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  • 4 Ways to Handle Your Passive-Aggressive Boss

    Passive-aggression is difficult to deal with under any circumstances, but at work, it's a potential career killer -- especially if the passive-aggressive person in question is your boss. The worst part is, it's not always easy to tell when your manager is guilty of this destructive behavior; on the outside, he might seem sweet and easy to work with. Here's how to spot the tell-tale signs and cope with the situation effectively.
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  • Stay in Control of Your Exit Interview

    You’ve had a horrible boss, crazy colleagues, and an extremely stressful job, but you’ve finally been able to break free and now have an offer from a new company. You can’t wait to start at your new job. In most organizations, you will be scheduled for one last meeting with HR -- your exit interview. The question is, what to say during that final chat. Do you spill your guts and spit out all the pain, because this is, after all, your last chance?
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  • 3 Questions to Sniff Out Toxic Work Environment Before You Accept the Job

    You really want the job and it seems like a good move for your career. But how can you tell if you'll like the job, once you take it? There are a few questions you can ask during your interview that will help you spot a toxic work environment, before you get stuck in it.
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  • Should Companies Monitor Workers' Social Media?

    Thirty-nine percent of hiring managers use social media to vet candidates, according to one 2013 survey, and 43 percent of those said they'd decided not to proceed with a prospective hire, based on something they found online. A recent Wall Street Journal article asks, should employers be doing even more than that to keep track of workers' online presence, even after they're hired?

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  • Cycling Could Replace Golf as the Networking Sport

    As networking activities go, golf is at least a healthier choice than happy hours or parties. Unfortunately, it's also expensive and requires a certain skill level from its participants. Enter cycling, which some experts say could overtake golf as the go-to sport of entrepreneurs and business people who want to bond with colleagues.

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  • 20 of the Happiest Jobs for New Grads

    In a tight job market and uncertain economic times, new graduates are often grateful for any job, whether it's one they enjoy or not. In order to help grads find a career they'll love, folks at CareerBliss, a site focused on searches and reviews of companies known for employee satisfaction, created a list of the happiest jobs for the class of 2014.

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  • 4 Ways to Handle Your Narcissistic Boss

    Some bosses seem to think they are the center of the universe. They can be extremely difficult people to work with or for, but before you run screaming from the office, consider these four ways to cope.
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  • 4 Rules for Summer Office Dress Code Etiquette

    With the welcome approach of summer and warm weather, many of us excitedly stash our wool sweaters and winter clothing away and stock our closets with lightweight attire. As much as we want to be comfortable at the office, tank tops and flip-flops are career-limiting moves. Follow these four rules to be taken seriously -- without spending breaking the summer dress code.
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  • 5 Ways to Thrive Under Pressure

    Resilience is the ability to bounce back after traumatic experiences. It is also the ability to thrive under pressure and in stressful situations. Increase your resilience, and you'll be able to achieve more and enjoy career success.
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  • What If the Boss Wants Me to Do Something That's Against My Beliefs?

    Life and work would be so much simpler if everything was in black or white. Unfortunately, we deal predominantly in shades of gray. So how do you handle work situations with a boss who tests your limits and breaches your belief system? If only choosing your own boss was an option!
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  • How to Cope With Office Politics

    In an ideal world, we'd never have to worry about fallout from a colleague's ambition, control issues, or fear. In the real one, we're forced to deal with this stuff all the time, by the very nature of collaborative work and corporate hierarchy. So how do you deal with office politics, without losing sight of your own goals or forfeiting your happiness at work?

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  • 3 Recipes for Career Contentment

    When we're choosing a career, we generally think about the skills we'd need, the responsibilities we'd have, and the salary we'd earn. Psychology Today reminds us to consider details relevant to our personal style. Different people have different personal needs that matter at work, and to succeed, one must feel content. What is your recipe for career contentment?
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  • Walking Boosts Productivity and Creative Thinking

    We know that walking improves your circulatory health and can help you lose weight. It also seems boosts your creative thinking and productivity during the work day. But is working all day on a treadmill desk the answer to improving our job performance?
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  • How to Strike a Balance Between Hierarchy and Creativity

    Do you like clear expectations and a known chain of command, or do you prefer a more free environment at work? While hierarchy can seem to stifle creativity, we cannot simply throw all order out the window. At the same time, we don't want to miss out on the creativity of workers. Ideally, there's a way to benefit from both.
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  • 5 Reasons Why Annual Performance Reviews Should Be Banished, Adobe-Style

    Rarely, if ever, does any manager or employee speak of their fondness for the annual performance review, that ritual outlining of personal mistakes, successes, strengths, and weaknesses. So, if everyone hates them so much, why are are we doing them? That's the question Adobe asked before deciding to eliminate the process in 2012, and the company hasn't looked back since. Here's why.
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  • 3 Tips to Negotiate Anything Over Email

    These days, you might do business with a co-worker for years and never meet them face to face. Maybe they're in an office across the country or the world, or maybe they -- or you -- work at home. Whatever the reason behind it, working in a different physical space than your colleagues requires adaptations that you might never have anticipated, when you first started interacting remotely. For example, what happens when you need to negotiate with someone, and you can't see their facial expressions?

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  • How to Build Resilience for Career Success

    Resilience is a person's ability to adapt. Resilience is not just about "bouncing back" from trauma and tragedy, but also from difficult experiences at work or financial stressors. And those who are able to bounce back after stress-producing life events, large and small, are much more likely to succeed.
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  • The Dark Side of BYOD

    Are you using your own smartphone at work? If so, you're not alone -- by 2017, Gartner predicts that half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes. But what happens when you quit or get fired? If you're using your own device for work, you'll undoubtedly have months, if not years, of personal information on that phone -- including photos of loved ones, texts between friends, and other (very) personal information. You could lose all of that, along with access to your corporate accounts.
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  • Earth Day at Work: 3 Ways to Go Greener

    There's a whole wide world out there beyond your office window, even if it doesn't feel like it when project deadlines loom. The good news is that there are a lot of tiny, simple changes you can make, to make the earth a better place -- even if you're celebrating this Earth Day in your cubicle.

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  • Why You Should Stop Bringing Your Smartphone to Meetings

    Everyone's been in a meeting with that person. A colleague is presenting on a topic, and while it might be boring, most everyone else is doing their best to be respectful and pay attention. However, there may be one person who keeps checking their phone, heads down sending messages, emails, or maybe even playing a game. It's annoying, it's distracting -- and it's rude.
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