• How Neatness Counts at Work (Even For Creative Types)
    Does your desk look like an organized, well-oiled machine? Or does it look like rats are making a nest and you're just biding your time, waiting for them to bring you something nice? How you keep your desk can say a lot about how you operate in the workplace, and can even dictate if your brain makes healthy decisions (or not).
  • 4 Fictional Company Picnics You'll Be Glad You Didn't Attend
    The rites of spring are many, but after a long winter, employers often look to the company picnic as the cure for the office blues. While some ventures into the great outdoors with friends can be both fun and memorable, oftentimes the company picnic (with mandatory attendance) can feel as awkward as a middle school dance. Here are some notorious (fictional) company outings that you'll be glad you got to skip.
  • 4 Techniques to Boost Your Concentration and Productivity in 15 Minutes or Less
    Are you having one of those days where it seems like you cannot fully get into your work? If your concentration level is about a one on a scale of 10, and you can't seem to complete a single task to save your life, then don't worry – it happens to the best of us. Here are four odd, yet effective techniques to help get your mind out of that haze and into gear so that you can have a constructive and productive day.
  • How to Get Away With Sandals at Work
    It's beginning to look a lot like summer, even in the dreariest and coldest reaches this side of the equator, and you're feeling like you can finally ditch the heavy boots and give your feet some breathing room. So how can you let your tootsies out in the open without getting the stink eye at work? There are some factors to keep in mind before you roll up with your beach favorites on your feet, but thankfully, most workplaces are relaxed enough these days to allow for some sandal wearing (even Emily Post says so).
  • 6 Tips for Successful Collaboration
    Most of us have jobs that require us to work closely with others, at least once in a while. Sometimes, these collaborations run smoothly all on their own, but more often they require some real focus and effort on our part to function productively. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your next collaboration challenge.
  • 10 Songs to Get You Through a Terrible Workday
    We've all been there: a no-good, terrible, very bad day at work and it's only 11 a.m. What can you do (besides running for the door screaming) but put on your earphones, crank the volume, and keep your head down while you blast through some TPS reports like nobody's business? Here are some of the best songs to get through those tough times and help you come out on top.
  • 5 Ways to Make Wellness Practices a Part of Your Workday
    You know the expression, "a healthy mind in a healthy body"? It's definitely true when it comes to work. Neglect your physical health, and you could wind up doing long-term damage to your career. Of course, it's sometimes hard to find time for self-care wellness rituals when you're busy at the office. But even if you don't have your boss's support (and you can't imagine that your employer will be rolling out nap pods anytime soon) there are still plenty of things you can do all on your own. Here are a few tips.
  • 17 Priceless Pearls of Career Wisdom From Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin was a lot cooler than most folks today realize, although back in his day he was wildly popular. (He was even an inadvertent trendsetter in France, starting a fad for hairstyles that resembled his fur cap.) He was the ultimate polymath, a passionate scientist, inventor, printer, writer, prankster, activist (please look into the story of Silence Dogood) and so much more. Among other things, Franklin invented bifocals, the lightning rod, and even swim fins, and we have him to thank for modern institutions we still rely upon today such as libraries, fire stations, and even daylight saving time. The contributions of this founding father are staggering, but perhaps it's his wisdom and his sayings that have ultimately made the greatest contribution to our society.
  • Could Your Boss Do Your Job – and Does It Matter?
    A good boss can be the difference between a job you love and one you dread. In fact, research shows that employees' job satisfaction is most closely linked to their boss's ability to do his or her job well. Beyond that, bosses who can fill in for employees also increase job satisfaction. But is a good boss necessarily a boss who could work a day at your desk?
  • 5 Strategies For Handling the Co-Worker Who Won't Stop Talking About Politics
    At this stage of the election cycle, things are really starting to heat up. Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, although the GOP isn't exactly rallying around him, at least not just yet. Things are also tense for Democrats as Senator Bernie Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continue to vie for their party's nomination. With all of this going on, some people are getting really excited about politics, and this has the potential to create tensions, distractions, or even divisions within the workplace. If you have a co-worker who has been talking about politics a bit too much for your liking and you'd like to see a change, consider whether one or more of these strategies might work for you.
