• 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.
  • Will You Help Me? Why Some Co-Workers Are More Likely to Say Yes Than Others
    Our interactions around the office, and our relationships with our colleagues, are certainly impacted by the corporate ladder and the rung on which we stand at any given point. Some employees might find themselves behaving a little differently with folks who are a few steps higher in the hierarchy when compared with how they act when they're around those who are a few notches below them. People even email differently when communicating with the top. To some extent, all of this is only natural. Of course interactions with higher-ups are a little different than with others. But, could status impact how willing people are to help each other around the office?
  • Improve Your Focus by Learning to Ignore Things
    Has the following situation ever happened to you? You come home for the weekend with a ton of work that you need to get done before Monday. But, instead of waking up on Saturday morning and getting right to it, you decide you need to clean up a little first instead. By the time the weekend ends, not only is your work done, but your house is clean, your bills are paid, and your taxes are filed as well. In an effort to procrastinate, you actually ended up being highly productive. If this sounds at all familiar, then you know that attention doesn't always work exactly the way we'd like it to, and you'll be interested in some of these tips regarding focus and productivity. Here's what you need to know.
  • 3 Types of Job Stress, and What to Do About Them
    Work-related stress is all too common these days. Although stress levels, overall, have declined in the last few years, 60 percent of Americans surveyed by the American Psychological Association last year reported feeling stressed because of work. The problem is likely to continue as long as our modern culture of overwork persists.
  • 5 Workers on the Best and Worst Parts of Their Commute
    Commuting is expensive, annoying, and might even impact your health. Still, unless we manage to score work-from-home jobs for our whole careers or win the lottery, most of us will wind up doing it at some time or another. Whether our commute stays a minor irritation or becomes a major stumbling block to our happiness in both personal and professional life depends on a number of factors, including personal preference, traffic patterns, and whether we're able to convince the boss to let us have a flexible schedule.
  • Play These 5 Pranks at Work, and You'll Be the April Fool
    Ah, April Fools' Day: the day when some normally sensible professionals regress to high school students targeting a particularly reviled substitute teacher. It's bad enough that the entire internet now teems with fake ad campaigns and bogus products (although we did finally get that Tauntaun sleeping bag, at least). There's no need to compound your co-workers' misery with intra-office April Fools' pranks, as well.
  • Learn to Love Goal-Setting (Yes, Really!)
    Some companies ask all of their employees to set goals at about the same time every year, while others might just bring up the idea of goal-setting during individual performance reviews. Other companies don't talk much about goals at all, but most employees still have them just the same. Thinking about where we want to go next is an important step in helping us grow professionally. But, the process can be kind of a drag. Here are a few tips to help you maximize the experience.
  • Have a Messy Desk? You're in Great Company
    Do you have a messy office? Maybe your co-workers laugh about it a little when they pass by, but you assure them that you can "find anything in a matter of seconds" despite the way things look. Do you sometimes find yourself wondering how or why others manage to keep their spaces so tidy? If you have a messy desk, don't fret. It's not as bad a sign as you, or others, might think. Here are a few things you should know.
  • 4 Possible Surprises From the Offices of the Future
    Of course, no one knows for sure what the future will bring, but that hasn't stopped humans from trying to predict what's to come for centuries. These days, it's especially difficult to speculate about the future because things are changing so quickly. Who knows what will come along next? Still, it's fun to think about. Also, there are also some current workplace trends than can help our guesses veer toward the more educated variety. When thinking about the offices of the future, here are a few wild to semi-wild possibilities to keep on your radar.
  • What You're Twice as Likely to Do When You Telecommute
    Telecommuting is on the rise. As the number of folks who work from home increases, new data begin to emerge about their experience. If you're considering telecommuting at some point in the future, the results of a recent survey should be of interest to you.
  • 5 Emotional Skills Every Worker Should Possess
    If you're looking for work right now, you've probably heard a lot about the importance of developing skills (with technology, for example) as an essential step toward getting hired. But, you may have noticed an awful lot of talk about soft skills, as well. Writing, public speaking, and teamwork are increasingly coveted by employers. High emotional intelligence helps you develop the soft skills on your next employer's wishlist.
  • 4 Tips for Getting Along Better With Your Boss
    If you don't like your boss, you probably don't love going to work every day. In fact, bad managers are the number one reason people quit their jobs. No matter how you feel about your boss now, getting along better could make a big difference to your happiness at work. It makes sense to try to fix this dynamic. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you build a good relationship with him or her.
  • Planning a Summer Vacation? 5 Reasons to Try for 2 Weeks
    March is about to go out like a lamb, and the blooming flowers and rising temperatures have a lot of people thinking about one thing – vacation. In fact, this is a great time of year to start planning your summer vacation away from the office. Before you submit that time-off request though, here's a thought: can you try for two weeks off?
  • How to Enjoy March Madness Without Driving Your Co-Workers Crazy
    March Madness is upon us – whether that's good or bad depends on your feelings about college basketball, your workplace's culture around sports, and your need to get stuff done between now and April 4. Ideally, you and your co-workers would all be able to enjoy the bonding potential of debating the merits of your favorite teams, without turning the office into a locker room or annoying your colleagues who would choose unpaid overtime over courtside seats.

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