The most confident individuals are able to avoid negative self-talk and don't invest too much thought in what others think about them, writes Matthew Jones. Confidence can't be gained by regularly living in the past or worrying too much about the future, Jones writes.
A recent Jobvite survey showed that while 64% of the workers who participated were happy with their jobs, 82% were open to new opportunities. This reflects the fact that job-hopping has become normal, with 42% of job seekers switching jobs every one to five years.
Journaling can be beneficial as a regular exercise, but should not be used solely to vent, said psychologist James Pennebaker. Those who use a journal simply to discharge emotions can turn the activity "into an exercise in self-absorption," Pennebaker said.
If an employee experiences the death of a loved one, employers should check in about a week after paid leave begins to express sympathy and see what support it can offer. Grief counseling might be beneficial for employees who are too distraught to return to work.
Resiliency is a key quality of individuals and organizations, crucial to dealing with the "uncertainty and ambiguity" that mark today's business environment, writes LaRae Quy. She draws on her FBI experience to describe key characteristics of resilient people, including the difference between chasing happiness and finding joy.
When workers were given a choice between economic mobility and financial stability, 92% chose financial stability, Clint Key of The Pew Charitable Trusts told a financial wellness roundtable event. Research from Prudential Financial found just 22% of people said they were financially secure, and Diane Winland of PricewaterhouseCoopers said people stressed about finances are five times more likely to miss work to deal with financial issues.
When considering a job opportunity, look at the social media postings of the firm's employees, Kyra Mancine advises. Check to see if the company regularly holds social events or does volunteer work, as well as whether the company attracts negative customer feedback.
Landing a better job can be difficult if your job title doesn't reflect the work that you actually do, Jane Heifetz writes. Overcome this obstacle by using your resume to emphasize your key responsibilities and skills.
Get a better start to the day by handling simple tasks before you go to bed each night, writes Nina Semczuk. Lay out your work clothes and collect important items for the next day, including your keys, wallet and work-related materials.