Remote workers’ fear — “love”

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Psychologist Maxine Schnall once said, “Never love anything that can’t love you back.” Thus, one in six people have had a harder time “breaking up” with their car than ending their first relationship (CarMax survey of 3,044 drivers 18 and older) from USA Today – Michael B. Smith and Paul Trap.

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Sixty-two percent of remote workers fear that other employees do not think they are working as hard as them. (Polycom survey of 25,234 employees) from USA Today – Jae Yang and Janet Loehrke

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Looking for a job? Stay positive and productive

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From’s Lily Martis comes this:

Whether you left a job because you hated it or you left because you were let go, it is tough to be in between jobs.

These important productive steps should help you return to the workplace:

  • Stick to a schedule
  • Tap professional resources
  • Set specific goals
  • Develop new skills

Read Martis’ entire column in the May 21, 2017 edition of the Courier-Post or on

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‘Soft Skills’ can set YOU apart

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As Sarah Sipek of “CareerBuilder” writes in the Courier-Post, technical or hard skills are essential qualifications for a job, but “soft skills” focus on how you interact with others. For details visit Here are the headings:

  • Communication
  • Ability to handle criticism
  • Attention to detail
  • Positive attitude
  • Time management

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Finance by the numbers…

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Reasons people age 50 and older give adult children money — according to Robert Powell, USA Today

  • Don’t know. Just give money = 36%
  • Rent/mortgage/home purchase = 20%
  • Cellphone bill = 18%
  • Purchase or lease a car = 17%
  • Education expenses = 15%
  • Health care expenses = 15%
  • Pay down debt = 13%
  • Insurance = 11%
  • Student loans = 11%
  • Credit card bills = 10%
  • Legal matter = 9%

Credit score analysis from Experian and Jae Yano and Janet Loehrke, USA Today

  • Payment history = 35%
  • Amount owed = 30%
  • Length of credit history = 15%
  • Credit mix = 10%                         
  • New credit = 10%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               [To comment:]