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Buckingham Palace Guard Deviates From Job Description

There are certain times you really should go above and beyond in your job. Think outside the box. Go for the gold!

This is not one of them. Check out this Buckingham Palace guard who goes a bit rogue. If there’s any lesson we can learn from his comical strut is that we should stick to the core of our job especially when we’re in extremely visible roles. Enjoy!

Three Ways to Motivate Underperforming Employees

TeamworkIf you’re a boss or on the rise to become one soon, listen up. There are a few ways to motivate underperforming employees who have the goods but they’re just not applying themselves fully. Here are a few pointers courtesy of a post on Inc.

1. Discover the root cause. Dig deep and you’ll figure out the solution to your problem. If the employee just isn’t a fit for the role, that’s reflective of a poor hiring decision but if the worker lacks skills, then it’s up to you to point him or her to proper resources to get trained.

Per the piece, you may need to alter your expectations, too. Look at the situation from a new perspective — how are you and the employee both responsible for his or her success? Read more

Three Ways to Deal With the Empty Nest Syndrome at Work

graduation capIf you’ve seen a few pictures here and there in your Facebook feed with friends sending their oldest young adult off to college, you’re not alone.

And if you’re one of the parents posting the pictures, chances are you’re feeling a mixed bag of emotions — joyful exuberance for your offspring combined with a sense of nostalgia and weepiness.

In fact, the adjustment may be more difficult for the empty nesting parent than their college-bound kid. Here are a few ways to keep things in check back at the office. Read more

Twitter Tops Glassdoor List of Companies With Best Corporate Culture

charityIf you like your job, your boss, your commute, there could be one thing oh-so-powerful and slightly off: Corporate culture.

All companies, as you know, are not the same and corporate culture can make or break a company as well as employee morale, satisfaction and productivity.

Glassdoor announced its report of the top 25 companies for culture and values and we’re happy to report a few social media giants and PR firm topped the list. Read more

The Truth About Conference Calls: Survey Shows People Zone Out

conf call phoneIf you’re on a conference call while you’re reading this post, you’re like most people zoning out during conference calls.

According to a new survey conducted by Intercall, more than one-quarter of participants admitted they have fallen asleep during a virtual meeting. Other respondents revealed they’ve made other calls, snacked, exercised and played video games.

Apparently 47 percent of respondents have said — get this — they have actually gone to the restroom during a call! And even if you’ve been among the faithful listeners sitting at your desk, chances are you got distracted by emails, texts or the internet.  Read more

How to Handle It When Your Colleagues Earn More Than You

moneyUnfortunately, we’ve seen this all too often. You work side by side with colleagues only to discover you’re doing the same exact work and they’re getting paid a lot more.

What gives?

According to a piece in The New York Post, the best way to ask for a raise is to make your boss feel like “you are worth every dollar.” Read more

Friending & the Difference Between Acquaintances & Friends

friendsThis post on LinkedIn, “You’re Not My Friend,” caught our eye. Adam Grant distinguishes the overuse of the word “friend” and in turn, we’re moved to share some of his compelling content.

1. You’ve actually met in person. Grant says in his piece if you’ve only connected with someone on the phone or over email, it’s not the same thing as interacting in person. There’s “no substitute for the trust that can be developed from meeting face-to-face.” Read more

Getting the Most From Employee Engagement Surveys

employee-surveyThis is a guest post by Paul Simms, sales and marketing director at Reflect Digital. Reflect Digital is a full-service digital marketing agency based in the UK.

Hoping to get the most out of your team? Perhaps you’ve recently taken on new employees? Then consider an employee engagement survey. An employee survey can give you a valuable insight into how your staff feel about your working practice and give you the information you need to make changes for the better. Employee feedback can be instrumental in identifying changes that need to be made to improve staff morale and, ultimately, productivity. The happier your staff are, the more engaged they are likely to feel with their work. And when they feel like their opinions count, the better morale can become. Read more

Five Antiquated Office Supplies in Honor of Throwback Thursday!

white outIt’s #tbt! As your Facebook friends tag you in photos from your high school football or cheerleading days in the spirit of Throwback Thursday, here at MJD we can’t help but get nostalgic for office supplies from yesteryear.

1. Wite out. Need we say more? Remember the odor it provided as well? Ah, memories. Of course, we wouldn’t have needed white out if we didn’t make typos from… Read more

Monetary Items to Consider Before You Resign

money bagsIf you recently resigned or you’re about to, let’s not forget one important factor: Money!

According to a post on LinkedIn, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your company has “rules and regulations regarding salary, bonus pay, health insurance, PTO (vacation and sick leave), expense reimbursement, and the handling of retirement accounts upon an employee’s termination (whether voluntary or involuntary).” Read more

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