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Working in an Open Office? Set Rules About Noise With Your Neighbors

August 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Q: How can you set ground rules about noise with the people who sit next to you? Dear Living Loud, No one wants to listen to colleagues’ conversations with significant others or hear Chris Brown blaring off Spotify at top volume while they’re trying to get some work done. Doubly...

Should I be Honest In My Performance Review?

August 15, 2018 Performance reviews present a great opportunity to celebrate successes, learn from mistakes, and determine areas for personal and professional growth. It is important to be upfront and truthful. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw yourself—or anyone else—under the bus. Rather, think of these evaluations as informational interviews. Take...

How To Handle That Awkward 'I Know You're Sick' Handshake

May 4, 2018 Q: If a client, colleague, or business partner is sick, do I still have to shake hands with them? Dear Hands On, Greeting others with a firm grip is often one of the first connections (both figuratively and literally) that you’ll make on the job. It’s also seen by many...

Should I Acknowledge My Weaknesses With My Boss?

March 21, 2018 Q: We all have weaknesses—how much should you acknowledge and apologize for them with your manager, and how much should you try to fix them on your own? Dear Working Hard, You don’t need your boss’s blessing to go out and hone your talents and insights in areas where you’re...

Should You Accept A Glass of Water at a Job Interview?

February 8, 2018 Q: Should you accept a cup of coffee or water at a job interview? Dear Parched Job Applicant: Don’t be afraid to drink the Kool-Aid (read: double shot of espresso): It’s 110% OK to accept a cup of Joe at a job interview when it’s offered. Not only will it...