• 3 Steps to Change Bad Work Habits

    We all have habits that we'd like to change, and some of those habits decrease our work productivity. Procrastination and messiness are big problems for some professionals, but there are also seemingly small habits such as nail-biting or hair twirling that, believe it or not, can have negative repercussions at work. They look unprofessional and color how bosses, co-workers, and clients perceive you. The following three basic approaches to changing bad work habits may be applied to any and all behaviors you'd like to change.

  • It’s Not Too Late! Kick Post-Holiday Fatigue and Start Off 2014 Right
    Now that the holiday madness is over and the New Year has been rung in, you’re probably getting a bad case of post-holiday fatigue. Here are five ways to get yourself out of a rut and back into the groove of things.
  • Why You Want to Nap at Work, and What to Do About It
    Need a nap? If you're at work, that's probably not a good thing. The key is to figure out why you're tired. Sometimes, we stay up too late, but fatigue can also be a chronic condition, or a response to stress. If we understand why we're sleepy, we might be able to examine our own situation and gain more energy at work.
  • Hate Your Job? Then Get More Sleep
    We’ve all been taught that hard work pays off, but at what cost? Studies show that workaholics who consistently burn the midnight oil might actually be hurting their careers in the long run due to sleep deprivation. We’ll take a look at how getting more zzz’s can enhance your mood and well-being, and, more importantly, your career potential.
  • Sorry, Not Sorry: Can Apologizing Too Much Hurt Your Career?
    Whether you’re a high-ranking executive or an entry-level employee, being too remorseful could negatively affect your reputation as a professional and cause others to perceive you as weak. We’ll examine how too many apologies could leave your career in a sorry state of affairs.
  • 3 Ways to Calm Work Anxieties
    Anxiety is a drain on our energy and our productivity. It causes procrastination, poor job performance and decreases our quality of life. It is also common. Instead of letting anxiety destroy you, you may come to understand and overcome anxiety at work by using proven psychological techniques. Psychology Today offers useful tips and answers to questions about anxiety and productivity.
  • Just Say No to Being a Yes Man
    There are plenty of reasons to "be yourself." First thing that comes to mind is personal satisfaction. But is being yourself a good idea in the workplace? If you'd say no, consider this: harnessing your own idiosyncrasies might help you to stand out. You might succeed in business because you are unique, not in spite of it.
  • Why One Company Decided to Nix Management Entirely
    What if your employer told you that you would have full control over your day-to-day functions and responsibilities at work from here on out? One brave company took the road less traveled and did just that. See what led to the decision to eliminate management and give employees full control of their lives and careers.
  • Survey Says: 87 Percent of Employees Don’t Trust Their Bosses
    Terrible bosses are everywhere, and they’re causing employees to not only mentally check out at work, but lose trust in their superiors, too. It’s an epidemic that Office Space poked fun at with its horrible boss, Bill Lumbergh, but the reality is, the Lumberghs of the world are causing employees to hate their jobs … a lot.
  • 5 Ways to Completely Ruin Your Career at the Company Holiday Party
    A little booze never hurt anyone, right? Well, if you’re talking about boozing at the company holiday party, then you’re absolutely wrong. We’ll show you what to do if you care to obliterate any chances you have at a thriving career … ever.
  • Should Employees Be Allowed to Surf Social Media at Work?
    Social media can be a great escape for those times when work becomes overwhelming or downright boring. Not surprisingly, many companies are reluctant to encourage what they see as time-wasting on the part of their workers. Is it ever OK, then, for employers to limit their employees' use of social media at work?
  • 3 Tips for Dealing With a Sneaky, Manipulative Co-Worker
    Proving yourself to your boss is hard enough. Add those manipulative co-workers to the mix and you have yourself an impossible situation – or do you? We’ll examine how to identify who those wheeler-dealer colleagues are and how to effectively deal with them so that you can shine bright in your career.
  • 4 Resiliency Lessons When Work Is Tough
    Work isn't always easy. Difficult bosses, difficult clients, and feeling trapped at work may lead to depression and other health problems. Building resiliency helps you maintain both physical and psychological health.
  • Your Boss and Your Creepy Ex May Have Something in Common
    With all of its conveniences, technology has its drawbacks. Sometimes, those drawbacks are disturbing and might actually affect our work lives. So, while that creepy ex-girlfriend or -boyfriend’s stalkerish ways have scared you out of checking in anywhere on Foursquare, there may be another person, very close to you, who is monitoring your whereabouts. And, much like creepy McCreep from your past, you may not even know about it and he or she doesn’t have to tell you.
  • It’s Legal in 29 States to Be Fired for Being Gay (and Why That’s Bad for Business)
    Did you know that, even today, employers can legally fire or refuse to hire an person based on his or her sexual orientation in more than half the country? We’ll take a look at this shocking fact and discuss how workplace equality is, without a doubt, good for business.
  • 6 Public Speaking Tips for Shy People
    If having to give a presentation at work makes you feel a bit queasy, you might not be sick. Instead, you might be a bit shy. You, too, can become an effective speaker.
  • Microsoft Ends Controversial Stack-Ranking System
    Guaranteeing a percentage of its workforce would receive poor job evaluations proved not to be smart business for the technology giant.
  • Open-Plan Offices Are the Worst (Says a Study)
    All the hype about open workspaces is finally being refuted, thanks to a little study that found open floorplans to be detrimental to productivity. We’ll examine the facts to see how workstation “openness” results in many employees feeling exposed, rather than liberated.
  • What Type of 'Chair Sitter' Are You?
    The next time you roam the aisles of your office, try to spot these ten types of “chair sitters” and see if the descriptions below tell you anything about your co-workers.
  • Job Stress Is Killing Your Career and Your Health
    As if you didn't already know, the costs of job stress are high when it comes to both your personal and your professional life. We’ll take a look at what some of the most stressful jobs are in America, and also provide ways to cope with the strain of your 9-to-5.