• 3 Ways to Be More Independent at Work

    Tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S., and although you probably can't declare yourself free from all constraints and authority at the office -- at least, not without winning the lottery over the long weekend -- you can make a few small changes that will allow you to function with a greater degree of autonomy in your day-to-day life.

  • 3 Mantras for People Who Work Too Hard

    If the very idea of a day off seems like a joke, and work-life balance a fairytale, it's time to reassess your schedule. Of course, the problem with working too much is that it's a self-perpetuating cycle: once you're used to working all the time, any time you spend on non-job-related activities feels like goofing off. Also, you're probably so burned out, you're no longer as productive as you once were, either. So what do you need to do to have a life again?

  • Music Affects Worker Productivity
    If we all cranked up our music at work, everyone's productivity would suffer. But in small doses and at reasonable volumes, music can be extremely beneficial in the workplace. Different types of music have different influences on our behavior and productivity.
  • The Office Curmudgeon Is Better at His Job
    We have so much advice to sift through, when it comes to achieving work-life balance. One expert says to get a hobby. Another advises us to stay positive, or to cultivate friendships. While the rest of us are focusing on these things, it seems the office grump is better at his job -- even though he probably doesn't care what any of the experts say.
  • Not Sitting All Day Isn't Enough to Keep You Healthy at Work

    So you've swapped your traditional work setup for a standing desk, and now you'll never have to worry about the litany of health complaints linked to sitting at work for hours on end, right? Well, sort of.

  • 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.
  • Should Companies Allow Workers to Bring Pets Into the Office?

    If many pet owners had their way, every day -- not just last Friday -- would be Take Your Dog to Work Day. According to a recent survey, half of pet owners would like the right to bring their dog or cat to work, at least some of the time.

  • More Workers Are Planning on Taking Summer Vacation, But Will They? [infographic]

    Initially, the summer of 2014 looks promising on the work-life balance front. CareerBuilder's Q2 survey showed that 63 percent of workers will take a vacation this year.

  • How to Deal With Negative People in the Workplace
    Negative people obstruct productivity in the workplace in a handful of ways. Their pessimism serves as a buzzkill when, every time you suggest an idea or improvement, they say, "No, that will never work." Complaining and gossiping at the office undermines morale, which also undermines productivity. If you can't get away from these folks, you need reasonable strategies to deal with them.
  • 4 Educational Psychology Techniques to Boost Memory and Work Performance

    Educational psychology is the study of how people learn, but the field's potential to help improve cognitive abilities isn't limited to students. Workers can use these techniques to improve memory and do better in their jobs.

  • 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.

  • Here's Why You Get Less Done in the Summer [infographic]

    The weather outside might be gorgeous, but you couldn't prove it by most office workers in the U.S., who toil away in canned air and flickering fluorescents with nary a beach jaunt on the horizon. No wonder 25 percent of us get less done in the summer than we do the rest of the year.

  • 3 Reasons to Stop Rushing to Decisions

    At most companies, the best time to make a decision is yesterday. The problem, of course, is that making good choices takes time. If you're having trouble fighting a corporate culture that puts a premium on speed over quality, here are a few things to keep in mind. Some might even persuade the boss to give you the extra time you need to do things right.

  • Are You a 'Bedtime Procrastinator'?

    If you have trouble getting through the afternoon without an extra cup of coffee or two, you're either the parent of a small child, an insomniac, or someone who just can't bring himself to go to bed when it's time. All three conditions will wreak havoc on your productivity, but since the last one is under your control, it's the most worth examining, in terms of improving efficiency and job satisfaction. Why do we stay up, when we should go to bed?

  • Your Job Is Killing You (Here's How to Change That)

    Working in an office seems like one of the safer career choices you can make. Unlike medical professionals, you don't have to worry about your mistakes costing lives; unlike, say, firefighters or military personnel, you don't have to be concerned about danger to your own life or limb. Or do you?

  • The Ugly Truth About Meetings [infographic]

    If you feel like you spend half your working hours sitting in a meeting, you're not alone. According to research compiled by Fuze, an online meetings service provider, there are 25 million meetings every day in the US. It's probably safe to say that they're not all fueling creativity and driving business results.

  • The Popular Myth That Women Are Better at Multitasking Might Be Wrong

    Who's good at multitasking? No one, according to a spate of recent studies, collected by Tom Bartlett at The Chronicle of Higher Education -- or at least, no one multitasks well enough to make it more efficient than doing one thing at a time. There's also a startling lack of concrete evidence that women multitask better than men.

  • How to Get Through the Hump Day Afternoon Slump
    Do you ever want to take a nap after lunch, or feel like your brain has turned to mush, and it takes every ounce of strength you have to accomplish the simplest of tasks? You are not alone. These quick fixes help temporarily boost brainpower.
  • This Is Your Brain on Productivity
    The real science behind how to be more productive may surprise you. It's easier and feels better than berating yourself for not having enough willpower. It's all about working with your brain, not against it.