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Author Suggests Introverts Avoid Coffee Before Important Meetings

coffee cupAn intriguing interview in New York Magazine sheds lights on introverts and coffee. While the topics haven’t really been fleshed out before, it makes sense.

Psychologist and author Brian Little explains in the piece:

“After ingesting about two cups of coffee, extraverts carry out tasks more efficiently, whereas introverts perform less well. This deficit is magnified if the task they are engaging in is quantitative and if it is done under time pressure.

For an introvert, an innocent couple cups of coffee before a meeting may prove challenging, particularly if the purpose of the meeting is a rapid-fire discussion of budget projections, data analysis, or similar quantitative concerns. In the same meeting, an extroverted colleague is likely to benefit from a caffeine kick.” Read more

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Employers Crack Down on Waistlines, Not Deadlines

waistlineYes, you read that right. As part of wellness at work programs, CNN reports employers are prodding their workers to lose extra baggage and get more active.

Wellness programs are apparently evolving. Sure, at one point perhaps programs included fundraising teams for walkathons but now they’re offering biometric screenings to measure cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure.

The latest trend, per the piece? Offering rewards for employers who take action and you guessed it — penalties for employees who don’t. Read more

Strike a Pose: TED Talk Inspires Body Language Boosters to Alter Perception

power poseHave you ever felt you walked a little taller and stood a little prouder due to your stance and your stance alone?

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy would probably agree. Her research on body language shows we can change other people’s perceptions of us and more importantly, our own self-perceptions, by changing our body positions.Not convinced? For a Monday boost, check out her 20-minute TED talk. And then go ahead and strike a pose!

Three Glimpses At the Future of Work

FI One mand BandIn a galaxy not too far away, there’s a work-oriented future that looks more automated in terms of processes and procedures.

The Wall Street Journal reported on a glimpse of the future of HR from a conference held last week in Las Vegas. As more than 8,000 human resources executives and IT professionals convened, they heard about highlights of the future of work.

1. Surveys, surveys, surveys. Consulting firms are emerging selling various tools to help HR get more clued into morale and engagement. This means online surveys will ask employees how they feel about their boss, who they rely on for advice and if they were happy to come into the office on any given day.

Sounds like survey vendors are taking things up a notch by selling data to help employers not only interpret the information but act on it as well. Read more

Four Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Performance Review

reviewAs we head into the home stretch now for 2014, one thing’s for sure: If your company’s fiscal year is also the calendar year, there’s no time like the present to kick things up a few notches to end things on a stellar note.

And by that we mean acing that year-end performance review. The only way to do that? Ace your work, of course. Here are a few pointers to rev things up…

1. Be proactive and meet with your boss. Instead of waiting for ubiquitous year-end meeting with your boss, go ahead and schedule a meeting next week. That’s right — next week. Specifically tell him or her you want to be rated exceptional and you want to focus on your work now rather than get feedback after the fact. Read more

Five Crisis Prevention Tips for Managers

multitaskingAccording to a new Accountemps survey, nearly 49 percent of chief financial officers said they deal with at least one unexpected crisis each and every week.

In comparison, 80 percent of executives mentioned they deal with at least one unexpected crisis a week from a survey conducted in 2004.

We wanted to get the scoop as to how leaders can try to prevent one from happening in the first place. Bill Driscoll, the New England district president of Accountemps, shares his thoughts. Read more

Four Ways to Make the Most Out of a Conference

hello nametagIt’s that time of year again when conferences are in full swing. Networking opportunities are robust yet so is the number of people who attend these events vying for face time with sought after speakers and industry experts.

Then, of course, there’s information overload. A lot of information crammed into a small amount of time and oh yes, did we mention an abundance of afternoon sugar-filled snacks? Here are several tips to make the most out of that conference.

1. Be prepared. This means everything from doing your homework on speakers you want to connect with to bringing fruit snacks as an alternative to tempting brownies. Actually, it’s not unlike preparing for a job interview in terms of outlining your questions in advance, plotting which breakout sessions to attend and mapping out the day ahead of time. Read more

Employee Gets Fired After Complaining to Comcast

CommunityJournalismBLogFIA Comcast customer recently complained about services. Complaints were escalated, next thing you know the company called his employer to discuss the complaint. Pink slip was issued.

What?!

Conal O’Rourke was overcharged by Comcast for 11 months so he ended up contacting the company’s controller’s office to complain about their billing practices. Here’s where it gets sticky, apparently. Read more

How to Resist Participating in Office Gossip

megaphonePsssst. Over here. Wait ’til you get a load of this one…did you hear what happened after the group’s crazy happy hour last week?

STOP. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. This is where it ends, my friend.

Or rather, where it should end. Sometimes you can see the office gossip train coming from a colleague a mile away, other times it’s much more subtle. The thing is, how it approaches doesn’t really matter. What does matter is how you react to it. Read more

If Management Overlooks Corporate Culture, CEO Says It’ll Cost Them

Pitch-Meetings-Bog-PostCorporate culture got you down?

Sure, you may tolerate your commute, enjoy your challenging job and inspirational colleagues but if the corporate culture isn’t in check, it’s game over.

We checked in with Greg Besner to get the scoop. He’s the founder of CultureIQ, a company measuring employee culture across nine categories. For starters, how do you define corporate culture? He says every company has “its own unique DNA made up of employees’ perception of the company’s vision, values, behaviors, etc.” Read more

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