5 Employee Job Performance Review Questions to Ask

performance review glassesWhether you work for a small company or a large one, your performance review probably raises your anxiety to a frightening level. It’s tough to hear criticism, even when it’s constructive, and you might even be uncomfortable taking compliments. And while you may dread bad news, your performance review can be great opportunity to advance your career and build a better relationship with your supervisors.

If you have a performance review on your upcoming schedule, make sure you take the opportunity to explore additional compensation, more responsibility or a change in direction, and advice on how to keep your career progressing the way you want it to.

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How to Improve Computer Performance & Supercharge Your Productivity – Tips From an IT Pro

computer nerdI’m not the fastest typist in the world, yet I’m still able to operate a computer with a level of speed and efficiency that amazes some people.

Over time, I’ve learned that the number of words you can type per minute isn’t everything when it comes to maximizing your time on the computer. As someone who has been working in information technology for over a decade, I have made a concerted effort to find every trick to getting the most done in the least amount of time.

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General Motors GM Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Timeline & Future Lessons

gm bankrupt underwaterGeneral Motors grew from a small company in 1908 into a corporate giant within a couple of decades. For years, people believed that GM was too big to ever go away. Investors had a lot of confidence in the company and many employees invested their life savings into it.

Everyone realized the mistake they’d made with this assumption when, in 2009, the company officially declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Even amidst one of the worst recessions in United States history, no one would have expected General Motors to face financial failure.

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Top 5 Famous Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Money – Personal Finance Wisdom & Lessons

benjamin frankin hundred dollar billBenjamin Franklin’s image is indelibly printed not only within the American psyche, but also on the largest issue of currency printed by the U.S. Treasury – the $100 bill. It would be hard to choose a more appropriate founding father to feature on the $100 bill, seeing as how prior to his tenure as one of the greatest and most famous statesmen of the American Revolution, Franklin was the founder and proprietor of a printing shop.

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Groupon for Business – Should You Use Groupon Deals to Promote Your Small Business?

groupon screenPersonal budgets are tight, but a booming online industry is loosening up some great deals for savvy consumers. In most major cities, you can find local sites that organize promotions at restaurants, spas, and entertainment venues. On some sites, you can get coupons for a set discount, but other group buying sites, like Groupon, have a more complex and impressive model for greater savings.

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10 Cheap DIY Wedding Reception Centerpiece Ideas on a Budget

wedding centerpiece tableAlthough not the most important element of wedding decorations, wedding reception table centerpieces can be a costly component of your big day. A centerpiece from your local florist could easily cost $200, and if you have 10 tables, that would be a total cost of $2,000!

Alternatively, if you take the other route by making your own, you may save yourself a lot of money, but you may also be spending more time than you’d like arranging flowers.

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Psych Yourself Rich Book Review and Farnoosh Torabi Interview

psych yourself rich book coverHow much personal finance information do people really need? After all, the Internet is chock full of free personal finance advice, ranging from suggestions on consumer rights and how to avoid scams from the Federal Trade Commission, to targeted investment advice over at the The Motley Fool. For many, the problem isn’t ignorance of smart money management, it’s actually taking the initiative to put that knowledge into practice. For example, many people understand that credit card balances need to stay below 30% of the limit to achieve a decent credit score, but they still manage to max out the cards anyway.

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How to Make a Gift Basket at Home with Cheap Supplies

food gift basketOnce you’ve decided to make your own gift baskets, it’s easy to get stuck in the trap of spending more on them than you expected to. The last thing you want is for your crafty endeavor to cost more than a store-bought gift. After all, you’re doing it to save some dough, right?

Having made more gift baskets than I can count over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about putting them together affordably, while still giving a gift with style. My main secret? Knowing where to shop for the supplies. Basic packaging and special decorative touches can really add up if you don’t know where to look.

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How to Plan the Best Cheap, but Memorable Honeymoon

couple honeymoonSix months before my wedding, my wife was consumed with wedding plans related to dresses, bridesmaids, and floral arrangements. It fell on me to plan our honeymoon, and I didn’t know where to begin.

Back then, I wasn’t quite the travel expert I am now, so I was really starting from scratch trying to put together a honeymoon that would be the equal of our wedding. Ultimately, I learned that a honeymoon is not like any other trip you have ever taken.

With some research and effort, I was able to design an awesome honeymoon. Here are the essential guidelines I followed to plan a memorable and affordable honeymoon.

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What Is Etsy (Review) – Save Money Buying Handmade Jewelry & Crafts

etsy heart logoAre you looking for a vintage bag? Or maybe a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork to go above your mantel?

Look no further than Etsy, an online Internet marketplace where thousands of artists, designers, and crafters market their wares. It’s my go-to website for contemporary fine art, crafts, jewelry, and accessories because with so many retailers in one spot, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Best of all, since Etsy works with small businesses and regular folk, you can find cheap deals on one-of-a-kind items.

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