Make the Break: Planning a Vacation … Even During Busy Times

Make the Break: Planning a Vacation … Even During Busy Times

Vacation season is upon us, but some creative professionals may be foregoing their R & R this year – whether due to personal finances, heavier workloads or both. In fact, 14 percent of advertising and marketing executives interviewed by The Creative Group said they anticipate taking less time off in the coming 12 months than they did the previous year.

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Dealing With Workplace Frenemies

Dealing With Workplace Frenemies

Have you ever been excited to show a friend your new skinny jeans only to have the person say, “I was reading that wide-leg pants are really hot right now”? People like this – enemies disguised as friends – are known as “frenemies” and are common in life.
In fact, you may know them best from work. Unfortunately, few things can wreak havoc on your career like a colleague who seems friendly to your face and is anything but behind your back. What do you do when you discover a frenemy at your gate? Following are some tips:

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Coping With Workplace Stress

Coping With Workplace Stress

Work-related stress is nothing new. But these days, stress in the office just might be nearing an all-time high. While many in-house creative departments are slowly adding headcount as the economy improves, many teams are still operating lean and having to take on heavier workloads.

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You Goofed … Now What?

You Goofed … Now What?

Most creative professionals are familiar with the term career-limiting move – when you make a mistake so bad it jeopardizes your job, or even your career. While it’s true that some mistakes are difficult (if not impossible) to bounce back from, in many cases, most on-the-job gaffes can be smoothed over by taking the right action steps.

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Creating Clout Within Your Firm

Creating Clout Within Your Firm

In a survey of in-house designers by The Creative Group, more than one-third of respondents said their company’s top creative leaders are “very respected” by other managers in the organization; and more than half said their leaders are “somewhat respected.” These findings speak to the increasing importance of creative leadership and the recognition that visual identity and design are crucial components of a company’s success.

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