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Praise on the Job

June 16, 2011 14:00 by Ann Pace

(From -- Let's pause for a moment in praise of ...  praise.

Bosses and their employees have one thing in common: Practically everyone feels unappreciated at least some of the time.

Picture a difficult scenario that has played out in far too many workplaces in the current economy: The boss makes the unpopular announcement that a job opening within the company will not be filled, in order to save money.

The employees immediately think, "We're already understaffed and now I will have to do even more work for the same money! Do these people even realize what this will mean to my workload?"

At the same time, the boss is thinking, "They are all glaring at me, but instead of announcing this, I thought I was going to have to lay off an employee or cut salaries 10% across the board to keep from going out of business. Do these people even realize what I just did - for them?"

No matter the role a person plays in the workplace or how "important" his or her job, everyone could use the boost that comes from the encouragement of others. However, not all praise is praiseworthy.

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Good Writing: An Essential 21st Century Business Skill

July 27, 2009 13:54 by jllorens

(Vocus/PRWEB ) July 26, 2009 -- The emergence of email, PowerPoint, LinkedIn and even Twitter increases not decreases the power of the written word. Writing for these communication vehicles reveals so much about writer and his or her business skills – educational background, pride in work and business expertise. Business people who can write clearly and concisely have a competitive edge over those who struggle.

Unfortunately many people never learned how to write to communicate in school and can't afford to hire a writer to write their correspondence. They are afraid to write a letter (or email or memo) for fear of saying it badly. For many people writing is just below public speaking in terms of the fear it generates, yet being able to communicate clearly and effectively is absolutely essential skill whether it is an email, memo or report. is pleased to present a free webinar “Writing it Right – Why the Words and Format Matter in Business” on Wednesday, August 5, 1pm – 2pm, ET. Alan Siege of Small Business Management Consulting will conduct this webinar.

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