  • 5 Ways to Avoid Civil War in the Office
    Like it or not, we'll be involved in some sort of argument or disagreement with our colleagues over the course of our career. It's a given that views on what's best for our companies and customers will vary from time to time. Even superheroes aren't immune to a difference of opinion every now and then; we're all waiting anxiously to see how Captain America, Iron Man, and the rest of The Avengers resolve their differences in what's likely to be the summer’s first blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War.
  • 4 Basic Excel Tricks You Should Definitely Know
    If you're a millennial like me, you might recall learning all the tricks of the beast that is Microsoft Excel back in your high school days, or even college. But let's be real for a quick minute. A lot of time has passed, and you probably don't remember all the time-saving tricks your teachers so graciously showed you back in the day. Knowing how to use Excel efficiently can streamline your work and make you more productive. So if your memory is fuzzy, take note of these easy and super basic Excel tricks that will make you look smarter at work and save you a lot of time.
  • French Office Worker Takes Former Employer to Court for Boring Him at Work
    Some people don't know how lucky they have it. Take, for example, the case of Frédéric Desnard, the former manager who's bringing his ex-employer, Interparfums, before an employment tribunal, claiming "bore out" – similar to burnout, "but less interesting," as The Guardian puts it. Terminated by the perfume company a year and a half ago, Desnard is now asking for over $400,000 in damages.
  • 5 Tips for Breaking Bad News to Your Boss
    Sometimes, having really difficult conversations is part of our job. And, even worse, sometimes those talks are with our boss. So, if you have some bad news you need to deliver to your employer, first take a deep breath, and then consider these tips. They might come in handy.
  • The Truth About Our After-Work Email Habits
    Sometimes, the very innovations that we hope will simplify our lives actually end up complicating them. Technology makes our world smaller by speeding up the rate of our communication, but that doesn't necessarily make our work-lives easier or less stressful. Email is exactly this kind of double-edged sword. It comes with both benefits and drawbacks. But, through building better awareness of how email habits impact our lives, we can maximize the positive effects.
  • 5 Slack Add-Ons to Entertain You at Work
    If you use Slack at your office, you're already familiar with joy that comes from sending your co-workers gif after gif (or jif after jif). What you might not know is that there is an incredible goldmine of add-ons in Slack that you can use that will make your workday significantly better. From CatFacts to Kanye West, there's an add-on for that. Check them out here.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Do They Really Work?
    Rewards and incentive programs are a part of professional life for many. But, do they actually do what they're supposed to do – make us work more productively? Research has indicated that while these programs might make people work harder, they might not help anyone work smarter. Is performance really improved by incentive programs and rewards? Let's take a look at some of the most recent findings on the matter.
  • 4 Reasons to Goof Off During Meetings
    How much do some people hate meetings? Seventeen percent say they'd literally rather watch paint dry than attend one. So, it's not surprising that we're tempted, on occasion, to goof off a little during meetings. Well, here's some good news – that might not be all bad. There are actually some benefits to goofing off a little. Let's take a closer look.
  • How Our Sleep Affects Our Work (and Vice-Versa)
    Trying to get a good night's sleep can sometimes be more difficult than it seems like it should be. First of all, although we all know that sleep is essential for maintaining our physical and mental health, a lot of us treat it like it's somewhat optional nonetheless. When life, or work-life, gets busy, it's all too easy to use some of the hours we usually devote to sleep to catch up on "critical" tasks instead. Then, when we finally do get to sleep, the quality of that sleep can also be affected by thoughts about work and the office. Let's face it, our sleep affects our work and our job affects our sleep. It's also important to keep in mind that lack of quality and quantity rest could have real and lasting consequences for you, both in and out of the workplace.
  • Best Company Ever Gives PTO for Game of Thrones
    There are a lot of great company perks out there, like weekly happy hours and the option to bring your dog to work. But a U.K.-based company is now the center of company-perk envy and it has nothing to do with puppies. Here's why.

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