Oct 26, 2022

NOVAK: Remote work has changed communication 

         Q: Our entire company has been working remote since March 15, 2020. We have resorted mostly to texting because it is much faster and more efficient […]

Oct 20, 2022

NOVAK: I finally fired my client 

Q: Today I finally enjoyed one of the benefits of working independently of a formal employer. I got fed up with a client who was petty and belligerent and fired […]

Oct 12, 2022

NOVAK: Unequal, maybe — but fair

        Q: Our close circle of friends is made up of professionals in various areas. When we started on our individual paths after college, we decided that […]

Oct 6, 2022

NOVAK: Moving: A big expense and all risk 

         Q: Everyone moves at least one time in life, but did you know that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, people move 11.7 times in their […]

Sep 29, 2022

NOVAK: Only your lifestyle decisions matter 

         Q: I remained friends with many of my high school friends, even though we no longer have anything in common. It is actually interesting how little […]

Sep 22, 2022

NOVAK: Don’t list elite memberships on resume 

        Q: My wife passed her certified public accountant exam and received her Master of Business Administration from a top school. Her entrance score qualifies her to […]

Sep 15, 2022

NOVAK: Is moving with no job worth the risk? 

         Q: I’ve wanted to move out of my state for years now, and I have finally decided to do it. I have sent out numerous resumes […]

Sep 6, 2022

NOVAK: Anyone can fall prey to manipulation 

        Q: I am coaching a person who is multitalented in various unrelated areas, but at professional levels. He is highly educated and has owned his own […]

Aug 29, 2022

NOVAK: How to end anger before it erupts 

         The city and the state don’t matter. The location seems irrelevant. People across this country are experiencing various levels of anger. These states of anger may […]

Aug 24, 2022

NOVAK: Protecting a ‘Techno-Junkie’ workforce 

         “It’s easy for people to have hours — and perhaps days — go by as if they’re not mentally there at all. … You just sat […]

Aug 17, 2022

NOVAK: Jealousy consumes manager of new hire 

         Q: I was interviewed and recommended for hire by a regional manager I was to replace. He was transferred to manage another region. I am high-energy, […]

Aug 10, 2022

NOVAK: Make previous skills count when finding new career 

         Q: I come from a family where all my younger brothers got jobs in the trades, as I did. I’m in my late 40s now, and […]

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