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  • The 5 Things Great Managers Do Every Day

    If you've ever left a job because of a bad manager -- and you wouldn't be the first -- you know that having a good boss is an essential factor for job satisfaction and productivity. If you've ever managed everyone yourself, you know how hard it is to do well. Sometimes, it's hard to even understand what managing well entails. But recent analysis from Gallup shows that managers who do certain very specific things improve employee engagement, benefiting both workers and the company.

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  • 5 Ways to Be Luckier at Work

    Even if you're not particularly superstitious, it's easy to ascribe the things that happen to you in your career to luck (either good or bad). In fact, you can make your own good luck at work, just by making a few simple changes in your life.

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  • Another Great Reason to Help Others: It'll Help Your Career

    "Nice guys finish last." It's the real-life version of reality TV's favorite canard, "I'm not here to make friends" -- and it's probably just as useless as a personal motto. In his recent article in The Atlantic, Adam Grant argues that doing good things for others can have real benefits for your career -- eventually.

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  • How to Lead When You're Not the Boss

    Managing people when you're actually in charge of them is far from easy, but at least you have a variety of carrots and/or sticks to bring into play. When you're the technical lead on a project, but not actually the boss, things get confusing in a hurry.

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  • Treadmill Desks Make Employees Better at Their Jobs (Eventually)

    New research shows that treadmill desks improve employee performance and productivity -- after a short period of adjusting to walking and working at the same time.

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  • 5 Tips for Managing People You Can't Stand

    Here's one thing to know for certain, when you become a manager: sooner or later, you're going to have manage someone you don't like, or at least, disagree with frequently. This would be true even if you got to hand-pick every single member of your team. The goal, then, is to learn how to manage all your reports -- even the ones that set your teeth on edge -- in a way that maximizes productivity and is fair to all involved.

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  • Are You Making This Time Management Mistake?

    Social media is inescapable at this point. Working people use it for everything from staying current on trends in their industry to building their personal brand. But used the wrong way, social media can be more of a time suck than a boon to your career.

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  • Take a Better Lunch Break

    By now, you've probably come around to the idea that you should take a lunch break, even if you don't always manage to make it happen. But what should you do with this time off in the middle of the day, to make the rest of your working life more productive?

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  • Should You Go Back to School?

    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 4 million adults who are 35 and older are enrolled in a degree-granting institution. Workers return to school for several reasons: to get a new credential will make them more "marketable," to help them land a higher-paid position, or just to hold onto the job they have in an increasingly competitive environment.
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  • 3 Grooming Mistakes Men Make in the Workplace

    When we talk about dress codes in the office, the focus is often on women. Whether this is because women's fashion offers more variety, or because our culture places more taboos on their dress, is up for discussion. But men should also strive to make a good impression at the office. Below the cut, you'll find a few examples of what not to do.

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  • 3 Career Lessons From the Academy Awards

    If you watched the Academy Awards last night, you probably have several opinions on the proceedings, most related to one or more of the following: the relative merit of the winning actors', directors', and film makers' products, the aesthetic value of the outfits, and the length of the broadcast. But unless you're in the movie business, it probably hasn't occurred to you that anything you saw last night could offer insight into your career.

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  • 3 Common Mistakes Women Make That Can Derail Their Careers

    Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Still Don't Get the Corner Office, says there are at least 133 mistakes women make that take their career off-track. If that seems like a lot, Vickie Elmer of Quartz points out that it's 33 percent more than Frankel listed when she first published the book 10 years ago.

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  • 3 Horrible Career Tips for Introverts

    When it comes to career advice, one size definitely does not fit all. Which is why it's a shame that so much of what we hear about maximizing our professional lives seems geared squarely toward folks who love networking and prefer the company of others -- in short, extroverts.

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  • What's Your Face Telling Your Co-workers?

    We've all heard that people communicate more with body language than they do with the words they actually speak. But what about facial expressions? If you're careful not to slouch and cross your arms grumpily, can you convey negative feelings with the look on your face -- and not even know you're doing it?

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  • Late Bloomers, Rejoice: The Big Breakthroughs Happen in Middle Age

    Einstein was wrong about at least one thing, according to a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research: if you haven't made a major contribution to science by the age of 30, you might just need to wait a few more years. If the average age of Nobel Prize winners and other tech innovators is anything to go by, late 30s is primetime for creativity.

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  • 5 Tips for Managing Highly Sensitive People

    Highly sensitive people tend to invest deeply in their work, care a lot about the outcome of their decisions, and work well in a team environment. On the other hand, well, they're highly sensitive -- a fact that their managers would do well to take into consideration. So how do you empower the sensitive, without impacting the less attuned on your team?

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  • How to Promote Yourself, When You Hate Self-Promotion

    Nowadays, everyone has a personal brand -- even people who cringe every time they hear the phrase. So how can you show the world what you have to offer, without feeling like a spotlight hog? Get creative.

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  • 5 Ways to Beat 'Impostor Syndrome'

    Feel like a fraud, even when you know you're qualified to lead? If so, you have impostor syndrome. Fueled by an inability to internalize one's accomplishments, this psychological phenomenon appears to be fairly common among working women, and can prevent the afflicted from achieving their goals -- but it doesn't have to.

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  • When Can I Go to HR?

    Many employees dread going to Human Resources, seeing it either as an extension of their boss's authority or as a cost-center that takes away healthy productive time from employees for conducting training or surveys. As a result, a lot of employees are unclear on when and why they should reach out to HR.
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  • It's Easier to Be Moral in the Morning

    Have a job that depends on a high level of ethical decision making? You're probably better at it in the morning, according to a new series of studies at Harvard and the University of Utah. If, on the other hand, your job involves House of Cards-level deception and subterfuge, well, maybe in your case, the early bird does not get the worm.

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