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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

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How to Respond When You Get a Wacky Request at Work

moustacheAccording to a new survey released by OfficeTeam, administrative support professionals dished about the weirdest requests they’ve ever been asked. And we do mean weird.

Here are some of the most unusual responses:

“Organize a hula-hoop competition for executive staff.”

“Cut off the boss’s tie that was caught in the paper shredder.”

“Get a snake out of the women’s bathroom.”

“Call airport security to locate a lost shoe.”

“Mail a box of dirt.”

“Take samples of toilet paper from all the office bathrooms and compare them.” Read more

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

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

Take That, Bully Bosses! Study Reveals Humble Bosses Rock

Happy-WorkerAccording to a new study conducted at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, if you’re a humble boss, you may be onto something. You empower and appreciate your employees and you’re open to feedback.

Angelo Kinicki, professor at the business school, talked to USA Today about the best type of boss. “Humility is not weakness. Humility has its effects across levels of an organization in an empowered, uplifting way. You can’t browbeat people into performance.” Read more

What’s Protocol for Flying With Your Boss?

globeSilently nod with us in agreement if you board a flight and slip on those earphones even though you may not even be spinning tunes on the other end. The goal? Of course, to block out chatty neighbors.

Well, when your boss is flying in the seat next to you on an international flight, the protocol is a bit more formal and professional. According to a piece in today’s New York Post, it’s important to follow your boss’ lead. Read more

Several Workers Grade Their Boss a ‘D’ or ‘F’ in New Survey

bosstoclientNow that we’ve gotten your attention, we have to say that yes, in a new CareerBuilder survey one in seven respondents graded their bosses with a D or an F.

It’s not all doom and gloom, however since 63 percent of workers gave their boss an A or B. One-quarter of respondents gave their boss an average mark.

Grades were in sync with bosses’ communication and management styles. That is, workers who frequently interacted with their bosses ended up rating their performance higher than people who didn’t interact with their supervisor. Read more

Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Boss? New Study Says You’re Not

bossesIf you’re wondering whether or not you’re spending enough time with your boss, there may be reasons why you’re questioning it in the first place.

That’s because it’s a valid question and a new study underscores the importance of face time with your supervisor.

According to a new study conducted by Leadership IQ with more than 32,000 executives, managers and employees in the U.S. and Canada, people feel more engaged for each additional hour spent with their leader. Read more

Survey Reveals Admins Happier Than Their Bosses

heartThis just in…according to a Staple survey, for the most part administrative professionals are happier than their bosses to the tune of 61 percent compared to 18 percent.

For the second consecutive year, most of the participants indicated admins tend to boost employee morale and become more involved on the team than the actual boss. Read more

New Study Shows Men Prefer Being the Boss More Than Women

company sizeAccording to a new study, men like to be in charge at the office more than women. Researchers at Harvard’s Department of Evolutionary Biology reviewed co-authored publications in order to determine how likely it would be for two professors of the same position to work together.

Well, they looked at studies at 50 universities in North America and calculated the likelihood of working together in a co-authorship situation as it related to the number of professors in that department. Read more

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