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Trouble Fitting In? 8 Ways to Make Friends at Work

Do you have friends at work? If not, you may want to start reaching out to your peers.

Studies show that having friends at work can make employees more productive, motivated and loyal to the company they work for, according to New York Magazine. However, fitting in at the office isn’t always easy.

Business News Daily asked business owners and career experts for their advice on fitting in at work. From saying, “hi,” in the morning to offering to help with projects, there are plenty of small things you can do every day to help you make friends at work.

Observe the culture first

“After you start your job, check out the spoken and unspoken rules for the ways that people operate in your new workplace. Listen carefully to what’s happening in your orientation and training period. And then watch and listen to how people interact (by email? Chat? Phone? In person? Video conference?), and begin to emulate other people.” –Laurie Battaglia, workplace strategist, Living the Dream Coaches  Read the full article and responses from other business owners and career experts.


How to Tell if Your Boss is Bringing You Down or Pushing You Forward

Workplace strategist Laurie Battaglia talked about the dangers of a boss who gives no feedback. “You have no idea whether you are doing things right, wrong, or have any chance of promotion,” she says. “When you ask, they put you off or just say, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing!’ ‘Keep doing what you’re doing’ is great only if you know what that is.” A boss who only gives negative feedback is equally problematic. “All you hear is what you’re doing wrong, never what you’re doing right,” Battaglia says. “This leaves you with an ‘I can’t do anything right’ point of view.” read the full article


Call it a Comeback: How to Re-Enter the Workplace After a Career Break

There are many reasons why someone may need to take an extended leave from the work force–from pregnancy and parenting to health issues and continued education to reanalyzing one’s career.

But once you decide to re-enter the work force it may not be that easy. But there are steps you can take to make the transition back go smoother.

First, realize you still have a lot of value.  “Start by quantifying the things you’ve been doing during your period of time off. Although you may not have gotten paid for your work, try putting a price tag on it to realize its value,” notes Laurie Battaglia, Workplace Strategist and Career Coach with Living the Dream Coaches, LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona.  read more


WorkWise: Does Empathy Belong in Job Interviews?

DSC_1803gcCertified career coach Laurie Battaglia at Living the Dream Coaches LLC ( in Scottsdale, Arizona, says that it’s essential to be empathetic, even practicing developing the skill the way you do other skills.

If you’re not typically empathetic, how can you be? Battaglia believes that you can develop empathy, as you do many other skills. Winter would concur, suggesting practicing as both applicant and interviewer.

If you develop an emotional connection by “understanding the employer’s point of view and the problems the hiring person needs you to solve,” she says, you’ll more likely prevail.  read more



 WorkWise:  Is Anger Foiling Your Job Search?

Anger could be impeding your job search, according to career counselor Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams Inc. in East Moriches, N.Y. She offers a host of reasons.

You might be tired of job hunting online, watching applications not go through and, when they do… read more

7 Ways to Move Up by Moving Over

Are you looking for that next career challenge but unsure how to get there? Climbing the corporate ladder might not be the only way. Today more than ever, a career detour just might lead to your career destiny. At every level — including the top — professionals, managers, and executives-in-waiting commonly zigzag through several lateral lurches before stepping up to their destination position.  read more

Lessons from the Catwalk for Your Job Search

As Fashion Week wraps up in the Big Apple, dressing to impress is on everyone’s mind. It’s an important reminder for those looking for employment as well as those in the fashion industry: You are what you wear.

Of course, that’s not really true, but as far as hiring managers, people you meet at networking events and even your own colleagues are concerned, it might as well be. When there is a limited amount of time to evaluate someone’s skills, work ethic and professionalism, how you present yourself as a potential employee can make all the difference.  read more

Why You Didn’t Get That Promotion:  Six Ways Women Hold Themselves Back In The Workplace

If you’re eyeing that next level up the ladder, you might be wondering the best approach to get there. But in addition to doing the right things to ascend in your career, it’s important to be aware of what might keep you from that next promotion.

To that end, career-intelligence polled a wide range of workplace thought leaders to explore common obstacles that may hold women back when they want to move forward. Here is a roundup of their top-line advice about what to avoid.  read more

Is Competition Among Co-Workers a Good Thing?

A little friendly competition with your co-workers can be the source of motivation you need to achieve great heights. It’s also often a natural impulse. Say, for instance, there’s a new hire in your department—it’s natural to wonder: Is this guy going to show me up? At the same time, constantly comparing yourself with a colleague can be self-defeating.

It all depends on your personality and preference. “If you want to be individually rewarded and are achievement motivated, then you will want some competition,” says Brad Brummel, assistant professor at the University of Tulsa and a member on CareerBliss’ board of advisors. “If you are more communally focused and want your co-workers to be like a family, then you will prefer the collaboration.”  read more

Ways To Stay Productive In The Summer

Being stationed at a desk or cubicle while the sun is shining outside can be difficult. You may have trouble focusing on work when all you want to do is hit the pool, landscape your home or enjoy a water park.

To help you overcome the urge to ditch your desk and head outdoors, consider some advice from Laura Scott, president of 180 Coaching with Laura Scott. She says, “If your desk faces a window with a view that might tempt you outside, obscure part of the view with a framed inspirational saying, a whiteboard with your schedule or running to do-list or a vision board showing the important goals you wish to accomplish over the summer.”  read more

Career Change In Cards?

Have you made a New Year’s resolution for your career?

If a career change is in your list of goals for 2013, experts offer an abundance of advise to help you make it happen.  read more