Category Archives: Professional Development

Work-Life Balance Tips: There’s an App for That!

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In today’s workplaces, more people have mobile devices and laptops — which offers new flexibilities, but also creates new pressures to be online 24/7. The traditional “9 to 5” workplace is quickly fading away. How can employees manage increased demands at home and at work?   Effective work-life balance is often about effective time management….
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Work vs. Life — The Ultimate Showdown

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Work-Life Integration: Supporting the Future of Work Life Balance The only constant is change, and how we see work-life balance is no different.  Workplaces are evolving to focus more on knowledge work than factory work, and to focus more on real-time service to customers. Here are some future-focused tips and activities for managers working in…
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Continuing Education: The Business Case

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Continuing education is an investment that benefits both organizations and employees; to sell its importance, employees need to communicate the value of that investment in a win-win way. Too often though, employees try to justify continuing education by describing its benefits to them individually —rather than by describing the benefits to the organization.  Let’s look…
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How to Love Lifelong Learning: Five Options for Continuing Education

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Continuing education is part of lifelong learning — and we are never done!  Whether you have been out of school for years, or you are looking for the next educational experience after finishing your MBA, learning opportunities are everywhere. This article reviews five different types of continuing education that professionals often choose to engage with….
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Seven Questions to Ask to Restore Work-Life Balance

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Maintaining consistent employee work-life balance can be a daily challenge for many.  Here are seven questions to ask if your work-life balance is getting out of order: Who really needs this and when? When considering which tasks to tackle, objectively evaluate the audience and the timing. Take on the high priority tasks that will have…
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Embracing Life Enhances Work: The Benefits of Work-Life Balance

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Let’s look at a real-life example addressing the importance of work-life balance. Recently, a high-performing employee — Nina — came to my office for a coaching session. Nina had recently been given a high-visibility project to manage. She was doing well, so our sessions were usually future-focused and optimistic. That day, though, Nina was in…
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Quiz: Is it Sexual Harassment?

Test your knowledge about which behaviors warrant investigation by HR—and possibly the EEOC. Sexual harassment is making the news a lot these days, but most of the complaints that HR hears about day-to-day aren’t quite as clear-cut—or egregious—as the reports against former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose. The classic example of…
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Read with Speed: Celebrating National Reading Month

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National Reading Month is a great time to reflect on your reading habits. Try these speed reading exercises to help you on your way: Skim with Purpose, Review your Understanding. Want to assess your speed reading ability? Start a timer, and then pick a chapter in a book and read it normally. Jot down the…
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Three Management Success Books

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Looking for some good management books for National Reading Month? Here are three that have been around a while but remain timeless in their insights. “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox (North River Press; 30th Anniversary Edition; 2014). Who thought an operations management book could be such a great novel, and that…
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Organizing Desks in the Age of Mobility

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Today’s work office is changing, and with it, comes a change in how we organize our workspaces. People may split time between a work office and a home office for telework. Others may work in “hoteling” spaces, moving from desk to desk daily. Others work in client spaces that periodically change; and still others are…
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