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Oct 16 2019

These Trends Are Re-Shaping the Workplace

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We’ve seen open concept desks, standing desks, treadmill, and cycling desks — and even the lack of personal desks altogether — become workplace trends over the years. Fortunately, workplace trends are about much more than furniture (or its absence). We are seeing bigger and more tectonic shifts coming into focus heading into 2020, as more Gen Z workers enter the job market; social[…]

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Oct 10 2019

Why “Deep Work” May Be Your New Career Superpower

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What do JK Rowling, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have in common? Whether they realize it or not, they are all proponents of using “deep work” habits—a concept developed by Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University—to accomplish their goals. Rowling, for example, didn’t have a presence on social media while she was writing the “Harry Potter” novels, despite the series’ growing popularity at[…]

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Oct 3 2019

5 Podcasts to Ease You into the Fall Season

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Still grieving the end of summer? Hold the sunscreen: It’s the beginning of sweater season, football, and changing leaves. It’s also the perfect time to add some fresh podcasts to perk up your morning commute. Podcasts can inspire you, teach you productivity hacks, keep you up-to-date on knowledge and developments in your industry, and help you reflect on your own life and work. We've picked five great podcasts[…]

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Sep 27 2019

The new W-4 form has caught up with the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – here’s what you need to know now!

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By Macon Albertson, Director, Hunter Hollis a Signature Consultants company. The IRS released its latest draft of the 2020 W-4 – the form employers and payroll departments use to determine employee tax withholding – in August. (The final version, which will include only minor edits, will be released in November.) The new form has been updated to align with the 2018[…]

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Sep 26 2019

A Peek into the Morning Routines of Successful Leaders

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How do you approach the beginning of your day? For many of us, our mornings feel more like a mad rush than an actual routine. We tapped into the habits of successful leaders—from Bill Gates to Marie Kondo—to find out whether these ambitious professionals all share a morning secret to success. What we found was that while sleep habits vary[…]

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Sep 25 2019

How to Ace Your Next Networking Event (the Introvert Way)

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Networking events are about a lot more than the free appetizers. They can be a great way to expand your professional contacts, discover new career opportunities, and get up to speed on industry trends. But for introverts who tend to avoid small talk, often feel drained after socializing, and recharge by spending time alone, networking events can also be a bit terrifying. Read on for[…]

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Sep 4 2019

5 Steps to Polish Your Social Media Presence (and Get That Job)

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“Smile!” your friend says, as she snaps a picture of you, beer in hand. Before you know it, it’s posted on Facebook, you’re tagged in it, and it’s received dozens of likes and comments. You instantly make it your profile picture. The next morning, as you get ready for your job interview, you suddenly remember that picture. Your choice to post it, which seemed so harmless the night before, now[…]

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Sep 3 2019

7 On-the-Job Email Blunders (and What to Send Instead)

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It's Friday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. You've had enough coffee to energize a family of sloths, but your caffeine buzz is starting to wear off. Suddenly, a message from a co-worker pops up in your inbox, flagged red and screaming at you with the subject line, “URGENT”. You open it. Someone on another team has a last-minute request, but it’s more like an order—and the email[…]

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Aug 19 2019

What 6 Elementary School Rules Can Teach Us About Meetings

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Meetings. Even the mere word can elicit shudders and a wish to hide under the desk. Meetings have gained a bit of a bad reputation because so many of them lack preparation or prove to be an unproductive use of time. What if you had some tricks in your back pocket to help you make meetings more positive and productive for all involved? As it turns out,[…]

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Aug 13 2019

8 Ways to Turn a “Meh” Workday Around

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The coffeemaker made coffee this morning: so much, in fact, that it spilled coffee all over the kitchen counter. A neighbor decided that mowing the lawn at 5 a.m. would be a good idea, and your favorite shirt looks great on you, if you can look past the weird stain on the collar (Is it coffee? It’s probably coffee.) When you arrive at the office,[…]

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