• Could Skipping Coffee Make You More Productive?

    "Don't talk to me before I've had my coffee." In addition to being good advice from many workers, variations on that statement are probably keeping the novelty mug business afloat. There's just one problem: at least one study indicates that caffeine itself is the problem, and consuming it might actually tank productivity instead of fueling it.

  • How to Save a Terrible Job Interview
    You’ve done all the prep work for your job interview: rehearsed, brainstormed questions and prepared your answers, planned your itinerary in order to be on time, and gathered your portfolio in case the interviewer asks to see it. By your own high standards, you think you are ready to ace it, but there are still times when you end up with a catastrophic interview, anyway. What can you do to salvage the situation before it becomes a lost cause?
  • How to Motivate Your Team With Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
    The science of psychology is full of theories about motivation and productivity that are relevant in the workforce today. You can use this knowledge to motivate your team, to increase their productivity, and to have a happy, energetic, and dedicated workforce. Incorporating Maslow's hierarchy of needs is one great way to increase employee motivation.
  • 5-Minute Networking Tips for Busy People

    Some people love networking; others would rather get a root canal while waiting in line at the DMV. No matter where you sit on that spectrum, you probably don't have a lot of time to make the connections that sustain your career. Fortunately, some of the best techniques for building professional relationships take hardly any time at all, and they're all based on the same idea: if you want to have friends, or at least people willing to lend you a hand if you need one, you have to be a friend.

  • 3 Ways to Negotiate Your Way to a Happier Job

    Once you make enough money to pay the bills, a bigger salary won't necessarily buy you happiness. But if you can arrange your job so that you have more autonomy and purpose, and better work-life balance, you just might feel a little bit more cheerful about heading off to work in the morning.

  • How Should You Choose Your Job References?
    Most employers will ask for references, in order to establish that you're as good as you say you are, and to get a better idea of what you're like to work with. Here's how to choose references that put you in the best light and get you hired.
  • The Office That Disappears When You Go Home at Night

    Remember when 9-to-5 was considered a full day of work? For many office workers, eight hours a day would now look like a part-time job. At one Amsterdam-based company, however, the standard work day might be making a comeback, thanks to an innovative design concept: their office essentially disappears at night, Brigadoon-style.

  • At Work, It's Better to be a Father Than a Mother
    While working mothers struggle with decreased pay and lack of status in a workplace that sees them as unreliable, working fathers enjoy improved status, pay, and benefits that help a growing family survive.
  • 5 Things You Should Know About the Reference-Check Process
    Most organizations check the references of a candidate applying for a job, before deciding to move ahead or drop his/her candidature. References essentially serve as endorsements of a candidate’s credentials, work style, and professional conduct. The company wants to make sure they are making the right investment on the right candidate.
  • When You Need to Tell the Boss Something She Doesn't Want to Hear

    No one wants to be a yes man or woman, but after a couple of years of post-recession economic gloom and job instability, it's hard to feel comfortable telling the boss bad news. Unfortunately, in order to do your job well, you'll have to learn how to discuss tough topics with your manager. Here's how to do it.

  • Just Like Coca-Cola or Nike, You Have a Brand

    Frustrated about your inability to get traction in the job market, or feeling unclear on what makes you uniquely valuable? Whether you are currently employed or between jobs, being able to define and articulate your personal brand is the edge that allows you to distinguish yourself from the pack.

  • How to Bomb Your Job Interview Without Even Saying a Word
    When you're preparing for a job interview, you probably spend the bulk of your time rehearsing answers to common interview questions, or researching the company. These are worthwhile ways to spend your time, but don't forget that when it comes to impressing a hiring manager, it's not just what you say: it's also how you say it. Here's how to master the silent aspects of communicating with a prospective employer.
  • The Key to Success Is Authenticity
    Successful entrepreneurs have one thing in common that has very little to do with luck, education, or money – it’s actually their ability to be true to themselves and their dreams. Let’s take a look at three entrepreneurs whose authenticity helped them build wildly successful empires, even when the odds were against them.
  • Don't Let Your Parents Ruin Your Job Search

    Thirty-eight percent of workers between the ages of 18 and 24 have their parents involved in their job search, according to a recent survey from Adecco. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on the type of involvement -- and how visible it is to the employer.

  • The Email Greeting That Won't Get You a Response
    The most important part of an email is arguably the introduction. It not only sets the tone for the rest of your message, but might even decide if the recipient will even read the remainder of your email. While you may think that it's OK to start email with a simple “Hello” or “To Whom It May Concern,” using these salutations may actually be harming your ability to achieve the results you want with electronic communication.
  • How to Deal When You Don't Like Your Co-Workers
    In a perfect world, we would want to be friends with all our co-workers. The world, however, is not perfect, and many employees are stuck negotiating relationships with colleagues they'd never choose to have in their lives, if it were up to them. Knowing how to assert your boundaries without alienating everybody can help you keep things professional.
  • Would You Take a Lower Salary for a Bigger 401(k) Match?
    More than four out of 10 employees (43 percent) say that they would take a lower salary if they were offered a bigger employer contribution to their 401(k) retirement plan, according to a new Fidelity Investments study. Perhaps even more surprisingly, only 13 percent said they'd take a six-figure salary with no 401(k) match from their employer.
  • 7 Tips to Help You in Your Secret Job Search
    Looking for a new job when you already have a job, though common, is a risky proposition. It’s not a comfortable place to be in, especially if your current employer gets a whiff of your intentions. So how can you continue looking for a job without emitting any job-search scent?
  • Looking for a Job? Here's How to Stand Out From the Crowd
    It’s a bit easier to find available opportunities than it was a few years ago. However, you're still competing against a multitude of other candidates, and even getting an interview can be extremely challenging. How can you be sure to stand out so you can get your foot in the door -- and hopefully land that job of your dreams?
  • You Don't Have to Be an Entrepreneur
    If you watch Shark Tank, the reality show in which would-be moguls pitch their ideas to celebrity businesspeople, you've probably heard Mark Cuban say the following to at least one business owner: "You are not an entrepreneur, you're a wantrepreneur." That might sound bad --"wantrepreneur" sounds a lot like "wannabe" -- but it's not that cut and dried. There are creative people who would not make great entrepreneurs, but who have great ideas and much to contribute beyond being a cog in somebody else's machinery.