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How to Sound More Powerful on the Job

megaphoneDo you have a deep, distinctive voice? Or maybe you have a mouse-like voice and want to be taken more seriously at work?

Whatever the tone, according to a new study power has a sound. If you feel powerful, you can actually subtly change your voice.

Researchers from San Diego State University and Columbia Business School revealed we know power when we hear it. And in turn, we can alter our voices to seem more powerful to listeners. Read more

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Three Ways to Break Bad Email Habits

no emailAh, work emails. We certainly can’t live without them and thanks to this post on U.S. News & World Report, there are several ways ditch old habits you may have somehow settled into.

1. Waiting. If you’ve ever received an email that requires research on your part, you’re not alone. If you don’t email the sender back to let him or her know that you won’t have the information until next week, that’s problematic. Read more

How to Deal With the Gross Office Refrigerator

pizzaAs you know, oh faithful reader, we cover a variety of topics on MJD ranging from salary negotiations to dealing with an unruly boss to office etiquette. As such, we need to touch upon a not-so-pleasant topic today: the communal refrigerator.

According to “Ask Annette” on, “The office refrigerator often becomes a free-for-all, a frontier, the domain of pioneers who will stop at nothing to stake their claim on the precious tundra inside.”

So, yes while some aspects of the communal frig can focus on keeping your coveted food and snacks for yourself as no one swipes them, another topic centers around food that grows stale. (Dare we say moldy? Ick.) Read more

Professor Gets Fired for Beer Commercial Appearance

moustacheThe following tale is a not-so-gentle reminder as to how your personal pursuits can impact your professional ones.

Meet Dr. Paul Roof. The associate professor of sociology at Charleston Southern University is now a former associate professor of the Christian-affiliated school. He was fired, according to WCBD-TV, because his face and elaborate beard appeared on a beer can.

Roof’s long beard is apparently worn straight down but in competitions, he waxes and configures the beard into sculpture-like concoctions. He told the news station he was fired after his image was used on a beer can manufactured by Holy City Brewing. It sounds like this was news to him, too! Read more

How to Remember a Colleague’s Name

nametagHave you ever gotten a case of the I-just-met-you-and-I-have-no-idea-what-your-name-is blues? No worries there, it’s impacted us, too.

You’ve just been introduced to someone and less than three minutes later, his or her name escapes you.

Well, according to today’s New York Post there are a few ways to cure this common ailment. Read more

Pinterest CEO Talks Balancing Work With Parenthood

Pinterest logoIt’s about time! We read a short piece in today’s Wall Street Journal mentioning Ben Silberman, Pinterest Inc. chief, and how he balances a busy work schedule along with being a dad.

This seems refreshing since we often read about women tackling this issue on a daily basis. It seems that men rarely get asked this question or they rarely talk about it so we tip our hats to the top executive’s ability to openly dish about a topic so many people struggle with daily. Read more

Seven Really Annoying Habits to Ditch Right Now

mistakeWhen we read this piece by our friends at BrazenCareerist, we chuckled. We couldn’t help but recognize colleagues from years past who have been culprits of one or more of these bad habits.

And if you’ve committed one or two faux pas over time, let’s face it — we’re all human. Give yourself a permission slip but if you’re noticing a pattern, maybe it’s time to shape up your ways. Or if you’re a manager, it’s definitely time to coach that person on your team about changing their ways.

Without further ado… Read more

Five Ways to Spend Your Lunch Hour

Back in the day, lunch hour was just that: A full hour. Well, if you find yourself glancing at the clock when it strikes 1:55 p.m. only to realize your company’s cafeteria closes in five minutes as you run down there to scarf down your lunch, you’re not alone.

When was the last time you took a full hour for lunch? When was the last time you ate at a location other than your desk as you had your sandwich in your left hand and mouse in your right?

According to a piece on Forbes, there are several ways to spend your lunch time. Read more

Four Ways to Handle Criticism at Work

We all have bad days from time to time — this is a given but sometimes criticism could feel like an attack. Without lashing back or reaching for the first pint of Ben & Jerry’s (or whatever your vice), there are a few ways to handle criticism to take it for what its worth.

1. Consider the source. As pointed out by a piece on U.S. News & World Report, don’t put too much weight into criticism if it comes from someone who’s not credible or always criticizes everyone. In the piece, Chrissy Scivicque writes, “So who’s giving you this feedback? Is it your boss, whom you respect and want to please? Or is it a co-worker who doesn’t really know what you do all day but thinks she’s got the answer to everything? Sure, people like this might hit the nail on the head once in a while, but don’t give them more attention than they deserve. Concentrate on the feedback that comes from people you respect and whose opinions matter—those who know you, your job, your skills, and your work ethic, and who truly have your best interests at heart.”

2. Pull on your big girl (or guy) pants. Let’s say the critique actually comes from a credible source and could actually be true to form. Gasp! After the initial disappointment the destructive or even constructive criticism hits the ego, try not to take it personally. Be strong. If your skills need improvement, work on them. If a project could have been done more accurately or timely, leverage this as a learning lesson and move on.

3. Listen and gain clarity. Again, without taking it personally or getting defensive, simply listen. Hear the feedback loud and clear. If it’s not clear, ask for further clarification. Gain insight and digest the information that’s been given to you. Try not to put too much weight into it other than realizing this is only going to make you more stellar on the job and the next one, too.

4. Let go of perfection. This is a big one. Newsflash: We’re not perfect! No one is. We all make mistakes, we all have bad days, we are all — let’s say it together now — imperfect. Although hearing negative feedback could be alarming, it’s a fact of life. No one expects you to be perfect nor should you expect others to be either. Scivicque reminds us in the piece, “So let go of that unrealistic expectation. We all have to deal with negative feedback at some point in our career. It’s how you handle it and what you do with it that makes you stand out.”

‘Any job that’s a detriment to your health is not a job to hold on to’

Feeling stressed or stuck while you’re on the job is something that everyone goes through, but sometimes it’s a sign that your career is in need of a new direction. So, how can you tell if your bad day is really just a bad situation?

“When you feel depressed or like your stomach is in knots on Sunday night as you prepare for the work week, this is a sure sign you need a new direction,” said Tiffani Murray, an HR consultant and author of Stuck on Stupid: A Guide for Today’s Professional Stuck in a Rut. “Any job that’s a detriment to your health is not a job to hold on to.”

Read more in 5 Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]