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    How to Deal With an Absent Boss

    How to Deal With an Absent Boss
    A reader writes: Our department suffers from absenteeism and my boss is one of the biggest offenders. She just called in sick again today. Her habit of calling in sick regularly (not to mention coming in late and leaving early) means that the staff in our department feel entitled to do the same. This is a state agency and a union ...
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    Subpar Employee Better Than No Employee?

    Subpar Employee Better Than No Employee?
    A reader writes: I work in an office where you'd have to set your desk on fire to get terminated around here. We have an employees who dinks around all day, dodging responsibilities, refusing to improve. Meanwhile, the rest of us run around like chickens trying to serve the clients. My boss admits that this person is a subpar worker, and ...
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    Backing Out on a Raise

    Backing Out on a Raise
    A reader writes: I started a job at $10 an hour. I took the job because I needed income, and wasn't planning to stay for very long. I liked it, because it was a 10 minute drive to work, and steady pay. I was offered another job that would be $14 an hour, but it was a 30 minute drive. I ...
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    Better Pay and Hours? Forget About it.

    Better Pay and Hours? Forget About it.
    A reader writes: I have been working at the same job going on four years and I am still part-time. This would not really bother me other than the fact that there are a few guys, younger than myself, who get better hours and better pay and haven't been there nearly as long as I have. It's not that I don't ...
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    The Art of Being Subtle

    The Art of Being Subtle
    Being subtle is the act of conveying something in a skillful or clever way versus in a direct manner. It's truly an art form and one that is not easily mastered. The biggest reason being subtle is a challenge is because you have to know when you've succeeded. Let's say you convey a message and feel you've been able to accomplish ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    Rejected for an Internal Promotion

    Rejected for an Internal Promotion
    A reader writes: I am an aspiring manager in the organization I work for. I have been there for three years and have repeatedly acted as the deputy manager within my section (my boss was on the verge of retirement, so was out a lot) and have handled some very stressful and high-profile situations. Basically, I feel like I have proven ...
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    How to Announce a Demotion

    How to Announce a Demotion
    A reader writes: We have a manager who we are replacing due to performance issues. He's a long-time employee who has a lot of skills that are beneficial to the company but since his promotion to management a couple of years ago, he has not been managing his department. Rather, he continues to complete incomplete work of his employees, doesn’t motivate ...
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    4 Career Lessons From Television

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vagueonthehow/ / CC BY 2.0 1. Once More With Feeling The Show: Glee Like any other classic tale of geeks banding together in the face of adversity, the outcast characters of Fox's Glee made drama and singing cool again. An aspiring Broadway starlet, the captain of the football team, the head cheerleader, and the lowest of social misfits on the school ...
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    Ask a Manager: 7 Qs and 7 Answers

    Ask a Manager: 7 Qs and 7 Answers
    I'm trying something new -- seven short answers to seven short questions, all in the same post: Company Won't Hire Former Employees of Competitor I applied for a job at a staffing agency and was told the particular company who was hiring wouldn't accept applicants who worked previously for their competitor even though I no longer work for them. Is that ...
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    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)

    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)
    Unsure whether you should keep your job or seek greener pastures? While a shaky economy shouldn't keep you in a job you can't stand, you can watch for these 10 signs that could tell you you're fine right where you are. 1. You're Happy We're not talking mere complacency here, but genuine happiness. If you're happy, you're going to be more ...
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    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Losing Your Job

    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Losing Your Job
    You're at your weekly staff meeting, and you've just presented your brilliant idea on how to boost productivity and save money. But then your boss shoots down your idea with a vague reason or two. You know you're right and your boss is wrong. So should you remain quiet or stand up for your idea? Joseph Grenny, a coauthor of "Crucial ...
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    Make Any Job Less Stressful

    Make Any Job Less Stressful
    Stress is inevitable. But the debilitating strain of chronic work stress is not, even if you're in an inherently stressful profession. In fact, learning to manage your stress is likely to improve your career, according to career coach Julie Jansen, the author of "You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying, and Successful Work Life--No Matter ...
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    The Double Standard Dilemma

    The Double Standard Dilemma
    Let's face it ladies. The fight’s not fair in the business world. We may be picking away at the salary gap but we still only earn 77 cents to every man’s dollar, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And despite filling more seats at business school, fewer than 3 percent of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women. So how does bias run ...
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    10 Key Leadership Qualities for Today's Entrepreneur

    Many writers have penned essays on the characteristics, behaviors, values and attitudes that spell success for the entrepreneurial leader. My top 10 list goes further, blending the theoretical, practical and the common sense based on 25 years I've spent in the field assessing, coaching and consulting leaders. 1. The successful leader has a vision: Think things through and know where you ...
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    Can Looking Young Hurt Your Career?

    Can Looking Young Hurt Your Career?
    A reader writes: I am 22 years old, I have a degree and I am a Marketing Coordinator for a franchise. Now I work with two coworkers and my boss, all of who are in their mid 30's. My boss has proven to be a great boss, until now. The two coworkers I work with have known each other since they ...
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    Is Your Relationship Hurting Your Career?

    Is Your Relationship Hurting Your Career?
    No one ever said managing a career was easy. Throw a relationship into the mix and you’ve got career suicide, right? Wrong. While we’d all love to forgo a day of work in exchange for a fun-filled day with our significant other, having a strong relationship doesn’t mean your occupational goals have to suffer. It’s quite the opposite! Extensive research on ...
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    Help! Manager Won't Listen to Feedback

    Help! Manager Won't Listen to Feedback
    A reader writes: I work at a fast food place. I took the job because it was literally the only one I could get: I have a college degree and some professional experience, but not much, and I really needed a job. I've been promoted here, and that's good, and up until now the place has been very tolerable and even ...
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    10 Ways to Overcome Career Boredom

    10 Ways to Overcome Career Boredom
    If you've done the same tasks at the same job for a long time, you've probably experienced job burnout. If you're lucky, it occurs infrequently and can be alleviated by a favorite hobby or pastime. However, for many people, career boredom strikes more frequently and lasts longer. What's going on here? Psychologists tell us that the human brain needs constant and ...
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    10 Ways You're Annoying Your Coworkers

    Everyone has something (or someone) that annoys him or her at work. It could be faulty equipment or coworkers who don't pull their own weight. But nobody's complaining about you, right? Not so fast. Even though your mom, friends, or significant other may worship the ground you walk on, there could be some people you work with who are far ...
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