Workplace: Nice manners can pay off for employees, expert says
Common courtesy around the office seems to have gone the way of the three-martini lunch, according to a new survey.
Nearly half of 525 professionals recently polled by OfficeTeam, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based staffing service, said good manners at the office have declined during the past five years.
Despite the hectic pace at which most business is conducted these days, employees just might benefit from taking some time to regularly display their social graces.
Saying a few pleases and thank yous, even in brief e-mail messages, can go a long way.
"Time spent showing consideration for others is a smart career investment," said Liz Hubler, executive director of Office Team. "People have long memories when it comes to how you treat them. The courtesy you extend will be noticed and reciprocated."
Careers: Network advises workers to ease into new fields
Undaunted by an uncertain job market, many Americans are plunging into new careers at a record clip.
The Five O'Clock Club, a New York-based career counseling network, says the average worker has had the same job for only four years. In addition, Americans typically change careers not just jobs five times in their lives.
The organization suggests that career changers decide what they enjoy doing and do well and zero in on the industries that appeal to them. It also recommends selecting growing sectors, meeting with people in your target field and becoming as knowledgeable as possible about it.
Another hint is throwing some common words used in the new industry on your rmnd considering making a half-step into a field you envision yourself in. For example, if you're a tax accountant who wants to get into Internet sales, take a job as a tax accountant at an Internet company, then move to sales.
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