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Managing Stress in a Highly Competitive Work Environment

We work and live in tumultuous times. The current state of affairs only amplifies the stress we regularly experience. Stress is a slippery slope. Before you know it, you become paralyzed, unable to advance in your personal and professional life. To that end, managing stress is one of the most important things you can do for your career.

Here are six actions you can take to minimize stress and gain a competitive edge in your personal and professional life. Read more

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What Can You Do When You’re Just Feeling Off?

I knocked over my glass of water for the third time, and spent 10 minutes looking for my keys… which were in my hand. “I’m just off today,” I muttered to myself. But “off” from what? What does that odd feeling of just not feeling right mean to you? How do you know when you’re “off?”

For some people, “being off” means feeling like their emotions are a bit off kilter: Emotional reactions seeming much bigger or dramatic than the circumstances warrant. For others, their thinking is out of alignment. Whatever the cues or symptoms, the key to identifying an “off” feeling is the ability to know when you’re not firing on all cylinders.

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Only then can you can make the choices that will get you back on track.

If you caught a cold, you would slow down, drink more fluids, rest more, and generally take care of yourself until you start to feel better. How is your mental health and focus any different?

If you notice that your focus or emotions are off or that, for whatever reason, you are not quite balanced, there are productive things you can do to make yourself feel better, and there are unproductive things that may make you feel worse. Read more

5 Ways to Boost Your Team’s Morale

Are you noticing a decrease in energy and excitement among your team? Are you hearing more sighs and seeing more rolled eyes than usual? Are your team members taking a sloppy approach to simple tasks? If you’re answering yes to any of these questions, your team might be suffering from a lack of drive. If that’s the case, you might need to think about ways to boost morale.

If you’re answering yes to any of these questions, your team might be suffering from low morale. More than just a passing bad mood, low morale stems from a waning sense of job satisfaction and can be due to any number of factors—increased pressure from management, a round of lay-offs, a particularly miserable client, and more.

No matter what the cause, low morale requires a proactive response. And while you may not be able to change what’s going on in the broader organization, you can foster an environment that’s more productive and rewarding for your own team. Get started with these tried-and-true tactics. Read more