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August 29, 2015

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The End of The “Office Housework” Gender Bias

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In offices across America, more often than not women are the ones who get stuck taking notes, fetching coffee or performing the office housework. When a woman declines to help, colleagues tend to like her less, but when a man refuses to help he is often seen as busy and suffers no backlash as a result. Sound familiar? FastCompany has this advice to help you navigate these troubled waters.

Entourages aren’t only for celebrities

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Entourages aren’t only for celebrities — today, the most successful people in the workforce are likely to have a posse of people responsible for getting them to where they are, The New York Post reports. From explaining the finer points of Instagram to decoding the HR handbook, these mentors aren’t the traditional few-rungs-above-the-ladder role models — and that’s the way it should be.

Making Humor at Work Work

Most people like a good laugh, but what’s funny to some people others find inappropriate.  William Goodspeed, author of Buzz Kill, has these tips to avoid having your jokes land with a thud.

  1. Don’t confuse being a leader with being a comedian. Leadership is Job One.
  2. An attempt at bad humor is not an acceptable excuse for unacceptable behavior. Racist, sexist, ageist, and other forms of discriminating acts won’t be tolerated because you attempted to cloak them in bad humor.
  3. Use humor to lift people up, not to put them down. Don’t laugh at people – laugh with them.
  4. Don’t force it – if you’re trying too hard to be funny your humor will fall on deaf ears.
  5. Use your humor to make people feel more comfortable rather than more awkward.
  6. Gags and practical jokes should only be used when those on the receiving end find them funny.
  7. Don’t use humor to single someone out, use it to help them acclimate.
  8. Sarcasm is not a license to belittle someone. Saying “I was just joking” doesn’t cut it.

Dealing with Stress

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For many small-business owners, stress is a daily occurrence.  Not managing your stress level can take its toll and lead to a lag in productivity and health problems. When to-do lists grow and emails pile up, it can sometimes seem impossible not to feel overwhelmed. Inc. recommends these seven tips for dealing with stress.

Don’t Jump at First Job Offer

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.41.13 PMIt’s a tough job market, the bills are piling up and you have sent out resume after resume. Your  job search is wearing you down. But accepting the first job offer – especially when you know you’ll hate it – does you no good in the long run. In this piece,  Ryan Niessen gives three simple steps to take, starting with asking, “What big problem drives you absolutely crazy in this world?”

Back to School: Take a Crash Course in Starting Your Own Business

Back-to-School-Header-image-0811The alarm rings a little earlier and the mornings get more hectic as you’re juggling making breakfast, dressing the kids and packing lunches. You know what this means? It’s back to school time! For many moms the grand finale of summer is when summer camp, road trips and days spent at the pool are replaced with carpooling, field trips and PTA meetings.

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Top Staples Executive Honored by Diversity Journal

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Shira Goodman’s first job was as a waitress in a local delicatessen. She thinks the most important quality a woman leader needs is courage. And the best career advice she’d give her former self is “ listen better.”

As president of Staples North American Commercial division, Goodman has been recognized by Diversity Journal as one of the “2015 Women Worth Watching.”  Goodman is among a select list of 100 women cited for their initiative and achievements, who work to further diversity within their spheres of influence.

To read the full article about Goodman, go to http://www.diversityjournal.com/15968-shira-goodman-staples/. To learn more about diversity at Staples – and to search for available opportunities –  visit www.StaplesDiversity.com.