November 2023 Newsletter

What Is Quiet Promoting?

You’re really good at your job. You’re smart, efficient, effective, and hard-working. In fact, you’re so brilliant that your employer asks you to take on more work — without a salary increase or change in title. This is known as “quiet promoting,” and it happens more than you might think. According to, 78% of employees in America have been quietly promoted. Further, 57% felt coerced into taking on more responsibility without an increase in pay.

How do you know if you’ve been quietly promoted? Consider these situations.

  • Your manager asks you to do the work of a position higher than yours.
  • You have a much larger workload than others in your position.
  • You’ve taken on work previously done by a coworker who vacated a position above you.

Though far from fair, these instances occur regularly due to layoffs, employees leaving or a lack of talent. If you’re taking on more work and there is no sign of a vacated position being filled, speak up.

It’s possible there’s no intention to actually fill an open position. In such a scenario, you can convey either that you cannot sustain the additional workload or that you may be willing to do so with fair compensation and a promotion for the added responsibilities.

Respectfully express to your employer the difference between your job description and what you’ve taken on. Your salary was most likely based on your official responsibilities, so it’s reasonable to expect a raise with added duties. Busy managers may not fully understand your situation unless you communicate with them.

Bosses who expect employees to take on additional tasks without any real type of reward will ultimately lose those loyal and committed workers.

Unplug, Unwind and Leave Work Behind

Imagine soaking up the sun on a beach vacation — not a looming work deadline in sight or the ping of an email to interrupt your bliss. Embrace every carefree moment to the fullest and leave the office behind with these helpful tips.

Hit pause. Halt the notification-response cycle by disabling work app alerts. These constant reminders drain your energy, and relaxation rightfully demands your full attention.

Remove temptation. Mindlessly checking work apps is second nature for many, so make a bold move to temporarily delete them and install leisure apps in their place.

Leave it behind. If possible, abandon your work computer at home. Commit to leaving your phone in your hotel room for a few hours each day.

Automate your absence. Set up an out-of-office message on your email account, specifying your return date and an alternate contact. This way, you can relish your break, confident that someone else is keeping an eye on things at work.

Best and Worst Apps for Personal Privacy

In today’s selfie-sharing, status-updating digital world, we all know privacy is important, yet most people don’t give it much thought. Are your apps secure? Here are the best and worst apps for personal privacy.

Best Apps for Privacy

  • Unlike other search engines, DuckDuckGo does not store user data.
  • LastPass is a password manager that safely stores long, complex passwords so you don’t have to remember them or reuse passwords on multiple sites.
  • A secure messaging app, Signal provides end-to-end encryption across video calls, voice calls and text messages.

Worst Apps for Privacy

  • Popular multiplayer game apps collect and store personal information, including location, Facebook ID, message board posts, and more.
  • While checking local news and weather apps can be a quick and easy way to get updates, they constantly track locations and can sell personal information to advertisers.
  • Common social media apps continually track activity, including location, online purchases, messages, engagement, web browsing, and contact information.

The bottom line is that apps will continue to be vulnerable — check reviews, be wary of permissions and keep apps updated.

When To Pause Spending on a Credit Card

When used strategically and paid off every month, credit cards can be a simple way to track personal spending. However, credit card balances can quickly escalate if not properly managed. Here are three signs that suggest you may want to take a credit card break.

Increasing Debt
If you’re unable to pay your balance in full each month, take a close look at your expenditures and make a plan to reduce your debt.

Credit cards make it easy to overspend. Consider taking a cash advance from your card each month and commit to spending no more than that amount of cash on hand.

Declining Credit Score
Low credit scores can lead to increased expenses elsewhere, including higher insurance and interest rates.

Digital Driver’s Licenses

Say hello to the digital highway because driver’s licenses are shifting gears. Some states allow drivers to access a secure, digital version of their license via their cellphone. A digital driver’s license (DDL) works like a physical license to prove your identity. Here’s what you need to know.

A DDL isn’t a digital copy and it doesn’t replace the real thing. Apps are designed with state governments to certify your identity. It can serve as a substitute if you misplace your physical license.

You may soon be able to pair your phone with your license at the DMV. The process of downloading and storing your DDL will likely differ by state.

REAL ID guidelines are under development. The Department of Homeland Security is working on standards to allow federal agencies to accept DDLs.

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