work life

  • More and more companies have implemented a work-from-home policy in recent months, forcing people to bring their work home with them. As we all get used to working from home — either alone or with a house full of people — many of us are finding it difficult to stay focused. Here are five tips to help you navigate the working-from-home landscape with success.

  • A few months ago the folks at Autonomous sent me one of their Standing Desks and a great new office chair too. It was an interesting challenge trying this out since initially, it seemed to be more of a gimmick but then quickly proved to be something valuable that frankly should be the standard, instead of being perceived as an expensive luxury.

  • Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. And even if you're working in an office that's supposed to be safe from any and all hazards, you're still at risk of slipping a disc or wounding yourself.

  • I go to a lot of trade shows and I get a ton of swag from openings as well as just random companies looking to send me stuff. What most brands don't 'get' is that the most common stuff just gets put in a box or worse, simply thrown away. While you might think that re-usable shopping totes are the rage, let's look at some different items that are actually useful and that means a long life reminding your target about your brand. Here's some tips that you can use to help make the smart decision when selecting swag items for your next promotion!

  • If you’ve been in the world of work for any length of time, you know that after a while purpose becomes more important than the amount of money going into your bank account at the end of the month. You want to feel as if what you’re doing is making a difference to someone, somewhere. The last thing you want is to spend your days accumulating wealth but feeling as if you’re not doing anything of importance, or worse yet, harming people.

  • I generally don't get much stay in where I stay when traveling. Most of my travel arrangements are made by someone else and since they are paying I generally don't care as long as it's safe, clean and comfortable. That being said however, certain things make my stay that much better. A good desk space, a comfortable chair, plenty of USB and power outlets and good - easily accessible food options that aren't over priced. In the past, none of that would have described Marriott's core brand and absolutely nobody would have described it as stylish. For me personally, the Marriott brand wasn't "bad" it was just old and out of touch. Through pure luck though, this year I've had the chance to stay in several different Marriott locations at different parts of the country and it's clear that the brand is back in a good way!

  • Years ago I had a startup idea that others told me was golden... I had clients pre-booked and I even had an industry association willing to help promote the new company. All I needed to do was present our concept publicly at an upcoming trade show, meet with people in person and start signing contracts. The only hitch is I was short on cash. Since this was a "sure thing" I looked at my credit card as a way to float the $5-10,000 startup costs. It would only be a month or two till I could pay it off I thought. Unfortunately, due to issues with my partner the company disintegrated at the show and I was left holding the bag for all those costs. Poor business planning, poor financial management, and bad luck for sure. More than a decade later I still have the scars from that decision. While I couldn't have prevented what happened, I could have improved the recovery process by consulting a company such as Lexington Law to help repair and restore my good credit faster.

  • Why would you want to get better at your job? Well, no reason apart from a few little things like pay increases, promotions, and success. In fact, there are many benefits to improving your performance at work, not least the feeling of satisfaction and achievement that comes from a job well done. To that end, check out the tactics below that can help you be better at your work and ultimately boost your career prospects in the long term.

  • A job interview is one of the most stressful moments in a man's life. However, one of the few things in your control is how you dress. This first visual impression will ultimately set the tone for the entire engagement that is about to happen. That's why it is essential that you dress right for your job interview and kick things off right from the beginning!

  • It is nearly impossible to live in the United States without a social security number. From getting hired to opening a new bank account, you will need a social security number. The federal government makes use of this social security number to track down the entire income in a lifetime of the citizens of United States. Your social security contribution and taxation details are all stored under this number.

  • The other day I had a company reach out to me offering essay writing services and I immediately hit delete. To someone who tries to be as moral and forthright, the idea that I can simply have someone write an academic paper for me seems immoral at best and downright fraudulent at worst. However, in this case - I took a deep breath and thought about it for a moment. There are actually some good uses for a service like this that are completely legitimate and useful. Let’s take a look …

  • Are you one of those Internet users who think that data leaks, hacker attacks, and cybersecurity are not about you? Do you still believe that your data can't benefit hackers in any way? Then, you're one of those who are likely to get their devices hacked first.

  • The morning is often seen as one of the most pivotal points of the day. Starting your morning off in the right way can really have a positive impact in the rest of the day. You may feel more productive, get things done and feel on top of things.However, on the flip side if you were to start your day in a bad way, such as getting up late, not eating or simply rushing around and having a negative mindset, then this to will impact the rest of your day and not in the way you would like. It can all start in the morning, and choosing to do things that work for you to ensure that you get off on the right foot is essential.

  • Years ago, I had a job that took me to London regularly. Initially, I thought things would be easy. After all, I worked regularly with folks from London and we all spoke the same language and generally enjoyed the same music and food. Sure, there were different accents and some humor that missed the mark for both parties. However, there were some subtle business culture differences between our two cultures.

  • The office break room is hell for anyone looking to make smart choices. While things have gotten better over the years, this can still be a black hole of pastries and sugar-filled coffee drinks, pop, and other treats that are best avoided. However, with a bit of willpower, you can stay strong, happy, and healthy despite how tempting it might be to cheat.

  • It's that time of year again - along with the crush of end of year tasks and an explosion of shopping for friends, family, and neighbors there is a seemingly never ending list of Christmas parties that you are obligated to go to. This is your opportunity to be the guy who all the other guys want to be but just like being an athlete it takes training and the right gear to make it happen. 

  • When you’re working from home or on a small commercial property the lax, casual style of dress is seemingly okay. However, when you’re traveling for business locally or internationally, your appearance is everything. Even before another business professional shakes your hand, says hello, hears your opinion, or learns more about your brand, they see you. They are looking at your professional appearance to determine whether you’re someone they’re interested in getting to know better. If you’re not dressed for the part, you could potentially lose a lot of business.

  • Alongside cops and astronauts I think most of us guys probably thought about being a miner at one point in our childhood. Think about it - you get to work outside, get dirty, play with giant machines and at the end of the day you'll dig up buried treasure. While the fantasy may not be exactly like reality, I was surprised to find out that a lot of that IS how it is. 

  • Over the past few months, we've had a chance to look at some jobs that people have where you might not have really appreciated all the work they do but it's actually pretty cool. Today, we're looking at Mike Perez, Sous Chef of Hearty Boys Catering in Chicago and what it takes to be the man behind those amazing meals you enjoy at corporate events and celebrations like weddings, retirement parties, and grand openings.

  • Is your job boring? Do your coworkers make you want to curl up in a ball and cry? It's always fun to imagine different careers and what different paths might have brought us and so when I was invited to share this video of Royce McMullen - a real life "Alligator Wrangler" I knew you guys would dig it. 

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