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  • How to Deal With Secondhand Stress

    You might have perfected your ability to deal with stressful situations -- deadlines, last-minute changes, the hustle and bustle of a busy office. But that doesn't mean you've mastered the most challenging piece of the stress management puzzle: handling the contagious kind of stress that you can easily catch from an anxious co-worker.

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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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  • Should You Apologize at Work?

    It's one of the first things we learn in school: when you do something wrong, say you're sorry. But once we've put away childish things, apologizing can sometimes make us look weak instead of accountable. So should you say you're sorry at work, or maintain your power position?

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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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  • Be a Satisficer, Not a Maximizer

    When you're given a task to accomplish at work, do you insist on doing everything in your power to accomplish it in the best possible way, or do you work to get the job done so that it meets requirements, and move on?

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  • How to Deal With Conflict When You're a Nice Person

    Everyone knows that person at the office, the one who loves conflict: he's the one who's always butting heads with everyone, engaging people from the CEO to the summer intern on everything from the quarterly report to the outcome of last week's game. And then there's you -- the nice guy. The problem is, if you're too nice to deal with conflict at all, people are going to get Mr. Blowhard's perspective a lot more than they get yours.

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  • Are You Addicted to Stress?

    If you're one of those people who work best under pressure, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that today's stressful work environment certainly plays to your strengths. The bad news is that at least one expert thinks that it's possible to development a "neurochemical dependence" on stress. In other words, maybe you're addicted.

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  • 3 Ways to Cope With a Career Crisis

    Tough times come to us all, especially in these days of extended unemployment and dwindling job security. The good news is that how you deal with a crisis can sometimes make the difference between a disaster and a learning experience.

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  • Should New Managers Fire Underperformers Right Away?

    Let's say you've recently taken over a team of workers. Perhaps you've been promoted into the role, or perhaps you're a new hire. Whatever the case, suggests Ron Ashkenas in Harvard Business Review Blog Network, the biggest mistake you can make is to hesitate too long in getting rid of the people who just aren't making the cut.

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  • 3 Ways to Be Happier at Work

    Finding true happiness at work is tricky. After all, if your job was as much fun as your hobbies, they probably wouldn't pay you to do it. But the good news is that a few attitude tweaks can improve your perception -- which is the secret of feeling better about anything.

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  • What Do Successful People Read First Thing in the Morning?

    Want to be a billionaire businessperson some day? You can start first thing in the morning, by selecting a well-rounded collection of reading material. (No wonder CEOs and entrepreneurs tend to get up so early.)

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  • 3 Ways to Be Better at Your Job

    Whether you love your job or hate it, plan to stay until retirement or hope to have a new gig by Tuesday, it pays to be better at what you're doing right now. After all, you can't make the boss a better manager or your job title more impressive; the only thing you can change, all on your own, is you.

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  • Your Boss Doesn't Want to Give You Negative Feedback (But You Probably Want to Hear It)

    According to a recent study, most of us are more comfortable receiving negative feedback than delivering it -- and that's unfortunate, because constructive criticism is essential to improving performance, and thus being more successful at work.

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  • 3 Ways to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. at Work

    Today is a day off for some in the U.S., and a day of contemplation for many. Since 1986, we've observed January 20 (or the third Monday of the month) as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to remember the legacy of the civil rights leader who used civil disobedience to fight racial inequality. If you're reading this at the office today, there's much you can do to honor Dr. King's memory, and make your company a better place to work.

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  • Narcissists Become Leaders, But Should They?

    Do you think you're a special person, or that the world would be a better place if you were in charge? You may or may not be right, but a recent study says you're more likely to ascend to a leadership position, if you have a little dash of narcissism in your makeup.

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  • 3 Ways to Stop Losing Your Cool at Work

    When the little things go wrong, how do you react? If you're more of a flipper-outer and less of a shrugger-offer, there's hope. With a little practice, you can learn to be more even-keeled -- which is a good thing, because being a bit calmer is better for your career and your health.

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  • Change Your Desk to Be More Productive

    Want to get more done at work? Start by looking at your work area -- specifically, your desk.

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  • How to Deal With the Sunday Night Blues

    Don't believe Garfield the cat. If you're less than thrilled about what you're doing for a living, the worst day of the week isn't Monday -- it's the day before. Specifically, the Sunday evening is the worst, because it's primetime for worrying about what comes tomorrow.

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  • How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

    One week after New Year's, many of us have broken our resolutions already, and a whopping 92 percent of us will abandon them eventually. When your resolutions relate to your career, it's all the more important to try to maintain them. So how can you beat the odds?

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  • 10 Online Places to Learn Valuable Job Skills, for Free

    Job counselors tell us that the best way to build a successful career is to keep learning and adding skills to our resumes. But education isn't cheap -- for the most part. Fortunately, there are plenty of totally free sources online that will help you develop the skills you need to get hired, be promoted, and keep those raises rolling in.

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