Parents of millennials are increasingly involved in their adult children's careers, writes Noam Scheiber, citing the example of LaVar Ball, who heavily influences his sons' basketball careers. Contacting recruiters, submitting resumes and asking to participate in interviews are among ways parents are meddling in children's careers, says Brandi Britton of OfficeTeam.
Those who find themselves regularly working more than 40 hours per week should analyze exactly how they spend their time at work for at least two weeks, writes Hannah Morgan. Afterward, they should self-regulate to cut down time spent on social media and other nonwork activities that can pile up and lengthen workdays.
While it's important to have something compelling to say and develop an elevator pitch for networking opportunities, it's even more important to research potential networking partners and showcase your ability to listen to others at events. Always listen more than you talk while paying attention to the needs of others so you can find ways to be useful to them.
If your company is undergoing a restructuring period or has recently completed one, acknowledge any effects such as survivor's guilt or shaken confidence that may result from the experience, writes Gwen Moran. Conduct a gap assessment to take stock of what you need to meet your new job requirements and consider seeking new opportunities to show leadership in your role.
When it's time to ask your own questions at a job interview, ask what challenges the interviewer currently faces at work, suggests Alex Dea. You should also ask questions about which co-workers the manager admires most and what types of activities employees enjoy doing together.
The first step to handling your stress effectively is to determine exactly what is causing it, writes Anne Grady. When considering external sources of stress, try to avoid labeling the annoying behaviors of others as character flaws, which can actually increase stress.
Sun Life Financial strives for a culture in which people are engaged and eager to contribute their ideas, says Sun Life Chief HR Officer Carrie Blair. "We try to get employees involved in all of our initiatives and projects because one of the secret sauces at Sun Life is collaboration," Blair says.
Mastercard and Facebook offer up to 20 days of bereavement leave as more companies recognize grieving workers often become disengaged at work. "We want to ensure that you take whatever time you need … to work through the emotional aspects but also the practical aspects," said Michael Fraccaro, chief HR officer at Mastercard.
To determine if your company is aligned, look at whether the business is slow to make decisions, is consumed by meetings and lacks clarity as to roles, write Riaz Khadem and Linda Khadem of Infotrac. Other warning signs include departments failing to work with each other and lower-level employees feeling like they can't make decisions.
Manage employees like you manage company finances and you'll get better results, says Eric Garton, a Bain & Co. partner. Measure productivity, calculate how much meetings are costing you, and reward supervisors for good management of talent, he writes.
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