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'I'm Negative'

Brandon Smith - Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 9:19am

Are you suffering from a severe case of negativity? Are you a “glass half empty” kinda person? Do people generally tell you that you are a total “buzz-kill” to be around? If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then...

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WORKING: Growing Benefits

Joshua Stewart - Friday, November 9, 2012 - 6:12am

If you’re like most of us, you haven’t seen your pay increase very much since the economic downturn began in 2007. You might actually be getting paid more, however. A USA Today analysis found our benefits have grown...

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Has Your Negativity Gone Too Far?

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 9:40am

What are the signs your negativity has tipped too far? There are several warning signs that I plan on sharing, but before I do, I had a negativity moment over the weekend that has stuck with me. On Saturday morning, I...

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WORKING: Abusive Bosses

Joshua Stewart - Monday, November 19, 2012 - 10:58am

Instinctively, we all understand that a boss who is abusive – who engages in personal attacks or drives you to constantly produce more, more, more – affects our entire workplace. Now we have research to prove it. A...

(Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/lokner/4164251472/>Michael Lokner via Flickr</a>.)

WORKING: Abusive Bosses

Joshua Stewart - Monday, November 19, 2012 - 10:59am

Instinctively, we all understand that a boss who is abusive – who engages in personal attacks or drives you to constantly produce more, more, more – affects our entire workplace. Now we have research to prove it. A...

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WORKING: Contractor Anxiety

Joshua Stewart - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 6:40am

About six weeks ago, I talked to Brandon Smith about the new face of America’s workforce (read more here). A Randstad study noted that companies will continue to use part-time and contract-based employees along with...

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My Workplace Is Negative

Brandon Smith - Monday, December 3, 2012 - 8:24am

I get it. The last several years have been tough. “Do more with less… there won’t be any raises this year… you are lucky to have a job… we may have to close our doors tomorrow…” Working day-in and day-out under these...

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WORKING: Better Boss Or Better Pay?

Joshua Stewart - Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 9:51am

Let’s play what-if. Say you’re called into the corner office and given this choice: You can have a raise, some reasonable amount of money to reflect your value to the company. You can have a new boss -- a great boss...

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WORKING: Give, Give, Give

Joshua Stewart - Friday, December 14, 2012 - 6:08am

The holiday season is all about giving. Maybe that’s gifts to family and friends. Maybe that’s time or charitable contributions. Often this bleeds over to the workplace as companies take on projects for charities or...

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WORKING: A Gift For The Boss

Joshua Stewart - Friday, December 21, 2012 - 6:18am

As you’re finishing up your holiday shopping, you may want to reconsider that gift for your boss. Giving your supervisor a holiday present can create some uncomfortable situations and could actually hurt your...

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