Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on January 26th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

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“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”

– Jewish Proverb

This proverb is about all of life, but is especially applicable to work. At work, you can seek less job duties and responsibilities, if you wish. But that will lead, sooner or later, to having less skills, less impact with colleagues, less pay from your employer, and overall less job security. It’s the path to eventual unhappiness. On the other hand, seeking greater job duties and responsibilities does the exact opposite: it enhances your skills, your perceived value, and your job security. It’s just that simple, and it’s something that everyone can do.

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“Employers Seek Job Candidates with Empathy – A Critical, Yet Scarce, Attribute”

Published on January 21st, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”

- Meryl Streep

ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES: For a long time we have encouraged clients to live an empathic life by being involved in charitable and civic matters, because it is good for their careers. And, of course, it is contributes to the welfare of our entire society.

More and more, it seems, employers are seeking out those who exhibit empathy as a valuable and scarce business advantage. That is because the view is growing that you simply can’t serve the needs of customers unless you understand and appreciate what “moves” them to purchase your product or service, and then to come back for more.

The following article on this very topic appeared in Fortune Magazine on September 22, 2014, and addresses the importance of empathy in business, employment and career.
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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on January 20th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

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“Nature is never finished.”

– Robert Smithson

In nature, survival requires continual change and improvement, because every living thing is ultimately in competition with every living thing. If you don’t adapt or mutate, your competitors surely will. Businesses and other human organizations face the same dilemma: Nothing is ever “all done.” Everything is always “in process.” Once things seem “complete” they inevitably become “incomplete.” It is survival of the fittest, and fittest requires continual adaptation to continual change. Or extinction. Get used to it, enjoy it, and go with the flow, because the natural flow of things will simply never stop.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Published on January 19th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

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“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.”

– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Every now and then there appears a person who reminds us of our highest aspirations. He or she usually upsets the status quo, is often hated by some, but over time brings people together, and – sadly – disappears all too quickly. Think of these people, at least once a year, and recall their sacrifice, their teachings, and their contributions to humanity. That is, no doubt, the purpose of their appearance before us.

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“After severance, what you CAN and CANNOT say”

Published on January 13th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

Question: I was laid off a few months ago in what they called a “position elimination.” While I disagreed that is why I was chosen, I did, with your blog help, get a better package. Thank you!!

Actually, it came at a good time in my life, as my husband was ill and it gave me an opportunity to take care of him. I signed a severance agreement in order to get my severance monies. Now that my husband is better, I am free to go back to work. I am now looking for a new job.

What can I say, and what can’t I say, about why I left?

Name Withheld
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Answer: Dear Blog Visitor: The first item you should carefully review to determine what you can say, and what you cannot say, is your severance agreement. That said, almost all severance agreement express – or imply – what you can and what you cannot say, about your experience on the job, and why you left. Here are ten things you CAN say, and CANNOT say, about leaving your last job:
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Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

Employment Attorney
and Career Strategist
for over 30 years

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