As we struggle on this summer hindered by the various restrictions necessary to combat this global crisis, so much of what we once considered important has been put on hold. Professionally, although many of us have the opportunity to work from home, we are mostly focused on getting things done and keeping the business going. There doesn’t seem to be much opportunity for career development. Yet there are things you can do, even now, to help advance your career when things get back to normal. With all this extra time on your hands, why not work on developing new soft skills?
Are you listening? Even when we have the best of intentions, we can easily become distracted when trying to listen to others. Good listening skills are just not something most of us think about. But, if we can learn how to practice active listening, which involves not only offering attention but also communicating our comprehension, we can look smarter, feel better, and enhance all our interpersonal relationships at work and at home.
Conversations about your performance are a given if you are an employee. You are hired to do a job and your employer wants assurance they made the right decision. They want you to succeed and grow in return for your valuable contribution. However, the quality, frequency, and format of performance conversations vary widely in the workplace. At the core is the relationship with your line manager. So it pays to give proper attention to your one-to-one. Here are some tips.
What you say isn’t always perceived the way you intend. These are three examples of communication mishaps job seekers make.
When it comes to your job and career, you have to learn the difference between relevant email and what might be considered wasted communication.
US employees spend, on average, about a quarter of the workweek combing through hundreds of emails. Despite the fact that we’re glued to our reply buttons, career coach Barbara Pachter says plenty of professionals still don’t know how to follow email rules appropriately.
Here are some basic, modern email rules every professional should know…