• Happy Workers Love Their Mothers

    Did you know your mother follows you to work? Well, she may not actually be following you to your desk, but her influence does. A recent study found that mothers play a unique role in what kind of worker you become. It turns out that a strong relationship with your mom may cause you to be less focused on money, and more focused on finding meaning and purpose in what you do.

  • Another Benefit of a Shorter Work Day: A Better Commute
    The Swedish city of Gothenberg recently rolled out a 6.5-hour work day to some of its municipal workers, in a year-long study aimed at boosting worker productivity and job satisfaction. Over at LinkedIn, Rick Johnson argues that a shorter work day would offer another perk to stressed-out workers: less time on the road, traveling to and from work.
  • 3 Tips to Successfully Work From Home

    Occupational psychologist Professor Cary Cooper has a lot to say about the benefits of working from home. He cites some laws that may protect workers, and discusses the psychology behind why remote workers are not always trusted to use their time well. Here are a few snippets of advice to people who want to succeed at working from home.

  • Starbucks Offers Free Online College Classes to Employees

    Want to get that bachelor's degree you’ve always wanted, but couldn’t afford? Become a barista. The Starbucks Corporation announced Monday that it's going to finance online degrees for employees via Arizona State University. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, the first of its kind, will be available to U.S. Starbucks employees working at least 20 hours a week.

  • How Sports Psychology Helps Workers
    Sports psychologists -- psychologists trained specifically to help athletes perform their best -- have become in demand in recent years, according to the British Psychological Society. But even if you're not an elite athlete, sports psychology can help you perform better at your job.
  • 5 Easy Ways to Be More Productive, Even on Monday Morning

    Having trouble getting out of your own way this morning? Even if you love your job, Monday mornings are rough. If you're not engaged with your work -- and 87 percent of workers aren't -- it's even harder to get into the swing. Here are five little small changes you can make, to make it easier to get back to work after a weekend.

  • Right Brain, Left Brain: Which Side Do Leaders Need Most?
    The left brain is analytical, the right brain is creative, or so say many psychologists. In the past, good leaders used left brain skills more. Today, however, there is more need for right brain qualities in business. Perhaps we need a "whole brain" approach.
  • Is Work-Life Balance Possible?
    Today's busy working families need about 28 hours in the day to get everything done. Work hours have crept into our home lives as more people take care of job responsibilities in the evenings and on weekends. In this environment, is it even possible to balance our careers and our personal lives?
  • Go Big AND Go Home: Epic Quitting Stories
    We all have days we want to quit our jobs. Sometimes the answer is to survive a bad day, other times it's to get out while you are still breathing. The following true tales of woe are from people in the latter camp, and when they went out, they did it with style.
  • Sleep Deprived? It's Thomas Edison's Fault

    Every innovation comes with a price, and not just the one on the sticker. Take the incandescent light bulb, for example. Its invention (by Thomas Edison, Joseph Swan, or at least 22 other folks, depending on whom you ask) allowed us to stay up till all hours of the day and night without burning the actual midnight oil. As a result, people did stay up -- but often for work, not for fun.

  • Women Go to Work to Relax

    Working women, do you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? Cheer up: it's almost time to go back to work. A recent study from the Council on Contemporary Families found that while both women and men have lower levels of stress at work than at home, women reported being happier at the office than they were at home.

  • How to Draw Boundaries in the Age of Digital Work

    If you're reading this in a the middle of your long holiday weekend, it's long past time for this question: in a time when we're always connected to our jobs, via mobile devices and the shifting expectations they've created, is there any real way to take time off?

  • Is Work-Life Balance Your Employer's Responsibility, or Yours?

    When we talk about work-life balance, we generally focus on what workers can do to free up their own time, whether it's using their workday more efficiently or negotiating with the boss to ensure that their priorities are aligned with the company's. It's rare to hear the argument that the reason workers need to take charge of their time is because it's their fault if they don't.

  • 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.
  • Here's What the Working Moms in Your Office Really Want for Mother's Day

    Chances are, you work with at least a few parents, any of whom can tell you that juggling work and family is just about the hardest work-life balance trick to pull off. Today, as we celebrate Mother's Day, think about what the working moms at your company really want. (It is not a bouquet or a box of chocolates.)

  • Here's Why Your Employer Cares Less About Workplace Flexibility in 2014

    Workplace flexibility is an issue that affects more than just individual workers' ability to work at home once in a while, or perhaps take a small sabbatical to catch up on that traveling they didn't get to after college. It's at the heart of the persistent gender wage gap, and one reason why we don't see as many female CEOs and executives as males. So it's slightly disappointing to read the Families and Workplace Institute's 2014 National Study of Employers, which shows that employers on the whole are less invested in providing flexible options to workers today than they were six years ago.

  • Where's the Best Place to Be a Working Mom? Not the US

    Every year, the nonprofit organization Save the Children ranks the best and worst countries in which to be a mother, based on factors like maternal health, economic status, and educational attainment. This year, the US ranked 31st out of 178 countries. Here's why that matters to you and your career.

  • Do These 3 Things and Avoid Working Through Your Next Vacation

    Vacation season is upon us, and with it, the most pressing question of the warm weather months: if you drop your smartphone in the ocean, will you actually get a few days to rest and recharge, or will your boss see through your cunning ruse? (Hint: It's the latter.)

  • Family Medical Leave Act and Veterans
    A recent National Law Review headline alerted employers to update their Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policies. The federal government revised theses guidelines in 2013 to expand military leaves of absences. If you or a family member is a veteran or in the military, know which benefits apply to you.
  • Sleep More, Work Better

    Need another excuse to make time for a good night's sleep? Getting the recommended seven to eight hours might mean the difference between being just OK at your job and being the office rock star. Sound far-fetched? Consider this.