Do you ever really leave the office at the office?

Vacation time! …and you’ve just packed your work laptop.

Sure, we may check personal email, Facebook and Twitter accounts when we’re on vacation lest we suffer from hideous withdrawal symptoms, but what about work email? Do you find yourself sneaking in “just an hour” of office catch-up when you should be cashing in on some much-needed relaxation time? 

If so, you’re not alone. Our Twitter #careerchat discussed these questions and more.

Takeaways from the chat:

  • Define your vacation priorities first: Do you want to spend more time with family, or have quiet time to work on a project?
  • If you take time off to relax, you will be more efficient and refreshed when you return.
  • If you’re constantly checking in at the office, what does that say about your team? Trust your colleagues to support you.
  • Leave emergency contact information in case something comes up—and define what an “emergency” really is!
  • As an entrepreneur, it’s hard to “switch off” when you’re always thinking about your business. But you still need a break to stay fresh and creative.

Resources:

Special thanks to: @MaggieMistal, @PaigeHolden, @Kblennon, @Austin_Curtis, @SaleStart, @CaSuPe15, @buona_vita, @DrWoody, @Careerbright and @KyleMcShane.

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Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

How to join: Go to Tweetchat.com and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

Adapted from my post on MyPath.

How to Get a Rockstar Team

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When does a group become a team? 

Our Twitter #careerchat focused on how team-building activities can foster teamwork in the office and help the department prosper. But for team-building efforts to succeed, you really need to consider team makeup: Make sure the activity suits the people as much as the purpose.

Quick takeaways from the chat:

  • Teamwork is about putting aside differences, learning from others and focusing on the company’s goals, not just your own projects.
  • Team building shows employees you value your most important resource: Them.
  • Make sure the team-building activity is appropriate for everyone. It’s more important to get employees talking to each other than trying to make everyone play kickball or go on a ropes course.
  • Include activities to celebrate diversity. Exploring experiences, backgrounds and cultures will help the team view challenges differently and solve problems better.

Resources:

Special thanks to @souzifrancis, @EmilieMeck, @SaleStart, @talentculture, @BillBoorman, @laurenkgray, @ShanaDouglas, @Tina_J_Wagner, @myFootpath, @zachhisert, @buona_vita, @CDonnet and @jendiva1.

Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

How to join: Go to Tweetchat.com and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

Adapted from my post on MyPath.com.

What Can Office Parties Do For Your Career?

Not going to the office party?

You really should. Holiday excuse or not, getting together after hours with your co-workers and boss can really help propel your career upward.

How do you turn an event with co-workers into a great career opportunity? Our Twitter #careerchat found out!

Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

Follow me @bbenishek or Amanda at @bizMebizgal to see what the next topic is!

Here are takeaways from the chat