Even if you're a three squares a day type, you almost certainly have your favorite office snack. It's your go-to treat on hard days, your emergency fuel during late nights, your guilty pleasure or your virtuous energy boost. What you eat when you're at work can make you more productive or totally lethargic, depending on what you choose and what your particular body needs. One thing is for sure, though: while you're scanning the vending machine or digging in the fridge, your co-workers are learning a lot about you.
The boss is in charge, and when he points the finger at you, you could get burned. We all make mistakes, so admit your own -- but don't get pushed into accepting the blame for the mistakes of others. Learn to spot bad bosses and protect yourself from their dysfunctional behavior.
Getting along with co-workers people can be hard, especially during the holiday season, which offers a particular challenge: how to avoid eating everyone's leftover candy, home-baked treats, and edible gifts, without alienating team members.
Hey, did you forget something? No, it's not your anniversary, and it's not your boss's birthday. (Probably.) It is, however, Halloween, and if you don't have a costume yet, the good news is that you don't need to panic. You can make an excellent Halloween costume without even leaving your office building, just by using the stuff you've already got on hand.
Some days, you’re too busy to eat lunch, and even when you do get a chance to eat, you don't always get a break to do it in. If you generally wind up eating at your desk, sandwich in one hand while you type emails with the other, it's time to change your ways. Reserve a little time for a real lunch, and you'll be healthier, happier, and more productive.
Working for a micromanager is frustrating and stressful, and can make it hard to get anything done. The first step toward improving the situation is understanding why your manager acts the way he does. From there, you can learn how to adjust your own behaviors in order to take back your time and enjoy your work again.
Everyone is different, but most perfectionists tend to have three things in common with their fellow sufferers. First, they don’t recognize that being a perfectionist isn’t a good thing. Second, perfectionists don’t think they’re perfectionists. Finally, perfectionists generally find it almost impossible to give themselves a break -- and that's where things get dicey, both for their careers and for their personal lives.
The popularity of yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness practices has increased significantly in the United States in recent decades. Many businesses have even started to consider how these practices can improve workers’ productivity and help them manage stress. In fact, adopting some of these techniques could improve your job performance and work-life balance, even if you don't plan to become a dedicated yogi or meditator.
Anyone who has ever had a job knows the irony of just how difficult it can be to actually get work done while at work. People stop by your desk/office with questions, problems, or fires you need to put out, the phone rings, emails require attention, and, often worst of all, you have to go to meetings -- at which, it seems, nothing ever happens. Still, most companies aren't going to go for a totally meeting-free culture. Here's what you can do to make meetings more productive.
Want to motivate your team to do their best work? One of the easiest ways to do it is with Hertzberg's two-tiered theory of motivation, which focuses on motivator and hygiene factors to improve job satisfaction and commitment.
If you're having trouble motivating to go to work in the morning, you might hate your job -- or you might be the victim of workplace bullying. Anyone can be a bully at work, whether it's a boss or a co-worker or a client. If you're a target, it's important to recognize your situation and respond appropriately, in order to minimize the damage to your psyche and career.
Don't burn your bridges, the advice goes. There's just one problem: over the course of a career, even the most cautious and honorable professional is bound to leave a few behind them. So what can you do to rebuild a relationship, once it's damaged?
Work friendships are good to have, but they are different from and do not take the place of real friendships. Recognize the difference between the two and enjoy the benefits of each, but avoid making the mistake of relying on work friends for real, personal companionship and confidence.
You've likely heard these adages before: "Many hands make light work." "Two heads are better than one." "The more, the merrier." There is truth in all of these sayings, but there are other, paradoxical truths as well. Extroverts may look forward to group meetings and talking about their progress on the group's project. However, all of this togetherness may be holding the introverts in the workplace back. The most productive office allows people the flexibility and autonomy individuals need to get their work done, and done well.
Almost everyone who has worked in an office has had to interact with that one co-worker or manager who just can’t help but make life difficult. Whether you’re asking for feedback or even just running into them in the break room, there always seems to be some sort of conflict -- even if its just over the coffee creamer. However, avoiding workplace conflict is actually quite simple. Here are a few ways to take a step back and take yourself out of the situation so your 9-to-5 can be much more peaceful -- and perhaps even enjoyable.
Everyone has a breaking point. A heated argument could push you to the point of tears, from frustration, anger, or helplessness. There could be some personal problem that’s on your mind and it’s just building up to roll off your eyes. The point is, you can hold it all together for just so long before something has to give.
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.