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  • 3 Management Practices That Improve Employee Productivity

    Most productivity advice focuses on individuals, offering tips on time management techniques, systems, and technology that can help us get out of our own way. That's all well and good, but if the boss isn't on board, the world's best to-do list won't be much help. If you're the boss, you're in a unique position to help your team stuff done. Here's how to do it.

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  • 7 Ways to Facilitate Change at Work

    Most people aren't crazy about change, especially at work. If you like how your company does things, any alteration seems like a potential for disaster; if you don't, well, any situation can always get worse. Add in the unstable economic environment of the past couple of years, and it's no wonder that managers struggle to convince their reports to give change a chance.

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  • The Dude Abides: 3 Career Tips From Jeff Bridges' Reddit AMA

    The Big Lebowski has built up quite a cult following in the past 16 years. There's even an internet religion based on the film's central character, the Dude. (Central tenet of Dudeism: "The idea is this: Life is short and complicated and nobody knows what to do about it. So don’t do anything about it. Just take it easy, man.") If it seems strange, then, to turn to Jeff Bridges, the actor who embodied the Dude in all his Dudeness, for career advice, all we have to say is: "Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."

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  • 3 Ways to Get Ahead at Work

    The economy may be recovering, but that doesn't mean that workers are swimming in raises and promotions. If you want to move forward in your career, you'll have to get creative and make opportunities for yourself. Here are a few things to do, daily, weekly, and monthly, to build professional relationships and lay the foundation for a better career.

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  • Vacations Are Good for You and Good for Your Employer

    It's not news that many Americans don't take vacations -- or that they should. But at this time of year, it bears repeating: that last-minute getaway might mean the difference between doing your job well, and stumbling through the day with low energy and a bad attitude.

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  • 3 Time Management Hacks to Make You Better at Your Job

    It used to be common to hear people say, "There just aren't enough hours in the day." Now, there's no point in wishing for an extra 60 minutes here or there; we know that our work would just expand, like a gas, to fit the shape of the container. The real secret to productivity isn't more time. It's using the time we have more efficiently.

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  • 3 Tips for Becoming the Best Boss Ever

    When you look back on your career, you probably remember a handful of managers who stood out from all the rest, some for good reasons, some for bad. If you want to be one of those bosses people remember fondly in years to come -- think A Christmas Carol's Fezziwig, and not The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly -- here's what to do.

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  • 7 Ways to Be a Great Boss Starting From Your First Day on the Job

    Whether you've been promoted from within or jumped ship to take a managerial job at a different organization, you're probably somewhat apprehensive about your new role. After all, we hear more about bad bosses than effective ones. Here's how to be one of the latter.
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  • 3 Career Lessons From Weird Al Yankovic

    It's Weird Al's world; the rest of us are just living in it. This week, his album Mandatory Fun hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, #8days8videos blew up on Twitter, and everyone's co-workers and Facebook friends began posting links to Tacky and Word Crimes. Speaking of which, it became apparent that Weird Al's goal might not purely be to amuse us. It's clear that there's a lot to learn from the man who started his career with Dr. Demento as a mentor.

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  • Is It Possible to Have Too Many Skills?

    When you think about what might keep you from getting hired for your dream job, you probably never consider the possibility that your issue might be too many skills, instead of too few. But broad experience over a range of different areas can sometimes work against you in the eyes of a hiring manager.

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  • 5 Times You Should Delegate Tasks

    Do you feel like you need to do everything at work yourself, or it won't get done the right way? Chances are, you're overextending yourself, compromising both your productivity and your happiness in your career. So when should you pass the baton, and when should you keep running for the finish line?

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  • 3 Ways to Calm Down in a Hurry

    It's an unfortunate fact of life: the times in your career when you need to be the most levelheaded are also the times when you're least likely to be feeling calm, cool, and collected. Whether it's a big presentation in front of colleagues from another office, or a scary meeting with the boss about a deliverable that didn't get delivered, dealing more positively with anxiety can mean the difference between turning a tricky situation to your advantage and making things worse.

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  • When the Passive-Aggressive Co-worker Is You

    Many of us are not comfortable with confrontation. That's a problem in the workplace, where communication is key. Fail to deal with conflict honestly, and you might wind up sabotaging a project ... or even your whole career. Here's how to recognize these tendencies in yourself and deal with them.
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  • When Your Boss Won't Stop Questioning Your Every Move

    Some bosses can't stop asking questions. "Why are you doing that? Will this really work? Are you sure? Why do you think so?" A barrage of this type of questioning makes many people feel that their bosses do not trust them. It's like taking care of a curious toddler, but it's not cute when it's your boss. Here's how to handle the situation.
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  • 5 Tips for Finding the Right Mentor for You

    A good mentor can mean the difference between career success and stagnation, but there's a caveat: even the most visionary leader won't be much use to you, if the relationship isn't right.

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  • Feeling Unproductive? Blame Talkative Co-workers, the No. 1 Office Distraction

    Noisy neighbors are the biggest disruption at work, according to a recent survey from talent mobility consultants Lee Hecht Harrison. Forty-five percent of respondents to an online poll said that talkative co-workers was the most distracting element at the office.

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  • Getting Hired: 6 Mental Makeovers for the Class of 2015

    Get ready for the real world, class of 2015. College is a supportive haven with lots of safety nets and a focus on individual achievement, but the workplace has different rules. You’re going to have to prove you can be fearless and independent, but also willing to share your success. Here's how to change your thinking.
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  • Stop Doing These 3 Toxic Things at Work

    Some work behavior is poisonous to your career. Do certain things and act in certain ways, and you'll not only tank your own chances at promotion -- you'll destroy the productivity and job satisfaction of those around you, as well. Here's what you need to stop doing, right away, to get ahead without destroying your social capital with your colleagues.

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  • 5 Ways to Dress for Work in the Summer, Even When It's Hotter Than the Surface of the Sun

    Even if your company doesn't have a dress code, you know you can't get away with wearing what you'd really like to wear to work during the hot summer months. (Example: bathing suit, flip-flops, permanent look of longing for vacation.) Here's how to look professional, without feeling like you just stepped out of a sauna.

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  • 4 Educational Psychology Techniques to Boost Memory and Work Performance

    Educational psychology is the study of how people learn, but the field's potential to help improve cognitive abilities isn't limited to students. Workers can use these techniques to improve memory and do better in their jobs.

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