Working long hours seems like the norm in our ever-connected society. You may put in 10 or 12 hours a day, then do email or other work at home late into the evening. Career and workplace consultant Brandon Smith says working all those hours actually may be limiting your career rather than advancing it.
The human resources office at work walks a fine line between advocating for employees and protecting the interests of the organization. Workplace consultant Brandon Smith says HR’s first duty is to the company, which means there are some things you don’t want to talk those folks about.
It hasn’t been a good week for professional sports teams hailing from Atlanta. In the Braves’ and Falcons’ failures, however, are lessons for rebounding at work. These two teams were once thought of as rising stars – just like workers who enjoy success begin getting more responsibility. Brandon Smith explains how to rebound from a big work failure.
Friday marks Day 4 of a government shutdown after congressional leaders couldn’t come to a budget agreement Monday night. At its core, Congress is a workplace where co-workers must tackle projects together and must work as a team to get things done. Our resident workplace expert, Brandon Smith, explains some of the lessons in compromise we can take from the government shutdown.
Research presented in August at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting suggests people who are self-employed have a much harder time getting a corporate job again than people already working in such a position. Brandon Smith explains why and suggests ways for entrepreneurs to get back into the workforce.
A mid-50s government worker is nearing retirement and looking for a lower-paying job with less responsibility. But no one will hire her, even though she has two graduate degrees and decades of experience. Brandon Smith explains how to overcoming her work history and her age to find a second act.
Job-searching and career advancement are all about building your professional network. Our career expert, Brandon Smith, says you should be thinking about building networks no matter what you’re doing, from shopping for produce at the local farmers’ market to working out at the gym.
Nearly 9 million Americans aged 44 to 70 are pursuing an “encore career,” according to the nonprofit Encore.org. That’s the executive who decides late in life that his real passion is cooking, so he opens a restaurant. Or it’s the lawyer who decides she wants to become an author, so she quits the firm and writes a book. Brandon Smith says making an encore career happen starts with ignoring reality – at first.
Bad bosses? Everyone has a story. The tales about good bosses are much rarer. The boss that deserves a “thank you” is almost unheard of. Yet they do exist. A listener to our regular Working conversations Friday mornings sent us an email asking how to express her gratitude to one such manager. Brandon Smith offers three ways to do that without looking like a suck-up.
The old saying goes, “Dress for success.” Some folks are taking that all the way to the corner office – or at least taking their style cues from the occupant of that office. It might sound crazy to dress like your boss or your organization’s CEO/president/executive director. It’s not, says Brandon Smith, our regular commentator on workplace and career issues.