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  • This Is a Real Thing: Yoga Pants for Work

    Today's office is a pretty casual place. Nylons are nearly extinct in most industries, and wearing a necktie is a good way to announce, "I have a court date." One thing that hasn't caught on: sweatpants at work. But a new company is hoping to change all that, by introducing a yoga pant ... for work.

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  • 3 LinkedIn Mistakes You're Probably Making

    Used well, LinkedIn can be the best thing that ever happened to your job search or network building efforts. The problem, of course, is that many of us aren't using the career person's social network to its full extent -- or worse, we're making mistakes that make us look less than professional.

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  • What the State of the Union Means to You

    Last night, President Obama called for 2014 to be a "year of action," asking Congress work with him to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment benefits, and make better educational opportunities available to all Americans. In the meantime, the president has acted alone, issuing executive orders, directing government bodies under his control, and creating teams of private and public citizens. But those tactics will only go so far, if Congress won't act.

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  • 38 Percent of American Workers Don't Have Paid Sick Days

    At this time of year, we see a lot of articles admonishing workers for not staying home when they're sick. What's less talked about is the fact that only 62 percent of private sector employees have any paid sick time to use.

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  • 3 Productivity Lessons From Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin was many things: an inventor, a businessman, one of the founders of the nation. But first and foremost, he was productive. His daily schedule from his autobiography allots seven hours for sleep, eight for work, a combined three for breakfast, planning his day, and "addressing powerful goodness." But what can we learn from Franklin's schedule, over 200 years later?

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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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  • Don't Ask These 5 Questions During a Job Interview

    We spend a lot of time thinking about how to answer the questions that hiring managers are likely to ask during interview. Equally important? The questions you've prepared prior to the meeting.

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  • 'Lean In' Will Soon Be a Movie

    Sony Pictures will produce a movie based on Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Deadline broke the news, reporting that the movie will not be a biopic of Sandberg, but rather "a narrative film from the themes contained within the book," written by veteran TV writer Nell Scovell, who co-wrote the book.

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  • Should New Managers Fire Underperformers Right Away?

    Let's say you've recently taken over a team of workers. Perhaps you've been promoted into the role, or perhaps you're a new hire. Whatever the case, suggests Ron Ashkenas in Harvard Business Review Blog Network, the biggest mistake you can make is to hesitate too long in getting rid of the people who just aren't making the cut.

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  • 7 Employee Perks at Tech Companies [infographic]

    Nowadays, most of us would be happy just to have health insurance and maybe some paid vacation, but it's still fun to read about some of the crazier perks available to employees of companies like Google and Twitter. Especially since, once you really dig in, it's pretty clear that some of these fringe benefits aren't all they're cracked up to be.

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  • 3 Bizarre Resume Gimmicks (That Didn't Work)

    Adam Pacitti, a recent graduate of the University of Winchester in England, sent out 250 resumes and got only two replies -- both rejections. So he summoned up his chutzpah and his last £500 and rented a billboard. A few days later, he was besieged with job offers. But before you go looking for ad space, consider: Pacitti's story is more of an exception to the rule than a new guideline for job seekers.

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  • 3 Ways to Be Happier at Work

    Finding true happiness at work is tricky. After all, if your job was as much fun as your hobbies, they probably wouldn't pay you to do it. But the good news is that a few attitude tweaks can improve your perception -- which is the secret of feeling better about anything.

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  • What Do Successful People Read First Thing in the Morning?

    Want to be a billionaire businessperson some day? You can start first thing in the morning, by selecting a well-rounded collection of reading material. (No wonder CEOs and entrepreneurs tend to get up so early.)

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  • 3 Businesses That Are Booming in Colorado, Thanks to Legalized Marijuana

    There's a new gold rush in Colorado, thanks to new laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. And just as the businesses that supplied the miners in the first gold rush often struck it rich, the businesses that support the marijuana industry are doing almost as well as the dispensaries themselves.

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  • Liberal Arts Majors, Rejoice: Salary Study Says You'll Find a Job That Pays

    Arts and humanities majors might never make as much as engineering and math students, but they're far from poverty-stricken, says a recent study. In fact, the report shows that liberal arts grads eventually make up the salary gap between their trajectory and that of other professionals.

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  • Bankers Are Being Forced to Take a Day Off (and Here's Why You Should Care)

    Many bankers and other finance workers regularly put in 120-hour weeks. But all that might be about to change, thanks to new polices at Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which force associates to take at least one day off a week (or four weekend days off a month, depending). Given that most of us aren't pulling down finance-sector money, why would we care? Think of those junior bankers as canaries in the coal mine of our work-life balance.

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  • Which Gender and Income Level Are in Favor of a Higher Minimum Wage? [infographic]

    When it comes to the minimum wage debate, how you feel depends on who you are. PayScale crunched the numbers to find out how gender and income relate to people's opinions on whether or not the US should raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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  • 3 Ways to Be Better at Your Job

    Whether you love your job or hate it, plan to stay until retirement or hope to have a new gig by Tuesday, it pays to be better at what you're doing right now. After all, you can't make the boss a better manager or your job title more impressive; the only thing you can change, all on your own, is you.

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  • 5 Reasons People Hate Their Jobs

    Over 2 million people voluntarily quit their jobs each month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even though the unemployment rate is at 6.7 percent. Why would anyone leave their job when new gigs aren't exactly growing on trees?

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  • Your Boss Doesn't Want to Give You Negative Feedback (But You Probably Want to Hear It)

    According to a recent study, most of us are more comfortable receiving negative feedback than delivering it -- and that's unfortunate, because constructive criticism is essential to improving performance, and thus being more successful at work.

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