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The New “Virtual” Reality: It's Friday…Where Are My Co-Workers?

If you can’t work with others remotely, you can’t perform your job well. Not withstanding the growing legions of employees who work from home on a consistent basis, every company, every employee, every project team has staff from time-to-time that is working remotely.

Why has this become so commonplace? Because technology has enabled it and employers are allowing it! Employers may not be embracing it on a full-time basis, but if it means that an employee can make a significant contribution rather than missing all or part of a work day, then it is considered acceptable.

However, there are many challenges on both sides of this equation that take careful practice in order to maintain individual, team and project productivity.

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NEW Industry Fellowship Catalog

As a service to its members, IPhO is pleased to present the new Industry Fellowship Catalog. The Catalog contains relevant information describing all industry-focused post-graduate training programs for pharmacists in the U.S., commonly referred to as “Industry Fellowships.”

We would like to thank Bethsy Jacob, an IPhO student intern and national IPhO student member, for her leadership in helping develop the catalog.

IPhO welcomes your assistance in keeping the Catalog as current and accurate as possible, so please comment below or email any suggested updates to

IPhO Members can click/tap “Read More” below to view or download the Industry Fellowship Catalog.

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Nice Offer… But I Wasn’t Looking for a New Job

I have blogged often about how to conduct a job search. Lately, however, I have been asked an interesting related question: If you receive an unsolicited job offer when you are not in an active search, how do you decide whether to accept the new position? 

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Five Common E-Mail Mistakes

We’ve all made them. It can be very embarrassing to make mistakes in your email communications. At a minimum, you can appear sloppy and unprofessional. At a maximum, you can expend some hard earned professional capital. Unfortunately, since we spend an ever-increasing amount of time emailing our peers, supervisors, and staff, the odds of mistakes happening are significant.

Recent data from a 2011-2015 E-mail Statistics Report by The Radicati Group, a technology market research firm, states that on average, the corporate employees send and receive105 e-mail messages per day.

E-mail mistakes can hurt your reputation and upset customer and peer relationships. In this column, we'll look at 5 of the most common e-mail mistakes, and provide some practical tips to avoid them.

Mistake 1: Not Editing Your Work

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Don't Let a Microphone Distract From Your Presentation

I have been asked to moderate a panel, and there's a chance I'll be holding a microphone. I'm a little nervous that my hand will shake. Do you have any suggestions?

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The Etiquette Of The Handshake – It’s Not For Men Only

“When did women start shaking hands? It feels awkward.”

Recently, a very bright, talented, professional woman asked me that question. Initially, I was startled. Yet, as I thought about the question, I realized that many women in my seminars are reluctant to shake hands, and others do so incorrectly.

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Managing Geographically Dispersed Branches

Since the third quarter in 2009, the US economy has slowly been working its way out of the recession, with the gross domestic product growing from between 0.1 and 4 percent during that time. Every business needs to take advantage of every possible opportunity to expand and thrive while mitigating those things that are threats to their product or service production.

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He’s Still Talking! The Secrets To Managing Time When Presenting

"My speech went over time. They hated me!"

"I panicked when I was told to add 20 minutes to my talk!"

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Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

Most industry pharmacists and pharmacy students will read the title of this column and think, "will this topic have any relevance to me?" The answer is yes, and here is why! Trust is not only a signature goal of every healthcare provider but also of every type of healthcare organization, including hospitals, health plans, and pharmaceutical companies who need to communicate that they are indeed trustworthy. One way these organizations can gain trust is to hire trustworthy professionals. Our pharmacy education, license to practice, and reputation provides added value to our employers who significantly benefit when their core customers, prescribers, and patients believe in the trustworthiness of the company and its employees. It’s just one more reason that supports The Indispensable Value of Industry Pharmacists

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How to Avoid Mistakes in Your Writings

A woman in one of my classes wrote: "If you want to be proffessional, you shouldn’t let your tattoos show in the office." I politely responded that “if you want to be professional, you need to spell professional correctly!”

Having mistakes in your emails can diminish your credibility and affect your professional standing in the workplace. I am amazed that I receive so many documents that have spelling and/or grammar errors.

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