What's Keeping Me Awake at Night. . .

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Jun

2018

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Lessons we can Learn from Our Dogs

Author: Mary Corrado

Dogs have been a part of my life since I was born.  I have had at least a dozen dogs over my lifetime.  At one point, I had three at one time.  Currently though, I have two huskies – Niko and Aspen.  They are a very important part of my life.  Recently, I read an interesting bog on what we can learn from dogs.  It’s a bit tongue in cheek but makes some really interesting points.

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May

2018

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The No-Meeting Day Concept

Author: Mary Corrado

One of the newest trends in business is implementing “no-meeting” days.  When I first read about this trend I was excited, because I often get exhausted just looking at my calendar!  I thought this sounded ideal for me.  But the more I thought about it, I started to wonder where all those meetings would go.  Would I just be busier on the other days?

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May

2018

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Are You Chronically Late?

Author: Mary Corrado

Being late stresses me out, and it has always driven me crazy when others are late. My significant other is chronically late to the point that he has his own time called “Lotito time.”  When we have an appointment, I have learned to tell him it starts 15 minutes prior to the actual time.  The reasons he states for his tardiness include underestimating travel time and meeting durations and trying to get just one more task done before leaving.  According to a recent...

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May

2018

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Is Stress Contagious?

Author: Mary Corrado

As we wrote about in last week's EPTW, we know that stress is a major contributor to employee absence.  But can it actually be contagious?

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Apr

2018

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Top Reasons Employees Leave Companies

Author: Mary Corrado

With employee retention being so important in order to keep up with the war on talent, it’s imperative for employers to know the reasons employees are leaving companies so that they can prevent it.  These reasons tend to change over time as workforce trends change.  HR Bartender recently took a poll to see why employees are leaving in 2018.

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Apr

2018

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The Value of Having Emotionally Intelligent Teams

Author: Mary Corrado

I am a student of EI, or Emotional Intelligence, which is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.  I receive many articles about it and recently one peaked my interest since it talked about the value of high emotional intelligence in team performance.

20

Mar

2018

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Moving the Dial on Employee Engagement

Author: Mary Corrado

For as much as we talk about and make efforts towards improving employee engagement, its still at an all-time low nationally.  How can we in HR help to move that dial?

6

Mar

2018

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Quotes That Inspire

Author: Mary Corrado

Although President’s Day is now past, and we are in March (hard to believe), I wanted to share this list of inspiring quotes from some of America’s past presidents.  While the history of U.S. leaders dates back 250 years, most of their quotes still apply today in regard to being an effective leader.

20

Feb

2018

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Networking Tips for Introverts

Author: Mary Corrado

Early in my career at ASE, I bought the book How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne.  I thought it would be beneficial to me since my natural style is much more introverted than extroverted.  With the help of this book and several others I have been successful in learning to play an extrovert throughout my career.  When I recently came across several lists of conversation triggers, they reminded me of things I learned through these books, and I knew I wanted to share it with our...

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Feb

2018

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Six Signs of a True Leader

Author: Mary Corrado

In my last blog I mentioned several top management books, several of which I have read.  As I was writing, I began to think about key trends that appear in every management or leadership book I’ve read.  Then I came across a list of six signs of a true leader and realized that for as many different books that there are about leadership, they all tend to focus in on these key traits.

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Jan

2018

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Top 10 Reads for New Managers (And Some Not So New)

Author: Mary Corrado

For those of you that know me, you know I enjoy reading.   My iPad is now full of books that I download, and my basement has six bookcases full of books.  I’m always looking for good books to read.  When I came across a list of the 15 best reads for new managers (according to Twitter followers of past Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson), I thought it would be a good list to share. After reading the article I realized I have read several books on the list.

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Jan

2018

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Do You Exercise Your Brain?

Author: Mary Corrado

I am addicted to Daily Celebrity Crossword, Word Cookies, and What Diff?  These are all games I play on my phone.  It started out a few years ago when I was in Florida visiting my 80-year old mom.  I was trying to make sure her brain stays alert and active so I downloaded a few games for her.  But the funny thing is, since then, I have been playing these games several times a week.  I justify my time by telling myself it is good for my brain.  So when I came...

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Dec

2017

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Wellness Trends in the 2018 Workplace

Author: Mary Corrado

Years ago, wellness in the workplace, for the most part, focused on weight loss programs and smoking cessation.  In today’s workplace it considers the total wellbeing of each employee.  Wellness today encompasses the mental aspect as well as physical.  

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Dec

2017

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How Leadership Can Encourage Learning in the Workplace

Author: Mary Corrado

Employee engagement is an ongoing challenge for any HR department.  One often overlooked contributor to employee engagement is career development.  To help employees develop their career they must be offered valuable learning experiences in the workplace.

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Nov

2017

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Why Do Some Workaholics Get Sick and Others Stay Healthy?

Author: Mary Corrado

Is it possible to be a workaholic and stay healthy?  According to a recent article I read, yes. But it depends on if your heart is in it or not.

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