• Hot Desking Seems Like a Terrible Idea. Is It?
    Hot desking isn't a new idea, but it may be one picking up steam, especially as big corporations with big footprints try to squeeze the dime out of every dollar of floor space. Imagine this: you show up to work and plop your laptop just anywhere there's room. From day to day, your spot might be all over the floor or building, depending on available space and maybe even your mood. Is having an unassigned desk really a good thing for those who need to work?
  • LinkedIn Sent Your Friends Too Many Emails, and All You Got Was $1,500 (Maybe)
    Whether it's the canned kind or the sort that involves male enhancement products, spam is generally worthless – unless the spam in question came from LinkedIn, and arrived in your potential connections' inboxes repeatedly, with your name and without your consent. In that case, it might be worth a share of a recent $13 million settlement.
  • How to Make People Want to Do What You Tell Them to Do
    Does your job feel like it should include "herding cats" in the description most of the time? How do you get people you manage to actually want to do what you tell them? Unless you're a pre-school teacher, you're likely dealing with a gaggle of adults, but sometimes it's next to impossible to get them to operate like a team, all working for the same common goal. So here are some ideas that are so simple, they just might work (and no, they don't involve pointy sticks).
  • 10 Creative Out-of-Office Replies You Can Use Right Now
    We're a full step into fall, which means if you're not drowning in leaf piles, you're probably drowning in work. You know what you deserve? That's right, a mental health day. The problem for most of us, however, isn't being able to take the time off. It's being able to unplug for more than 12 hours. According to one study, nearly 50 percent of respondents admitted to checking email while on vacation. It's time to put your OOO on, and put your phone away.
  • Is a 6-Hour Workday Right for You?
    The 40-hour work week is relic of the past, and some employers in Sweden are looking to the future. Companies as diverse as automobile manufacturers and nursing homes have transitioned to a shorter work day, some of them as far back as a decade ago. Those that have made the change report increased productivity, as well as better work-life balance for their employees.
  • How to Recover From Embarrassment at Work
    Even if you're a pretty mellow person, you probably still have that cache of "ugh" moments stored in the back of your brain. Since most of us spend the bulk of our waking moments at work, it's not a surprise if a lot of them feature TPS reports and accidental CCs. No matter what it feels like, however, embarrassment isn't forever – or at least, it doesn't have to be.
  • Peeple Might Be a Hoax, But You Can Learn From It Anyway
    Imagine a world in which every former boss, bad first date, or disgruntled colleague could complain about you online – and it would have the weight of a LinkedIn recommendation or a Yelp review. That's the dystopian future seemingly promised by Peeple, the as-yet-unlaunched app that would allow users to rate people as if they were restaurants or movie theaters. As you can imagine, the internet burst into flames, hounding the founders on social media until they took down their feeds, accounts, and even the company site itself. There's just one problem: some savvy watchers of internet brouhahas are now asking if the the whole thing is a hoax.
  • You're Probably Not Getting a Big Raise Next Year
    There are a handful of times in life that a single percentage can make a big difference: that calculus final you forgot to study for, the Olympic trial event you're watching on TV, and the rate of your salary increase. In this case, we're talking about salaries, and the difference between the difference between 4.1 percent and 2.8 percent — and why you may need to get used to the latter.
  • 4 Reasons Humility Is a Virtue Worth Embracing
    It's often said that, in business, confidence is king. In fact, it is good to project confidence at work – or rather, timidity and lack of confidence can really hold you back. But, ego and hubris can do damage, too. Perhaps it's time to take a good hard look at the value of humility and try to understand how cultivating and expressing it could help you professionally. Here are a few reasons humility is a virtue worth embracing.
  • From /r/CareerGuidance: How Do I Apply for an Entry-Level Job ... Before Graduation?
    Picture this: You're in your junior year of pursuing a computer science degree. And one day, while your working your crappy college retail job, it hits you. It's time to get super cereal about your career. But where do you start? How do you apply for an entry-level position? Allow us to explain.
