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10 Bad Work Habits You Need to Break

We all have bad habits we need to break—especially in the workplace. Some of us procrastinate; others show up late to work. You might be reading this and thinking about some of the really annoying traits of your fellow coworkers, but the truth is, you’re probably guilty of some bad habits, too.

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Flextime vs. Face-time: Does it Matter?

Should companies be more accommodating about flexible work schedules or is being in the office necessary for teamwork and productivity?

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How to Manage Tech-Savvy Millennials

The Millennial generation is taking the workforce by storm.

Born between 1982 and 1993, there are more than 80 million millennials -- making them the largest generation. By the year 2025, millennials will make up 75 percent of the global workforce, and they are sure to bring with them substantial changes.

So how do employers effectively manage this new crop of women workers who are tech-savvy, confident and expressive?

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Are Women Better Leaders Than Men?

Are women better leaders than men?

Harvard Business Review explored this topic in a recent study that examined more than 7,000 men and women leaders, measuring 16 different attributes.

The study found that in measuring the attributes – which included taking initiative, developing strategic perspective, driving for results and developing others – women outperformed men in all but one of the areas and significantly outperformed them in four.

So why are there so few women in high leadership roles? In Harvard Business Review’s study, which compiled data from some of the most successful and progressive organizations in the world, the majority of leaders (64%) are still men.

Women leaders provided an inside look at the challenges women face in rising to the top and how their professional journeys may different from that of their male colleagues during Randstad’s Women Powering Business breakfast and panel discussion.

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Should You “Friend” Your Colleagues?

Whether you’ve just started at a new job or you’ve been there for quite some time, it’s becoming increasingly more common for colleagues to take office connections online. It’s normal to create bonds with your co-workers, but you may not want them to be able to see every time your parents upload a picture of you as a baby in the bathtub.

With 91 percent of online adults using social media regularly, the chances of your colleagues adding you online are fairly high. Although many Facebook users tend to keep their pages private to only their close friends, family, occasional acquaintances, the social platform is making the move toward being a more professional outlet. In fact, a recent study shows that 84 percent of Millennials include at least one employee in their Facebook networks.

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Word of Advice: Don’t be Active in Office Politics

Whenever you get a group of people together there’s going to be chemistry, or lack thereof. Dynamics between individuals are made up of one’s personality, culture, upbringing – everything that makes you, you. The workplace is no exception. People have their own ideas, their own way of doing things, and in order to make it the best work environment it can be, learning to navigate the politics of the office is not only a lifelong skill that’s fundamental to a long-term career, it’s necessary for your own sanity.

Let alone being good at what your job actually is, you also need to master the office, its people, and their personalities. Getting bogged down in office drama, politics, and clicks can make or break a position. On May 17th, the Wall Street Journal put out a great article that took office personalities and placed them in a “meeting” situation to illustrate just how detrimental a disagreeable employee can be to a group’s goals, agendas, and participants. It is a great read and I encourage you to read the full WSJ write-up (we’re giving you the benefit of the doubt that you’re not one of those disagreeable employees who interrupt with jokes, or the naysayer who rejects every idea that someone comes up with).

Inspired by that article, here are a few pointers that I’ve picked up along the way when trying to avoid office politics:

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Introverts and Extroverts: How They Work In An Office

Are you an introvert or an extrovert (hint: if you’re not sure, take this quiz)? Introverts are perceived to be quiet, introspective, and less sociable, while an extrovert may be assertive, outgoing and concerned with external stimuli. While these personality types are vastly different — in fact, they’re polar opposites — each has its own place in an office.

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How to be Indispensable in the Workplace

Being an asset in any part of one’s life is to truly enjoy what you do, love who you’re around, and ultimately be who you want to be. To be indispensable in the workplace means to go beyond what’s required and simply love doing it, because if you don’t, someone else will. Think this doesn’t make a difference? Think again. Anyone can do what’s asked of them. But, in order to add real value, you have to genuinely have a passion for what you do, because if you do, the extra effort that you give will be effortless. It’s just something you are accustomed to do—go the extra step.

Here are a few tips on how to be indispensable:

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Networking During the Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season! Besides focusing on all things holiday-related, there is something else you should be doing too – networking. Both parties for relatives and work are great places to meet people. Plus, the holidays are a perfect time to connect with former friends and colleagues.

While some people may believe the holidays aren’t a good time to network, there are too many gatherings between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve to not take advantage of them! According to the MIT Global Education & Career Development Center, approximately 60-80% jobs are found through networking. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get started! Here are some ways to make the most out of this time of year:

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Arrogance: the Dark Side of Confidence

In your work, confidence is important. If you are a leader, confidence will help your team feel assured that the direction you are taking them is the correct one. As well, they will trust your judgment if you express a need to take a different path. Without confidence, you won’t be a leader because you won’t have anyone who will agree to follow you.

Even if you are “just” part of the team, you want to project confidence. After all, if you aren’t certain about the work you are doing or an idea you have, how do you expect others to be confident in your contributions?  The concern with confidence, however, is when you hit the tipping point – when you go from confidence into the darkness of arrogance.

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