Being offered a new job is exciting. This job offer is an opportunity for a fresh start while advancing your career. However, during the first few months with a new employer, many rookies unknowingly make several mistakes in an eagerness to impress their employers. These mistakes are difficult to overcome and often isolate new employees from their coworkers and managers. Here are 5 common mistakes to avoid when starting a new job. Asking Unnecessary Questions Asking questions is a natural part of starting a new job. However, a fine line exists between asking necessary questions and expecting a manager to hold your hand through every aspect of work projects. To avoid coming across as needy and unable to work alone, only ask questions you’re unable to locate in project manuals and elsewhere in the company’s records. This will prove to management that you’re a self-starter and will avoid a manager’s annoyance at continually being bothered by unnecessary questions. Being a … [Read more...] about New Year – New Job? 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid
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A good office prank lightens the office mood and unites coworkers. From hiding a coworker’s chair to decorating a manager’s office, pranks often elicit a hearty chuckle from instigators and their targets. However, how much is too much when playing jokes on coworkers? Have you or your coworkers pushed the unspoken limit and suffered repercussions? An office joke taken too far can offend coworkers and may lead to management intervention. While occasional jokes can keep everyone in the office in good spirits, the following are signals of when office pranking may have gone too far. Keep it Lighthearted Office pranks should never be mean spirited. If you feel the urge to mess with a coworker’s space or a manager’s desk, keep the joke lighthearted. Even a joke meant to be innocent played against a coworker you’ve had previous rifts with can come across as confrontational and passive aggressive. As such, only play pranks on coworkers you’ve known for a long … [Read more...] about Office Pranks: How Much is Too Much?
Traveling jobs offer many benefits. From escaping the typical office routine to exploring new parts of the country, you may greatly enjoy being a traveling professional. While those benefits may truly be wonderful, business travels often don’t play well with a strictly managed diet. At home, you may be the model of healthy living – exercising daily and eating nutrient-rich foods. However, during business travels, it’s easy to put a diet on hold, convincing yourself that a meal out here and a few drinks there won’t affect your figure. This is the excuse many business travelers use until they discover their business suits are fitting a little snugger around the waist. Here are a few tips for avoiding this dilemma to keep your figure in tact during extended business travels. Pack Healthy Snacks Airport terminals and convenience stores are prime locations for purchasing overpriced and unhealthy snack foods. From 1000 oz. sodas to extra-large cookies, these hotspots … [Read more...] about Keeping Your Figure Intact During Business Travel