• Are Performance Ratings About to Become a Thing of the Past?
    Employers have been using forced ranking, or stacked ranking systems for years, as a way to motivate workers and also to help manage and control salaries. However, the system has stirred up controversy since it gained popularity in the 1980s, and now a lot of companies are questioning the process and even eliminating it all together. Let's take a closer look at the reasons performance ratings might be about to become a thing of the past.
  • Survey: 76 Percent of Workers Are More Productive Outside of the Office
    Seventy-six percent of 2,600 people polled in a recent FlexJobs survey chose anywhere but the office during work hours as the ideal place to get "important work done." According to the company's 4th Annual Super Survey, which asked respondents to choose "their location of choice to be most productive on important work-related projects," 50 percent chose their home, and 12 percent chose an alternate location such as a coffee shop, library, or co-working space.
  • Why Exercise Deserves a Place on Your To-Do List
    There are only so many hours in the day, but it's commonly accepted that daily exercise is the key to good health. Even just 30 minutes a day can be a boon. So on days when your work schedule means you struggle to even take a pee break, you should be even more concerned with getting in that workout.
  • Feeling Lazy? Bask in These Stories of 4 People Who Got Paid to Do Nothing
    Earlier this year, PayScale told the story of A. K. Verma, an Indian civil servant who managed to avoid coming to work for 24 years before eventually getting fired for "willful absence of duty" in January 2015. Though his case, a byproduct of India's tough-to-penetrate labor laws, is shocking, Verma is not the only employee who has been paid to do nothing. Plenty of workers have found themselves in situations in which they are paid not to work.
  • Do You Have 'Career Compulsive Disorder'?
    Raise your hand if your lunch breaks consist of sitting at your desk, scarfing down food, and pounding away on your keyboard trying to get through emails. Turns out, you're not alone. According to Gallup's Work and Education Survey findings, adults working full-time in the U.S. spend an average of 47 hours per week plugging away at their jobs, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours per week.
  • 5 Things Kanye West Can Teach Us About Confidence
    Kanye West is a legend. (No, really, he'll tell you that himself). And let's face it, some days you're feeling pretty down and decidedly un-legend like. So how do you dig yourself out of that rut? Even better, how to do gain confidence at work and grab that golden ring? Let's take some tips from Mr. West and start winning some Lifetime Achievement Awards.
  • When It Comes to Work Hours, Less Is More
    A few weeks ago, The New York Times put Amazon's work culture under the microscope . While many employees, both current and past, have chimed in since the article came out, we're now finding time to turn the focus to our own work lives. Should we all strive to be as driven as Amazonians who love their 60-plus hour work weeks? Should we all keep the cube lights on into the wee hours to show how much we "care"? The answer, despite our best efforts to die at our desks, may be "Nope."
  • Find Happiness at Work ... With More Sleep
    If you're burning the midnight oil for work, you're in trouble. All that time at your desk means you're missing out on a key performance ingredient: sleep. Studies show that we're happier when we get more sleep, but how does that translate to the office? You might be surprised.
  • Can't Remember Your Last Vacation? You're Not Alone.
    If you have trouble recalling that sand-in-your-toes feeling of a long vacation; you're not the only one. New data shows that a whopping 56 percent of Americans haven't taken a real vacation (one week away from the office) in the last 12 months. What's worse? That’s up from 52 percent in 2012. It's not that we don't need a week away from the grind, it's that we just aren't clocking out. But why?
  • Are Tech Jobs Just Crazy Hard on Workers?
    The short answer is "yes." It's also "no" and "it depends." The recent New York Times critique of Amazon's work culture — the most commented-on piece in the publication's history — has resulted in a firestorm of both backlash and support from the media and tech titans. Former and current Amazon employees have chimed in, sharing views and experiences that both support and negate the Times' claim that Amazon is a company guilty of "conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions."
  • 11 Ways Sleep Deprivation Is Ruining Your Career (and What to Do About It)
    Not getting enough restful sleep at night can do more than leave you irritable and groggy in the morning – it could be the reason you aren't advancing in your career, too. We'll take a look at 11 alarming ways sleep deprivation affects your brain over time, and what you can do to help remedy your insomnia so that it doesn't prevent you from achieving success in your career.
  • What's Your Employer's Philosophy: Work to Live or Live to Work?
    In 2006, Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson decided to give employees of the Portland, Oregon-based technology education company three-day weekends every week, arguing that living to work instead of working to live is not the best (or at least only) key to a company's profitability and overall success. But, that doesn't mean that his decision was motivated solely by a desire to be a more humane boss. Employers making similar decisions are just as interested in the bottom line as they are in making workers' lives better. It turns out, working less sometimes means producing more – and better – work.
  • Need to Vent? BetterCompany Lets You Talk Anonymously About Work
    One of the trickiest and most annoying things you'll have to deal with in your career is office drama. One app aims to combat office politics by creating a "safe place" for co-workers to discuss work matters openly and honestly with one another, all while remaining anonymous. Read on to learn more (and where you can sign up).
  • 5 Bad Habits That Waste Your Day Away (and What to Do About Them)
    Ever wonder why some people are hyper-productive and others are always playing catch-up? If you're part of the latter group, then you're probably guilty of productivity-destroying behaviors. Learn how to kick those bad habits, so you can stop wondering why there are never enough hours in a day.
  • How to Dish Out Criticism to a Colleague Without Burning a Bridge
    Dishing out criticism is easier said than done, especially when it's to one of your peers. Here are a few things to consider before the big talk to ensure that your message is constructive rather than destructive.
  • 5 Things You Learn About Yourself By Working From Home
    Most employees would do anything and everything to be granted the opportunity to work from home, even occasionally. The idea of working in pajamas, not having to sit in traffic, and not dealing with pesky co-workers are just a few of the majestic wonders that make not going into the office so desirable. If you pay attention, you might even learn a few surprising insights into your own goals and motivations.
  • 5 Ways to Be a Stand-Out Employee While Working Remotely
    Working remotely seems like a godsend, but is it really as easy-breezy as it sounds? As it turns out, working from home is a huge adjustment for both the employee and the employer, but that doesn't mean it can't be a win-win situation for all parties involved. Here are five ways you can ensure that you're not wearing out your welcome as telecommuter and that you still wow your boss from the comfort of your own home (office).
  • What Nasty Gal Can Teach Us About the Importance of Corporate Culture
    If there's anyone who understands the term "rags to riches," it's Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, who built an online apparel empire from the ground up. However, according to some current and former Nasty Gal employees, the company's once-vibrant corporate culture isn't what it used to be, thanks to layoffs and restructuring. We'll examine how a company's culture can quickly go south and how to protect yourself from being blindsided in your career.
  • Being Phony at Work Is Affecting Your Career Success
    A Deloitte study that analyzed sociologist Erving Goffman's concept of "covering" found that a whopping 75 percent of American professionals are concealing certain facets of their lives in order to excel in their careers, or so they think. Here's why that does more harm than good for an individual's personal and professional life.
  • Managers, Here's Why Your Good Employees Stay (and Why They Don't)
    An attractive compensation package may bring in good employees, but it definitely doesn't guarantee that they'll stay. We'll take a look at what encourages high-quality employees to stay put at their jobs, and what causes them to pack up and move on to greener pastures in their careers.