Establish clear communication boundaries right away when developing a relationship with a potential mentor, writes Monica Torres. Be clear about what you need and what you can give while keeping in mind the amount of work you're expecting the other person to do.
Maintain your perspective as the ultimate decision-making factor in your career when taking professional advice, Alyse Kalish writes. "Once you see others' advice as something you can take rather than something you have to take, the pressure's off, and you can make decisions that align with your values," she writes.
An underwhelming performance review can be an opportunity to demonstrate you can take advice, says Tammy Perkins, chief people officer at Fjuri Group. Seek guidance from a mentor on the best ways to move forward and improve.
A pair of select board member candidates in Bolton, Conn., used a coin toss this week to determine the winner in their election race. The toss gave Republican Michael Eremita the win over Democrat Kim Miller and saved the town about $2,500 it would have spent on a special election.
Laws on medical-marijuana use are influencing court decisions on workplace drug policies. A panel of lawyers has outlined four points employers should know, including that more courts are ruling in favor of medical-marijuana users who sue employers after being fired for failing a drug test.
Schedule time for procrastination instead of trying to stay on task for the entire workday, Anisa Purbasari Horton suggests. Several short breaks throughout the day are more effective than a single, large chunk of time spent procrastinating, she writes.
Although informational interviews aren't the same as job interviews, you should still send a thank-you email after a manager makes time to talk with you, writes Alyse Kalish. The email should include an expression of gratitude, a brief summary of your skills and an expression of interest in a position should one become available.
Your focus should be on developing authentic relationships instead of networking for its own sake, Voray CEO David Olk says. Try to meet a diverse range of people rather than sticking with colleagues you already know, Inspire Human Resources founder Jaime Klein says.
A man surfing off the coast of Australia escaped a shark attack on Monday by punching the shark in the nose, a tactic he learned about in a YouTube video. He then paddled to shore with minor wounds to his shoulder and arm.
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