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  • 5 Things That Make a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

    If you have ever torn your hair out wondering if you are going crazy at work, it is just possible that you're OK, and the workplace is to blame. The American Psychological Association recognizes that psychologically healthy workplaces are most likely to increase your motivation, your confidence, and your job performance. There are five general areas in which employers may pass or fail the psychologically healthy workplace "test."
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  • 7 Ways to Facilitate Change at Work

    Most people aren't crazy about change, especially at work. If you like how your company does things, any alteration seems like a potential for disaster; if you don't, well, any situation can always get worse. Add in the unstable economic environment of the past couple of years, and it's no wonder that managers struggle to convince their reports to give change a chance.

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  • Kindness Gets You Far in the Workplace

    Ellen DeGeneres appeals to a simple truth when she says, "Always be kind to one another." She doesn't say "at home," she doesn't say, "just when you are at school," and she doesn't say "except when you are at work." It turns out that science is in agreement with Ms. DeGeneres.
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  • University President Shares Salary With School’s Lowest Paid Workers

    It’s not everyday that a college president decides to take a $90,000 pay cut for the benefit of low-wage workers. Last week however, Raymond Burse, interim president of Kentucky State University, did just that. His decision sets a new precedent amongst presidents and CEOs to raise the bar on livable wages for employees.
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  • Half of Americans Admit to Going to Work Hungover

    For most of us, mornings on weekdays come early -- early enough that even going to bed at a reasonable hour can mean a slow start and a groggy morning. That said, it can be easy to stay up past bedtimes for just one more glass of wine at a Thursday night happy hour, which means an even more groggy and hungover Friday morning at the office.
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  • 5 Reasons to Start a Book Club at Work

    We know a lot about our co-workers: what they like to eat and drink, what music they’re into, and what they like to read. In fact, these interests often become the basis of our workplace conversations. Maker of trendy eyewear Warby Parker noted a shared passion for reading amongst employees and decided to make book clubs an official component of the company’s culture. It’s been a win for everyone involved. Here’s why.

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  • Workplace Fun Increases Productivity

    There's evidence that people who have fun at work are happier, healthier, motivated, and more productive than their stressed-out counterparts. Who'da thunk it?
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  • Do Abusive Bosses Cause Cheating Workers?

    Whatever you do for a living, whether it's crunch numbers or play ball, working under an abusive leader derails morale. There is some evidence that when it gets bad enough, workers cheat and even break the law.
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  • Coffee Makes You Honest

    It's common knowledge that your morning cup of coffee, with that dose of caffeine, helps you wake up. Therefore, it is not a big stretch to think that coffee also helps us think through decisions, because we are more awake to do so. However, that cup of coffee does so much more than that. In fact, it just might help you behave in more ethical ways.

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  • Happy Workers Love Their Mothers

    Did you know your mother follows you to work? Well, she may not actually be following you to your desk, but her influence does. A recent study found that mothers play a unique role in what kind of worker you become. It turns out that a strong relationship with your mom may cause you to be less focused on money, and more focused on finding meaning and purpose in what you do.

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  • Want to Love Your Job? Fill These 4 Needs

    If you're feeling less-than-fulfilled by your job, you're not alone: only 13 percent of us are engaged at work. Everyone else is waiting for Friday (and hoping against hope that this weekend, like most, won't be consumed by work emails). Why are things so bad for so many?

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  • Managers, Recognize Employees Better With the KISSSSSSSSSS Method

    Some companies are great about praising employees in weekly emails and even empowering colleagues to recognize each other. For example, Google has allowed employees to gift each other Amex gift cards for a job well done. If your company isn't great about recognizing employee achievements, there's a lot that you as a manager can do to improve the situation -- but it requires far more than a Keep It Simple, Stupid mindset.
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  • At Some Companies, Too Many Chances to Fix Bad Behavior

    Do you work with the employee from hell? Some company policies enable bad behavior by putting off consequences. Understand what is going on with management and learn to survive working with your toxic co-worker.
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  • The Advantages of ROWE: Why Employees Who Don't Go to Work Are More Productive

    At some point in each of our working lives, we've been forced to clock in at a specific time, take a lunch break that is exactly a half hour, or been told when and where we can take a 10-minute break. Some of us have only been allowed to use the restroom at specific times; others, perhaps have been reprimanded or worse, lost a job, if we couldn't make it in during a snow or sick day. Working for companies like these is more than demoralizing -- it's unproductive. ROWE (results only work environment) is an alternative management strategy that focuses on results, not rules.
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  • 5 Ways to Thrive Under Pressure

    Resilience is the ability to bounce back after traumatic experiences. It is also the ability to thrive under pressure and in stressful situations. Increase your resilience, and you'll be able to achieve more and enjoy career success.
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  • How to Strike a Balance Between Hierarchy and Creativity

    Do you like clear expectations and a known chain of command, or do you prefer a more free environment at work? While hierarchy can seem to stifle creativity, we cannot simply throw all order out the window. At the same time, we don't want to miss out on the creativity of workers. Ideally, there's a way to benefit from both.
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  • 5 Reasons Why Annual Performance Reviews Should Be Banished, Adobe-Style

    Rarely, if ever, does any manager or employee speak of their fondness for the annual performance review, that ritual outlining of personal mistakes, successes, strengths, and weaknesses. So, if everyone hates them so much, why are are we doing them? That's the question Adobe asked before deciding to eliminate the process in 2012, and the company hasn't looked back since. Here's why.
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  • Looking for a Raise? Avoid This Mistake

    What's the number one thing people do wrong before asking their boss for a raise? Consultant and executive coach Karen Cates suggests it's failing to ask whether they deserve one in the first place.

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  • Meditation Improves Productivity

    When we think of meditation, we may think of relaxation, breathing, and emptying the mind of stressful thoughts. It may be surprising to learn that the act of quiet meditation increases mental acuity and makes us more productive at work. Instead of meditation emptying our minds, it actually helps fill them with improved concentration and creativity.
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  • How to Manage Your Micromanager and Survive

    Micromanagers have to be in control of everything all the time, even the tiniest mundane details -- not exactly a great quality in a boss. While it is not pleasant for you, the worker, to feel that you have no autonomy, micromanagers are usually pretty stressed out themselves, either because they are under a lot of pressure from above or because they simply don't know how to delegate responsibility. You can, however, develop some working habits that will make your micromanager proud, and potentially cause him to loosen his grip.

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