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Communications Executive Resigns After Background Check Uncovers Red Flag

truthHere’s the deal: It always pays to tell the truth. Always.

Such was the case this week when David Tovar, Wal-Mart’s vice president of communications, admitted a snafu discovered during his background check was indeed correct.

“I was 100 percent transparent,” says Tovar after a third-party company red flagged his education based on a degree he never completed.

Even though he worked for the retail giant for eight years, prior to being promoted to senior vice president, he went under an assessment as part of protocol. Read more

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Survey Shows Nearly One-Tenth of Employees Go to Work High

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…according to a new Mashable survey, almost ten percent of American workers show up to the office high on weed. We should add the survey wasn’t very large with a total of 534 participants as Americans shared their marijuana and prescription drug habits as they relate to the workplace.

There was a spike in numbers of prescription drug takers. That number of people taking prescribed drugs and then going to work hovered around 28 percent. Read more

Four Habits of Happy Office People

charityThis piece on Inc. put a spring in our step! While you can’t account for your colleagues’ behavior when they’re in bad moods, you can account for your own.

Considering you’ll frequently get back what you give, imagine smiling at someone as you walk down the hall instead of scowling at them.

Per the piece, here are a few ways to boost that happiness quotient at work. Read more

TV Executive Dishes When to Resign: ‘Am I Learning?’

successThe following interview in The Wall Street Journal really struck a chord. Courteney Monroe, chief executive of National Geographic Channels, previously worked in marketing at HBO for 13 years.

When is the right time to leave a job? If you’re not learning, if you’re not challenged, if you’re not still making a difference — all answers point to moving on. Mentioning it’s an easy to stay somewhere too long, Monroe highlighted that you have to actively manage your career to avoid settling into that rut. Read more

Co-author of ‘Rising Above a Toxic Workplace’ Shares Survival Tips

isolated at workHisssssssss.

That’s the sound a toxic colleague makes when you’re in his or her presence. Sometimes it’s not so overt but regardless, you still have to work with this person to the point where their abnormal behavior becomes normal and then you get sucked into an abyss of a dysfunctional environment.

Dr. Paul White, co-author of Rising Above a Toxic Workplace: Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment, provides us with some exclusive tips to deal with them.

1. Don’t expect them to respond “normally.” When you’re dealing with someone who is abnormal, their reaction to you will likely be consistent. Yes, as in abnormal, too.

Dr. White explains, “No matter what you do, you may find yourself blamed or second-guessed or told you did the worst possible thing when you actually did something good.” The sane approach, he says, is to give up expectations of getting healthy responses. Read more

Study Shows Majority of Employers Not Prepared for Future Objectives

workplace bullyHappy Friday one and all! Thanks for being here. As you know from our posts, we try to be upbeat! Optimistic! Insightful!

But alas, we need to call it like we see it and this new study by Oxford Economics and SAP is a prime example. In fact, just yesterday SAP released it during their SuccessConnect conference.

They surveyed 2,700 executives and 2,700 employees worldwide and discovered two-thirds of businesses will not have made strides in order to build a workforce to meet their future business objectives. Two-thirds!

The main culprit? Misunderstandings between management and employees regarding workplace priorities. Read more

Five Body Language Tips to Power Up Your Professionalism

successWhen we read about these tips on Lifehack, we couldn’t agree more. In many instances in business, it’s not what you say but how you say it. Of course, this includes your posture, your energy and your body language as a whole.

The good news? Unlike a technical skill which could require taking a class or two, body language can be improved by simply applying them right away.

1.  Maintain eye contact. The piece reminds us that everyone wants to feel interesting and important. The main way to accomplish this? Engage in active listening by keeping consistent eye contact with others when they speak. Throw in an occasional nod and sincerely show you’re paying attention. Read more

Survey Shows Most Americans Don’t Want the Corner Office

suitAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, most Americans are not into vying for the corner office.

Only one-third of employees aspire to leadership roles. Per the survey, more men than women make up that statistic.

In addition, African Americans and the LGBT population of employees are more likely to aspire to a leadership role than the national average. Plus, 32 percent of disabled workers aspire to leadership positions.

What does this say in terms of leadership itself? How can management motivate a population whose majority doesn’t aspire to become leaders? Read more

Three Resume Tips for ‘International Update Your Resume Month’

resume mistakesWhen we think of September we think of back to school, getting back into routines and beautiful cool temperatures.

We don’t think of resumes but maybe we should. After all, apparently September is “International Update Your Resume Month!” This makes sense when you stop to think about how many job searches were likely halted in order to make room for beaches and personal time instead. Now it’s time to pound the pavement again!

With that spirit, here are three resume reminders from Ford R. Myers, president of Career Potential, a career consulting firm and Get the Job you Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.

1. Be brief. For starters, he says less is always more! Per the press release, he says a career summary section is where brevity counts the most. He points out, “Five or six targeted lines oriented toward the benefits you offer as a professional are all you’ll need to grab the reader’s attention.”

2. Be specific. If you’ve ever been very general about your job search as well as expertise, we wonder how that’s working out. We’re assuming not to good since specifics always whine and get noticed. Be specific with your experience and quantify past jobs in terms of budgets managed and money saved as well as how many clients you juggled.

He mentions, “It’s also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention. The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time.”

3. Be active. Use action words instead of passive words. “Words such as ‘develop,’ ‘launch,’ ‘initiate,’ ‘lead’ and ‘build’ have a lot more meaning than a vague term like ‘was responsible for.’”

Nixing ‘Running This Up the Flagpole’ — How to Avoid Overusing Business Jargon

listeningWant to hit the ball out of the park after you run a big idea up the food chain? Or how about the flagpole?

According to a new Accountemps survey, managers were asked about the most annoying or overused phrase or buzzwords in the office.

Here are their top responses… Read more

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