  • 5 Salary Negotiation Lessons From Amy Schumer
    Unless you're a huge standup comedy nerd – the kind who can justifiably brag that you've seen everyone "before they were cool" – you probably hadn't heard of Amy Schumer as recently as five years ago. Today, Schumer's everywhere, winning an Emmy for her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer and writing and starring in Trainwreck, which was directed by Judd Apatow. Oh, and also: she just negotiated an $8 to $10 million book deal, after canceling an earlier deal for $1 million – as Vulture put it, like a boss.
  • 3 Ways to Prevent Bad News From Ruining Your Productivity
    It seems everywhere you turn, something terrible is happening in the world and you can't help but let it affect you. What was once curiosity has now turned into full-fledged ruminating and you start feeling powerless and sad about the tragedies occurring around the world. Not only is your mood shot, but the bad news is making your performance at work go downhill, too. Don't worry, because there is hope. We'll discuss three techniques to help you deal with bad news more constructively so that it doesn't ruin your mood or, worse, your career.
  • Big Meeting? Here's How to Pick the Right Time for It
    Imagine this: you're in charge of planning exactly when to present the Big Proposal to the boss, and you have to pick the location, day, and time for the meeting. You've got a slot on Tuesday at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., or 4 p.m. Which do you choose so that the boss is the most receptive to your ideas?
  • How to Keep Your Helicopter Parents From Ruining Your Career
    Helicopter parents are usually the province of parenting blogs and editorials, not so much career blogs like ours. But, the micromanaging doesn't necessarily stop when kids are small – or even when they graduate from college and go out into the world to get a job. If your parents are the helicopter variety, you're probably kind of embarrassed and confused about how to get them to lay off and let you make your own decisions. Worse, you might find yourself without the kind of real-life skills it takes to build your career, manage your finances, and just plain survive. If this is you, don't despair. You can escape the meddling and become independent. Here's how.
  • 3 Tips for Providing an Exceptional Reference
    I can still recall the nervous feeling in my stomach when I made the call and then popped the question: "I'm putting in for a new position, will you be one of my references?" I didn't receive a formal "I do," but just like an anxious groom, I was elated to hear the voice on the other end of the line say "yes." While it's common to fret over how to select and ask for a reference, it can be just as nerve-racking on the other side: acting as a reference yourself.
  • Going Back to an Old Job Isn't the Worst
    Unless you've really burned some bridges, it's possible that you'll eventually return to an old job one day. There are a lot of reasons why this could happen, but it doesn't have to be the most awkward of reunions – or a step backward for your career.
  • How to Network Your Way to a New Job
    If you are a job seeker, it pays to look for more than one route to land your job. If you're lucky and if you're a perfect match, applying online directly may be the only thing you ever need to do. On the other hand, if you're stretching to a new role that's slightly beyond your current experience, you might need a little bit of help to get around Applicant Tracking Systems and disinterested recruiters. Knowing someone on the inside sometimes pays.
  • 6 Tips for Decorating Your Office to Improve Your Mood
    The workday is often long and hard, and sometimes we don't have as much control as we'd like over the difficulties we're forced to shoulder in our jobs. It's easy to get run down, and it's tough to be optimistic on days when so much feels out of our hands. Sometimes, all we can control are the little things. The good news is, these little things could make a bigger difference than you'd think. If you're feeling like your attitude could use a little re-calibrating, try one or more of these quick tips for decorating your office to improve your mood. They really might help.
  • If the Economy Is Improving, Why Don't We Have More Money?
    We all know that the Great Recession took a huge toll on Americans' finances. There's little debate about that. But, the recovery is proving to be more contentious. For an example, look no further than this morning's disappointing jobs report from the labor department. Let's take a look at what's going on with the U.S. economy and how it relates to your own financial bottom line.
  • Workplace Lulz: Hungry Llamas Are Your Corporate Spirit Animal
    The workplace naturally presents us with many situations to poke fun at. From trying to look productive while secretly texting during a work meeting to that magical feeling when you go on your first business trip, most of us have a career anecdote to share. Online, people sometimes share their experiences via meme. Sit back and laugh at these hilarious workplace gifs with some subtle career advice on the side.