How to correct communication mistakes that spread workplace confusion

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More than just passing along a message, effective communication can curtail feelings of anxiety and confusion. Imagine some of the most of the frustrating interactions you have over the course of your workday. Your voice isn’t being heard during meetings; HR sends vague, confusing emails. You feel a rising sense of anxiety that your direct reports won’t execute on the tasks asked of them. Read Full Story

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Feel like you never have enough time? Try these 5 ways to cope with the anxiety

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Similar to productivity shame–the feeling that you’ve never done enough–time anxiety is when you feel you never have enough time to meet your goals or that you’re not maximizing the time you do have. How often do you feel like you just don’t have enough time? Despite trying every time management technique and productivity strategy in the book, do you find it impossible to shake the feeling that time is slipping away? This is called time anxiety. Read Full Story

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4 strategies for managing your job search anxiety

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If you’re feeling anxiety about how your search is going—or how long it’s taking—these techniques can help you feel more in control. Looking for a job can be nerve-racking enough, but add a global pandemic into the mix and it’s natural to feel a higher level of anxiety. If you were furloughed or let go within the past year, you may feel extra pressure to land a position. But it’s important to add a self-care routine into your job search, says Stephanie Heath, job search career coach and former recruiter for tech startups. Read Full Story

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Why you should cut out jargon from all workplace communication

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No matter where you work, effective communication means speaking candidly and avoiding platitudes that only confuse and frustrate your colleagues. Is talk of “corporate values” and passive-aggression cloaked in business-speak turning you off from a particular business? Corporate platitudes and jargon are deflating. No one associates them with sincerity, they invariably fail to inspire, and just as often as not they create confusion and ill will. We don’t have to settle for the current state of workplace communication. Read Full Story

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Are you a chronic apologizer? Why saying ‘I’m sorry’ too much sets you back

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Women often unconsciously apologize to communicate an image of kindness and concern, whereas men typically resist apologizing unless the act feels warranted. You’ve probably heard people around you slip the phrase “I’m sorry” into conversation—sometimes as a real apology, other times as a mere transitional or buffer phrase. Unfortunately, this habit can confuse listeners and discredit the speaker. Read Full Story

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How to sleep if you’re feeling anxious right now

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If you’re struggling to shut off your brain right now, you’re not alone. These eight tips can help you get some much-needed sleep. There’s a lot to be anxious about right now. About 18% of Americans struggle with anxiety during regular circumstances, and that number rose to 30% in late May due to COVID-19. The number is expected to increase due to the ongoing national focus on police brutality and systemic racism. As we all navigate uncertain times, this anxiety can cause issues with our sleep. Read Full Story

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