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    Get Clued into Layoff Warning Signs

    Get Clued into Layoff Warning Signs
    Maybe you love your job so much you brush off hints that the company's wheels are starting to come off. Or maybe you despise your job enough that you pay no attention to anything other than getting through a full day. Maybe you don't think you have any reason to watch for signs you might be headed for a job loss. ...
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    Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating a Great Salary

    Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating a Great Salary
    Here's a secret: Employers rarely make their best offer first, and job candidates who negotiate generally earn much more than those who don't. And a well-thought-out negotiation makes you look like a stronger candidate -- and employee. "We found that those people who attempted to negotiate their salary in a constructive way are perceived as more favorable than those who didn't ...
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    Healthcare Workers Make a Difference as Summer Camp Volunteers

    Healthcare Workers Make a Difference as Summer Camp Volunteers
    While some people might be looking forward to a cruise or family trip this summer, many healthcare professionals plan to use their time off to volunteer their expertise at medically supervised summer camps that serve children and adults with medical conditions ranging from asthma to AIDS. These camps, typically held over the course of a week or weekend, rely on nurses, ...
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    Resign from a Healthcare Job Gracefully

    Resign from a Healthcare Job Gracefully
    Planning an escape from your current job? Everyone will face this task at least once -- or more likely several times -- over the course of a lifetime. You don't want to burn any bridges when you leave. After all, you may want to return to that employer someday, or you may cross paths with your soon-to-be ex-colleagues in another organization. ...
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    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Losing Your Job

    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Losing Your Job
    You're at your weekly staff meeting, and you've just presented your brilliant idea on how to boost productivity and save money. But then your boss shoots down your idea with a vague reason or two. You know you're right and your boss is wrong. So should you remain quiet or stand up for your idea? Joseph Grenny, a coauthor of "Crucial ...
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    How to Create Your Personal Work Life Balance Plan

    You have probably heard the saying, ‘Plan your work and work your plan’. With work life balance in mind, I would like to add, ‘Plan your work and plan your play’. Without planning your work-life balance program effectively, you run the risk of poor family relationships, deteriorating health, illness and disease. Moreover, you probably will not be as effective and productive ...
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    Tips for Reducing Stress

    Tips for Reducing Stress
    With the hectic life that most people lead in today’s world, reducing stress has become a vital skill. With work stress, school stress, family stress, teen stress, parent stress, and a whole host of other kinds of stress continually knocking on the door, it has become vital to manage stress in order to keep up with everything needs to be done. ...
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    Baby's Death Spotlights Safety Risks Linked to Computerized Hospital Systems

    Baby's Death Spotlights Safety Risks Linked to Computerized Hospital Systems
    CHICAGO _ The medical error that killed Genesis Burkett began with the kind of mistake people often make when filling out electronic forms: A pharmacy technician unwittingly typed the wrong information into a field on a screen. Because of the mix-up, an automated machine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital prepared an intravenous solution containing a massive overdose of sodium chloride _ ...
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    Strategies for Healthcare Retention - What Makes Employees Leave & What Makes Them Stay

    Strategies for Healthcare Retention - What Makes Employees Leave & What Makes Them Stay
    Healthcare industry turnover hovers around 18 percent, according to a 2004 survey by Compensation Resources. But this figure, just slightly above the 17.6 percent overall national average the survey found, doesn't tell the whole story: The US Department of Labor predicts that from 2002 to 2012, 10 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations will be in health services, and the industry will ...
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do when you start your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is ...
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    The Science of Google Web Presence

    The Science of Google Web Presence
    We’ve heard the message -- loud and clear -- that employers are using social media and Google to screen candidates. But what if you don’t like what they’ll find when they Google you? For example, remember that snarky comment you made on The Huffington Post? It’s not so funny when it ranks No. 2 on a search for your name. Alternatively, ...
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    Negotiate More Than Entry-Level Pay in Your New Career

    Negotiate More Than Entry-Level Pay in Your New Career
    A shift into a completely new career doesn’t have to mean a drop back to an entry-level salary, but convincing an employer you deserve above entry-level pay for an entry-level position is tough. “Companies have a set salary range in mind for every position,” says Janice Litvin of Micro Search, a San Francisco high tech recruitment firm. “They are not able ...
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    Five Ways to Build Leadership Skills in an Entry-Level Job

    Five Ways to Build Leadership Skills in an Entry-Level Job
    If you want to start developing leadership skills in your first job, here’s Lindsey Pollak’s advice: Begin with your eyes and ears. That’s what she did in her first role as a program coordinator for the American Woman’s Economic Development Corp. in Stamford, Connecticut. “My pay was very low, so my terrific boss -- the executive director of the organization -- ...
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    Managers as Motivators: Understand the Guiding Principles Part 1

    Think the promise of promotion into management would motivate most employees? Not so, according to a survey by staffing firm The Creative Group, which found 71 percent of workers surveyed would not want their manager's job. "A manager needs to get to know his or her employees," says Carol E. Gilson, vice president of human resources and client services for EMPO, ...
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    Pleasures and Perils of Paid Time-Off Plans

    Pleasures and Perils of Paid Time-Off Plans
    Weary of the costly games some workers play with elaborate systems of vacation, personal and sick days, many large employers have shuffled the deck and called a new game: Paid time off (PTO). PTO plans, by which employees accrue days off in a single account and spend them more or less as they wish, are a mixed bag from the worker's ...
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    Managers as Motivators: Effective Motivational Tools

    Managers who understand what motivates each employee can tailor incentives accordingly. But your motivational toolbox should go beyond rewarding excellent work. Just as important to keeping workers engaged is a plan for encouraging, consoling and embracing them when they invariably slip off track. But how do you find the right balance between supporting employees and pushing them to meet high standards? ...
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    The Importance of Vacation

    The Importance of Vacation
    So what's your vacation got to do with the bottom line? Everything, say industrial psychologists, but that fact doesn't seem to have penetrated very well in corporate America. The majority of people still take work with them on vacation in one form or another, and more than 25 percent of corporate people don't take any absolute downtime at all. So what's ...
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    Stressed Out? How Health Care Professionals Can Regain Some Calm

    Stressed Out? How Health Care Professionals Can Regain Some Calm
    One third of Americans are stressed out. They live with extreme stress as a part of their daily lives, and according to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), New York, nearly half of all Americans believe their stress has increased during the past five years. As a health care professional, you certainly feel the pinch—and probably deal with ...
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    Master a Healthcare Merger

    Master a Healthcare Merger
    Is your hospital about to merge with another facility? If so, you're probably experiencing a roller coaster of emotions, including fear, uncertainty and anxiety. Three merger-veteran nurses share their stories and offer the insights they gained during those white-knuckle moments. Follow their advice not only to get through the transition but also to make the most of the change and the ...
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    Volunteering Can Boost Skills, Advance Careers

    Volunteering Can Boost Skills, Advance Careers
    Sure, volunteering shows the world that you're well-rounded and altruistic. But does giving to the community give anything back to your career? "Yes" is the answer given by large majorities of workers responding to the Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey, fielded by Opinion Research in 2005. More than three-quarters of full- and part-time workers polled said that volunteering helped them make networking ...
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