Stressful promotions

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Stressful promotions

In a recent survey by Development Dimensions International, 20 percent of business leaders said that getting promoted was the most stressful and difficult event they faced in their lives. Moving up the ladder ranked higher than getting a divorce, moving to a new city or even losing a loved one.

Now, that's not to say these people regretted their advancement, although fewer than half the respondents said moving into leadership had a positive impact on their personal lives. Nearly 800 leaders participated in the DDI study.

Boring presentations

What's your biggest pet peeve about workplace meetings? If you're like the people surveyed recently by Opinion Research USA, it's bad presentations--the "disorganized and rambling" kind.

Other items that rankle: colleagues who dominate the discussion, ringing cell phones, and "co-workers who fall asleep." (No doubt during the presentations.) The survey firm reports that younger workers grumble about meetings without refreshments, while older workers complain of long meetings without bathroom breaks.

What volunteers want

When your team members give back to the community, do they get a chance to use their professional skills? That's what younger workers want to do, according to the latest Deloitte Volunteer Impact Survey.

Less than one-third of the under-30s surveyed feel their firms' volunteer programs give them compelling options, and even fewer report that their companies use volunteering as a professional development tool. However, sizable majorities of those surveyed indicated that their professional skills and expertise could be of benefit to local charitable organizations.

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