Pump up your managers with useful research they don’t have time to do themselves. “Admins have made me look good by giving me ideas about how to approach prospective clients and by giving me research on companies,” Joyce Gioia, a
Hear the caller on your cell phone, even when you’re in a noisy room, by putting your finger over the microphone, suggests neuroscientist Sam Wang.
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Improve your boss’s grammar or spelling—without offending him—by making it clear that you’re on his side. Before you review, say, a speech he has written, ask him how you can best help him advance his goals for the speech. “What impression would you like to leave? Is it important to you that the grammar be perfect?” Then look for cues that he’s open to your input.
Sharpen your workplace instincts by playing The Office-Politics Game, a dilemma-based social game that teaches you how to play and laugh at office politics. Send an e-mail to CEO@officepolitics.com to be notified when the new edition is ready for shipment.
Soothe stress by first dividing triggers into two categories: those you can control and those you generally can’t. Knock out the stress that you can control. For example, improve a stressful commute by changing the experience with books on tape, or troubleshoot a workplace inefficiency to eliminate frustration.
Trim expenditures by setting aside the amount of money you normally spend at work each week and put that amount into an envelope, says Dayana Yochim, a personal finance expert with the Motley Fool, the financial advice web site. “This brings mindfulness to spending—it’s not $5 here, $5 there,” she tells The New York Times.
Make your next big event stand out by negotiating with hotels for more incentives for your attendees. When the economy slows, hotels typically offer more incentives, such as free Internet access, free parking and other waived fees. Look beyond saving money for ways to make the conference experience better.
Go paperless with your sign-up sheets. Don’t bother with another sign-up sheet posted in the break room. At MySignUp.com, you can create a simple sign-up sheet, tell your group where the page is, and then have them go sign up. Benefit: Everyone can easily see where they need to pitch in.
Think now, during a recession, is a good time to go back to school? Maybe. A higher education can be a way to reinvent yourself, especially if you’ve previously thought of trying a completely different career, advises Sean O’Neil of One to One . For laid-off workers having a hard time finding a new job, it can also be a way of moving in a positive direction.