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What's the Point?

What's the Point?

May 15, 2019

This time of year, we all start dreaming of summer vacations: checking out of work for a few days, turning off our cell phone, and returning refreshed with an improved attitude. However, it never plays out that simply in reality. The truth is, sometimes (maybe more often than not) taking a vacation and returning from vacation requires more prep and extra work than if we had just stayed in the office. It often leaves us thinking, “what’s the point?”    

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Beyond Burnout

Beyond Burnout

May 08, 2019

We talk at length in these blog posts about burnout, stress, and checking in with yourself amid the million different things in need of your attention. We often forget to call that what it is: caring for your mental health.    

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Creativity vs. Stress

Creativity vs. Stress

Apr 10, 2019

Stress is almost a given in any professional setting. We talk often about work-life balance, stress management, and professional burnout. Still we find ourselves saying, “well, that’s just part of life,” “I operate better under stress,” and other excuses, allowing ourselves to be pushed to the edge. This can have a lot of consequences, but one that doesn’t get enough discussion is the stifling of our creativity.    

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Starting a New Conversation

Starting a New Conversation

Apr 02, 2019

I was recently discussing the topic of conversation salons with a friend, and I jokingly referred to them as “networking for people who hate networking.” I’ll admit, I’ve found myself squarely in the middle of that category before, and I’d wager to guess many of you have, too.    

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When Office Hours Are After Hours

When Office Hours Are After Hours

Mar 12, 2019

To attend or not to attend? That is the question plaguing much of our female workforce today. Sure our office hours might be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but we all know opportunities for professional development often extend past the standard work day. From business after-hours events to out-of-town conferences to grabbing a beer with a coworker, most of us have a hard time weighing the cost vs. benefit of time away from our home and family against an occasion to invest in our work. I venture to guess many readers of this blog are moms, but this is a subject with which most women I know can identify. A brand-new puppy needs to be taken out. There's a load of laundry that isn't going to do itself. House-sitters cost money.    

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Curing Notification Fatigue

Curing Notification Fatigue

Mar 05, 2019

The average cell phone user has around 80 apps on his or her phone. When you factor in an additional iPad you’re almost certain to own and consider the number of notifications each of these apps is sending you throughout the day, it can start to feel a little overwhelming. If you’re like most technology consumers, you suffer from a real thing called “notification fatigue.”    

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The Source Spotlight: Debra McGee

The Source Spotlight: Debra McGee

Feb 12, 2019

In celebration of Black History Month, The Source highlights Debra McGee, Senior Vice President & Director of Minority Business Development at  BankPlus. She has shown unwavering support for our program since its inception, and we are honored to have the opportunity to work with her every day.   

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Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness

Jan 29, 2019

January has come and gone and most New Year’s resolutions have probably done the same: come and well, gone. It is no secret that many resolutions revolve around health in a variety of ways. If you have already fallen off the wagon with your resolutions, good news, the year is far from over.    

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Professional Cell Phone Etiquette

Professional Cell Phone Etiquette

Jan 22, 2019

The invention of the cell phone has undoubtedly been both a blessing and a curse for our modern society. We’re connected to people and knowledge in ways we never thought possible. Yet, we probably all realize the scope of the dependence it’s created for most people.    

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New Year Nervousness

New Year Nervousness

Jan 15, 2019

A few weeks ago, my social media feed was full of #TopNine posts, images of highlights from friends' 2018, and words of excitement and enthusiastic anticipation of everything a new year brings, or MIGHT bring. Don't get me wrong, I look back on a year gone by, but my sentiments lean more toward, "whew! I survived another one!"   

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