• 5 Gifts Your Co-Workers Want More Than That Junk
    If you're stuck in a holiday shopping frenzy, it's time to reel it back like so many tiny reindeer. This time of year, mere moments before Christmas, lots of us get in the "OMG, I need to buy … something for ______." And then you start impulse-buying glitter photo frames in the grocery store checkout line and things start to get weird. Before you go all nuts at the Pepperidge Farm kiosk in the mall, read about some things that your co-workers really want this year.
  • Work From Home? Here's How to Keep the Boss on Your Side
    Depending on your situation, it could be frustrating or liberating to work with a remote manager. While on the one hand, you don't have her hovering around your desk and sneaking up on you, on the other hand, you do not have easy access to her whenever you need. You're also probably not her first choice when she has a project to assign to her team, just because of the sheer logistics. But, there are a few ways you can have an effective remote reporting relationship.
  • 5 Ways to Winterize Your Cubicle
    Even with global warming, your cube is somehow the coldest point on the planet. And since you can't just start a fire in your trashcan (it's frowned upon), you're going to have to figure out a way to stay warm and happy at work this winter. Before you go ask Mr. Scrooge if you can put another lump of coal on the brazier, try one of these quick tips.
  • Could Standing Desks Actually Lead to More Sitting?
    In the last few years, we've been bombarded with warnings about the dangers of sitting too much. We've heard that even if you exercise, prolonged periods of sitting can kill you. We know that, even if do we manage to escape premature sitting-induced death, those of us who sit too much are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes. We've even heard sitting compared with some of the unhealthiest "habits" out there – most notably, that sitting is the new smoking.
  • Business Wisdom From Billionaire Buddhist Priest Dr. Kazuo Inamori
    Should managers focus on making workers happy, even before satisfying the shareholders? Yes, according to Dr. Kazuo Inamori, management expert, billionaire entrepreneur, and Buddhist priest. Inamori has spent decades applying and honing his organizational philosophies, and he's done so with great success. He created the $64 billion phone carrier known as KDDI Corp, and he rescued Japan Airlines from bankruptcy just a few years ago. His ideas are unique, complex, and yet also super-simple in the essence: "If you want eggs, take care of the hen. If you bully or kill the hen, it’s not going to work."
  • Should You Have Friends at Work?
    The definition of "office" has changed over the past decade or so, thanks to the rise of telecommuting and virtual offices. Those of us in the non-traditional workplace do not have much 3D interaction with our colleagues. If the way we work and where we work is changing, do we still need friends "at the office"?
  • 9 Ways to Ruin Your Career at the Holiday Party
    We've all seen it: the trainwreck of a work event when you mix co-workers, booze, and an encouragement to "let your hair down." If you don't want to spend the holidays looking for a new job, nip these mistakes in the bud before that party gets started.
  • Lena Dunham and Emma Stone Discuss Nicknames in the Workplace
    Hopefully, it's a rare occurrence these days for a male co-worker or boss to summon a woman at the office with a demeaning nickname like "sweetie," or "honey," or (heaven forbid) "baby." Unfortunately though, it does still happen.
  • To Gift or Not to Gift at the Holidays
    It's the season of giving, or so the television says, but should you always or never give something to your co-workers, or your boss? We weigh the options for keeping yourself on the Nice List and out of trouble with HR — way more important than staying on Santa's good side when you're a grownup with a job.
  • SCIENCE: Rudeness at Work Is Contagious
    If you've had a boss or co-worker tell you to leave your attitude at the door, you can feel better knowing they were probably just trying to protect your innocent colleagues from catching your rudeness. That's right: according to new research from psychologists at Lund University in Sweden, rudeness is contagious, and it can have seriously negative effects on the workplace.
  • How to Set Goals for Your Team
    If you're a manager, you may be spending quite a bit of time right now evaluating goals for your team in the coming year. How do you create goals in alignment with the organization's priorities, set your team up for success, and most of all, make sure that your goals will be met? It is often an intense process, but done right, it can have spectacular results.
