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  • Sleep More, Work Better

    Need another excuse to make time for a good night's sleep? Getting the recommended seven to eight hours might mean the difference between being just OK at your job and being the office rock star. Sound far-fetched? Consider this.

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  • Would You Keep Your Job, Even If You Won the Lottery?

    The "Do What You Love" movement is problematic, to say the least: it undervalues labor performed by people with less access to education, and subtly shifts the blame for poor working conditions on laborers themselves, instead of employers and legislators. But it is worth it to think about what you'd do, if finances didn't dictate that you absolutely had to keep your job, no matter what. For one thing, it might illuminate some things about what your future goals should be.

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  • Hating Your Job Can Wreck Your Health

    It's rare to make it through an entire career without ever having a bad job, but there's a big difference between a boring gig and a soul-crusher. The former is a stepping stone to something else; the latter can affect your attitude toward your specific career and the working world in general. Hang on long enough, or endure too much, and it can even make you sick.

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  • 3 Tips for Giving Amazing Presentations -- Even If You Hate Giving Presentations

    When's the last time you heard someone say they loved giving presentations? And yet, most of us will have to, at some point or another in our lives. Our careers may depend on it.

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  • 3 Ways to Get the Boss on Your Side

    Love them or hate them, our bosses are a huge factor in our happiness and success at work. That's bad news if yours doesn't seem to be in your corner, and while there's nothing you can do to make a terrible manager into a fantastic one, there are a few things you can try to get your boss invested in you.

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  • How to Say No and Be Positive at the Same Time

    In a still-shaky economy, saying no can feel dangerous. We're told by career counselors and mentors to be positive, and what's more negative than the big N-O?

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  • Which Culture Do You Communicate Like?

    When it comes to manners, everyone has a different idea of what's polite and appropriate. That's a big enough deal in personal communication, but at the office, it's essential to understand where other people are coming from.

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  • Afraid to Fail? Ask Yourself This Question to Succeed

    We are often our own worst critics, sniping away at our own hopes and dreams before we even have a chance to chart a course of action. It's hard to get much of anything done in the face of so much self-perpetuated negativity. In a TED Talk a few years back, Google's Regina Dugan suggested we ask ourselves one essential question, to change our approach.

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  • When the Boss Is a Terse Emailer

    What's worse than a boss who sends novel-length emails? A boss whose messages contain messages so brief, they'd fit handily into a tweet.

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  • 3 Types of Business Lunches (and What You Can Get Out of Them)

    Business lunches come in all shapes and sizes, from a department-wide learn at lunch session to a one-on-one interview with a prospective employer. To get the most out of any type of working lunch, you need to know what to expect, and prepare ahead of time.

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  • 3 Ways to Be More Engaged at Work

    Only 13 percent of workers across the world are "engaged" in their work, according to Gallup. That's actually a 2 percent improvement for stats from the previous year. Still, it's sad to think of 87 percent of workers toiling away at a job that doesn't make them happy. What can we do, short of winning the lottery and buying the company, to make work a more engaging experience?

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  • How to Rock Your First Job

    If you're graduating this spring, you're probably full of trepidation about what awaits you on the other side of that commencement ceremony -- even if you've been lucky enough to line up a job. No matter how casual the corporate culture you're about to enter, it'll be a big change from your life as a student. Here's what to expect.

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  • Want a Big Favor? Don't Be Afraid to Ask

    President Obama will speak at UC Irvine's commencement ceremony this June. How did the school score the most powerful man in the country to speak at graduation? Simple: they asked.

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  • The 5 Things Great Managers Do Every Day

    If you've ever left a job because of a bad manager -- and you wouldn't be the first -- you know that having a good boss is an essential factor for job satisfaction and productivity. If you've ever managed everyone yourself, you know how hard it is to do well. Sometimes, it's hard to even understand what managing well entails. But recent analysis from Gallup shows that managers who do certain very specific things improve employee engagement, benefiting both workers and the company.

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  • 5 Ways to Be Luckier at Work

    Even if you're not particularly superstitious, it's easy to ascribe the things that happen to you in your career to luck (either good or bad). In fact, you can make your own good luck at work, just by making a few simple changes in your life.

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  • Another Great Reason to Help Others: It'll Help Your Career

    "Nice guys finish last." It's the real-life version of reality TV's favorite canard, "I'm not here to make friends" -- and it's probably just as useless as a personal motto. In his recent article in The Atlantic, Adam Grant argues that doing good things for others can have real benefits for your career -- eventually.

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  • How to Lead When You're Not the Boss

    Managing people when you're actually in charge of them is far from easy, but at least you have a variety of carrots and/or sticks to bring into play. When you're the technical lead on a project, but not actually the boss, things get confusing in a hurry.

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  • Treadmill Desks Make Employees Better at Their Jobs (Eventually)

    New research shows that treadmill desks improve employee performance and productivity -- after a short period of adjusting to walking and working at the same time.

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  • 5 Tips for Managing People You Can't Stand

    Here's one thing to know for certain, when you become a manager: sooner or later, you're going to have manage someone you don't like, or at least, disagree with frequently. This would be true even if you got to hand-pick every single member of your team. The goal, then, is to learn how to manage all your reports -- even the ones that set your teeth on edge -- in a way that maximizes productivity and is fair to all involved.

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  • Are You Making This Time Management Mistake?

    Social media is inescapable at this point. Working people use it for everything from staying current on trends in their industry to building their personal brand. But used the wrong way, social media can be more of a time suck than a boon to your career.

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