• How NOT to Fire Someone

    Want to be a better boss? Treat people respectfully even if -- perhaps especially if -- they're on their way out the door.

  • 3 Signs You Were Born to Be a Leader

    Leaders aren't necessarily the bossiest people in the room. True leadership springs from the ability to inspire people to do their best work, and then support them while they do it. Since these qualities aren't showy, it's not surprising that we sometimes overlook them, even in ourselves.

  • Want to Get Ahead? Dress Like the Boss

    When it comes to dressing for success, following corporate dress code might be less important than paying attention to what the boss wears, and mimicking it -- just enough.

  • Summer Brain Drain: Does Nice Weather Mean Lower Productivity?

    The best thing about the weather is that no matter what's going on outside, you can probably use it as an excuse for not being able to get stuff done.

  • 5 Things 20-Year-Olds Need to Know Right Now

    The upside of getting older is that it gives you the opportunity to grumble a lot about the younger generation. But in between all the griping about changing technology, manners, and morals, there are occasionally a few pieces of good advice.

  • If You're Happy and You Know It, Don't Do This

    What's your ultimate goal in life? Strip away the specifics -- the perfect job, the ideal living situation, the man or woman of your dreams -- and it all amounts to being happy. But how do you know if you're really, truly happy? Well, according to Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life, you don't do any of these things:

  • Does Good Nutrition Make You Better at Your Job?

    Most of us have a crutch or two, without which it's harder to do our jobs. For some of us, it's coffee. For others, it's sweets. But Valeri V. Karpov of The Code Barbarian feels that we might want to consider swapping in something a bit more substantive. (And when a developer starts advocating for better nutrition, you know things are serious.)

  • 3 Ways to Save Your Morning

    How's your morning going so far? If it's slipping away from you, don't panic: there's still plenty of time to get on track and redeem your productivity.

  • 3 Ways to Find Time to Enjoy Your Summer

    Remember what summer was like when you were in school? Not high school and college, when you could reasonably be expected to get a job. Before that, when all you needed to do was secure the snack foods of your choice and remember to reapply sunscreen once in a while. Pretty great, right? Times, needless to say, have changed.

  • 3 Ways to Capitalize on Your Genius at Work
    The business world can be a rough place for people who don't fit the mold. Companies sometimes fall into the mistake of rewarding "corporate mediocrity," valuing employees who show up, do their jobs, and don't make waves. Instead of trying to fit into the cookie-cutter mold, workers with ideas, passion, and innovation can use their differences to everybody's benefit in three ways.
  • 5 Reasons You Probably Suck at PowerPoint

    In the wrong hands, corporate America's favorite presentation software is less a productivity tool and more cruel and unusual punishment. Anyone who's ever sat through an 80-slide-long presentation on an initiative that could have easily been summed up in a three-paragraph email knows what we're talking about.

  • How to Make an Open-Plan Office More Productive

    Seventy percent of workers now work in an open-plan office, according to the International Management Facility Association. The real question is, how many of those folks actually like working in an environment that potentially contains more beanbag chairs and foosball tables than doors and walls?

  • Get to Work on Time: 3 Alarm Clock iPhone Apps

    Many of us are not, shall we say, morning people. This is unfortunate, as most of us have bosses who are unsympathetic to our desire to sleep in. In the bad old days, we'd combat this problem with multiple alarm clocks, but now, there's an app for just about everything -- including getting to work on time.

  • Just Say

    A study by MIT Sloan School of Management found that words like "speech," "middle," "bottom," "flat," and -- we are not making this up -- "animals" will tank your proposal's chance of success. If you want the boss and your coworkers to look favorably on your work, the best thing to say is "yeah."

  • How to Become a Good Judge of Character

    Very few people claim to be poor judges of character. In a casual self-assessment, we're just about as likely to profess that we have no sense of humor. But nearly all of us could be better at sussing out what people are really like, under their carefully crafted public persona.

  • 3 Things to Do When You've Made a Mistake at Work

    It's the kind of thing that wakes you up at 3 o'clock in the morning and won't let you go back to sleep: did you make a mistake at your job? The worst of it is, due to the fact that you're human, sooner or later, the answer will be yes. Here's what to do about it.

  • How a Summer Vacation Can be a Boon for Your Career
    Every working person dreams of finding that ultimate work life balance. The stresses and pressure of a full time career, coupled with the demands of raising a family and running a household can take its toll on any working parent. Even if you are not a parent, but happen to have a job that causes you to work long hours, you may be headed for career burnout and poor health.
  • Lean on Me: What a
    Women have fought tirelessly over the decades for equal rights and have, thankfully, made giant strides. So, how is it that in 2013 women are still not "equal" to men in the workforce? Sadly, too many articles have been written blaming men and the proverbial glass ceiling for this unfortunate state of affairs. But hasn't the ceiling been shattered long ago? We should stop pointing fingers at the opposite gender and figure out a solution to eliminate the imbalance once and for all.
  • 5 Business Writing Tips for People Who Never, Ever Want a Raise

    Regardless of the title that appears on our business cards, most of us are professional writers in some capacity. Don't believe us? Try sending your next work email with only animated gifs to guide your message. Bruce Kasanoff's recent LinkedIn article "Five Tips That Can Double Your Salary" got us thinking about the many ways in which we -- completely inadvertently -- make writing choices that tank our chances at promotions, raises, and the respect of our colleagues. We went through his tips one by one and came up with examples of what not to do, in terms of your business writing, if you want to be a success.

  • Are You a Lion or a Mouse? How You React to Change Reveals Your Work Personality
    Every job can be stressful at times, especially when a significant change event occurs. However, if you tend to react by going into escape mode, you may be a mouse. On the other hand, if you respond by baring your claws, you may be a lion.