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Question of the Week

Everyone has a different outlook on what makes them successful. For some, a prospering career doing something they love makes them successful. Some measure it by financial goals, while others determine it by how they help the people around them. Share the ways you measure success by leaving a comment.

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Regardless of what your role is with Johns Hopkins Medicine, you play a key part in helping maintain it's status as a leader in progressive healthcare. In all the time you have been here at JHM, what has been the accomplishment that you look back on with the most pride and sense of accomplishment? Have you initiated any new programs or activities at Johns Hopkins Medicine? Did you mentor someone to greater things? Have you been a part of any groundbreaking discoveries? Is it something you do daily that gives you the most satisfaction?

Answer today's question of the week and let us know your proudest accomplishment at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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It takes years of studying and hands-on experience before  someone can earn the title of “nurse” or “doctor.” Can you remember the first time you were referred to as a nurse, doctor or other position that you worked hard to achieve? Leave a comment and share your story!

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Next Thursday, Nov. 20,  marks the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, and smokers everywhere are encouraged to take the day to make a plan to quit smoking. It's a fact that quitting smoking greatly decreases your risk of lung cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke and other major health concerns. The steps to a healthier life can start with the decision to quit. Have you ever quit smoking? What steps did you take? Tell us about your journey to stop smoking in the comments section.

For more on the Great American Smokeout, visit the American Cancer Society's webpage. For facts about quitting smoking, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Sheet on smoking cessation.

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The 2014 Johns Hopkins Medicine United Way campaign is underway, and JHM aims to make a difference in the lives of those around us, with a goal of raising $1.66 million. This year's campaign theme is “Changing the Odds for Families and Communities” and your donation can help change the odds, especially in high-need neighborhoods.

But you can choose where your donations go. You can donate to the United Way general fund, select a specific initiative such as the Family Stability Initiative or the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund, or choose a 501(c)(3) health and human services organization of your choice. You can even choose a combination of these options.

Have you donated to the United Way campaign? Do you volunteer for other charitable organizations throughout the year? Share your efforts and tell us the reasons you give back to the community.

To learn more about the United Way and how you can make a difference by assisting families and communities in need, visit http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/unitedway/index.html.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and at Johns Hopkins the Office of Workforce Diversity and Safe at Hopkins aims to help stop workplace bullying by helping employees identify bullying in its many forms - physical, mental and emotional. Have you ever encountered bullying? Share your story and how you overcame your situation, or helped someone else to overcome bullying.

For more about bullying and other disruptive behaviors, visit the Office of Workforce Diversity's page on Bullying and Other Disruptive Behaviors or visit Safe at Hopkins for more information on mild, moderate and severe bullying in the workplace. You can also visit the Safe at Hopkins resources page to download brochures on how to help identify and prevent disruptive behaviors, like bullying, at work.

To report a disruptive behavior issue, you can email safeathopkins@jhmi.edu

 

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As outlined in the new feature, Proper Email Netiquette, a company should implement email etiquette rules for two reasons: professionalism and efficiency. The first Netiquette tip stressed the importance of using the BCC: field when emailing large groups. This helps to avoid two things that can happen when adding a large amount of email address in the To: field: everyone using “reply all” in response and giving out all of the recipients’ email addresses without their permission. unfortunately, it can be easy to forget your e-manners when pressed for time or when sending mass amounts of communications.

What are some email habits that often bother you and what are some ways to correct them? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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PlannerThere's a lot that can go into your work day, and meetings, e-mails and projects can pile up faster than you can say "personal assistant". With all that goes on during a day on the job, how do you stay organized? Feel free to leave any tips on your methods to keeping tabs on everything around you in today's Question of the Week.

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The 2014 Best Dressed Sale and Boutique is set to kick off on Thursday, Oct. 30 with the preview party fundraiser and will run through Sunday, Nov. 2. The signature event of the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Best Dressed Sale raises over $150,000 annually to support patient care. Now in its 47th year, the event offers discount prices on lightly worn clothing and accessories, which are all donated to the Women's Board for the sale. From formal wear to casual wear; vintage wear to designer wear, the Best Dressed Sale features something for everyone. It takes place once again at The Carriage House at Evergreen Museum & Library on 4545 N. Charles Street.

Have you attended the Best Dressed Sale in previous years? We would love to know what you or someone you know has picked up for yourself and others. Leave a comment to share your experiences of this much-anticipated annual event.

Best Dressed Sale hours:

  • Thursday 10/30 (Preview party fundraiser): 4-8 p.m.
  • Friday 10/31: 9 a.m-6 p.m.
  • Saturday 11/1: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday 11/2 (Half-off day): 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information on the Best Dressed Sale visit womensboard.jhmi.edu/best-dressed-sale.

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Beginning the career journey as a teen can be overwhelming. Deciding on a college, deciding if college is the right option, picking a job or trade of interest - all of these forks in the road can be a tough call for people who are barely old enough to drive a car.

What advice you would give (or have already given) to the youth of today as they prep for life in the workforce or in college?

Johns Hopkins is a member of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, which is hosting two programs designed to help inspire teens to pursue and achieve their goals through classroom interactions with professionals like you. The programs each include a training session.

If interested in volunteering, see the Inside Hopkins announcement. You can learn more about these opportunities or register for a program by visiting www.thestemnet.com.

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