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  • Video Games and TV Can Be Good for You (as Long as You Don't Feel Guilty)

    People need to have fun during their time off, in order to feel refreshed and go back to work with a clear mind. When guilt rears its ugly head, it destroys the benefits of indulging in our preferred leisure activities, and makes us less productive in the long run.
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  • Do These 5 Things Before Your Next Interview and Get the Job

    Interview prep is tricky not because you don't know what to do to get ready, but because you know too much about what you could do. Before you get bogged down in endless practice interview questions, make sure you have these things checked off your pre-interview to-do list.

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  • How Dangerous Is Your Office?

    At companies like Nestle and Chevron, safety is serious business. How serious? At the former, The Wall Street Journal reports, workers start meetings by looking for tripping hazards like stray extension cords; at the latter, employees can present a "stop work" card to halt activities, if they feel that a situation is unsafe. Other companies warn workers to beware of hazards like high heels, hot coffee, and carrying too many things while walking down stairs. Is all of this really beneficial to employees, or is it a (cautious, measured) step too far?

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  • Can Working Long Hours Actually Make You Less Productive? [infographic]

    Americans pride themselves on working long and hard. The idea, of course, is that all those hours add up to increased productivity. But what if working more doesn't necessarily translate into creating more?

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  • How Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Choices Affect First Impressions at Work

    Fairly or not, people make assumptions about others based upon mannerisms, clothing, and personal appearance. Research on first impressions gives us insight into how to control and direct the first impressions we make on others.
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  • Looking for a New Job? It Could Get You Fired

    Sick of your current job, and thinking about looking for something better? Then you may want to save up enough to pay your bills for a few months, just in case your job searching gets you fired. While many people think they can only be fired for looking for a new job if they do it on their current company's time, that couldn't be further from the truth. Put simply: it is perfectly legal for an employer to fire you for the sole reason that you are looking for a new job.
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  • How to Return to Work After a Long Leave

    Returning from a long leave could often be overwhelming, both to the employee and the manager. While the employee is anxious about getting back to work, getting up to speed, and readjusting to working life, it is the manager’s responsibility to ensure that the transition is smooth and productive for both the employee and the team.
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  • Are Startups Using Culture as an Excuse to Exclude Women?

    There’s no shortage of startups these days, especially if you look at Silicon Valley. But old problems still remain, alongside potentially innovative new products and ideas. For instance, tech companies have a shockingly low amount of female employees … and may actively be recruiting men instead of women to create a certain type of “culture.”
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  • BLS Jobs Report: 209,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment at 6.2 Percent

    The economy added 209,000 jobs last month, according to today's Employment Situation Summary, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment ticked up to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent in June.

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  • What You Need to Know Before You Take a Long Leave From Work

    Going on a long leave is seldom easy. Whatever the reason for leave, it is the joint responsibility of the manager and the employee to figure out a suitable solution to their mutual situation. Here are a few pointers to help the employee and the manager find a good middle ground.
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  • Is Your Resume Really Enough? What You Need to Get From Interview to Offer

    Most candidates dedicate the majority of their job search to their resume or LinkedIn profile, spending hours tweaking headlines, mission statements, and job summaries. But while your resume may be enough to get your foot in the door and land an interview, all that effort won’t help when it comes to showing your potential new employer how great you could be at the job.
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  • Don't Hate Corporate Jargon

    If standup comics still did '80s-style comedy specials, corporate jargon would be their new airplane food, the easy target for mild jokes to unspool effortlessly while wearing shoulder pads and standing in front of a brick wall. Heck, even for us contemporary worker bees, it's hard to resist the urge to mock the office buzzwords. We have to have something to do, in between proactively navigating on-ramp processes and leveraging new solutions. But is it possible that business lingo is worth more than a laugh?

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  • How to Successfully Collaborate With Co-workers

    In theory, a team should be more than the sum of its parts, with the individual strengths of the teammates contributing positively to the bottom line. In reality, well, a collaboration is only useful if it works. Many factors affect success or failure, including too much time spent in meetings and leaning on others to the point of laziness. When collaboration is successful, it is an incredibly useful tool for productivity and innovation in the workplace. Learn how to do it right.
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  • 3 Career Lessons From the OkCupid Human Experiments

    Christian Rudder, founder of OkCupid, recently admitted in a blog post that the dating site experiments on human beings. Before you envision the Bride of Frankenstein, or even Facebook's emotional manipulation studies, relax: OkCupid's experiments were a bit more lighthearted, not mention obvious, than the usual dark-side-of-data-science horror stories we've come to fear. Even better, they might teach us something about how people communicate online -- even if their goal is, say, getting a new job, rather than finding a mate.

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  • #PayChat: The Skills Gap

    There are many factors that contribute to the skills gap. The issue is complex. On the one hand, employers believe that educational institutions are not preparing students for careers in today’s work world. On the other hand, colleges and universities say that it is their job to teach students how to think and not to provide practical job training. Schools believe that many companies have cut back on job training due to budget restraints. Whose responsibility is it to ensure that recent graduates are prepared for today’s work world?
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  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Added 218,000 Jobs in July

    The private sector added 218,000 jobs last month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report, less than the 230,000 jobs predicted by economists.

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  • Want to Make a Good First Impression? Choose Your Clothing Carefully

    Our choice of clothing causes others to make assumptions -- sometimes correct, sometimes incorrect -- about who we are. If you want to make the best first impression on a job interview or at work, let your clothing help, not hinder you.
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  • Wages on the Rise in Some Industries

    Recent data from the Labor Department shows wage growth in several sectors, including construction, retail, and leisure and hospitality. Together with three months of job reports in the 200,000-plus range, could these statistics mean that the economy is headed in the right direction, at last?

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  • 5 Reasons to Start a Book Club at Work

    We know a lot about our co-workers: what they like to eat and drink, what music they’re into, and what they like to read. In fact, these interests often become the basis of our workplace conversations. Maker of trendy eyewear Warby Parker noted a shared passion for reading amongst employees and decided to make book clubs an official component of the company’s culture. It’s been a win for everyone involved. Here’s why.

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  • Coder Livetweets Alleged IBM Execs Discussing Why They Won't Hire Women

    Toronto editor and coder Lyndsay Kirkham just wanted to go out to lunch for her birthday. What she got was an earful of mansplanation, courtesy of conversation of the alleged IBM executives at the next table, about why young women are bad hires. (Short version: they keep getting a case of the babies.)

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