How to Prepare For and Return From a Vacation

With the 24/7-ness of our culture, it is becoming more and more difficult for employees to ever feel they that have all their work done. Plus today’s work ethic of “more, bigger, faster, busier” creates a trap for all of us making us fearful of taking vacations or even days-off.

Here are some preparing for and returning from vacation strategies that will help you conquer that mountain of work quickly and calmly.

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How to Ask For and Get a Raise

The four most common reasons that people don’t get a raise are: You Don’t Know the Going Rate, You Don’t Know Your Value, You Can’t Justify Your Value, and You Never Ask.

The last one is the reason that I have seen the most often. So many great employees, busting their butt, day-in and day-out for years on end, silently wondering “when am I going to get a raise?” Or worse yet, thinking that they aren’t doing as good of a job as they are because if they were “surely I would have gotten a raise by now, right?”

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Dealing with Illness in the Workplace

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people with the flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away, mainly by droplets made when they cough, sneeze or talk. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. Basically, any bodily opening will do.

If you work in an office, as many of us do, chances are you sit (or stand) within six feet of a colleague and touch dozens of their icky contaminated surfaces each day. But the good news is, there are steps you can take at work to help reduce your chances of getting (or spreading) the flu.

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How and When to Say No

I don’t know who actually said it first but I first heard it from Derek Sivers (the guy who started CD Baby and then later sold it for like a bazillion dollars). He wrote in Aug 2009: There is no “yes.” It’s either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.”

Every event you get invited to. Every request to start a new project. If you’re not saying “HELL YEAH!” about it, say “no.” We’re all busy. We’ve all taken on too much. Saying yes to less is the way out.

I love that. And I try to use it in my life as often as possible but what about at work? Can we apply the same rule there? Aren’t we required to say YES when we are getting paid to basically do what we are told? Turns out, the answer is much more complicated than that.

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Telecommuting – The Art of Working At Home

Working from home is great on so many levels. Not having to commute saves money and time and can actually make you happier. A plethora of free tools make it super simple to check in with a decentralized office or teammates that may also be working in their homes, scattered around the globe.

But there are challenges, as well. How do you keep from getting distracted by things like dirty dishes or that pile of laundry? How do you handle a spouse, partner or roommate who also happens to be home during the day?

I may not have all the answers but here is a decent place to start.


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