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Sharon Daugherty

Technical Copywriter & Business Communications Specialist

Some of my recent & favorite published articles

Adaptogens: The Natural Trend in Stress Management

As part of our 2019 Perfect Predictions, we asked our health and wellness trend-spotters and followers to share what they thought would be the hottest trends in food, beauty, and movement in the coming year. Ways To Add Adaptogens Into Your Wellness Routine Work, family, traffic, the six o’clock news…you name it, there is stress in every aspect of life. And the pace and demand of careers and culture have placed even more pressure on us to react and perform, leaving very little room for us to s

8 traits of a great manager

Have you ever been in a job interview and been asked to describe your best and worst manager? You probably remember that manager you loved working with and the one you wish you’d never met. We define our ideal manager based on our personality and working style. But there are some things that we all want in the person that leads our team. When it’s your turn to be in that role, you want to be more than the person in charge who makes the rules and hands out discipline. You want to be the person w

How to Welcome Your New Team Member

If you’ve ever been the new kid in school, you know how nerve wracking it can be to walk into a place where you don’t know anyone, where to find anything, or how well you will fit in. A new employee can feel those same fears when they walk into their job for the first time. Even for a grown-up, little things like not knowing where the copy machine is, how to schedule meetings, or who they can sit with at lunch can send a person right back to those scary school days. And what’s worse, not knowin

Compression Socks: Supporting Your Health from the Ground Up

In today’s world, we are busy, but not necessarily active, and many of us spend hours on or off our feet. Sitting for hours without moving can block the healthy movement of blood to the heart, leading to swollen legs and feet. And while standing up can help, standing all day is not ideal either, as the constant strain on the joints can also lead to swelling and fatigue. Sitting at work or at home is just one way to put your circulation at risk. Obesity, pregnancy, or limited mobility after surg

How to Know When to Replace Your Shoes

Remember when you first bought your favorite pair of sneakers? They felt so good; every time you went walking it felt like stepping onto a cloud. The relief you felt in your feet, legs and even your back made you practically want to sleep in them. But that was some time ago, and now when you go walking, your old favorites are probably less comfortable than the box they came in. The insoles feel worn away and it practically feels like you’re walking barefoot on concrete. Even if it’s not that ex

Project Lifecycle: Get Chaos Under Control | Blog

So business is growing – new clients are being signed, new initiatives are kicking off, and new products are being developed. All good things, but every new offering comes with costs, deliverables, deadlines, and demands. If you don’t manage all of the moving parts, you could be looking down the road at lost money, wasted resources, and failed projects. The good news is, following the project lifecycle can bring control to the chaos and make sure you are delivering expected results on time and

Why you should hang your worst work on the wall

I used to be superstitious – let’s face it, I was paranoid – about my writing. Whenever I published an article in a magazine (way back in the day when magazines were made of paper), the publisher would send me my complimentary copy as soon as the issue hit the shelves. I would anxiously find my article in the contents, turn directly to the first page, look at my byline, smile, promptly close the pages and put the magazine on my bookshelf. And there it would stay, article unread – at least not re

Preparing for your PDP

For every person at Recall, there is an annual event that has a direct affect on their professional development. The PDP, or Personal Development Plan, is a tool used to asses your performance and develop your career. For many people, however, the PDP has developed a reputation as a time to find out what they have been doing wrong—an obligation that must be met. While PDPs are required, if used as an opportunity, the PDP is a great way to visualize and vocalize your career plans and goals. The PDP is an excellent career development tool, because it allows you to look closely at your professional growth. Do you know what the advancement path is for someone in your role? Or are you happy in your current role, but want to learn more about it?

Internships and Co-Ops: An Excellent Way to Preview and Plan Your Future - Diversity Employers | HighBeam Research

It's the job seekers' oldest dilemma: 'how can I get a job without experience? And how can I get experience, if no one will hire me?' As a college student, you have a unique advantage in finding the solution to this problem. You can add practical experience to your formal education; learn more about the career you've chosen, and become the candidate companies are looking for by participating in internship and cooperative education programs. Internships and co-op opportunities turn classroom theory into practical, hands-on experience. You can gain insight into your field, which will help you begin planning your desired career path well before graduation. There are two types of internships, academic and non-academic. Academic internships involve you, the employer, and your school. Your work at the company must be related to your major, in order to receive academic credit. The college will determine whether credit will be awarded based on various factors such as the amount of hours worked, or duties performed, and their relation to your studies. Non-academic internships are arranged by you and the employer. They offer no academic credit, and you are responsible for balancing your work and school schedules yourself. While they offer little or no pay, internships do offer valuable work experience for use in career planning and after graduation.

Headcount vs FTE: What's the Best Resource Management Model for You?

Have you ever found yourself in an ice cream shop, standing in front of your two favorite flavors and not knowing how to choose? You’ve already tried the samples, and now it comes down to the final decision: fudge chips or candied pecans, caramel or a strawberry swirl? You know both will deliver on flavor, but which one will make you most satisfied in the end? While making resource management decisions may not be as much fun as eating a scoop of vanilla fudge swirl (my personal favorite), t

How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

When someone is applying for grad school or a new job, a letter of recommendation can be more powerful than a great cover letter or a perfect resume. Recruiters and schools often wait until the end of the review process to read letters, giving them real influence on the final decision. It means a lot when a former employer is willing to use their name and reputation to recommend someone. So schools and companies take letters seriously – and so should you if you’re asked to write one. But what s

All Hands Meeting Best Practices

If you’ve ever found yourself sitting in a mandatory meeting, knowing that the information was important but struggling to keep your head from hitting the table, you’re not alone. But the reality is, meetings are a necessary part of work. Even when every team member is doing their jobs well, it can be easy for teams to find themselves in silos, forgetting that the whole organization is working toward a set of common goals. Companies are growing, with teams spread across countries and time zones,
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