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Information and insight about your career and the workplace at large
May 2004

News and Views

Don't assume that meeting as many people as possible and asking for information will be a boon to your career. Most great networkers know that there's more to networking than personal gain. More

Bullying affects 12-50% of workers and is a form of workplace abuse that costs employers huge sums (the U.K. reports costs of $50 billion/year) in lost productivity, illness, and compensation. Though many workers see abuse and stress as intrinsic to employment; managers often label bullying as "just" a personality conflict. But now lawyers are now seeking legal remedies for bullying, and succeeding. More info and resources

Although corporate America believes it is effectively addressing depression in the workplace, only 41 percent of employees who suffer from depression believe that they can acknowledge their illness and still get ahead in their careers, reports a survey by the University of Michigan Depression Center (UMDC). Yet employees who reach out for help and are fully treated achieve greater symptom control, which significantly improves productivity and optimism about career advancement. More


Hate networking? Let Lynne Waymon help, with 10 free tips on how to start (or continue) building your network now. Learn more

Take the bully by the horns writes Sam Horn in her book of the same title. For Horn, the object of education isn't knowledge, it's action-and that includes learning how to deal with bullies. More

No one in the workplace can afford to ignore depression, an often-misunderstood disorder that affects more than 19 million American adults (9.5% of the population). The good news is that, in more than 80% of cases, treatment is effective. Get educated . . . and then learn how to help.

Making It Work--for New Grads

Usually in this section you share how you've solved a problem on the job by recognizing your own "mentor within." This month, in honor of all the graduates who are leaving school and entering the world of work, I'm suggesting that you help "make it work for them." Here's how:

-When you sign the graduation card, remember to enclose my free bookmark with its concise 10-step action plan for being your own mentor. To get one, email me ( with your name and mailing address.

-Celebrate by taking your favorite grad to lunch or dinner, then letting him/her know you're available for help with job hunting or career mentoring.

-Gift your grad with the book Mentor Me and make it easier for him/her to succeed in the workplace. Order online by clicking here and typing "mentor me" in the search box. Note: Preview the table of contents here.

-Check in with your grad every few weeks and invite him/her to one of your networking events.

-Help your grad get organized for undertaking the job search and for handling those first important months in the workplace. Check out the Mentor Me Career Planning Binder.

-Sponsor a membership in the professional association that fits your grad's career interest. If the association sponsors local meetings, offer moral support by attending the event as your grad's guest.

Coming Soon

Book Signings

Computer Learning Centers Partnership, May 5, 2004: 8:30 am. Contact: Glynda Mayo Hall, 703 324-5237;

Meet the Authors, International Women’s Writing Guild, New York, NY. October 17, 2004. Contact: Hannelore Hahn, 212.737.7536;