• Need Motivation? Future You Can Help!
    Sometimes, it's tough to keep feeling good and working hard, especially during the winter months. There is something about the cold, dark, gray days that just make you want to stay in under a blanket with a good movie and a less-than-optimal snack. But, if you're looking for a quick and easy way to find more motivation for work, or other goals you're pursuing (maybe at home, or at the gym), this method could really help. Read on to learn more about how the concept of "future you" just might save the day.
  • Check Out the Worst Job Advertisement Ever
    Are you tired of job advertisements that raise your expectations and hopes only to dash them once you've learned more? Promises of flexible hours and a friendly work environment often fall flat once you arrive on the scene of the job, so you no longer believe the want-ad hype. Who can blame you? Certainly not Julien Viard of Australia, who is responsible for posting what might just be the worst job advertisement in all of history.
  • Diversity Talk Makes White Men Anxious, and Other Reasons Diversity Programs Fail
    Diversity in the workplace has been proven to foster innovation and creativity and improve recruitment and retention, and diverse teams are better at solving problems than teams that aren't diverse. Despite all of this, a lot of companies aren't diversifying the way evidence would suggest that they should. Women in the Workplace, a joint study from LeanIn.org and McKinsey, found that women are underrepresented in senior leadership, and a 2014 analysis from Russell Reynolds found that more than 84 percent of board seats in the Fortune 250 are held by people who identify as white. Why aren't companies more diverse, given all we know about diversity's benefits?
  • 5 Work Snacks That Won't Derail Your Resolutions
    Isn't January the worst? You've gotten a few weeks into the New Year, and all you want to do is eat your feelings while you browse travel sites for beach getaways that won't break the bank. Instead of all that, try focusing on the here and now (and, fine, work). This year, try mindful snacking at work instead of mindless eating. You'll be more productive (and avoid those neon orange Cheetos fingers, too).
  • Thermostat Regulation Tips for a Feuding Workplace
    It sounds like a silly thing, but if you're the one responsible for regulating the thermostat at the office, you already know what an issue it can be. You might also be invested in this problem if you're tired of feeling super hot or, alternatively, way too cold at work. So, to help you through the long cold winter, here are a few guidelines for your office that should help everyone get along during prime thermostat-battle season.
  • What to Do When You Can't Meet the Project Deadline
    Let's say your manager has assigned a project to you. You're already working on a few priorities, but you accept this anyway. Why? Any one of a number of reasons. Maybe you think the project is going to add to your skillsets, or you want your manager to know that you are willing to take on new challenges, or you just can't say no to your manager. Whatever the case, once you've started the project, you realize, you really don't have the time and resources to deliver. So what now?
  • 5 Tips for Losing Weight at Work Without Annoying Everyone Else
    For many of us, the start to a new year feels like it's brimming with possibilities. Setting a goal to lose weight at this time of year (or simply stay fit and healthy) is very common; in fact, it's the most popular New Year's resolution around. But, we often find that as the days of January tick by, those goals and good intentions slip away, as well. Perhaps things can be different this year, though. Chances are, many of your co-workers have similar goals. Maybe you can help each other and even enjoy yourselves a bit along the way.
  • 5 Quick Tips for Organizing Your Desk
    Do you have one of those desks that makes everyone stop and stare? You swear you "know where everything is" ... but you can also acknowledge that your workspace is a bit of a mess. Whether you're in need of a serious overhaul or you would just like to take your already-neat desk to the next level, these tips should help you get going with your goal. None of these suggestions should take more than a few minutes to apply, meaning that you'll be able to see a big difference with just a little time and effort, and that's always a good thing.
  • Companies Insist on Collaboration, So Women Do More
    In workplaces around the country, it's not uncommon for employers to encourage or even insist on a collaborative environment. In fact, studies show that time spent on collaborative tasks in the office rose by roughly 50 percent over the last 20 years. However, there's just one little problem: women are the ones getting stuck with the bulk of the work.
  • How to Avoid Miscommunication at Work
    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place," George Bernard Shaw once said. Miscommunication in the workplace is very common. It's a big reason for missed project deadlines, postponed meetings, and misunderstood expectations. For example, maybe your boss expected you to be at work today because your leave was "till" today, but you meant it to "include" today. Sometimes, the communication channel just isn't clear.
