December, 2012

How to Deal with an Overwhelming Workload

Eat Your Career

It’s a common complaint: I’ve got too much work and not enough time to do it all. Considering the alternative (no work at all!), you’re in a decent position. That doesn’t make it any easier to handle though. So let’s talk about ways to manage this overwhelming workload without losing your cool.

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How to organise your office and keep it that way!

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. A few years ago I worked in a department with a dozen or so Project Managers who were all highly qualified Six Sigma professionals. They were a great bunch to be a round and during my time there I did learn a lot about the dark art of project management!

2012 276

4 Simple Steps to Securely Send Credit Card Information

Office Organization Success

Many business owners find themselves in a situation where they are asked to send their credit card information in order to finalize a business transaction. If the vendor you’re using doesn’t have a secure shopping cart interface that you can use, there are a few other alternatives.

More Workers with Autism Entering Workplace

On The Job

Autism is a subject that often promotes a great deal of debate. The causes. The solutions. Employers are now entering that discussion, as they will be seeing more job applicants with autism spectrum disorder. It's an issue I looked at in my latest Gannett/USA Today column. An estimated 1.5

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Eco Friendly Ways to Warm Up Your Office This Winter

Eco-Office Gals

As summer fades into fall, and fall into winter, the seasons change for everyone and we start to get a little colder. Office workers feel the change of seasons more than most, leading largely sedentary days that leave little time for activity.

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Top 5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays as a Small Business

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Be aware that many of your bigger rivals will be offering holiday discounts in order to drum up extra trade. If you are thinking about doing the same, be mindful of whether…

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How to Deal With an Overly Critical Boss

Eat Your Career

I’ve heard from a lot of people lately who are all suffering with the same problem: An overly critical boss. There’s nothing worse than working for someone who only sees the negative. When you do great work, it’s ignored.

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What's Driving Food Trucks Forward?

Small Business Labs

Food truck are hot. They have been highlighted as a food trend, new industry model, cultural fad and a political hot potato in the press. But despite their popularity, there's been surprisingly little research on why they're so successful.

2012 217

How to Resolve Conflict with a Co-Worker

On The Job

One of the most stressful situations to face in the workplace is a conflict with a co-worker.

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How to Conduct an Energy Audit at Your Place of Business

Eco-Office Gals

Have you looked at your utility bills at work and wondered what you can do to lower the amount that you pay each month? One of the most effective steps that you can take the decrease the levels of energy that you (and your coworkers) use is conduct an energy audit.

2012 217

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Payroll

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Once you start employing people it is essential that you are aware of your obligations as an employer. In the UK, this means registering as an employer and submitting P35 and P14…

Quiz: Are You a Workplace Bully?

Eat Your Career

Sometimes, the office can feel like high school. There are all kinds of cliques and gossip. Occasionally, you even run into a workplace bully—someone who constantly criticizes, aggressively points out mistakes, and refuses to be part of your team.

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Surviving Redundancy

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Unfortunately most people have lost a job in one way or another over the course of their career; they have either been let go before the end of their probation, fired or made redundant. It definitely seems the way of the world where no job is guaranteed for life anymore.

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Top 6 Reasons Why Your Business Isn’t Growing

Office Organization Success

I speak to clients all the time who are frustrated and overwhelmed because: Their business isn’t growing; They don’t have any clients (or very few clients); And their income isn’t where they want it to be.

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MGM Seeks to Inspire Employees by Letting Them Put on a Show

On The Job

I love to stay in hotels. I let the wet towels stay on the floor, I don't make my bed and I ignore the overflowing trash cans. That's because I know that a wonderful maid will clean up my mess, and not give me any grief about it.

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Keep WordPress Secure in 2013 – SALE!

Eco-Office Gals

All of our wordpress sites are under constant attack from hackers looking for loopholes into our websites. Hackerbots don’t care about traffic or ranking, they are programed for one thing only – to find weak spots in our platforms.

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Top 5 Tips for Surviving the Next 12 Months

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Take a close look at your current relationship with suppliers. Is there anything that can be done to sweeten the deal for both of you? Perhaps entering some kind of agreement with…

2012 221

How to Handle (and Relieve) Boredom at Work

Eat Your Career

For some of you, the title of this article may cause a double take. Boredom?! Are you kidding? I have way too much to do and not enough time to do it.”. If that’s you, cool. Head on over and read, “ How to Manage an Overwhelming Workload ” instead.

2012 209

Planning The New Year: My Tools For Success

Simple Productivity Blog

For a few months, I’ve been feeling a need to change things up. I don’t know what is behind the feeling, but I decided that this year I would do my best to make major dreams of mine come true. I don’t believe that dreams come true by magic.

