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  • 5 Times You Should Delegate Tasks

    Do you feel like you need to do everything at work yourself, or it won't get done the right way? Chances are, you're overextending yourself, compromising both your productivity and your happiness in your career. So when should you pass the baton, and when should you keep running for the finish line?

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  • Do Abusive Bosses Cause Cheating Workers?

    Whatever you do for a living, whether it's crunch numbers or play ball, working under an abusive leader derails morale. There is some evidence that when it gets bad enough, workers cheat and even break the law.
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  • Should Women Wear Red to Work?

    Colors have subtle and often subconscious effects on our perceptions and behaviors. Red is sometimes associated with anger, and is a bold, bright color to which men and women often respond differently. Should you see red in your work clothing?
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  • 3 Ways to Calm Down in a Hurry

    It's an unfortunate fact of life: the times in your career when you need to be the most levelheaded are also the times when you're least likely to be feeling calm, cool, and collected. Whether it's a big presentation in front of colleagues from another office, or a scary meeting with the boss about a deliverable that didn't get delivered, dealing more positively with anxiety can mean the difference between turning a tricky situation to your advantage and making things worse.

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  • Imposter Syndrome: When You Feel Like a Fake

    Competent, capable people who have worked hard to get where they are sometimes suffer from "imposter syndrome." This normal phenomena can have disastrous results if you don't recognize it for what it is, and learn how to deal with it. Don't let imposter syndrome hold you back.
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  • Could Using Your Smartphone at Work Improve Productivity?

    A new study gives hope to everyone who's ever surreptitiously checked their personal email or slain a few swine in Angry Birds on the company time. Far from being a distraction, the research suggests, occasional smartphone usage seems to boost productivity.
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  • How to Use Facebook at Work Like Facebook Employees

    Nowadays, it's hard to say where work starts and your personal life ends. Is it possible that bringing more of your weekend activities to the office could actually improve your working relationships and productivity?
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  • How to Be More Productive While Working From Home

    If you’ve recently made the transition to working from home (or are considering it), you may find that one of the biggest challenges is staying productive. It’s easy to get distracted in your own space. The TV is just right there with an entire season of Say Yes to the Dress you haven’t yet binged-watched, as is the novel you’re currently devouring. When distractions start eating up your working hours, it’s time to take yourself in hand and change how you do things.
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  • 5 Tricks That Will Save You 5+ Hours a Week

    If you're reading this over the weekend, you're probably procrastinating -- and most likely, not because you're already bored of family barbecues this early in the summer. No, odds are, you're working on the weekend again, despite promising yourself this wouldn't happen. How did you get here? Well, in part, it's because you're losing time to things you don't need to do.

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  • 3 Ways to Convince the Boss to Let You Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Late last year, a Gallup poll found that U.S. workers are still almost as worried about being laid off, having their hours cut, or losing benefits as they were during the financial crisis of 2008-9. At the same time, many companies have spent the past few years asking workers to take on heavier loads, to make up for cut positions and hiring freezes. In short, a lot of people are putting in a lot of face time -- but unfortunately, working constantly isn't the same as working efficiently.

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  • Feeling Unproductive? Blame Talkative Co-workers, the No. 1 Office Distraction

    Noisy neighbors are the biggest disruption at work, according to a recent survey from talent mobility consultants Lee Hecht Harrison. Forty-five percent of respondents to an online poll said that talkative co-workers was the most distracting element at the office.

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  • 3 Ways to Be More Independent at Work

    Tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S., and although you probably can't declare yourself free from all constraints and authority at the office -- at least, not without winning the lottery over the long weekend -- you can make a few small changes that will allow you to function with a greater degree of autonomy in your day-to-day life.

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  • 3 Mantras for People Who Work Too Hard

    If the very idea of a day off seems like a joke, and work-life balance a fairytale, it's time to reassess your schedule. Of course, the problem with working too much is that it's a self-perpetuating cycle: once you're used to working all the time, any time you spend on non-job-related activities feels like goofing off. Also, you're probably so burned out, you're no longer as productive as you once were, either. So what do you need to do to have a life again?

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  • Music Affects Worker Productivity

    If we all cranked up our music at work, everyone's productivity would suffer. But in small doses and at reasonable volumes, music can be extremely beneficial in the workplace. Different types of music have different influences on our behavior and productivity.
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  • The Office Curmudgeon Is Better at His Job

    We have so much advice to sift through, when it comes to achieving work-life balance. One expert says to get a hobby. Another advises us to stay positive, or to cultivate friendships. While the rest of us are focusing on these things, it seems the office grump is better at his job -- even though he probably doesn't care what any of the experts say.
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  • Not Sitting All Day Isn't Enough to Keep You Healthy at Work

    So you've swapped your traditional work setup for a standing desk, and now you'll never have to worry about the litany of health complaints linked to sitting at work for hours on end, right? Well, sort of.

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  • Another Benefit of a Shorter Work Day: A Better Commute

    The Swedish city of Gothenberg recently rolled out a 6.5-hour work day to some of its municipal workers, in a year-long study aimed at boosting worker productivity and job satisfaction. Over at LinkedIn, Rick Johnson argues that a shorter work day would offer another perk to stressed-out workers: less time on the road, traveling to and from work.
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  • Should Companies Allow Workers to Bring Pets Into the Office?

    If many pet owners had their way, every day -- not just last Friday -- would be Take Your Dog to Work Day. According to a recent survey, half of pet owners would like the right to bring their dog or cat to work, at least some of the time.

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  • More Workers Are Planning on Taking Summer Vacation, But Will They? [infographic]

    Initially, the summer of 2014 looks promising on the work-life balance front. CareerBuilder's Q2 survey showed that 63 percent of workers will take a vacation this year.

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  • How to Deal With Negative People in the Workplace

    Negative people obstruct productivity in the workplace in a handful of ways. Their pessimism serves as a buzzkill when, every time you suggest an idea or improvement, they say, "No, that will never work." Complaining and gossiping at the office undermines morale, which also undermines productivity. If you can't get away from these folks, you need reasonable strategies to deal with them.
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