• Quora Question of the Week: 5 Best Startup Perks
    Job satisfaction is something every employee wants, but few are lucky enough to experience during their careers. Long work days, stressful commutes, demanding deadlines, and stagnant salaries combine to make work seem ... well, like work. The good news, according to the Quora community, is that it's very possible for employees to find satisfaction at the office, and it comes in the form of attractive company perks. Let's take a look at the top five perks that Quora members deemed most appealing to the everyday employee.
  • Summer Dress Code: Do We Really Have to Wear Pantyhose?

    At some companies, the dress code is, essentially, "Please be dressed when you come in to code." At others, well, the only way you can tell you're not on the set of "Mad Men" is that everyone has a computer. This causes quite a bit of debate during the summer months, when the usual business attire starts to look less like a charming nod to the past and more like punishment. For working women, the real question is, "Do we still have to wear pantyhose when it's 80 degrees outside?"

  • Legalizing Gay Marriage is Good for Business
    The Defense of Marriage Act, in addition to being a civil rights battle, has implications in the workplace, too. That's why some major companies like Disney, Amazon and Microsoft (to name a few) have submitted amicus briefs encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to reform the meaning of federal marriage to include same-sex unions. Their argument: It's good for the country, but it's also good for business.
  • Coping with the Ogre - Strategies for Managing a Mean Boss
    Nearly every workplace has at least one “ogre”. This is a manager who appears to be mean as a rattlesnake for no apparent reason. You may have a tendency to avoid this type of manager at all costs, because of not-so-pleasant interactions you’ve experienced in the past. This is a boss who has a reputation that precedes him or her, leaving co-workers shaking in their boots at the very thought of upsetting this volatile volcano.
  • What's Trending on Twitter? - #ThingsThatIrritateMe, #Powerball, #TheOfficeFinale
    Today's Twitter roundup recaps three of last week's trending topics: #ThingsThatIrritateMe, #Powerball, and #TheOfficeFinale. Why should the consummate professional keep hitting the refresh button on their Twitter feed? Well, somewhere amongst the snark and the manic updates, you might just find some timely lessons to apply to your career. Read on to find out how the above trending hashtags relate to common grammatical errors, job satisfaction, and corporate culture, respectively.
  • Engaging Employees in Corporate Wellness
    With the Affordable Care Act transforming health care as we know it, wellness awareness in the workplace is a growing trend as more companies look for ways to increase productivity, while simultaneously influencing the cost of health care premiums. From corporate-sponsored health fairs and biometric screenings to onsite wellness services and fitness incentives, any size company can develop a wellness program that supports the well-being of their most precious asset – their employees.
  • How to Stand Out in an Office Full of Slackers
    In a competitive job market, employers are likely to be carefully evaluating the performance of employees. This means, employees who want to stand out as high performers can take the high road and avoid becoming complacent. A Forbes article advises that, “Job security comes from making sure that your daily performance is so amazing that any company would be crazy to let you go.” As a professional who wants to stay employed, standing out at work counts.
  • Want to Be a Success? Use Humor

    Many job descriptions include a line about how successful applicants will have a good sense of humor, but usually this means, "Won't flip over his or her desk, Real Housewife-style, when things get tough." A recent article on Forbes.com, however, points out that having a good sense of humor is valuable to you as an employee, not just to your company. Here's why.

  • Bad News: Our Desks Aren't Making Us Fat

    Standing desks might be good for our hearts, but they're probably not making us slimmer. At least that's what Yoni Freedhoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, concluded in a recent article in US News.

  • Has College Outlived Its Usefulness?
    As the cost of college soars to unsustainable heights, its efficacy has been seriously called into question. Students now have direct access to employers, open-access online courses and a jaded outlook of "finding the right fit" when selecting a place to pursue their higher education. With so many colleges giving such a low return on investment, more people demand to know what they're actually paying for.
  • A 7-Minute, Whole-Body Workout You Can Do in Your Office
    Do you have a gym membership, and if so, do you use it? Most of us sign up with the best of intentions, but now use that key fob to access the smoothie bar or do a furtive 20 minutes on the treadmill every few weeks. We're too busy at work to fit in fitness, even if we know it would do us -- and our productivity -- a lot of good. Fortunately, it turns out, we don't have to leave the office to get in a workout.
  • Revolutionize Your Office with a Zero-Gossip Policy
    Does the rumor mill take less time to go around your workplace than an email? People tend to like to talk, and often this includes talking about other people around the water cooler or via internal communications. After all, it’s human nature to “bond’ at the office over some juicy information. Unfortunately, in many workplaces, gossip can become not only annoying, but troublesome as well. This is why you can revolutionize your workplace by enacting a zero-tolerance gossip policy, right from your cubicle.
  • 10 Valuable Lessons to Learn From Warren Buffet
    The guy became an investor at 11 years old, paid his way through college with profits from his childhood business and later became one of the greatest billionaire moguls and philanthropists of all time. Warren Buffet knows what he's doing.
  • How to Make Your Commute More Productive
    Unless you work at home, you probably have a commute. Most people are just resigned to the fact that this is one of the expenses associated with being employed. However, commuting doesn't have to result in wasted time. Here are some tips to make your commute a productivity blowout.
  • 10 Ways to Drive Your Co-workers Insane
    Some days, it can be difficult enough to hang out in an office all day. It’s an even more difficult duty when you work with someone who has an annoying habit, and by no means do you want to be the person in the office that gets on everyone’s nerves. If you don't want to be the cause of your co-workers' insanity, you may want to refrain from the following activities.
  • Happiness Workshops Lift Employees' Spirits
    MEC is a media agency with an office in Manhattan that is committed to keeping their employees happy. The company recently offered happiness workshops for a small group of employees who work out of the Manhattan offices.
  • Learning to Deal With a Micromanaging Boss
    Being micromanaged can ruin your entire work experience, disallowing you from actually being able to do your job the way you want. Sometimes managers and supervisors spend so much time telling you how to do your job, they might as well just complete the tasks themselves. However, there are ways to deal with a micromanaging boss that can hint at their less-than-ideal ways without putting your job at risk.
  • What to Do When Twitter Snark Gets You Down

    Social media has become such an integral part of the working world that many of us rely on it for information, connection, and networking. This puts us in a weird position, professionally, with regards to things like Twitter: if we pay too much attention to it, especially in its snarkier aspects, we can't work. But on the other hand, if we ignore it completely ... we can't work.

  • Getting Rid of Your Company's Bad Habits
    Every company has a list of bad habits that just slowly and quietly make their way into business operations and go unnoticed by employees until one day a client or investor embarrassingly points one out. How can businesses get rid of these pesky behaviors?
  • Job Perks Any Company Can Afford

    A long list of job perks has been all the rage lately, with companies wanting to make the work experience as exciting, fun and joyful as possible for employees. But perks mean money, and not every company has the extra cash lying around to provide such luxuries. However, there are still some perks you can offer that won't break the bank.

    For instance, catered lunches can go a long way. They show employees that you encourage breaks and you care about their health, and also serves as bonding time for the company. Implementing this just once a week can help boost office morale.