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Career Management

Successful career development is more than doing a good job. Dressing for success, business writing skills, career networking – all are vitally important.

Business Management Daily’s succinct, workplace-tested career advice is designed to help you position yourself to succeed in your chosen field.

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Presently pending before Congress are two bills that could dramatically change labor relations across the United States. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish a new system that would enable employees to form and join labor unions. The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2007 would bolster unionizing efforts among police officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers nationwide ...
Good news for managers and supervisors: Giving an employee a poor performance review and then placing the employee on an improvement plan isn’t an adverse employment action on its face. Employees can’t successfully sue unless a pay cut, lost benefits, a lost bonus or some other tangible, negative results accompany that poor evaluation or improvement plan ...

From their unique vantage point working with rocket scientists at NASA, two budding managers learned how to handle luck, good and bad. Here’s their take on optimizing your chances for good luck and minimizing the effects of bad luck.

In today’s tough economy where organizations squeeze maximum efficiency from their workforce, you may need to reassign an employee to a less appealing or less influential role. While the individual may perceive the move as a demotion, reframe the news to make it more palatable.
When one of America’s elite golf instructors, Jim McLean, told me recently about a “life-changing experience" he had years ago, he described a trip to the doctor.
It’s hard to maintain your composure during a humiliating experience at work. But by finding the strength to persevere, you can overcome your embarrassment and demonstrate fortitude.
If you hire a coach who gives sound advice, don’t just take it. Apply your own higher standard to build on what you’re told.

Allegan–based drugmaker Perrigo Corp. is reaching out to potential hires with the “Perrigo Dancing Scientists,” a slick YouTube music video of scientists in lab coats busting moves. The video is designed to show job hunters that Perrigo is a hip, fun place to work ...

You expect colleges and universities to prepare your youngest workers for their new jobs. But are you prepared for them? Twentysomething employees expect the workplace to greet them with technology that is no less cutting edge than the tools they use in their personal lives and on campus. Here are seven ways to use technology to retain Gen Y’ers ...

Like an overhyped movie that proves a box-office bomb, self-esteem has lost its luster. In the next year or two, self-efficacy will supplant it.
About 56 percent of Americans say they want to lose weight, according to a 2006 Gallup poll. Many of those people experiment with various weight-loss diets.
Not all discrimination claims are crystal clear. Sometimes, employees are treated unfairly, and those situations deserve to be fixed. In such cases, employers may be tempted to settle, offering a small payment along with an agreement that the employee who complained will get additional training or a fair shot at a promotion. But consider the possible aftermath ...
Delete e-mail "jokes" ... How to seek a techie's help ...
When job interviewers ask you, "What's your biggest weakness?", your favorite answer is, "I'm a perfectionist." In truth, admitting that you're a perfectionist doesn't burnish your reputation.
You've heard that Americans don't get enough sleep. But you shrug it off and keep yawning your way into a daze at work.
You can sound like a maverick if you challenge conventional wisdom. People will pay more attention when you make a clever yet counterintuitive observation.
Denying someone a transfer she wants may be an adverse employment action—and may trigger a discrimination or retaliation lawsuit. That’s true even if the transfer wouldn’t have meant more pay or other tangible benefits ...
It's like tossing a pebble in a pond: Your negative action has a ripple effect among your team. Every time you complain, for example, you give your staff permission to do the same.

Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, is perhaps the best networker in the country; his personal contacts list includes head honchos in business and politics. His message: We all need to find the courage to connect with people, even when we feel out of our league.

Q. A female sales representative submitted a harassment complaint to HR about comments posted by one of her co-workers on MySpace. Our company’s Internet policy addresses only use of the Internet and personal e-mail in the office. Can we discipline the employee? ...
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