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The Importance of Thanksgiving

Posted by Debra Loggia on Nov 28, 2013 4:00:00 PM

There was a funny cartoon on my Facebook wall this morning. It read "Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have." You have to laugh because it's so true and I'm sure tomorrow night there will be news stories of police being called because shoppers were fighting over the last TV some store was giving away for $99. 

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Topics: Employee Relations

How to Answer the Most Common Interview Questions

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 27, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Interviews can make even the most seasoned employee unconfident and uncertain.  You know that you are qualified for the position and have the experience that the company is looking for, however sometimes it can be difficult for candidates to put those things into words.  It is extremely important that you prepare for your interview so that your answers highlight your skills as well as set you apart from the other candidates.

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Topics: Career Advice, Job Search Advice, Staffing & Onboarding

Self-Care for Parents of Special Needs Children

Posted by Debra Loggia on Nov 25, 2013 10:52:00 AM

I work with a colleague whose second child was born with special needs. Every time I speak with him he sounds exhausted. There seems to be doctor’s appointments every other week or another crisis that meant no sleep for anyone. His exhausted wife hands over the care of their son to him as soon as he gets home. No one is sleeping enough, eating right or getting any down time. There is tension in his marriage and he's not sure where to turn since they are looking at years of operating at this level.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

How to Thrive with a Bad Manager

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 21, 2013 10:25:00 AM

Can’t stand your job because of your bad manager?  Ineffective managers exist in every organization.  The worst managers to deal with fail to trust, don’t respect, and intimidate employees.
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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership

Top 10 Tips for First Time Managers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 20, 2013 9:57:00 AM

Congratulations!  The day has come when all of your hard work and dedication has finally paid off and you have been promoted to manager.  Transitioning from individual contributor to manager can be a tricky step if you aren't prepared.  Over the next couple of weeks and months, you will face all the challenges of becoming a first time manager.  

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership, Infographic

Social Workers - Take Care of Yourself

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 18, 2013 10:39:00 AM

The New Social Worker published an article last year by SaraKay Smullens What I Wish I had Known: Burnout and Self-Care in Our Social Work Profession. In the article, she describes visiting the wife of a colleague who had just died who told her "... sometimes he would return home too exhausted to even speak, and that a frequent statement she heard from a man who obviously treasured his clinical work, teaching, and writing was: They feel better, but I surely do not.” The article takes the issue of burnout head on and addresses what she describes as "the necessity of addressing this complicated exhaustion before the feeling of depletion leads to dysfunction and beyond."

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Find the Job You Love

Posted by Debra Loggia on Nov 14, 2013 10:03:00 AM

My niece was recently laid off from her job. While it's never great to lose your job, she had been there for three years and was feeling it was time to move on. Over lunch last week, I was asking her what her next move might be. This was her first "real" job and not surprisingly she seemed uncertain as to what she wanted in her next job.

I advised her to spend some time thinking about what a perfect day would look like. How far was she wiling to travel? Did she want to work in a hectic, high energy environment or something calmer and slower paced? Was salary the most important part of her search or would she be willing to work for less money to do something she felt was worthwhile?

Finding a job you love is not easy. And, in a weak economy it may be tempting to take the first offer. However, if you have the opportunity to give it some time, a little research and a little internal soul searching may help you land the job that matches your skills and interests and one that will allow you to gain the experience you need to put you on a career path and not bouncing from one job to another.

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Topics: Career Advice, Job Search Advice

6 Steps to Owning Your New Position

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 13, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Congratulations, you aced the interview and scored your dream job!  Now what?  Nerves about your first day are to be expected, but don’t let them get the better of you.  Here’s some quick steps on how to handle your first day jitters like a pro and prove to your manager that they made the right decision when hiring you.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

Helping Others With Occupational Therapy

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 11, 2013 2:16:00 PM

Think of the simple activities you do each day from taking a shower, to making the morning coffee or even dressing yourself. Now imagine suffering an injury or illness that makes those simple tasks virtually impossible.

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Topics: Healthcare

5 Key Steps to Personal Rebranding

Posted by Lauren DiChiacchio on Nov 7, 2013 10:39:00 AM

Unless you were hiking a remote part of the Amazon, you probably heard about or read a piece on Miley Cyrus’s performance at the MTV Awards last month. She’s certainly has come a long way from Hana Montana. Back then, the child star’s brand was Disney. Today, it’s a little more Desperate Housewives to say the least.

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Topics: Career Advice

3 Ways to Show "Who's the Boss" the Right Way!

Posted by Alyssa Koscelansky on Nov 6, 2013 11:43:00 AM

Did you know that one of the top three reasons people leave their jobs is because they don't like their supervisors? When you think about it, most of us have experienced horrible bosses at some point. You think about going to work and your stomach churns and you're stressed before you enter the building. Think Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada and you get the idea.

Who are these horrible bosses and what do they look like? They're the people that expect you to read their minds because they are unable to communicate effectively, and when you can't, they take it out on you. In other words, they're setting you up for failure. Or they are the bosses whose communication skills are so abrasive that you take for granted you will be screamed at or berated at least once a day. Then there are the bosses with no planning skills, so everything is a crisis which means you have no life because you're always playing catch up. The list goes on and on.

If any of those descriptions feel familiar, you may be the reason your employees, good employees in particular, leave.

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Performance Management

Speech Language Pathologists: Superheroes Making A Difference

Posted by Debra Loggia on Nov 4, 2013 2:14:00 PM

I love learning new languages. I travel frequently and want to experience different cultures in their native language. I believe it enriches my experiences.

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Topics: Healthcare

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