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Your Manager Loves You. Here’s Why Your Raise is Awful.

A reader sent me an email asking if a “1.75 percent raise” was appropriate for salary in the 90k range. “It’s like giving a waitress a $7 tip on a $300 meal,” he wrote. First of all, wouldn’t it be awesome to get a 15-20 percent raise each year? Second, if any of you leave […]

8 Questions a Hiring Manager Should Never Ask

Most people who conduct job interviews aren’t actually experts in hiring. In theory, recruiters should be (although, I’ve heard some horror stories about “professional” recruiters as well), but most hiring managers hire maybe one person per year. As a result, most hiring managers never become experts in hiring. Job interviews should be designed to find […]

The One Thing Every Boss Should Say to Her Summer Intern

We’re midway through the summer intern season. Hopefully, it’s going well. Internships can be a bit of a challenge-adjusting to an office environment after years of school can be a bit difficult for all involved. Frequently, the people managing interns are low-level supervisors and sometimes it’s their very first time managing another person. The result of […]

10 Interview Skills You Need to Get Hired (and How to Improve at Them)

Even though most jobs don’t require smooth talking skills, getting through the interview often does. You don’t have to answer every interview question perfectly, but you can improve your interview skills. Here are 10 interview skills that will help you land the job. 1. Do your background research. This may not seem like an actual […]

Death to the Feedback Sandwich

I got an email from a colleague the other day at the place I volunteer. We have parallel roles — she heads up one organization, and I head up another. The first paragraph was filled with praise about how she admired my work and my parenting (really). As I read this, I knew what was […]

Job Deception, Low Pay, and More

Hello! I have read your posts for years now and finally decided I had a problem worth your time. I am a Sr.Supervisor in Supply Chain with 16 direct reports spread out over two departments. When I interviewed and negotiated it was for the job over one of the two departments with 8 direct report. […]

Congratulations, You’re Now The Boss: How to Take Over an Existing Team

When you land a new job, there’s a ton to learn. You not only need to learn the business, but you also need to learn how best to use your team. You may get lucky and walk into a perfectly performing team, but chances are, you’re going to have to make some changes. To make […]

The Surprising Most Satisfying Job

Do you want a job that you love? That is likely to bring you satisfaction? Then you’ll want to pursue the job that is most likely to bring you great satisfaction. Unfortunately, it won’t bring you a paycheck. Homemaker came out on top of life satisfaction survey conducted by LV Insurancecompany in the United Kingdom. […]

What’s Behind LinkedIn’s Big Compensation Problem

Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion was big news, but The New York Times has theorized a non-public reason for the sale: LinkedIn’s compensation problems. It seems that LinkedIn gave a huge percentage of its compensation in stock. While many people enjoy this-if the company you work for does well, you can have a […]

Interview Questions Candidates Want You to Ask

We talk a lot about questions hiring managers and recruiters should ask, but we never talk about the questions that the job candidates actually want to be asked. If you want to find the best people for your open positions, try some of these questions: “What makes you angry?” It made me think about how […]

Can I Get out of a Relocation Repayment?

I assumed a position with my company. However, after my arrival, I have been handed a completely different job altogether – as have many others. Moreover, upon my arrival most employees left in the first few weeks on the job because they’d been promised better positions – my top person was told he would assume […]

My Coworkers Won’t Smile Back

I started a new job eager and attempted to smile and greet everyone. These greetings were usually not returned and, a year later, they are accompanied by dirty looks and eye rolls. I’ve also overheard co-workers gossip and complain about how ineffective I am. I did check in to see if there were any issues […]

Small Business Growth Doesn’t Have to Mean Growing Benefits Costs

Small business growth is simultaneously exciting and scary. Watching your revenues increase and your staff grow can feel like the ultimate validation — proof that your hard work is paying off. But as your business and workforce grow you will need to take a closer look at your health and dental plans. Figuring out how […]

From Student to Employee: How Work is Different From School

College is supposed to prepare you for work. Well, not really. It was originally designed to broaden your minds and blah, blah, blah, but it’s a necessary step on a path to most white collar jobs. So congratulations on that degree. And now it’s time to get to work. You may well be completely unprepared […]

Identify Your Most Valuable Employee

Your most valuable employee is someone who holds significant worth at your company. It’s easy to see which salesperson sells the most, but is that person truly the most valuable? It may be the receptionist who holds the foundation of the company together or the custodian who found a way to cut utility costs last […]

Team Building Activities That Actually Work

I’m not a huge fan of team bonding activities, largely because I’m an introvert who hates games. Okay, not all games, but I don’t want to play volleyball or go rock climbing, or play flag football, and frankly, no one wants me on their team anyway. Everyone wants me on the other team, of course, because I’m […]

How to Train For Success

Where do you see yourself in five years? This is a common interview question, but a manager plays a huge role in an employee achieving the success that a candidate envisions. (After all, no one says, “In five years, I see myself doing this same job.”) If you’re a manager, how can you train your […]

You Would Never Hire Alexander Hamilton, and That’s a Problem

Last night, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton won just about everything it could at the 2016 Tony Awards-11 awards, only one short of the record of 12. It seems that everyone is enamoured with the story of a “bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the […]

Managing a Weight Loss Program at Work

“How much do you weigh?” It’s a simple question, but it’s a sensitive one, too — whether you’re lean, overweight or somewhere in between. Weight is a thorny subject for many of us, and talking about weight loss can be even trickier. But high weights are consistently associated with long-term health problems, leading to higher […]

Human Resources Rescue: We’ve Had a Run of Bad Hires, Help!

One of my friends asked me for some help. She works for a small accounting firm that has had a run of bad hires. Everything looks great on the resume and in the interview, but then the person doesn’t work out, for one reason or another. They haven’t had to fire the new hires, they’ve […]

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