A new study gives hope to everyone who's ever surreptitiously checked their personal email or slain a few swine in Angry Birds on the company time. Far from being a distraction, the research suggests, occasional smartphone usage seems to boost productivity.
It’s Friday morning and there is an eerie feeling going around the office. People seem on edge, and your boss is communicating with you via sternly worded emails that are direct and to the point. Some of these emails may even criticize your recent job performance. You may even know that you’ve made a serious mistake, or you may have been the target of an unruly supervisor or manager who has made your life extremely difficult for weeks, months, or even years. All the signs add up to the last email of the day telling you to come up to the human resources manager’s office, where he or she informs you that your employment with the company is being terminated. What now?
Nowadays, it's hard to say where work starts and your personal life ends. Is it possible that bringing more of your weekend activities to the office could actually improve your working relationships and productivity?
If you’ve recently made the transition to working from home (or are considering it), you may find that one of the biggest challenges is staying productive. It’s easy to get distracted in your own space. The TV is just right there with an entire season of Say Yes to the Dress you haven’t yet binged-watched, as is the novel you’re currently devouring. When distractions start eating up your working hours, it’s time to take yourself in hand and change how you do things.
By now, you probably know that posting the wrong material on social media can have severe consequences for your career. But recent research indicates that posting revealing photos can backfire in one unexpected way: Your peers may see you as less competent.
"Career break," or "career gap" -- these words almost always elicit strong reactions among working professionals, whether they're considering the option or not. The idea of taking time out from your career is either emotionally liberating or terrifying, but hardly ever anything in between. There are a number of factors that you need to consider before taking the plunge.