When we were kids, the rules of the playground were simple: don't snitch, unless you or someone else was in serious danger. As adults, it's slightly more complicated. For example, what if – like an Ask a Manager reader – you know that your colleague is planning to take paid maternity leave, and then quit? Alison Green's answer to that question, plus Dan Erwin's latest reading list, and Emmelie De La Cruz's tutorial on personal branding, in this week's roundup.
Instagram is more than just a convenient way to make your friends jealous of your brunch experience. It can also help you get hired – if you use it the right way. In this week's roundup, we look at how to get a job by paying attention to companies' social media feeds, plus why you should embrace change, and why you don't need to feel alone if you're unemployed.
Bad table manners are like any lapse in etiquette – when the problem is coming from someone else, it's immediately apparent, but if you're the offender, you probably don't even realize it's an issue. (This explains such mysteries as why there are still people who belch in public or trim their nails on public transit.) If you are an unseemly eater, you could be damaging your career and not even know it.
As the toughest day of the week draws to a close, are you having trouble making progress on your to-do list? You don't need to pack up for the day with a sense of failure. In the hours you have left, these tricks can help you get enough done to start Tuesday off with a sense of accomplishment instead of dread.
The economy is getting better, but good jobs still aren't exactly growing on trees. Even in a red-hot economy, it's always better to have another gig lined up before taking the leap – worst-case scenario, it'll keep you from starving, and best-case scenario, it'll make sure that you're moving into a role that will satisfy you, not just running as fast you can from a job you hate. Sometimes, however, you have to make a leap. The goal in that situation is to make sure that you've thought it through before you make an irrevocable decision – and to cushion your landing before you jump.
If you complained every time something got on your nerves at work, you'd be at the top of the annoyance list for most of your co-workers. But, what about when the irritation is a genuine productivity-suck, like long meetings? Sometimes, then, you can speak up – but not all the time. This week's roundup includes advice on knowing when to say something and when to stay quiet, plus how to get more followers on your blog, and how to prevent excuses from derailing your career.
What are the hottest career news story of the week – or at least, the ones that mean the most to your career? If you're drowning in headlines and don't have time to click every one, tune into PayScale's new weekly career news show, Workplace Wonk, starring PayScale's Managing Editor, Aubrey Bach. As the Workplace Wonk, she'll tell you which stories got the most attention from recent readers, plus offer insight into how they can affect you and your job.
If you've never made a mistake at work, the saying goes, you're not working hard enough. But, that's small consolation when your face is red and you're stammering out an apology to your boss or client or co-worker. In this week's roundup, we look at what to do when you're embarrassed at your job – plus, how to find the right corporate culture for you, and how to steer an interview, without looking like you're embarking on a hostile takeover.
Being a working parent was hard enough in the olden days, before mobile technology stretched office workers' days from 9 to 5 to 24/7. For many people who struggle to balance family commitments and professional responsibilities, even a workday that allowed them to leave the office and continue toiling online from home would be a refreshing change – but corporate cultures often demand face-time as well as productivity, leaving workers who'd like to see their kids out in the cold.