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.
Ever had to get people to contribute to a project, even though you're not actually their manager? Tough job, isn't it? Managing people without being in a position of power over them can be a daunting task, especially if it doesn't come naturally to you. But there are ways you can get your colleagues to help you in your job without the need for the carrot or, well, the stick.
We're taught from a young age that "femininity" is synonymous with being demure, quiet, pleasing, and friendly. But bosses often need a kind of take-charge attitude that maintains your powerful role as a knowledgeable person. So how do you keep the power and your upward mobility as a woman in the workplace? How do you avoid being stuck between a rock and the glass ceiling? Here are some tips:
You're serious about your career, but that doesn't mean that you can't get a side order of lulz along with your career advice. With the help of socially awkward penguin and Scumbag Steve, we tackle the issues of generations in the workplace, introverts who are forced to socialize at work, and dress codes in this week's Workplace Lulz.
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.
You may be an exceptional individual contributor, able to turn around projects in one swift motion, or a subject matter expert, better versed in your area of expertise than anyone else in your office, but neither of those sterling qualities necessarily means you're cut out to manage people.
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 all adjust our personality and behaviors to accommodate our environment, or the task at hand. Sometimes, it can seem like it might be a good move to put on a professional face that is very different from our own, to earn promotions, or please our bosses or even our co-workers. However, pretending to be someone that you're not at work, day after day, could backfire. There are a lot of reasons why it might be better to just be yourself. Here are a few things to consider.
If you're looking for work, or just trying to get ahead at your current job, you probably get lots of advice. But, how much of it do you get from advice animals? Let's change that. In my weekly column, Workplace Lulz, I scour the internet to find the most hilarious and trending work-related memes. Here's the career advice you need, in easily digestible bite-sized format.
If you've seen a swarm lining up for the latest electronic geegaw, or folks wearing T-shirts emblazoned not with their college or favorite sports team but a corporate brand, you might dismiss these folks as fanatics. But would you like to work someplace that treats its employees as disciples, not team members?