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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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  • 3 Ways You Are Working Harder and Not Smarter

    We are told all the time that productivity and success require working smarter and not harder. But what exactly are we doing that is causing us to work harder and how are these habits hindering our quests for a healthy work-life balance?
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  • 3 Memory Tricks to Become Smarter and More Productive

    Improving our memory skills increases productivity at work and, in general, makes our lives a little easier. From remembering where we stashed our keys to remembering the boss's detailed instructions, the following tips and tricks will make us work smarter and be more productive. How many of these are you familiar with?

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  • 3 Benefits of Whole Foods' Open Salaries

    While some companies still cling to policies that bar employees from discussing their salaries, Whole Foods is one that actually allows and encourages you to peep your co-workers' salaries. Even if you don't want to disclose what you’re making (or not making) there are benefits to open salaries. Here are three.
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  • Stop Complaining About Being Overworked, Unless You Live in One of These 5 Countries

    Americans may think they’re being overworked, but a new study shows that they’re just being a bunch of wimps compared to professionals in these five nations.
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  • Everyone Hates Performance Reviews

    Recent research suggests that even top performers and those motivated to learn for the sake of learning hate performance reviews. Given that managers tend to dislike giving criticism as much (if not more) than workers dislike receiving it, is there any point in having a formal review process to begin with?

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  • How Workers Over 50 Bring Value to the Workplace

    It isn’t an easy task for any age group to find work sometimes. But workers over 50 have the most difficulty finding work of any age group. Before putting older workers out to pasture, employers should consider the benefits and skills that workers over 50 bring to the workplace.
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  • Why Being a Whistle-blowing Employee Is a Good Thing

    Many employees are discouraged to voice their concerns in the workplace, especially those that are not in managerial or upper-level positions. However, we’ll take a look at how speaking up can actually make you a valuable asset to your employer.
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  • 3 Steps to Change Bad Work Habits

    We all have habits that we'd like to change, and some of those habits decrease our work productivity. Procrastination and messiness are big problems for some professionals, but there are also seemingly small habits such as nail-biting or hair twirling that, believe it or not, can have negative repercussions at work. They look unprofessional and color how bosses, co-workers, and clients perceive you. The following three basic approaches to changing bad work habits may be applied to any and all behaviors you'd like to change.

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