• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Change Your Desk to Be More Productive

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Maybe You Don't Want an Emotionally Intelligent Boss

    Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive and understand emotions, and to use this information to inform one's actions. On the surface, that seems like a great quality for a manager to have. In reality, there are some potential downsides to the emotionally intelligent boss. It all depends on the character of the person who's wielding that high EI.

  • Do These 3 Things Differently, and Be a Success

    What makes people who achieve their dreams from the rest of us? It's not just having a knack for making money or a talent for knowing what people want. It's a knack for doing a few things just a little bit differently than everyone else.

  • Top 10 Career Posts of 2013

    What was on your mind this year? If you're like most of us in the working world, it was a combination of professional ambition, terror of unemployment, and need for distraction -- which we often satisfied by reading stories about celebrities' professional ambition, terror, distraction, etc. Certainly, PayScale Career News's top posts seem to indicate that's where our interest lay.

  • 50 Career Resolutions to Make This Year

    New Year's resolutions tend to focus on the personal. While January 1 is as good a time as any to quit smoking or start eating more vegetables, it's also an opportunity to look at your career from a new perspective. As a bonus, it's sometimes easier to build your resume than it is to drop some pounds.

  • 5 Things That Really Make Us Happy at Work

    Ask anyone what would make them like their job, and the first thing out of their mouths will be, "More money." No, seriously -- we've done studies. The problem is, research shows that more money -- beyond a certain point -- doesn't actually equal more happiness. So what does?