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Majority of Job Seekers Say They Can Outperform Their Boss

Turnober-Intern-Post-FISo, you think you have what it takes to run the ship? An overwhelming majority of employees confidently believe they can do a better job than their current manager.

Monster conducted a survey and asked visitors to their site, “In your current or most recent job, do you think you could do a better job than your manager?”

Over 4,800 responses were tallied and 84 percent of global respondents indicated yes, they can absolutely outperform their boss. While Europeans were most conservative with their answers, the vast majority firmly believed they possess the skills and experience to rise through the ranks. Read more

Four Habits of Happy Colleagues

love my jobThere are a few ways to boost that happiness at work. The folks at Inc. outlined a few tips and interestingly enough, changes don’t have to be drastic in order to create significant results.

1. Talk to someone before checking your email. Seriously. Before you log on in the morning, say hi to a colleague and have a friendly conversation by the water cooler. The piece points out, “You’ll be surprised how your mood changes when you don’t just rush into the digital realm.”

2. Bring a colleague a cup of coffee. If anyone has ever brought you leftover food in the conference room, that gesture probably made you feel pretty good. Well, it works in reverse, too. Why not bring a cup of coffee to your cubicle mate? This will automatically boost his or her mood but it’ll likely put a spring in your step, too. Pay it forward. Read more

Got Manners? New Survey Shows People Have Quit Their Jobs in Bad Environments

multitaskingIf you’ve had a coworker or two ditch the “please” and “thank you” comments for some harsher words, you’re not alone.

That is, a quarter of workers actually resigned from their jobs because they were on the receiving end of bad manners in the office. Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate in conjunction with KRC Research surveyed 1,000 individuals about nastiness in work and in life as well. Read more

New Study Shows Companies Expect Demand for Middle-Skills Jobs to Increase

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…global consulting firm Accenture released data today referencing a job candidate pool that’s often overlooked.

The majority of the American companies surveyed struggle to fill middle-skills jobs. That is, jobs requiring more education than a high school degree but less than a four-year college diploma.

Human resources executives from 18 different industries participated in the survey and 73 percent revealed an uptick in demand for middle-skill workers over the next two to three years. The main challenge? Per the press release, they typically have to hire workers with more education than required on the job description in order to tap into the caliber of talent they need. Read more

Should You Work Late Even When You Don’t Get Paid Overtime?

mentorsAh, the corporate conundrum. We totally get it. You aren’t eligible for overtime pay but your job has a workload that represents more than a standard 9 to 5 gig.

A reader wrote into The New York Post today with the same dilemma. While you may be tempted to leave at 5 p.m. on the dot every single day, unfortunately that may not necessarily further your career for the long-term. Read more

Five Ways to Boost Your Productivity in the Morning

yogaIf you want to be more productive, raise your hand! Maybe that’s because you’ve just had your umpteenth cup of coffee for the afternoon and it feels like the afternoon is in slow motion.

Why not try a few new things tomorrow morning? Perfect timing for a Friday. And if all goes well, you can challenge yourself to five full days of productivity boosters next week.

According to a piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few ways we can change things up in our morning routine to bolster output before noon. Read more

Man Suspended From Job After Answering Phone in Robotic Voice

retro phoneApparently one man learned that answering a help line on the job in a robotic voice is not a good move.

According to DNAinfo, Robert Dillon was suspended for 20 days without pay, mainly for speaking that way to customers in the winter of 2013 on an information technology support line. Read more

Schmoozers Can Save Their Jobs With Social Words Like ‘Baseball’

sportsHow about that big homecoming for LeBron James?

When it comes to sports, if you know a thing or two (and even if you don’t), as long as you talk shop at the office it could bode you well.

According to new research from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, if you message colleagues with chatchat such as sports or food, you’re significantly more likely to keep your job during layoffs. Read more

Three Things You Should Never Ever Do At the Office

multitaskingWe’ve all had bad days, we get it. So, how you react to a colleague’s inane conversation or a boss’s unrealistic deadline is key to your success. Reputations aren’t build overnight but they can certainly crumble in an instant.

According to this piece we saw on Monster, several factors stand out to keep your cool. In other words, avoid doing these four things at the office.

1. React to anything out of rage or spite. If you’ve ever responded within an instant to an email that made you completely irate, we’re with you. The next time you receive an equally disturbing message though, try to take a walk. Step away from the computer. And definitely breathe. Read more

Should You Pursue a Job For Love or Money?

happy signAh, it’s the million-dollar question. Should you pursue a job for love or for the money?

Here’s the thing: we don’t have the answer to that question since it’s all relative and it’s definitely all personal. It’s up to you to come up with the conclusion for yourself.

According to a piece on today’s New York Post, HR executive Gregory Giangrande writes:

“If you love the green — and work is just a means to an end — well, there’s your answer. But I’ve met very few people who aren’t doing what they love — but are earning a lot of money — who are truly happy in their careers.” Read more