Ask your manager, "What keeps you up at night?" to uncover issues you may be able to help address, writes Erin McDermott Peterson, a partner with PeopleResults. The answer will give you an idea of how you can be more useful while showing your boss you are focused on solving problems.
You can avoid embarrassing situations at holiday parties by limiting your drinking or leaving early if you sense that drama is about to unfold. It's also a good idea to avoid posting photos of co-workers on social media and tagging them without their permission, writes Rachel Weingarten.
When a dispute arises, avoid the temptation to discuss a topic over email or through other text-based means, writes Jessica Stillman. Instead, use your voice, which humanizes you and encourages others to listen with respect.
Stella.ai hopes to create a job search marketplace that will allow companies to choose from a larger pool of candidates and help job seekers get their resumes in front of better opportunities. If a job seeker's application is rejected, the artificial intelligence marketplace company can reroute him or her to other recruiters or companies that might be a better fit.
The integration of work and technology has made it more difficult for millennials to enjoy a healthy work-life balance, even as companies embrace flexible work options. "Setting boundaries around when you do and do not work will help relieve pressure to always be performing," writes Kaytie Zimmerman.
Hotels under pressure to protect employees from sexual harassment and other abuse from guests have installed panic buttons for emergency alerts. Workers in New York City and Seattle have such devices, and the Chicago City Council has mandated implementation by summer.
Write down your achievement before your professional year comes to an end, making sure to note specific statistics and metrics, Michele Lando writes. After that, figure out goals that can help you build on those accomplishments next year.
If you were fired from a previous job, avoid blaming a former manager and instead describe how you've learned from the experience. End your explanation by emphasizing your skills and positive qualities, writes Hallie Crawford.
Professionals can use resources such as Trello, Asana and Basecamp to organize projects and track progress, writes Lori Hil. Meanwhile, time-tracking apps can help professionals prioritize their tasks and stay on pace to finish projects by their respective deadlines.
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