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  • How to Become a Problem-Solver at Work
    We love to complain. In 2013, an article from The New York Times revealed that of customers who bought a product and were dissatisfied with it, 95 percent would not complain to the company, but would express their discontent to 10 or 15 friends. Unless one of those friends was on the quality control team at that company, that probably isn't going to solve any problems for future buyers. We treat our jobs the same way, and unless we learn how to become real problem solvers, it will only hurt us in the long run.
  • 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?
  • How to Handle an Intern Who Crosses the Line
    The story of Aran Khanna has garnered a lot of attention in recent weeks, as details have surfaced surrounding how and why he lost his prestigious Facebook internship: he created an app that took advantage of a flaw in Facebook's messaging app, allowing him to scrape the location data of any given user (friends or not) and pinpoint their whereabouts within a meter. Though Facebook has known of the flaw for several years, it was Khanna's app's popularity that provoked them to patch it — and the events surrounding his internship have prompted a national debate about Facebook's ability to handle our private data. So why fire him?
  • Could Salary Transparency Close the Gender Wage Gap?
    Little by little, cultural taboos in the U.S. are being eradicated. With each passing generation, we grow increasingly comfortable with discussions that would have stunned those who came before us. However, there is one remaining taboo in our society that is going just as strong as ever: money. We don't talk about money, not with our friends, often not even with our families. And, sharing our salaries with our co-workers? Well, that feels completely out of the question. But, there might be something to gain from talking about pay with our colleagues and getting a little honest with each other.
  • 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."
  • The Worst Cases of Resume Fakery Hiring Managers Have Ever Seen
    In this job market, a lot of people might feel tempted to exaggerate their experience or credentials on their resumes in order to get ahead. But, lying on your resume is a bad idea – a very bad idea. You'll likely get caught, as hiring managers will seek to verify your claims. Even if by some miracle your lie slips past them, you'll reveal the truth when you start to do the job and your skill set doesn't line up the way it should. No matter how you cut it, outright lying on your resume is not recommended – but that doesn't stop people from trying.
  • 4 Ways to Become Indispensable at Work
    We all want job security, but in 2015 it can be pretty hard thing to come by. Of course, no one is totally indispensable; the reality is that we can all be replaced. We all know this. However, there are certain things that you can do to achieve near-indispensability, which should provide that feeling of safety we all crave. Here are some ideas for making yourself essential.
  • Incredible Company Perks: Top 5 Swag and Service-Based Perks
    Imagine penciling "manicure" between "conference call" and "team meeting" on your to-do list, and letting your boss deal with cleaning your house. Or, if whimsy is your thing, think about what it would be like to rent a kitten for your cubicle, or get unlimited free Snickers for the rest of your career. At some companies, perks like these aren't just the stuff of daydreams – they're employees' real-life, workaday experience.
  • How to Break 5 Career-Killing Habits
    Bad habits can be tough to break, but some are worth the effort. There are a few bad habits that could be causing you real professional harm without you even being aware of them. The first step is always identifying that there is a problem to solve. Let's take a look at a few of these career-killing habits and think about how to break them once and for all.
  • What to Do When Your Job Keeps Growing and Growing...
    You know the deal. You're hired to do a job. That job comes with a job description or maybe even a contract that lists the responsibilities and duties assigned to you as said job holder. Next, you start to get comfortable with your new position. Soon, you're doing well, and before you know it, you start winning the respect of your co-workers and even your bosses. You're starting to feel pretty good about yourself, and this job – and that's usually right around the time when things start to change.
  • The Dress Code Debate: Are Mandals Affecting Your Performance?
    For the northern regions of this country, summer is an especially sacred time: by April, 50-degree weather is impetus for shorts and a t-shirt, whereas Los Angeles folks are still bundled up in the low-to-mid 70s. That said, when summer heat rolls around, it can be especially tempting to take advantage of those fashion mistakes that society will justify in July. If you're an employee of HP, however, they just became much more than a simple faux pas.
  • Research Says Your Bad Boss May Be Even More Damaging Than You Think
    We all know that a difficult boss can make life miserable, but new research shows that it can directly impact our career path – in fact, nearly half of us choose to leave our jobs because of our bosses. With all the toxicity a terrible manager yields, it's almost surprising that the number isn't even higher. Here are a few ways a difficult boss's effects extend beyond plain old unhappiness.
  • 5 Ways to Earn a Promotion Without Asking for One
    The old adage of "don't ask, don't get" is usually true when it comes to promotions and raises. If you don't let your manager know about your career goals, it's much less likely that you'll get to where you want to be. That said, workers often ask for promotions without stopping to consider if they're ready for them, or even if they've earned them. If you want to impress your boss and move up the corporate ladder, what you do is just as important as what you say. Here's how you can show your manager that you're ready – without ever saying a word.
  • Do Successful People Really Use To-Do Lists?
    Many professionals feel that they couldn't live without their to-do lists. But, others feel they are an utter waste of time. Who has the extra minutes to spend planning out the order of operations when there are so many pressing issues that need to be attended to right away?
  • No, Your Company Is Not a Family
    In a perfect world, we'd be honest with our employers and they with us. No worker would ever fudge their previous salary in order to get paid what they deserve; no hiring manager would claim to be out of budget, when in fact they were using it to secure a more in-demand skill set. Perhaps most important of all, no executive leader would ever tell this corporate fib: "Our company is just like family."
  • BLARPing, the Office Role Playing Game You Need Right Now
    Even if you've never played Dungeons & Dragons or ever heard of the Society for Creative Anachronism, there's one role-playing game that might appeal to you – especially if you spend your days in an office. BLARPing, or Business Live Action Role-Playing, allows office workers to become something more interesting than their usual workaday roles. Just what you need when the real world of TPS reports and year-end reviews gets too dull to take.
  • These Might Be the 5 Coolest Offices in the World
    Imagine a work world in which the PowerPoint presentation for your weekly team meeting was projected from a vintage carousel horse, a midday snack meant plucking an orange from an indoor grove near your desk, or your daily commute required traveling 100 feet underground to a former nuclear war bunker submerged beneath a mountain via tunnel. For workers employed by the companies that made our list of five of the world's most ogle-worthy offices, these seeming fantasies are actual realities of a typical day at the office.
  • A 3-Step Action Plan to Defeat Your Undermining Co-Worker
    There's nothing wrong with a little workplace competition. Even if it's just to see who can be nicer, competition is as much a part of human nature as breathing. We want to be the best, and sometimes having someone else around with similar ambitions can drive us to surpass our own perceived limitations. And then sometimes, someone's really just trying to cut you down.
  • Here's Why Your Office Is So Cold
    If you're a woman and work in an office, you're probably longing for fall, and not because you enjoy autumnal fashion and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. No, for many of us, the end of summer will mean the end of freezing to death under the arctic blast of the office air conditioning. Before you roll your eyes, menfolks and other warm-blooded people, go put your hands in the freezer for a few minutes and then come back and try to type something. We'll wait. When you return, cast your eyes on the abstract of a recent study, published in the journal Climate Change and entitled Energy Consumption in Buildings and Female Thermal Demand, which demonstrates what many female office workers have been saying for years: the office thermostat is set with men in mind.
  • 3 Reasons Office Gossip Might Not Be All Bad
    When we think of office gossip, a lot of bad associations come to mind. The popular idea is that this kind of chatter is counter-productive, harmful, hurtful, and just plain bad. But, there is another side to office chit-chat. It turns out that gossip might not actually be entirely, innately, negative. Here are a few reasons why office gossip might be not only impossible to eliminate but also potentially beneficial.