2012 201

You’ve Got To Pay The Toll

Dumb Little Man

Growing up in the Hampton Roads area as a youngster, I have seen my share of toll roads. In fact, I remember along one particular expressway you couldn’t even get off an exit without paying. As I grew up and began to travel I have been taken by surprise by unexpected toll booths.

2012 285

Bullying Continues to Infect the Workplace

On The Job

Do you know anyone who has not been bullied? I sure don't. Even people I know who are bullies have told me about physical or emotional abuse they've experienced in their lives, which is often what led to them becoming bullies. They simply mimicked the behavior they were being shown.

2012 209

Green Christmas Wishlist

Eco-Office Gals

Trying to find the perfect gift for your Eco-concious friend or just want to make a lighter impact with your giving?

2012 213

Together We’ll Level The Playing Field

The Small Business Blog

Proud to be Micro Some of you know that I’m the co-founder of the Enterprise Rockers movement – a massive free-to-join-in, global, self help community to make life better and fairer for micro (0-9 employees) enterprise owners. We launched in January so we’re coming up to our first anniversary. The Enterprise Rockers movement is unlike…

2012 218

Planning to Keep Your Goals Moving Forward in the New Year

Ian's Messy Desk

Project planning (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Each January 1 my wife and I head for a quiet table at a local coffee shop and set some goals for the upcoming year. We begin the process by reviewing what we set out to accomplish in the year past: to look at our successes and failures.

2012 191

The Cat Guide To Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I am lucky to share my house with two cats. Felines are independent creatures who do exactly what they want. Mine tolerate my presence as a means to fill the food bowl and turn on the heated mattress pad for their lounging pleasure. I was recently trying to get some work done, and there was one cat on my lap and the other one on the desk draping her legs over my forearm as I tried to type.

2012 199

5 Unconventional Tips for Finding and Following Your Passion

Dumb Little Man

There are a lot of people today that are fresh out of college or university, and they don’t know what to do. Or maybe someone has lost their job , and they are staring into the dark abyss of the future without a clue as to where to start.

2012 286

Why Spiked Eggnog May Be Just What Your Career Needs

On The Job

Are there visions of sugar plums dancing in your head? Thinking about settling down for a long winter’s nap? Trying to figure out where you’re going to find seven lords a-leaping?

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Smartphones May Soon Double As Air Pollution Monitors

Eco-Office Gals

lt almost doesn’t matter what you do — your smartphone, tablet, or mobile device has probably helped you do it better or more efficiently, in one way or another.

2012 207

Customer service is about changing feelings and creating good memories

The Small Business Blog

As readers of this blog may know that I am a fan of Seth Godin’s work. In a recent post on his blog he wrote a short, yet insightful, post about the purpose of customer service.

Book Review: The Freelancers Bible

Small Business Labs

The Freelancer's Bible is an all-encompassing, soup to nuts guide on starting and running a freelance business. While even the most experienced solopreneur will find it useful, it is especially valuable to those who are new at freelancing or considering becoming an independent worker.

2012 191

Minimizing Distractions to Increase Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. For the most part it is extremely common for most people to have difficulties in keeping focused on a single task, especially in today’s multitasking environment at any office or job you might undertake.

2012 190

Next Level Living: How To Have A Happier New Year

Dumb Little Man

No doubt we have all heard the masses preparing for the huge New Year’s rush of resolutions. Many of our peers, friends and family members will be highly motivated for all of five days past January the 1st. So the question remains; how do we go past a feeling into an intentional transformation ?

2012 285

Could Your Name Prompt Hiring Bias?

On The Job

I've written a lot about how to craft emails that get the attention of key people, but I was taken aback when I learned of a study that says it could be your name that determines whether you get a response or not. Read this latest column I did for Gannett/USA Today.

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WordPress 3.5 is here and the happy dance holiday sale!

Eco-Office Gals

Just in time for the holidays WordPress has rolled out a shiny new version to unwrap. Named “Elvin” in honor of drummer Elvin Jones , who played with John Coltrane in addition to many others, this version has some exciting features including: New Media Manager.

2012 204

A Grand Read

The Small Business Blog

Normally I only review non-fiction books (after all, when it comes to business the truth is often stranger than fiction!) but I will make an exception this time because the author is actually someone I know!

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Top Ten Countdown of Best Business Tips for 2012 – Part 1

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. While brainstorming ideas for my last two articles of this year, I knew I wanted to share something with you that would lead you into 2013 with renewed energy and motivation.

2012 170

Planning for 2013: Why Plan?

Simple Productivity Blog

Instead of our regularly scheduled program, this week I am going to open my planning sessions for the new year. I’ve been working through my planners, and I remain convinced this is the best thing I can do for myself as I go into the new year. I don’t do resolutions, because those end up being more things to be ignored on the task list. I don’t do firm goals, because things change, and I don’t want to be tied to something that is no longer in my best interest.

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