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  • Should You Play That April Fools' Day Prank at the Office?

    April Fools' Day has been with us since long before Jim Halpert first suspended Dwight Schrute's stapler in Jello (or, if you're a fan of the original, Tim Canterbury suspended Gareth Keenan's stapler in jelly). And while the best April Fools' Day pranks help everyone blow off steam and regain access to their office equipment in record time, the worst waste time, money, and patience in an environment where all three are in short supply. In short: to prank or not to prank?

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  • New Research Shows That Happy Workers Work Harder

    Experiments at the University of Warwick in the UK showed that happiness makes people approximately 12 percent more productive, according to research that will soon be published in the Journal of Labor Economics. In addition, researchers said, lower happiness -- caused by "major real world shocks" like bereavement or illness in the family -- was associated with lower productivity.

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  • How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy at Work [infographic]

    If you work at a computer, you probably spend seven hours a day staring at a computer screen. At home, between TV and staring at your smartphone or tablet, you tack on as much as five hours more. All of this adds up to some potentially very unhappy eyeballs, which can impact your productivity and happiness at work.

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  • 3 Types of Business Lunches (and What You Can Get Out of Them)

    Business lunches come in all shapes and sizes, from a department-wide learn at lunch session to a one-on-one interview with a prospective employer. To get the most out of any type of working lunch, you need to know what to expect, and prepare ahead of time.

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  • 4 Time Management Tips That Can Save You Hours a Week

    If you're reading this on Sunday, in between doing work-related tasks that you just didn't have time for during the week, have hope. With a few small changes, you can manage your time so that you never (well, hardly ever) have to work the weekend again.

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  • Cat Videos Are a Cottage Industry

    Looking at cute animal photos and videos at work may or may not be making you more productive, but it's certainly making their owners a lot richer -- some of them, anyway.

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  • 3 Free Apps to Make You More Productive

    In the olden days, productivity tools were a bit bulkier: pen, paper, the occasional actual, physical clock. Now, you can have just about anything you need to improve your efficiency, right in your phone or tablet. These are some of the best apps for getting stuff done.

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  • Here's How to Get Along With Your Messy Co-Worker

    Need another reason to hate the open office? Here's one: your messy co-worker's cluttered desk becomes your problem.

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  • 5 Ways to Kill Productivity in Your Next Meeting

    Ah, meetings. Ostensibly a way to communicate decisions, brainstorm ideas, and keep the team running in the same direction, they are also one of the better ways to allow productivity to grind to a halt. Ideally, we'd all make the best of meetings, and avoid behaviors that waste everyone's time and the company's money. In reality, of course, many of us are guilty of at least one of the following:

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  • Treadmill Desks Make Employees Better at Their Jobs (Eventually)

    New research shows that treadmill desks improve employee performance and productivity -- after a short period of adjusting to walking and working at the same time.

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  • 3 Memory Tricks to Become Smarter and More Productive

    Improving our memory skills increases productivity at work and, in general, makes our lives a little easier. From remembering where we stashed our keys to remembering the boss's detailed instructions, the following tips and tricks will make us work smarter and be more productive. How many of these are you familiar with?

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  • 5 Tips for Managing People You Can't Stand

    Here's one thing to know for certain, when you become a manager: sooner or later, you're going to have manage someone you don't like, or at least, disagree with frequently. This would be true even if you got to hand-pick every single member of your team. The goal, then, is to learn how to manage all your reports -- even the ones that set your teeth on edge -- in a way that maximizes productivity and is fair to all involved.

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  • The Question That Helps You Build a Better LinkedIn Network

    When should you send someone a request to connect on LinkedIn? As the recent case of Kelly Blazek makes clear, it's not always so clear cut. Blazek responded to a blind connection request with what many felt was an inappropriate amount of fury, finishing her message with "don't ever write me again." On the other hand, as anyone who's ever weeded through an overflowing inbox on LinkedIn can attest, the sheer volume of requests from strangers can be overwhelming -- and worse, defeat the purpose of joining the network in the first place.

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  • Does Listening to Music Help or Hurt Productivity?

    If you want to start a fight at your next team meeting, just ask the group if they think listening to music helps them work better -- or totally kills their concentration. In no time at all, you'll have people lined up on two sides of the room, snapping their fingers and advancing on one another in a menacing fashion, like Sharks and Jets in button-down shirts.

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  • Tweetenfreude: How Following People We Love to Hate Can Help Our Careers

    Can hate-following be good for your career? It can, if you do it the right way. "Tweetenfreude," coined by Saya Weissman at Digiday, refers to the charge we get out of following people we dislike. While it might seem like a waste of time and productivity, there are some surprising ways to make the hate-follow work for you and your job.

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  • Are You Making This Time Management Mistake?

    Social media is inescapable at this point. Working people use it for everything from staying current on trends in their industry to building their personal brand. But used the wrong way, social media can be more of a time suck than a boon to your career.

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  • Take a Better Lunch Break

    By now, you've probably come around to the idea that you should take a lunch break, even if you don't always manage to make it happen. But what should you do with this time off in the middle of the day, to make the rest of your working life more productive?

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  • Your Messy Desk Is a Sign That You're Creative

    Messy desk havers know that there's no real point in debating the relative merits of a messy workspace and a clean one: if you're inclined toward clutter, all the blog posts and expert opinions in the world won't change your habits. But is it possible that a messy desk is a sign of a creative mind?

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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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