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  • Lunchables ... for Adults?

    If you pine for the days when your lunch came in little plastic pockets, much like pills in a blister pack, rejoice: Oscar Meyer has recently announced that it will release "Portable Protein Packs" containing 170 calories worth of cheese, meat, and legumes. Aimed at adults who need a little something to tide them over on the trail or in the office, P3s resemble nothing so much as miniature Lunchables for adults. There's just one tiny problem.

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  • Too Much Vulnerability Is Counterproductive

    How much vulnerability is too much? A recent article in Psychology Today discusses how our interpersonal dynamics in the workplace have changed over the years. The pendulum swings back and forth on the issue of vulnerability.

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  • 3 Ways to Show You Are Not a Victim

    Working on a team sometimes gets frustrating. People don't always see eye to eye, and stronger personalities may be more likely to get their way. People who are able to speak up, be heard, and make compelling and appropriate arguments will send less-bold types scurrying for cover. If you work with strong personalities, don't agree to stay in the shadows.

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  • Show Kindness to Co-workers as a Networking Strategy

    While it seems disingenuous to be nice to somebody only because you want something from them, the old adage "what goes around, comes around" remains true. If you are nice to people you work with, you may find yourself being rewarded in various ways, such as being chosen for a special project that is worth more money, just because people think you are nice to work with. Being kind to others may be part of an overall networking strategy.

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  • Office Pet Peeves [infographic]

    There's no way around it: the office can be an irritating place. Partly, this is because we're forced to spend so much time there. Anything you have to do is annoying; anywhere you have to be can feel claustrophobic. But LinkedIn's data indicates that many of the things that drive us "up a cubicle wall" are choices -- as in, we could all stop doing them, if we tried.

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  • Maximize Teamwork and Get the Most Out of Your Team

    Some group dynamics consistently help generate productivity among team members, while other dynamics consistently squash creativity and active participation among team members. Whether you are a leader or a member, you may use this knowledge to help your group be the best it can be.
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  • Now Men Are Hogging Up the Work-From-Home Jobs

    Just in case you thought everyone who worked from home was an Oprah-watching, pajama-wearing mommy -- surprise! They’re not.
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  • What You Need to Know About Your Employer's Social Media Policy and the Law

    The National Law Review recently reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reached a settlement with Georgia-Pacific over their social media policy. This is big for just about anybody who works. As always, the law is trying to catch up with changes in technology and society. The details of this case help inform employees and their employers which businesses may and may not regulate regarding employees' personal use of social media.

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  • The Do's and Don'ts of Business Attire for Women [infographic]

    In the olden days (pre-internet, and before the advent of jeans that cost about as much as dinner) people dressed up for work. Nowadays, we have a lot more freedom to choose what we wear. But for many of us, when it comes to dressing for work, too much choice is not necessarily a good thing.

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  • 3 Ways to Manage Your Difficult Boss

    Americans who work full-time may spend more time interacting with co-workers and managers than with their own family and friends. Their relationships at work, however, are far different than with trusted friends. When bosses are difficult people, workers often do not have the freedom to confront them or to demand to be treated with common courtesy. For those employees who are not lucky enough to work for polite people, these three strategies may help them maintain their sanity.

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  • 5 Signs Your Workplace Is Psychologically Unhealthy

    Work is work, and most adults understand that they need not be best friends with their co-workers and managers. We go to work to utilize specific skills, do a good job, and receive compensation. We are not there to sing kumbaya and give each other warm fuzzies. However, there is such as thing as a toxic workplace. If your workplace shows a majority of these five signs of toxicity, you may be working in a psychologically unhealthy environment.
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  • Who Finds Love at Work?

    We spend the bulk of our waking hours at the office, so it's not surprising that many people wind up dating someone at work -- at least for a while. Nine percent of people even wind up marrying a co-worker. If you're looking for love this Valentine's Day, where you work and where you live both matter, when it comes to upping your odds.

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  • 3 Tips to Position Yourself for a Promotion

    If you're angling for a promotion, it's not enough to work hard and do your job well. Here's how to improve your chances.

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  • How to Survive in a Toxic Work Environment

    While your job may meet your financial needs, not all workplaces meet people's basic, psychological needs. Some workplaces are downright toxic. Since you probably can't just leave, learn how to survive and keep your sanity until the day comes when you have a better offer.
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  • How to Deal With Passive-Aggression at Work

    There's plenty of information and advice out there for people who have to deal with outright jerks in the workplace -- the bullies, the bad bosses, the yellers and screamers who make each day fraught with tension. But what about the folks who don't make a big stink, but drive us crazy trying to guess what they really want, and whether or not it's in our best interests to give it to them? For workers toiling alongside the passive-aggressive, the trick is to identify the behaviors before they undermine your productivity, job satisfaction, and corporate culture.

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  • Paint Your Office Walls the Best Colors for Productivity

    Color schemes in any office help set the mood or tone of the business. Forbes has a wonderful color wheel that indicates the different psychological moods that colors evoke. If you have the opportunity to paint your office walls or to change the color schemes where you work, consider how you wish to influence your co-workers and clients.

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  • This Is a Real Thing: Yoga Pants for Work

    Today's office is a pretty casual place. Nylons are nearly extinct in most industries, and wearing a necktie is a good way to announce, "I have a court date." One thing that hasn't caught on: sweatpants at work. But a new company is hoping to change all that, by introducing a yoga pant ... for work.

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  • Executive Presence Leads to Executive Careers

    You may have the necessary education and expertise to become an executive, but do you have executive presence? The way we present ourselves goes way beyond wearing a power tie or a navy blue skirt and blazer. Having or developing certain interpersonal skills and presence are necessary if you wish to become a leader.
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  • Mobile Devices Increase Productivity, But Pose Serious Security Concerns

    It's 6 a.m. and your alarm goes off -- and the first thing you do is check your email on your smartphone. Over the course of the day, you may have touched four or five devices, and half of them are mobile. While working with a multitude of mobile devices might seem like opportunities to distract yourself, the reality is that mobile devices can actually increase productivity -- but at the cost of security.
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  • What Do the Best Places to Work Really Have in Common?

    Lists of the best places to work are released every year -- sometimes a couple times a year -- and it seems like the same companies (like Google, for instance) appear on these lists over and over. As it turns out, workplaces that are consistently voted the best places to work have a few common elements.
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