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Office Culture First, Career Second

Sir Richard Branson is quoted as saying “If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your business.” I wish I had read that prior to launching a mediocre teaching career that I very much despised. My sense of humor, extreme directness, and love of workplace shenanigans made me less than an ideal candidate for working with the uptight school administration in my district. I left five years ago when I realized that if I wanted to have a career I loved, I needed to first find a workplace culture that was the perfect blend of shenanigans and success.
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Fighting the Summer Blues at the Office

Whether an employee dreams of playing in the sunshine with their toes in the sand or binge-watching Netflix to their heart’s content, the truth is that summer is bad for business!
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