The Soft Skills Side of Clerical Success— the I’s Have It


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Success in the clerical field requires both hard and soft skills. Hard skills refer to abilities such as keyboard speed, succinct writing, filing, graphic design, and much more. According to Will Kenton (Investopedia), “Hard skills are measurable and usually obtained through formal education and training programs.”   Soft skills have more to do with character traits,… Read more »

Integrity—On and Off the Job


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If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. —Harvey Mackay Imagine a railroad track. Let’s let one rail represent your values and the other your actions. They are held in line with each other by ties, which represent integrity. If a tie breaks, it allows the rails to diverge,… Read more »

Staying Safe on Your Industrial Job – It’s Your Responsibility Too


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When it comes to workplace accidents, it’s easy to think, “It won’t happen to me.” And while that may be true, even if an accident happens to someone else, it could very well affect you and your whole team. Increased insurance premiums, equipment repair, and decreased production are some costs that can trickle down to… Read more »

Preparing for the Holidays — It’s Not Too Early!


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It seems like Christmas arrives a little faster every year, bringing with it all the holiday rush for most industries and businesses –chaos that can quickly derail your team. That’s why it’s a good idea to start preparing now before the holidays come in swinging. Here are some tips to get you started: Look Back… Read more »

Unhappy With Your Career? Top Tips for Resigning: The Dos and Don’ts


Whether you realize it or not, the way in which you quit a job can influence your long-term career prospects. There are often many intense feelings someone experiences when they have decided to resign from a job, from dread to euphoria. These strong feelings can cause you to do something you end up regretting. With… Read more »

Why Employers Now Prefer Soft Skills


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, employers were already becoming more interested in assessing their job applicants’ soft skills, and the events of the past year have only served to accelerate this trend. Hard skills are based on knowledge and experience with a specific, measurable capability. Soft skills pertain to thinking abstractly and working with other people…. Read more »

How to Effectively Communicate with Your Employees


Successful companies make employee communications a top priority. They realize that engaged personnel is critical to organizational success. Employees tend to engage when they understand their role, key company principles, and the latest developments related to their job. Productive employee communication supports alignment between management and staff members. When a company communicates effectively, it can… Read more »

How to Leave Your Job on Good Terms


Whether you’re departing because you’ve taken another opportunity with a different company, you’re relocating for your partner, starting your own business, or for any other reason, quitting a job the right way can be difficult. The next time you have to quit a job, consider the following suggestions. Provide Two Weeks Notice It’s standard practice… Read more »

How to Work with a Negative Coworker


At work, it is critical to remain as professional and enthusiastic as possible when handling projects and tasks. This can be difficult, particularly if you must deal with co-workers who have poor attitudes. Some places have employees who spread negativity and a bad attitude everywhere they go. As someone who wants to remain engaged and… Read more »