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  • How to Handle the Office Mooch

    It's time for an in-office celebration of some kind, and although you can count on one coworker, in particular, to show up when it's time to eat cake, you'll find only a series of cartoon action lines surrounding his slowly swiveling desk chair when it comes time to collect the cash.

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  • Coffee Good, Coffee Bad: Which Is It?

    Picture the scene: you are late for work. The line at your favorite coffee shop is out the door and around the corner. You get in line and wait anyway.
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  • 13 Personality Types in Every Office [infographic]

    It's no wonder every new TV season offers so many new workplace comedies. Even the dullest office is teeming with characters -- some more entertaining than others.

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  • Surviving the Emotional Effects of a Job Transition

    It happens every day. Someone decides to change careers, suddenly loses a job, or lands an assignment in an entirely new field. During this job transition, however, some powerful emotions can crop up – including fear, overwhelm, depression, guilt and even anger. While this is a natural effect of a job change, not having a plan to manage these emotions can set you up for a career meltdown. Learn how to survive even the most difficult of job transitions with these helpful tips from a career coach.
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  • The Key to Happiness at Work? Change Your Perception

    Do you arrive at work every morning grumbling or do face the day with a big smile on your face? Having a ‘case of the Mondays’ seems like the norm in many workplaces. But it’s also a major contributor to poor work performance, team breakdown, and project failure. While employers try to do their best to raises employee morale and bring back this employee satisfaction, it’s actually up to each individual employee to take control of their own happiness. By changing your perception of work, you can experience true satisfaction in any job.
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  • 9 Rules for Managing Conflict at Work [infographic]

    Workplace conflict affects more than just employee morale; it also diminishes productivity and job satisfaction. We’ll take a look at the infographic below the cut and discover how professionals can deal with workplace conflict effectively before it turns the office into a battlefield.
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  • Much Ado About Black Pants

    If you work for a company with a business-casual dress code that doesn't allow jeans, you have a dilemma on your hands: what to wear that looks professional, is comfortable, and goes with just about anything? Many women solve this problem with black dress pants. At least one style expert would like us to stop.

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  • 3 Things to Do Right Now to Have a Super-Clean Desk

    We could argue all day long about whether a clean desk or a messy desk is best -- and have -- but even the most dedicated desk slob is forced to admit that sometimes, a quick tidy-up is necessary.

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  • Bad Choices Can Impact Your Career

    Everyone makes mistakes, but some bad choices are harder to come back from than others, career-wise. Take the mistakes of former "Grey's Anatomy" cast member Isaiah Washington.

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  • 5 Types of Co-Workers You Never Want as Friends

    Sometimes stepping into the workplace can be like stepping into the Twilight Zone. We'll take a look at five types of co-workers that not only annoy the living daylights out of you, but also rid your workday of its productivity and fun.

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  • 3 Ways to Get Along With Multigenerational Coworkers

    Maybe you're a Gen Y type, frustrated with your older colleagues' unwillingness to embrace change. Perhaps you're a Baby Boomer, and you'd just like people to answer their phone. Whatever your date of birth, there's a good chance you're going to have to work with folks who were born in a different era. Here's how to do it.

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  • What Your Friendly Neighborhood HR Rep Can and Can't Do for You

    Nearly every organization has a mysterious person who lurks behind a closed office door, can be spotted on the floor checking on employees, or giving out helpful information at staff meetings. No we are not talking about some caped crusader who swoops in to save the day. We’re talking about the Human Resource representative at your workplace and finding out what this person can do (and cannot do) for you as an employee.
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  • No More Mr. Nice Guy: How to Gain Respect From Your Co-workers

    There’s at least one in every workplace. The “nice” employee who always treats everyone with respect and kindness. Yet, this is often the person who also gets no respect from co-workers nor does he or she get any true career satisfaction. In fact, so-called nice employees are often those who get walked on by other less nice employees and management. If you’ve found yourself in this position, then it’s time for a new attitude and the respect you deserve.
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  • Quora: When High-Paying Jobs Make You Miserable

    What do you do when you’re bringing home the bacon, but you can’t stand your job? We turn to the Quora community to see what its members have to say about sticking with a high-paying job that you hate versus ditching the 9-to-5 to pursue a more fulfilling (and potentially less lucrative) career path.

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  • Is a Management-Free Workplace Productive?

    Imagine the entire professional hierarchy restructured into something more democratic. No boss to report to, no corporate ladder to climb, no one to beat for a promotion and no one left in the dark about overall goals and far-reaching vision. Will it breed innovation or lead to a Lord of the Flies style meltdown?
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  • 5 Office Etiquette Fails That Can Ruin Your Career

    Manners, when it comes right down to it, exist so that we don't drive each other crazy, or become driven crazy in turn. Nowhere is this more important than in the office, where long hours and close proximity breed strange (and resentful) bedfellows.

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  • How Much Privacy Should We Expect at Work?

    Buried in our HR paperwork, most of us found (and promptly forgot about) a document outlining our rights regarding the use of our work-issued computer. In general, the bottom line is that we don't really have any: the computers the company issues are for work use. The question is, does that mean that the company -- or your colleagues -- should be able to go into your computer at any time?
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  • 4 Retirement Gift Lessons From Mariano Rivera's Goodbye Tour

    If you were to measure career achievement by the number of retirement gifts received, New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera would not only be the most accomplished closer of all time, he might also be the most accomplished professional in anything of all time.
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  • Workers Hate Open Floor Plans

    Open-plan offices always look so cool when you see them in pictures, like maybe the ball pit and cotton candy machine are just around the corner. (And, of course, if you work at Google, they very well might be.) But all is not bliss in the land of sunlight and easy collaboration.

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  • Is the 72-Hour Work Week the New Normal?

    If a recent survey is correct, the standard 40-hour week could soon look like vacation. (Vacation, as we know, now looks like you, hunched over your smartphone on the beach, shielding your inbox from the glare with your own body.)

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