work-life balance

I just learned the hard way that personal cybersecurity involves more than password management. Here’s my story in the hope you learn a lesson more easily. This weekend I went online to check on my favorite websites. Only I couldn’t get access to many of them—including the one for Twirling Tiger Media. No matter which browser I used, I kept getting told the sites were insecure. I contacted our web developer, and our SSL certification...

Personal Cybersecurity Involves More than Passwords

The other week I bought a new laptop to replace one I’d used regularly since our company was formed almost eight years ago. With all the problems the portable device provided in recent years, I was struck by how difficult it was to move on to a modern version. I used that old (by technology standards) MacBook Pro exclusively for the first three years of our company’s founding. It moved with me from dining room...

How to Break Up with Your Laptop (or Phone or Tablet)

In a gritty and intense survival show, ten participants attempt to endure 100 days in the Arctic in order to win a $1 million prize in season 7 of Alone: Million Dollar Challenge. (Yes … I missed seasons 1 through 6, but they are on my watchlist after this riveting season.) This gripping season of Alone was set along the shore of Great Slave Lake—the deepest lake in North America at 336 fathoms (2,014 ft.), located in Canada’s Northwest Territories,...

Wisdom from the Wild

Some employers want their workforces to return to the office by September; others are firmly committed to a hybrid or all-virtual work environment. That dichotomy poses potential pitfalls for those who remain at home now that they don’t have to. As someone who’s worked remotely on and off for the past 20 years, I’ve had to build career capital without the benefit of being on site. Here are some tips for those hoping to do...

How to Build Career Capital While Working Remotely

Our latest Knowledge Center contribution focuses on how to have the best vacation ever. We outline specific steps to help ensure you fully enjoy your time away from the office. That includes the ubiquitous Out of Office auto-reply. How you handle these messages highly influences the quality of your break from work. Internal Out of Office Auto-Replies There are two types of Out of Office auto-replies: internal and external. Most popular email platforms offer a...

Do You Really Need That Out of Office Auto-Reply?

Maybe you forgot the very purpose of the work you do or the business you run because of complacency. Perhaps these pandemic times have not only disrupted your work, but have revealed that your purpose has evolved and you simply need to acknowledge its reshaped existence and make new plans in support of it. No matter the doldrums, distractions, or discoveries, demands of customers change and so should you … if you are able. My...

Reconnecting With the Purpose of Your Work

The nature of my work and industry has allowed me to be either a work-at-home employee or an on-site employee for stretches of time. For over a decade of those years, my circumstances were quite challenging as I juggled career and family responsibilities as a single mother of two. Both work environments have their challenges for any parent, but, as a friend told me long ago, “You find a way.”  My children were very young...

How to Manage Distractions During Your Workday

A friend recently posted a social media meme that said, “We are not all in the same boat, but we are all in the same storm. Be kind.” I can’t think of a better summation for how the pandemic has affected people in varying ways, or a better prescriptive: Be kind. As 2020 comes to a close, many people are pretty much worn down to a nub resulting from health, financial, employment and/or childcare issues....

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