If you're on the fence about speaking to superiors regarding a coworker's misconduct or problematic performance, consider how much harm is being done to the company and others and if laws were broken, writes Steven Weidinger. Document the behavior and don't let your personal feelings about this person affect your decision.
An internship proposal is a more complicated sell when it's made years after college, but it's easier to explain your story in person, writes Elizabeth Segran. "In fact, use it to your advantage to demonstrate how your maturity and existing skills could be an asset to the company," writes Segran, who found it difficult at first to take a step back but eventually found her career fit at age 30.
An annual review of 2018 and early 2019 job numbers from the US Department of Labor shows job gains were lower -- by a half million -- than originally reported. The revision shows that hiring during 2018 averaged fewer than 200,000 jobs per month -- rather than the 223,000 initially reported -- and that the largest job drops occurred in consumer-oriented markets, such as retail and hospitality.
Not wanting to advance at your workplace might indicate a toxic culture or a lack of personal inspiration, so consider moving on or requesting professional development, writes career expert Kourtney Whitehead. Consider what skills you want to master and what work carries the most meaning when determining your next step.
More professional networking is happening on platforms such as dating apps and TikTok, as people struggle to be seen on LinkedIn, says Jeff Steen, editor at FitSmallBusiness.com. It's also expanding to niche communities such as Fitbit's user channel -- but don't join only to talk business, he warns.
Presenting your best self for a phone interview requires dressing professionally and securing a quiet location, writes Kevin Dickinson. Prepare a go-to list of skills and achievements and practice with others or a video camera to gauge your tone and enthusiasm.
Clothing company Prana is inviting people to compete for the chance to quit their job and pursue their passion. The "Day Job to Dream Job" competition is asking people to submit a video by Sept. 16, explaining why they're worthy of the $100,000 prize.
Transitions are emotional events that requiring acknowledging what's ended -- only then can change management really begin, writes Michael Grubich. He offers a five-step guide to overcoming resistance that builds on existing models and emphasizes the need for guides, buy-in and getting everyone to the goal.
Hiring people based on whether they fit in with the company culture is difficult and has little to do with job performance, writes Nathan Mondragon, chief IO psychologist at HireVue. "At its worst, assessing for culture fit excludes diversity of thought, diversity of experience, and underrepresented groups, and provides an easy cover for bias," he writes.
Leaders can build employee engagement and trust by sharing the company's vision and news, visiting with employees and asking them for their opinions, writes Elizabeth Baskin, CEO at Tribe. "We trust people we know, and one of the best ways for employees to feel like they know you is to share some personal details about your life," she writes.
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