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‘It was just a joke’: Jokes and social media posts gone wrong

By Lynne Curry Question: During the Christmas holidays, I attended a social event where my wife and I told a series of jokes to and about each other. Several others at our table were equally rowdy, and everyone enjoyed our jokes. While I knew individuals at other tables were watching the fun we were having, I didn’t realize one of them was recording us. The recording made it back to my employer. Even though I attended the event on my own time and the person who recorded my jokes wasn’t employed by our company, my employer fired me, despite my four-year track as a manager. I’ve searched for an attorney but not found one interested in my case. I’ve also looked for work, and found a potential new job. I’ve… . . . read more


5 ways to improve your job search

It doesn’t hurt to have a plan in case you find yourself looking for a new job. Although the demand for skilled talent remains strong, professionals need to be increasingly strategic and intentional when making career moves, says David King, a senior managing director with Robert Half, a global talent solutions and business consulting firm. “Workers should make a point of highlighting the value they bring to potential employers. This begins with knowing what companies seek in prospective hires, and pulling relevant strengths to the forefront.” A recent survey by Robert Half reveals five key considerations for those launching a job search. Resume red flags— When evaluating candidates’ resumes, top factors that give employers pause include: Frequent job hopping (80 per cent) Insufficient skills for the position (80 per cent) Vague… . . . read more


7 tips for leading a video meeting

We’ve become accustomed to attending work meetings on Zoom and other video conferencing platforms since the pandemic lockdown of 2020. But you might not be at ease as the leader of a Zoom meeting for your law office admin team. Here are some tips for conducting a successful video work meeting: Set a clear agenda: Before the meeting, create an agenda that outlines the topics to be discussed and the goals of the meeting. Send this agenda to all participants in advance so that they can come prepared. Establish ground rules: Set some ground rules for the meeting, such as requiring all participants to mute their microphones when not speaking and encouraging people to use the chat function to ask questions or make comments. Start on time: Respect the time… . . . read more


Spelling bee: Top 100 misspelled words in the legal industry

So you think you can spell? Test your skill on these 100 most commonly misspelled words in the legal industry: Accommodate Acquiesce Adjudicate Admissibility Adverse Affidavit Aggregate Aggravate Allege Amicable Appellant Appraise Arraignment Assent Attainder A lot Benefit Calendar Certificate Consider Counsel Decree Deficiency Deposition Disburse Elicit Embarrass Enjoin Emanate Equitable Exemplify Exorbitant Expedite Extenuate Facilitate Forbear Foresee Gratuity Harass Impartial Impeach Injunction Intercede Intestate Irrevocable Judgment Lien Liability License Maintenance Memorandum Mitigate Necessary Negligence Omission Oppose Pecuniary Perjury Plea Precedent Probate Proceeding Prosecute Protective Rebuttal Receipt Referendum Regret Rehabilitate Reimburse Remission Reprieve Requirement Rescind Respondent Restitution Retainer Revoke Salary Sanction Satisfy Separate Statute Subpoena Succession Summons Supervise Support Surety Testify Testament Transfer Trustee Unanimous Undertake Unlawful Validity Waiver Warrant Willful  


Tick those unpleasant tasks off your to-do list

Avoiding something unpleasant is the main reason people procrastinate. Try one of these four approaches when you face an unpleasant task: Do it. There’s an adrenaline rush from knowing you’ve completed an unpleasant task. Finishing something you’ve been putting off will energize you for the rest of the day. Don’t do it yet. If you’re not sure what to do, putting off an unpleasant task may be wise. That’s prudent postponement. Perhaps a better approach will surface once you sleep on it. Ditch it. If the task has been hanging over your head for a long time, maybe you don’t really need to do it. Delegate it. Delegation can be a great way to procrastinate less. If you’re someone who feels that you need to do things yourself to get… . . . read more


Do you just open your mouth and let the words fly?

By Lynne Curry When you’re upset with another person, do you open your mouth and let your emotions erupt and words fly? If you want to resolve an interpersonal conflict, you can’t afford to blast the other person. While you may feel vindicated, you risk the other person attacking back, getting defensive or shutting down If you want things to become better and not worse between you and the other person, learn to tackle yourself first, open the conversational door to the other person, remain results-focused, word your thoughts so they can be heard, and admit your part in the problem. Tackle yourself before you slam the other person When you’re upset, adrenaline can hit you like a wave. Don’t let it swamp you and torpedo your chances of attaining… . . . read more

Loyalty and co-operation are not optional

By Dr.  Steve M. Cohen It might sound obvious, but being a key employee, especially a top-level manager, requires above all organizational loyalty. Yet, in many businesses, some employees are working at cross proposes with their organization. Assume that Office A has an objective, probably something articulated in their mission and vision statement. This objective could be stated in a premise like the following: In order to be successful, we must all work together. Using a metaphor might help. Everyone in the boat must be rowing, rowing hard and rowing together, in order for the organization and employees to be successful. An employer or organization can tolerate an employee rowing slower than expected. An employer or organization can even tolerate an employee putting down his or her oar for a… . . . read more


Happy Thanksgiving: Here are four good ways to get your work done before the long weekend

Many managers will agree that the most difficult part of their job is finding time to get all the work done. And, while everyone loves a day off or a long weekend, it’s hard to make up for any lost workdays. So here are four good time management recommendations from workflow advisor Jason Womack, leadership speaker and author of “Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More.” These recommendations cover interruption management, meeting time management, and how to find little gems of time throughout the day. 1. Head off the interrupters First is to minimize the interruptions. Don’t expect to do away with them entirely, because any professional office “is a high-interruption environment.” But they can surely be controlled. Suppose the managing physician comes in several times a day… . . . read more


Get a grip on costly office gossip

By Dr. Steve M. Cohen No matter how distracting, office gossip is something that no manager will ever completely eradicate. Like other human foibles, it’s too ingrained in our systems. That doesn’t mean you should ignore it or let it dominate your workplace. Office gossip is increasingly dangerous to many workplaces, including medical offices. It’s not that people do it more or are more prone to harmful dialogue. But with email, text, and social media, the potential for surreptitious and harmful communications is easier than ever. Like “mean girls” (or boys) in junior high school, some people don’t seem to be able to keep themselves from spreading dirt on someone else. The psychological reasons for this are many and too complex for this blog, but it’s not unusual for a… . . . read more


Make online team meetings work for you

By Lynne Curry If you dread online meetings–attending them, hosting them–and long for meetings to become more than a necessary evil, you can make it happen. Recently, I hosted a two-day, 15-hour meeting that the 17 attendees said “zoomed by,” “was fun, kept me engaged the entire time;” and “made an hour seem like five minutes.” Here’s how we did it. A “you” start We started with the “real,” with questions like “how is remote working for you this week?” Real value Before I launched into the first topic, I asked everyone what they hoped the meeting focused on and what results they wanted from it. Everyone listens to the same radio station, WIFM, “what’s in it for me”. If your meeting attendees know from the start, they’ll receive value,… . . . read more