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WORKING: New Goals For A New Year

Joshua Stewart - Monday, January 6, 2014 - 3:09am

It’s a new year. For many of us, that means we’re thinking about new work goals for 2014. Good idea, says our resident career expert, Brandon Smith. “If we don’t set goals, we end up just reacting to things thrown at us...

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WORKING: Don't Expect To Get Hired 'Til 2014

Joshua Stewart - Monday, December 23, 2013 - 4:40am

Finding a new job here in the final weeks of year is tough. Companies just aren’t advancing their searches for open positions, said Brandon Smith, a career coach and workplace consultant who also teaches in the business...

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WORKING: Work's Done For 2013

Joshua Stewart - Monday, December 16, 2013 - 3:23am

We have just over a week until Christmas. That means work has pretty much ground to a halt in companies across Georgia. Many of us will take some time off to re-energize ourselves. Others will keep right on working. Our...

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WORKING: It Matters Where You Sit

Joshua Stewart - Monday, December 9, 2013 - 4:25am

At some companies, employees are moving desks every few months, and they’re always sitting around different people. Usually those people work in other departments. “[The idea is] everybody gets a deeper network. They...

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WORKING: Shopping On The Clock

Joshua Stewart - Monday, December 2, 2013 - 3:33am

Say the boss wants to take you and your co-workers out for a long lunch and maybe a little shopping afterward. Sounds pretty nice. But are you crossing an ethical line since you’re probably still getting paid for the...

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WORKING: Too Much Eye Contact?

Joshua Stewart - Monday, November 25, 2013 - 4:29am

Some new research tells us that using a lot of direct eye contact isn’t always a good idea. The study, published in the journal “Psychological Science,” found speakers with a strong opinion about a controversial topic...

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WORKING: 'I Don't Like You'

Joshua Stewart - Monday, November 18, 2013 - 2:52am

It’s OK not to like everyone you work with. You don’t even have to pretend you do like them. But workplace expert Brandon Smith says you do still have to get the work done. “You don’t have to go up and tell somebody, ‘...

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WORKING: When Does 'Pillow Talk' Go Too Far?

Joshua Stewart - Monday, November 11, 2013 - 2:55am

When you’ve had a rough day at work, you might go home and vent to your partner or spouse. Susan sent a note to workplace expert Brandon Smith to find out whether that’s a problem. “Does telling your spouse about a...

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WORKING: Long Hours

Joshua Stewart - Monday, November 4, 2013 - 2:13am

That 12-hour workday is bad for the balance in your life, sure. But it will pay off eventually, right? Maybe not. “Working long hours is actually really, really bad for your career,” says Brandon Smith, a career coach...

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Trolls, Princesses And Other Scary Co-Workers

Brandon Smith - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 7:53am

This post is purely an ode to many of the creative and on-point scary co-worker ideas I’ve received this month. Well done, readers, well done. I’m sufficiently frightened. I think this Halloween, I’m working out of my...


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