• 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.
  • Religious Diversity in the Workplace: How to Be More Inclusive
    A recent survey by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding showed that as workplaces are growing in size, they're also growing in social diversity. With diversity comes a responsibility to keep offices in an inclusive mode, not exclusive — even when it comes to personal beliefs, like religion. If you're flummoxed by your workplace's lack of understanding of religious differences, there are ways to start bridging that divide right now.
  • How to Not Be a Grinch at Work (When You're Tired of Christmas Already)
    As we slide into December, we resign ourselves to seeing signs of Christmas when we're in the mall, at the car dealership, or even just trying to watch a little TV. But when you're at work, it's sometimes hard to deal with all the "stuff" that comes with Christmas when you don't celebrate it yourself. Office courtesy goes both ways, and it should be possible to have an inclusive environment where some co-workers celebrate winter holidays and those who don't are still respected.
  • Would You Work Better Lying Down?
    A new company called Altwork thinks you need to recline to really concentrate at the computer. Their forthcoming Altwork Station is designed to allow you to sit, stand, recline, and more, but the nearly-$6,000 price tag might give you pause.
  • 6 Ways Gratitude Can Boost Your Career
    By far, Thanksgiving is America's favorite secular holiday. Who can argue with delicious food, quality time with family and friends, and (hopefully) a nice long weekend!? However, unless we take just a little time to fully engage with the thankfulness aspect of the holiday, we're really selling ourselves short.
  • How to Network at Holiday Parties
    As the holiday season approaches, so do the holiday parties. These events bring up mixed feelings for most of us. In a way, look forward to the parties, anticipating that they'll be at least a little bit fun, but there is also so much to do around this time of year, and extra social events can feel like a waste of time. But, holiday parties are actually rife with opportunity – not just to enjoy ourselves, but to do a little professional networking while we're at it.
  • Should You Work on Black Friday?
    Even if you don't work retail, your office might be open on the day after Thanksgiving (lots of places are). Ever since the creation of the holiday, it's fallen on a Thursday, and while we celebrate it as a federal holiday, the day after isn't a given paid day off. So, if you're choosing between taking an unpaid day or putting in a slow day at the salt mines while your family gathers at grandma's for leftovers, how do you decide?
  • How to Be a Real Mentor
    If you've been approached to mentor someone, you've been given an amazing opportunity to guide your mentee's career, to impart your wisdom, to help them in their aspirations. In addition to being recognized for your achievements, and being valued for your experience, the opportunity to mentor someone relatively new in their career can be a mutually enriching association.
  • 5 Signs You're in a Toxic Work Environment
    Even if you absolutely love your job, there's always going to be something about it that you wish you could change. That's the ideal scenario; if you're lucky, you have an issue or two that you'd like to resolve, but nothing that impacts your job satisfaction as a whole. On the other hand, if your problems are beyond minor complaints – if you feel threatened, suffocated, or compromised on your principles, work ethic, or professional and personal well-being – you may be working in a toxic environment.
  • Music for Productivity: Match Your Tracks With Your Tasks
    Look around any office today and you will squint to find more than a handful of people without their ears plugged into headphones. With that said, most people would agree that music helps them work better throughout the day. But did you know that you can legitimately match your music tracks with your tasks, for optimal productivity?
  • 5 Things to Do When You Drop the Ball at Work
    Mistakes are pretty common in all areas of life. The workplace is no exception. The only difference is that the stakes might be higher. Depending on the severity of your goof, your job may be at risk. If you're fortunate enough to realize your mistake before it causes a major catastrophe and puts you and your manager in a tough situation, there are a few things you can do.
  • 7 Interview Questions That Get at What Really Matters
    Eliciting meaningful and sincere responses from prospective reports during the interview process can be a lot harder than in looks, especially when you're a new manager and haven't done it before. It can be all too easy for candidates to misrepresent themselves to some extent during the hiring process. Some questions are better than others for keeping it real and getting at what really matters. So, if you're a new manager and hiring for the first time, here's what to ask to get real answers, instead of just fluff.

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