  • How to Say No, Even If It Makes You Really Uncomfortable
    Why is saying no so hard? Maybe you have the incessant need to please people à la Monica Geller in Friends, or maybe you're just too scared. Either way, by saying yes to everything, you might be stretching yourself too thin and taking on more than you can actually handle. Even if you aren't dropping the ball yet, continuing with the "never say no" rule could hurt your career.
  • Air Quality and Work Smarts: It's Not All in Your Head
    While we don't all live in places with visible smog, poor air quality is something that can sneak up on you. Bad air can come from sources including vehicles, utilities, heating and cooling machinery, and even climate change, according to the American Lung Association. Not all of us are so hard up that we're into buying canned air, but maybe we should be a little more worried about long-term effects of air pollution on our productivity.
  • 3 Reasons You Should Make a Cup of Tea Right Now
    As we start to settle into a brand-new year, the internet is abuzz with tips and tricks for improving your career in 2016. Whether you're into making career resolutions or just setting goals and intentions, this is a great time to reflect and prepare to move forward. But, sometimes the simplest of changes, the gentlest little nudges, can make the biggest difference. Believe it or not, making a cup of tea right now (and maybe regularly from now on) could make a positive impact on your health, happiness, and even your career. Let's take a look at a few reasons why this is the case.
  • For Some Workers, Bad Smells in the Office Are More Than Just Annoying
    One of the first offices I worked in had a sign by the floor microwave: "No fish!," it said. While I laughed this off at the time as being a bit picky, it wasn't until I worked close to another office's kitchen that I realized how pervasive reheated mahi-mahi could be. While it may not seem like a little warmed salmon, heavily splashed Chanel No. 5, or post-vacation durian could mean that much, it's no laughing matter. A smell issue could harm workers and even land an employer in legal hot water if they don't think a stink means a thing.
  • What to Do When Your Employer Makes a Counteroffer
    Your current job is obviously not working out for you. You want something else and that's just not readily available where you are. Maybe you need more flexibility, a promotion, increased responsibilities … whatever your need, your current company is unable to provide it, and that's the reason you applied for a new job in the first place. But now that you have a job offer and have let your manager know your intention of leaving soon, things have started to change. Your manager wants to do everything in her power to get you to stay. She's had a discussion with HR and is making you a counteroffer. Should you accept it?
  • 5 Ways to Create a Fresh, New Workspace for the New Year
    Going back to work after the holidays can be a drag, but it doesn't have to be. Instead of spending the rest of this first week back complaining with your co-workers, use this time to get your workspace organized and prepared for a successful year ahead.
  • 5 Strange Habits People Picked Up at Work
    If you've been in the workforce for a while, you may have unknowingly picked up some strange habits along the way. Join us as we take an adventure through AskReddit and discover some of the strangest habits these redditors have picked up from the office. Are you guilty of any of these behaviors?
  • Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: How Mindfulness Can Help Your Career
    The holidays are a nice reminder about the importance and the benefits of slowing down a little. In today's culture of overwork it can be hard to remember what it even feels like not to be super stressed. Whether in spite of this culture or because of it, it seems that conversations about the importance of mindfulness practices for health, wellness, and success have been popping up everywhere you turn lately. In light of that, here are some tips that might help you find mindfulness practices that work for you, which could be good for you and your career.
  • 4 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Public Speakers
    Seems like everyone out there has a piece of advice when you're doing something as scary as speaking in front of a group. Instead of listening to your Aunt Mildred's terrible advice, try to keep in mind what you definitely shouldn't do when you're giving a presentation.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How Will Your Job Change in 2016?
    The world of work changes all the time, often without our even realizing it. For example, if you were in the workforce 20 years ago, you likely couldn't work at home, whereas an increasing number of companies allow workers to do so, at least part-time. (Of course, on the other hand, you also didn't have to check your email on the weekends – technology giveth and technology taketh away.) In the first roundup of 2016, we look at the workplace trends that might change your job next year, as well as lessons to learn from even your worst boss and good habits to save you time and energy in the coming year.

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