Here are some tips offered during Clemson University's recent "Professional Development for Women" conference:
* From as early as you can recall, begin a list of all those things you have done that you feel proud about. Carry this list and add to it daily.
* It's not enough to be good at what you do. You must be seen being good at what you do.
* To criticize and not make enemies, keep the criticism specific. Refer to behavior only. Avoid personal insults like, "You're always late." Let the facts speak.
* Peak performers sit down and take inventory. What are your blind spots, what are you not being told, what are you not hearing from employees and co-workers.
* Don't measure yourself by how many approve of you. Base it on your own goals.
Controlling labor costs
One out of two companies has taken strong measures to control labor costs during the recession, according to a survey conducted by The Wyatt Co.
Some of the steps the companies took included freezing pay (12 percent of surveyed companies), delaying pay increases (21 percent) and reducing pay raises (20 percent).
"Companies are acting aggressively to bring labor costs under control," said Marsha Cameron, a compensation consultant in Wyatt's New York office. "We're witnessing a considerable amount of change, on top of merit budgets that were already planned to be lower than last year."
While work force reductions continue, employees who remain have reason to worry. Merit pay budget increases fall far short of inflation, ranging from 3.7 percent for top management to 4.5 percent for non-exempt employees.
"From the executive suite on down, the message seems to be, 'Don't look at the size of your paycheck, just be glad you have one,' " Ms. Cameron said.
Wyatt's study carries information from 117 companies in a wide range of industries in California, Illinois, Texas -- and the New York area.
Booklet about OSHA
A revised edition of "All About OSHA," an information booklet on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is available.
It has new penalty information, and updates provisions for local, state and federal employees.
A free copy of the 48-page booklet (OSHA 2056) can be obtained by mailing a request and a self-addressed label to the OSHA Publications Office, Room N3101, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. 20210 or by calling OSHA's Baltimore office in the Fallon Federal Building, 962-2840.