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Kira Vermond: Humour on the job

Hey, have you heard the one about the employee with a great sense of humour?

Maybe he's on to something. Numerous surveys and studies tell us a good sense of humour is an asset on the job.

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Kira Vermond: The good, the bad and the ugly-Performance Reviews

A pat on the back, or a slap on the wrist? Is that how your boss manages you?

It can be tough to know how well you're doing at your job day to day. Some managers wait to spill the beans until that all important performance review at the end of the year. That's when you sit down and find out if your work makes the grade.

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Kira Vermond: Resolutions for Work

 

New Year, new you. At least that's what you're shooting for in 2012 at your workplace. This is the year that you're going to ditch your wallflower ways, speak up in meetings and take the initiative.

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Kira Vermond: New Year's resolutions

Sure, Hanukkah has begun and Christmas is still a few days away, so it feels a little early to fast forward to the New Year.

But that's exactly what you've got to do if your resolution is "find another job."

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Kira Vermond: Gift Giving At Work

To gift, or not to gift? That's the question many of us are asking ourselves at this time of year. Especially when it comes to the workplace.
 
After all, there's a lot to consider. Who gets a mug? Are gift certificates okay? Should you buy a bottle of vintage port for the boss, or is that overkill?
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Kira Vermond: Office etiquette can be treacherous

cubicles.jpgYou walk into your company washroom one day and your co-worker's there. She's got a toothbrush in one hand, a tube of paste in the other. and she's spitting into the sink.
 
Brushing teeth at work. Good oral hygiene? Or an office faux pas?
 
Anyone who has tried to wade through the murky waters of business etiquette can tell you that knowing right from wrong, isn't always easy.
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Kira Vermond: Success is in the eye of the beholder

What is success? A hefty paycheque? A corner office? For years they were both good indicators that someone was successful.
 
And why not? As benchmarks go, physical objects work. Especially money. The bigger your stash, the more successful you are compared to everyone else.
 
But there's an obvious problem here.
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Kira Vermond: Giving thanks, except at work

The turkey is all gone. The good plates are packed away. Giving thanks may have been part of your weekend, but how often do you actually get thanks while on the job?

Recognition at work is really important both for mental health and for the bottom line. It can be as simple as saying thank you, or as complex as sending people on a company cruise. 
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Kira Vermond: Toxic workplaces more prevalent than we think

Imagine you go in to work this morning and as you walk through the door, your heart begins to race. Your palms begin to sweat. And all you can think about is how quickly you can race to your desk before your boss sees you.
 
It's not because you're late. In fact, you often try to arrive early. Instead, you're doing your best to avoid your manager. That's because almost every time you see him, he's screaming at you. Or putting you down. And now other colleagues are beginning to whisper about you too.
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Kira Vermond: When should you follow up after a job interview?

220-gensler-interview.jpgHow long should we wait before following up after a job interview? Because even a "thanks but no thanks" is preferable to job hunter limbo, right?

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