5 ways to bond with co-workers who live in other cities

Building strong, positive relationships at work can make us more productive, more creative and happier in our jobs. While many of us enjoy the benefits of remote working, we also miss out on the day-to-day interactions we'd have in a shared workplace. And it's these opportunities for building rapport that help us bond with our co-workers. Although it presents a challenge for remote teams, especially those spread across geographical boundaries and time zones, it's important to make sure everyone ...
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Sexual harassment at work in the era of #MeToo

A new survey shows how American workers feel amid the heightened awareness of sexual harassment and assault raised by the #MeToo movement. The Pew Research Center's survey reveals the extent of unwanted sexual advances and sexual harassment in the workplace. It explores people's views on issues such as the extent to which they think 'men getting away with it' or 'women not being believed' is a major problem. And it also considers whether recent developments are making it more difficult for ...
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8 ways to cultivate better work relationships in 2018

The quality of your relationships with co-workers is a good indicator of career success. Apart from making your work more enjoyable and helping you to be more productive, building positive relationships at work is essential for career growth. "If we don't have positive work relationships it's harder to build a professional network of resources and advocates that know your value and want you to succeed," says career coach Jenn DeWall. Here Amy Elisa Jackson explores the role of effective interper...
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Why funny leaders are better leaders, according to 2 Stanford professors

  There are certain character traits such as honesty, integrity, courage, patience, tenacity and humility that are considered the hallmarks of a good leader. And according to research, humor is also a vital indicator of leadership success. Used appropriately, humor helps you create strong connections with people, build resilient teams and boost creativity. Inappropriate humor on the other hand, alienates people and makes you look incompetent so it's important to understand what wo...
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These are the specific conversations you need to have with your boss every month of the year

Employees often consider workplace meetings to be time-consuming, poorly run, ineffective, and something to be avoided whenever possible. The one meeting you shouldn't shy away from however is the regular one-on-one meeting with your manager. Done well, these meetings not only strengthen your working relationship they also give you an opportunity for feedback and coaching to help you meet your professional goals. Although the responsibility for these meetings rests mostly wit...
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Which career battles should you fight and which should you drop?

Knowing how to choose your battles wisely isn't easy when you're just starting out in your career. While it's often best to avoid disagreements escalating into full-blown conflict, there may be times you need to stand up for yourself even though you find it difficult. Before raising an issue, you need to know which factors to take into consideration, what the implications might be, and how to broach the subject. To help you decide when to fight and when to walk away, Rich Bellis shares here some...
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20 career-boosting steps you can take before New Year's Eve

The festive season is fast approaching for many of us with December bringing holidays and social time with co-workers, friends and family. As the current year winds down you'll want to make sure your desk is clear before the New Year. This is also a good time for taking stock of your career. By spending some time reflecting on your accomplishments and planning the next chapter in your career, you can hit the ground running in January 2018. Whether you're job hunting or not, the 20...
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42 ways to make sure people like you—and respect you

While you don't have to choose between being liked and respected at work, you do need to get the balance right. Wanting to be liked is part of human nature. It's also human nature to test each other's boundaries. Being agreeable, co-operative, supportive, and helpful are all excellent qualities that facilitate teamwork and create a pleasant working environment. If you're always being nice to people for the sake of being liked however you risk being seen as a pushover. Here, Erin Greenawald share...
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To tap into hidden talent pools, you need to know how to build a remote team

When you limit your team to working in one central location, you limit yourself to fishing in a small, local talent pool. Employing remote workers on the other hand allows you to tap into a vast talent pool around the world. Although remote working is becoming more commonplace, there are some unique challenges to working with geographically dispersed teams. "There's no doubt that when you work with remote teams, the relationship with your workforce changes. But creating successful distributed te...
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4 tips for managers working with a new team

Meeting your new team for the first time can be daunting. As a manager, your initial interactions can have a major impact on the team's performance and setting the right tone from the outset is crucial to your success. During the first few weeks you'll want to make sure your actions serve to build trust with team members and gain their confidence in you as their leader. To help you prepare for your new role, Vip Sandhir, CEO and founder of HighGround, shares his top tips for building good workin...
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