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‘The lessons I learned from my favourite boss’

A great boss can inspire and motivate you. A great boss can shape your career and the type of manager you become. A great boss can also teach you valuable career and life lessons. We asked workers to share stories about the best bosses they’ve ever had and what they learned from those leaders that still influences them today. (Read More Here!)

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How to Handle an Ethical Dilemma at Work

Have you ever been faced with a situation at work that’s made you uncomfortable? Perhaps you’re assigned a project with a subject matter that goes against your values or beliefs. Or a client does or says something that seems unethical. Maybe you completely disagree with the viewpoint of your manager.

If you work in a field where you don’t have input into who your clients are or what projects you work on, you may one day be faced with one of these situations. If that happens, what should you do? You don’t want to go against your morals but you also don’t want to ruffle feathers or put your job in jeopardy.

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6 Career Lessons from ‘American Horror Story: Coven’

Some TV shows are educational and thought provoking. Others aren’t, but they allow you to leave your office worries behind and not have to check your phone for emails from the boss for the next hour. They’re a vacation for your brain.

A bit of television escapism is healthy, but don’t think even the trashiest of TV is without a life lesson or two. Such is the case with “American Horror Story: Coven.” Or at least let’s pretend that’s true so we don’t feel like we’re wasting 13 hours of our lives watching a gang of great actresses running around in fashionable hats.

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What Jobseekers from Different Generations can Learn from Each Other

There are essentially three generations of job seekers vying for jobs today: Baby Boomers, Generation X or Gen X, and Generation Y or Millennials. Because of this, job seekers are finding themselves competing with people of all different ages for the same job; people that can bring different experiences and skill sets to the position.

We asked career coaches, advisers and recruiters if there are any patterns in how job seekers from different generations go about the job search. Here are some that they noted:

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How Helping Others can Help Your Job Search

Volunteering in your community can be rewarding for many reasons – you get to help others, give back to your community and hopefully enjoy some personal growth along the way. Volunteering may help with professional growth as well — by gaining new experiences and meeting new people, you may just end up with a new job.

“Anyone who’s interested in taking charge of their career, whether they are currently employed or not, should volunteer,” says Marsha Egan, career coach and workplace productivity expert. “It is perhaps one of the best kept career development secrets. Not only is it a great opportunity to network, but it’s a wonderful chance to learn how to motivate in a positive way, become a leader and fine-tune organizational skills. The fact that you are giving back to [the] community and going to feel good about it – that’s an amazing bonus too.”

3 reasons why volunteering can help with your job search:

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How close are these TV-show jobs to real-world jobs?

A lot of shows on TV are far from real — fairytale characters living in an average American town, a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies, humans and vampires caught up in love triangles. But the fantasy of these shows is what makes them so enjoyable.

And then there are those shows that are more rooted in reality — ones that take place at law firms, hospitals, fire departments and other real-world offices. Although these jobs exist, the shows don’t always accurately depict an average workday.

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3 Counterintuitive Tips for Setting Better Work Goals for your Team

Do you know that being too specific could actually harm your work goals' success? We suggest three (possibly) counter-intuitive tips to help you set better goals for your team.

By: Alythea Ho

The ability to set good work goals is essential for any manager who wants to effectively manage his or her team. Clear, well-defined goals help your staff see where they’re headed towards and what each of them needs to do to get the desired results.

When it comes to goal-setting, most people know the usual how-tos – be specific, stretch your team, keep them measurable etc. Yet it’s possible to go overboard in goal-setting, and you end up with a series of goals that demotivate your staff and achieve far below their intended purposes. (Read More Here!)

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3 Guilt-free Reasons for Taking Time-off from Work

Struggling to decide whether you should take leave and risk being perceived as a 'slacker'? Here are some guilt-free suggestions to help you get the rest that you deserve.

By: Alythea Ho

Holiday season may be just around the corner, but not everyone’s jumping onboard the vacation wagon like sleep-deprived bunnies. In fact, nearly half of Singapore workers say one of their biggest work fears is offending the boss.

John de Graaf, executive director of Take Back Your Time, an organization focused on challenging the epidemic of overwork, says many employees often fear their workplace absence will be judged negatively.

"You have this kind of fear of not wanting to be seen as a slacker," says de Graaf to the BusinessNewsDaily.

However, studies show that long-term chronic stress will negatively affect your health and performance. So how do you go about overcoming the false guilt of being accused as someone who doesn't earn his or her keep at work? (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: My Colleague Just Got Promoted. Should I Befriend Her?

Question: My co-worker’s a nice bubbly gal and we're pretty good friends. We even hang out after work and do things like booze together. Then last week she was promoted and now I report to her. She keeps assuring us we can still hang out but I’m not sure if things are still the same. So how?

Answer: Before we go into that, ask yourself first: Are you happy for her? Sometimes people resent the fact their colleague had been chosen for promotion over them and start shutting their new boss out. This is probably why your co-worker seems anxious to assure you that things are the same. (Read More Here!)

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