Big, open spaces crammed full of bodies with nothing to break up the sound of a workday frenzy: sounds great, right? While open offices seemed like a way to promote collaboration (and save money by putting more employees per square foot), the trend does have its drawbacks, especially if you're a bit more turtle than tiger at work. Here's how to cope when your privacy at work goes bye-bye.
Hot desking isn't a new idea, but it may be one picking up steam, especially as big corporations with big footprints try to squeeze the dime out of every dollar of floor space. Imagine this: you show up to work and plop your laptop just anywhere there's room. From day to day, your spot might be all over the floor or building, depending on available space and maybe even your mood. Is having an unassigned desk really a good thing for those who need to work?
Does your job feel like it should include "herding cats" in the description most of the time? How do you get people you manage to actually want to do what you tell them? Unless you're a pre-school teacher, you're likely dealing with a gaggle of adults, but sometimes it's next to impossible to get them to operate like a team, all working for the same common goal. So here are some ideas that are so simple, they just might work (and no, they don't involve pointy sticks).
It seems everywhere you turn, something terrible is happening in the world and you can't help but let it affect you. What was once curiosity has now turned into full-fledged ruminating and you start feeling powerless and sad about the tragedies occurring around the world. Not only is your mood shot, but the bad news is making your performance at work go downhill, too. Don't worry, because there is hope. We'll discuss three techniques to help you deal with bad news more constructively so that it doesn't ruin your mood or, worse, your career.
The workday is often long and hard, and sometimes we don't have as much control as we'd like over the difficulties we're forced to shoulder in our jobs. It's easy to get run down, and it's tough to be optimistic on days when so much feels out of our hands. Sometimes, all we can control are the little things. The good news is, these little things could make a bigger difference than you'd think. If you're feeling like your attitude could use a little re-calibrating, try one or more of these quick tips for decorating your office to improve your mood. They really might help.
The workplace naturally presents us with many situations to poke fun at. From trying to look productive while secretly texting during a work meeting to that magical feeling when you go on your first business trip, most of us have a career anecdote to share. Online, people sometimes share their experiences via meme. Sit back and laugh at these hilarious workplace gifs with some subtle career advice on the side.
Unless you're a raving extrovert – or a manager who needs something to put on that annual review – you probably hate meetings. For the vast majority of office workers, they're essentially time away from the real work that makes up the bulk of our jobs. But a recent survey shows that men are more likely to respond to a boring meeting by doing something else entirely, whether it's check email, text, or play fantasy sports. Are women just super responsible, or what's going on?
As the primary races heat up, many of us are getting more and more engaged in the upcoming election. This election cycle, in particular, has given us a lot to think about, and a lot to talk about, too. But, the standard rule for discussing politics at work is pretty simple – just don't do it, ever. Here are a few good reasons to consider taking that principle seriously.
We've all heard advice on how to feel more energized. Unfortunately, getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night just isn't possible some days, and getting out of the office for a quick walk isn't always an option either. Although these solutions are probably best in the long term, there are other things you can do for a quick pick-me-up in the meantime. Here are a few quick and easy ways to feel more energized right now.
Everyone has had this co-worker: the person who has no clue what they're doing ... and no idea that they're not the smartest guy in the room. In the worst-case scenario, the incompetent colleague is your boss, and you spend your days alternately marveling at their delusion and cursing the day you agreed to take this job in the first place. How did they get this way, and why are the incompetent often so filled with undeserved self-confidence? This week's roundup looks at this mystery, plus how to get buy-in during a big change, and how to be happier at work, starting today.