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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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 4 Educational Psychology Techniques to Boost Memory and Work Performance

    Educational psychology is the study of how people learn, but the field's potential to help improve cognitive abilities isn't limited to students. Workers can use these techniques to improve memory and do better in their jobs.

  • How Sports Psychology Helps Workers
    Sports psychologists -- psychologists trained specifically to help athletes perform their best -- have become in demand in recent years, according to the British Psychological Society. But even if you're not an elite athlete, sports psychology can help you perform better at your job.
  • 5 Easy Ways to Be More Productive, Even on Monday Morning

    Having trouble getting out of your own way this morning? Even if you love your job, Monday mornings are rough. If you're not engaged with your work -- and 87 percent of workers aren't -- it's even harder to get into the swing. Here are five little small changes you can make, to make it easier to get back to work after a weekend.

  • Here's Why You Get Less Done in the Summer [infographic]

    The weather outside might be gorgeous, but you couldn't prove it by most office workers in the U.S., who toil away in canned air and flickering fluorescents with nary a beach jaunt on the horizon. No wonder 25 percent of us get less done in the summer than we do the rest of the year.