  • 5 People Who Got Fired Their First Day Of Work
    Getting fired stinks. But getting fired your first day on the job? That's the worst. If you haven't been fired from a job on the first day, heed these warnings from Redditors and friends across the interwebs who have gone through this terrible experience so you don't have to.
  • What Makes Workers Happy, Creative, and Productive in 2015?
    What makes workers happy, and why do so many of us decide to leave our jobs and start looking elsewhere for employment? There are so many factors that contribute to the overall picture of our job satisfaction, from work-life balance to potential opportunities for advancement. In an effort to understand what makes today's worker tick, Staples surveyed thousands of managers and workers across the U.S. about current workplace trends and culture. The results of that report, the Staples Advantage Workplace Index, reveal a great deal about work-life balance, productivity, and so much more. Let's take a look at the key findings.
  • 4 Tips to Handle a Bad Performance Review
    In an ideal scenario, you go into your year-end review prepared, after 12 months of regularly meeting with your boss and getting her feedback as she observes your behavior on the job. You know what you're going to get and you're ready for it. But quite often, this is not the case – your manager hardly has any time to stop, you're caught up between projects and putting out fires, and you're lucky if you can catch a breather. So what do you do when you're having your performance review discussion with your manager and it isn't really going so well?
  • Do Not Get Your Co-Workers Any of These 9 Awful Holiday Gifts
    Call it Secret Santa, or White Elephant, or Yankee Swap: no matter how your office structures its annual holiday gift-giving ritual, it's a potential opportunity to make enemies among your soon-to-be erstwhile office friends and resentful co-workers. Think we're being overly negative? Consider these horrible office holiday gifts, culled from Facebook users who will never cheerfully draw a name from a Santa hat again.
  • How to Say 'I'm Too Busy' Without Looking Unprofessional
    It's 5 o'clock. You've got your computer open, phone sitting next to it, and somehow an iPad has managed to find its way onto your desk. You're simultaneously trying to update your project manager, respond to three different slack chats, and make happy hour plans — which three hours from now you'll have to cancel because you'll still be in the office. Maybe it's time to re-prioritize your schedule.
  • The Hidden Challenges of Working in 2015 and Beyond
    The words "workplace" and "office" don't conjure up simple imagery quite the way they used to. Some people work for startups that grow and change faster than employees can adjust. Other folks are freelancers or work from home for their companies. Still others are working full-time while also pursuing degrees, and trying to find a way to make it all work. No matter the case, the office life of today is very different than it used to be. And, no matter which work situation you find yourself in, that particular environment has its benefits and its drawbacks. Let's take a closer look at a few of the nontraditional employment situations available to today's workers. There may be more to these arrangements than meets the eye.
  • How to Maximize the First 3 Hours of the Workday to Reduce Your Stress
    Working incredibly long hours and rarely taking vacations is the new normal, but that doesn't mean that it's good for us. In fact, the pressure and stress is taking a toll on U.S. workers. Working all the time causes emotional and psychological problems, impacts our health, our personal lives, and even our memories. So what can we do to make work more manageable?
  • 4 Ways Impostor Syndrome Could Actually Be a Good Thing
    Impostor syndrome is a term used to describe the feeling of professional inadequacy (or even fakery) that exists despite evidence that indicates that the opposite is true. Generally, this "syndrome" is perceived to be a bad thing – as the name itself implies. But, is impostor syndrome all bad? Consider these four reasons why impostor syndrome might actually be a good thing.
  • The Trouble With Performance Goals, and Why It's Not All On You
    Many companies ask their employees to select performance goals annually (or on some other timetable) and these goals help to organize the performance review discussion. Sometimes, managers create and assign the goals themselves, either with or without employee feedback. However, the truth is that setting, pursuing, and reviewing these goals can feel like a waste of time more than anything else. Why is that? Let's explore the problem with performance goals, and what you can to do make the experience a productive one.

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