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December 13, 2017

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Career Experts

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.
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Dealing with Stress


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?”

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 To learn more about diversity at Staples – and to search for available opportunities –  visit

Work Should Fit Your Life Not The Other Way Around

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 12.49.02 PMThe worst mistake you can make when you’re trying to integrate work into your life is “thinking that work is the priority and life has to figure out how to get along without you,” says John Brandon.  “The failure is seeing the integration backwards, that life integrates into work,” he explains in this provocative piece.

Commuting’s Hidden Perk

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A 15-minute walk to the us or rail station might not seem like much of a workout. But do it twice every workday day and could help millions of us meet exercise guidelines and get fitter without setting foot in a gym, researchers say. Commuters who switched from driving to walking, cycling or public transit lost more than 2 pounds in two years on average, according to a new study of 4,000 adults in the United Kingdom.