

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'My Co-worker Is Scary'

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 6:22am

“My co-worker is scary.” I must confess, I’ve been planning this dysfunction for quite some time, and since this is October, the month of creepy ghouls and ghastly ghosts, I thought, “how appropriate.” But these aren’t...

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WORKING: The Public Screwup

Joshua Stewart - Friday, October 5, 2012 - 6:21am

The Monday Night Football game Sept. 24 resulted in a controversial win for the Seattle Seahawks. It also played a part in the NFL’s replacement officials losing their jobs. The public outcry helped spur a new labor...

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My Co-worker Is A Werewolf

Brandon Smith - Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 9:29am

Is your co-worker a workplace werewolf? One minute he or she is a pleasant and friendly colleague and the next they are foaming at the mouth, lunging at you with vicious verbal attacks. As a participant in one of my...

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WORKING: The Future Workforce

Joshua Stewart - Friday, October 12, 2012 - 6:15am

Staffing company Randstad released an interesting new look at the changing workforce last month. A few highlights: 67 percent of companies currently use contingent (temporary, contract, part-time) workers in some way...

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My Co-Worker Is An Emotional Vampire

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 8:43am

Larry was a mysterious colleague. “Charming and captivating” were words his coworkers used to describe first meeting Larry. Larry just seemed to emit a certain attractive quality. It would reel you in like a moth to a...

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WORKING: Picking Sides

Joshua Stewart - Friday, October 19, 2012 - 6:11am

We take time on occasion to answer listener/blog reader letters on our regular Working segment with Brandon Smith. (We have a bit of a backlog on this, too – my apologies.) This week, an interesting (and nightmarish)...

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My Co-workers Are Zombies

Brandon Smith - Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 9:39am

What’s more popular right now than zombies? Zombie T.V. shows, zombie books, just about anything zombie is trendy. In fact, just yesterday I saw a road race in which zombies would chase participants as they attempted to...

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My Office Feels Like A Haunted House

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 6:53am

Admittedly, I’ve always loved Halloween. As a kid, I didn’t just “kinda like” Halloween, I LOVED Halloween (it probably bordered on unhealthy). I had countless costumes, masks, decorations and books on how to scare...

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WORKING: Scary Co-workers

Joshua Stewart - Friday, November 2, 2012 - 1:00am

If you’ve been reading the blog this month, you know Brandon has been writing all about the different kinds of scary co-workers we encounter at our jobs. I won’t belabor the point; you can read about them here, here and...

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