Careerstone Group Insights Posts Tagged "Workplace"

How Your Personality Affects Your Job

Your personality is more than just the way you act. It affects the way you do your job and how you interact with other people. Understanding your personality will help you do your job better, and understanding the personalities of your coworkers and managers will help, too. So, what type of personality…  Read More

How to Beat Holiday Stress

Everyone knows the holidays should be a time of joy and togetherness, of peace and love, but it’s hard to love the holidays when it just feels like one big to-do list. Here are six tips to make the holidays a happier, less stressful time: 1. Get organized. Think about the things you really need…  Read More

Advice for Teleworking: Nine Tips for Workers and Managers

Teleworking, or working from home or a remote location, is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s the new normal. Currently, about half of the U.S. workforce has a job that is compatible with teleworking. Why is teleworking so popular? Several reasons. For business owners, teleworking can really save…  Read More

How to Deal with Difficult Coworkers and Bosses

Difficult bosses and coworkers can make your work life miserable. I recently did a segment on News Channel 8’s News Talk with Bruce DePuyt on how to deal with them. (You can watch the segment here.) A difficult person is someone whose behavior negatively impacts the way you do your job. Difficult…  Read More

Interview Tips: 10 Tips to Help You Hire the Right Person

Studies show that 40 percent of all hires fail. Indeed, hiring the wrong person is a huge waste of both time and money. Here are 10 tips to help you interview and hire the right person: Do your homework.Think the position through thoroughly. Make a list of the skills, talents, and abilities you…  Read More

Seven Tips to Spring Clean Your Professional Persona

I hope it’s safe to say that spring is finally here (and I hope I didn’t just jinx it). For many people, that means spring cleaning—dusting off the cobwebs, airing out the house, tossing out old clothes. This is also a perfect time to spring clean your professional life, and it follows…  Read More

Don't Get Drunk at the Office Party, and Other Dos and Don'ts of the Holiday Season

Tis’ the season for parties, Secret Santas, gift giving, and all manner of festivities. This goes for office life, too. But it’s also the season for professional pitfalls, business faux pas, and other mistakes caused by holiday exuberance, a misreading of the tea laves, or just plain not…  Read More

How to Stop Multitasking

We are all multitaskers. We talk while we drive, we answer text messages and emails during meetings, we return phone calls while surfing the Internet, we cook dinner while talking on the phone, etc. We are always doing more than one thing at a time. And if we are doing just one thing, like driving, we…  Read More

Stressed at Work? Four Tips for Simplify for Success

We are busier than ever. We have more technology to contend with, which means many more forms of communication and interaction to master and address. We have more work to do, as many companies are making do with fewer employees, piling the work of many onto the shoulders of few. Do you need to simplify…  Read More

In Defense and Praise of Gen Y

Gen Y, also known as the Millennials, is a group with birth dates roughly from 1980 to 2000. Gen Y workers are often labeled with unflattering terms.  As a consultant for organizational development, one of my specialties is generational diversity. I work with many different cohorts to help…  Read More

Coworkers from Hell! How to Deal with Bad Apples, Gossips, Jerks, and Other Difficult Colleagues

The Saboteur. The Demeanor. The Bad Apple. The Gossip. These aren’t costumed Halloween characters; they’re the people you work with. And they’re not alone. There’s also the Jerk, the Complainer, the Victim, the Micromanager, the Know-It-All, and the Competitor. These are the difficult…  Read More

What to Wear When the Weather is Weird

  Dressing appropriately for the office is a simple but powerful tool for career success, but it’s difficult to dress for success when the weather is so weird. Here are a few quick and simple rules to follow for what to wear when the weather can’t quite make up its mind: Dress to fit…  Read More

New Office Etiquette: How to Be Polite and Well Liked at the Office

Anyone who works in an office knows that those close quarters can spell trouble. You spend a lot of time with your coworkers, and, even if you have your own office, you interact in meetings, breakrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and other common areas. You work together on teams and on projects. You sit in…  Read More

How to Simplify Your Work Life

Today’s workplace can feel like a constant assault on the senses. Think of all the tasks confronting you during a typical workday: emails, texts, phone calls, messages, answering questions from team members barging into your workspace, and so on. And that’s before you even begin to tackle…  Read More

Successful Retreats

The offsite retreat. Some people love them. Some people hate them. And it’s easy to see why. If done well, retreats can be a powerful way to help organizations bring about positive change. If done poorly, retreats can be a waste of time and can actually make things worse.Holding an effective retreat…  Read More

Difficult Conversations

Avoiding difficult conversations is a common practice both in our professional lives and our personal lives. Telling an employee that their performance is not up to snuff is an unpleasant task for most of us. Confronting a friend about an unpleasant situation promises to be about as fun as a root canal.…  Read More

Managing Teams in the Virtual Workplace: Six Steps for Success

Management is always challenging, but the virtual workplace can add an additional layer of difficulty. Remote or virtual employees often feel disconnected from their supervisor and team members and may become disengaged or less effective in their role. Managers can also struggle with tracking performance…  Read More

Six Common Mistakes Leaders Make During Change and How to Avoid Them

Change is very hard for all involved. During times of organizational change, morale tends to drop and top performers may look for better options. Change is also commonly met with resistance (even good change!) at first and productivity can take a hit. The other truth about change? It is unavoidable.…  Read More

No Turkey Needed! Embracing Gratitude in the Workplace

Let’s face it – we’re terrible at showing appreciation for one another, especially at work. Yes, we buy lunch for our staff at the quarterly meeting, give out certificates for years of service, and even say “thank you” to our team for job well done, but do we really show…  Read More

Suck Ups Need Not Apply

“Let’s be clear: Managing up is NOT about brown nosing, sucking up, or becoming a sycophant. Managing up is about consciously and intentionally developing effective relationships with supervisors, bosses, and other people above you in the food chain. It is a deliberate and strategic effort…  Read More

Time to Celebrate...You!

When was the last time you took some time to acknowledge—even celebrate—yourself and your accomplishments? It seems like we are constantly celebrating momentous occasions—birthdays, graduations, anniversaries—but what about all the small, yet important wins? We are conditioned…  Read More

Time Blocking: To-Do Lists 2.0

  The world of work can be all-encompassing.  Professional culture has transformed to such a degree that most professionals can work from anywhere, at any time.  Technology has advanced to the point where many teams have members who’ve never worked in the same physical space. …  Read More

Careerstone's Summer 2019 Playlist!

There’s no time quite like Summertime!  It’s that pretty delicious time of year when the daylight is long and the days seem to stretch into one another.  For some, summer is about nostalgia – about remembering a time that “seemed” less stressful, more joyful, and…  Read More