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  • Is Casual Web Surfing at Work a Federal Offense?

    Non-work-related Internet use may constitute a federal offense, according to a new paper. Two Boston College professors examined the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which was originally written to dissuade criminal hacking, and found that a very broad interpretation of the act could make simple acts like surfing the Web or checking Facebook a crime.

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  • 'Twas the Night Before Unemployment: Holiday Party Horror Stories

    "What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day." --Phyllis Diller

    Between year-end bonuses and office holiday parties, there can be a lot to celebrate in the month of December. An open bar alone is enough to warrant the distinction of "the most wonderful time of the year." Here at PayScale, as we gathered twinkle lights to ready our desks for the holidays, we decided to ask our friends and co-workers about their holiday horror stories. Let these serve as a cautionary tale to help you keep your job for another holiday season. 

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  • Strategies for Sleeping at Work [infographic]

    The good people at Online Clock have focused on helping others wake up and get to work on time, but now they've turned their attention to those sleepy moments while you're at work. They shared some of their favorite sneaky tips for getting some rest on the down low, right under your boss's nose.

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  • Your Job Might Literally Be Making You Sick

    Are you sick and tired of your job, or is your job making you sick?

    Increasingly, scientists are finding that stress can make us ill (lowering our immune systems, shortening those pesky telomeres, etc.) So it's no surprise that work, often one of the most stressful parts of our lives, can affect our health. And it's only gotten worse since the economy went south.

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  • A 2-Step Process for Not Making a Fool out of Yourself at the Holiday Party

    Ah, the holiday party, font of office gossip, graveyard of ruined career dreams. But it doesn't have to be this way. If you follow a few tips from business relationships expert Andrew Sobel, you can actually use the holiday party to boost your career, instead of tank it.

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  • Do Your Eating Habits Make Your Co-Workers Want to Punch You in the Face?

    Picture this: it's lunchtime and the office kitchen is crowded with people using the microwave. The smells start to aggregate. A Lean Cuisine here. Leftover lo mein there. Then, before anyone can intervene, some fool coworker commits the biggest offense of all: he or she reheats last night's trout dinner. For the rest of the day, the office smells like the deck of a fisherman's vessel on a hot day.

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  • Is It Ever OK to Cry at Work?

    For years now, we've been hearing that crying at work is a bad idea -- especially for women. We've heard that it makes you look less professional, weaker than more stoic colleagues. So it is ever OK to shed a tear at the office?

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  • 5 Pressing Management Concerns Right Now

    What's the boss thinking about these days? Harvard Business Review did a quick, informal survey of their readership, and found a few key goals on most managers' minds.

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  • Confrontation 101 [infographic]

    Confrontation is difficult for most of us, but it doesn't have to be a completely unpleasant experience. There are ways of handling a situation that, if done in the right way, can have incredibly beneficial results. Now check out this infographic. Which path would you choose?

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  • Modria Helps Companies Solve Customer Complaints

    Modria is a new startup that hopes to help client companies solve disputes and customer complaints with its signature software. It's co-founded by a pair of former eBay and PayPal employees -- Colin Rule and Chittu Nagarajan -- and is based on the very system those companies use to handle customer issues.

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  • Is Your Desk Destroying Your Productivity? [infographic]

    When you sit down at your desk to work, do you think your productivity level rises? What you think might not be the reality. Several common distractions can lead you off track.

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  • Is Paper Waste Killing Your Business? [infographic]

    Most of us are aware of how our actions can affect the environment, but what about the effect on our business? According to estimates by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average employee costs an employer $80 per year in wasted paper alone. With a high number of employees, that number can add up fast.

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  • Are You a Copycat of Your Boss?

    Picture this scenario: you are hunched over your desk, working furiously to meet a deadline, when a co-worker walks by and smiles at you. Do you smile back or do you keep your expression passive and return to your work? The answer depends largely on status and authority.

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  • Today in Hellish Commutes

    How do you get to work every day? Whether you drive your car, ride a bike, take the subway or bus, or even walk, you probably have your share of commuting horror stories. Or, you did until you saw Michael Wolf's photographs of Tokyo commuters. 

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  • Is it Time to Quit Your Day Job? Here Are 3 Ways to Tell

    In their latest column for Inc., Karl Stark and Bill Stewart outline three signs that it's time to quit your day job in favor of entrepreneurship. Are you exhibiting any of these behaviors?

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  • Apple Blue Sky Program Gives Employees Time to Work on Passion Projects

    Google's "20 percent" rule, which enables employees to work on side projects for 20 percent of their workweek, may have a rival in the all-new Apple Blue Sky program. This program lets select Apple team members take a few weeks at a time to work on a passion project.

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  • What's the Future of Email? [infographic]

    Between keeping up with email inboxes crowded with an influx of unread messages and staying up to date with our various social media accounts, it's all too common to find ourselves inundated with information. Things won't be changing any time soon, though, because according to this infographic, the future of email doesn't show any signs of holding back.

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  • Office Fashion, by the Numbers [infographic]

    We ladies may not want to admit it, but office fashion is at the forefront of many of our minds. UK fashion blog Very polled its female readers and found that 38 percent of respondents "want to turn heads in the office, but look effortless." This isn't because of the men in the office by any means: 20 percent of female U.K. respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 reported that they actually want to impress other women with their style savvy.

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  • Stressed at Work? Stop Trying to Be So Darned Perfect

    Some jobs are stressful by nature. If you're a nurse or a doctor or an air traffic controller, you have a high-stress profession, and the only thing to do is brush up on those stress management techniques and hope for the best. If you're like the majority of us, on the other hand, the problem might not be your job. The problem might be you.

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  • More Business Travelers Skipping Hotels, Staying With Friends Instead

    In the good old days, before the housing market did its swan dive and "austerity" was merely a weird answer in a crossword puzzle, business travelers had it made. Rare was the company that would even ask you to double up in accommodations, and it was assumed that you would stay in a hotel.

    Those days might be coming to an end, at least for some companies. Increasingly, organizations are encouraging workers to stay with friends when they're traveling for work. The good news is, many of them are offering financial incentives to do so.

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