• Fulfill These 3 Needs, and Make Your Job More Compelling Than Goofing Off
    Ever notice that you can easily spend hours paying close attention to an activity, as long as it isn't what you're paid to do? One solution is to try to make work as compelling as play. Addressing these three factors can help.
  • Laughter Is Still the Best Medicine for Stress

    Having a hard day at the office? It might be time to cue up those funny videos or sneak off to talk to your most hilarious co-worker. Laughter, as we're so frequently reminded, is one of the best ways to deal with stress, especially at the office.

  • Social Media: Are You Managing Your Personal Brand or Wasting Time?

    Today's job seekers are selling more to employers than their experience and skills; they're selling their personal brand. This creates whole new problems on the time management front. When are you using social media to further your career -- and when is it just a means of procrastination?

  • Plan a Productive Business Lunch

    Lunchtime is work-time at many offices. If you're not hunched over your keyboard, typing while eating, you're probably at a lunch meeting, schmoozing while eating. If you're stuck planning one of these work-and-eat sessions, you're also in charge of making sure it's a good use of everyone's time. So how can you do three things at once?

  • #PayChat: Productivity at Work
    Is it time for spring career cleaning? We’re a month in to the second quarter of 2014 and it may be just the right time to regroup and ensure you’re on track to achieve your career goals. Please join us this Wednesday, April 30th at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) to discuss productivity in our monthly twitter chat, #PayChat.
  • 3 Tips to Negotiate Anything Over Email

    These days, you might do business with a co-worker for years and never meet them face to face. Maybe they're in an office across the country or the world, or maybe they -- or you -- work at home. Whatever the reason behind it, working in a different physical space than your colleagues requires adaptations that you might never have anticipated, when you first started interacting remotely. For example, what happens when you need to negotiate with someone, and you can't see their facial expressions?

  • Do You Actually Want to Get to Inbox Zero?

    Inbox zero. It's the holy grail of email management. File your emails neatly away and keep your inbox empty, the theory goes, and you'll never have to worry about finding what you're looking for, ever again. But is having no emails at all in your primary inbox actually a reasonable -- or desirable -- goal?

  • How to Build Resilience for Career Success
    Resilience is a person's ability to adapt. Resilience is not just about "bouncing back" from trauma and tragedy, but also from difficult experiences at work or financial stressors. And those who are able to bounce back after stress-producing life events, large and small, are much more likely to succeed.
  • 5 Productive Things to Do When You Don't Have Access to the Internet
    Nowadays, you can get online almost everywhere, from a commercial airliner in mid-flight to your dentist's office. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you can't access the internet. Fortunately, there's still plenty you can do while you're offline, to make your job easier once you're connected again.
  • Learn the Science of Success
    What's stopping you from achieving your dreams? In a recent Psychology Today article, clinical psychologist Melanie Greenberg writes about research-based strategies people use to succeed at work and in life. These empirically proven techniques can help you succeed, too.
  • 3 Tasks You Should Never Put Off Until Tomorrow

    Effective time management is -- at least in part -- the art of putting some things off until tomorrow. Of course, if you choose the wrong things, or let tasks pile up to the point where you're always playing catch-up, you're probably causing yourself a lot of unnecessary panic.

  • 3 Little Things That Can Build a Better Workday

    Do you have a case of the Mondays? If your day is half over, with nothing to show for it, it's time to stop and reassess. Maybe this spectacularly unproductive morning can give rise to the super-efficient day of your dreams. (Even if it's not until tomorrow.)

  • 3 Tips for Running a Meeting That Actually Works

    When was the last time you actually had a meeting that accomplished something? Unless you own the company, chances are that you can't make every meeting a productive one, but when you are in charge, there's a lot you can to do to make meetings a better use of everyone's time.

  • Swedes Give 6-Hour Workday a Try

    Sweden offers one of the most generous maternity leave policies in the world and when its citizens want to criticize unfair work policies, they apparently do so in viral videos. If that weren't enough to make you think about moving, here's the latest work-friendly policy in action: municipal staff in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city, are test-driving a six-hour work day -- for the same pay as an eight-hour day.

  • 3 Productivity Tips From the Experts

    If you want to know how to change your behavior, ask a psychologist! In Psychology Today, 15 psychologists shared their views on how to become more productive. The following are the highlights of their many pearls of wisdom.

  • How Cubicles Became a Symbol of Workers' Discontent

    Hate your office cubicle? Science backs you up. In a research paper, Harvard Business School doctoral candidate Ethan S. Bernstein found support for a "transparency paradox," in which job performance declines as workers become more visible to managers. In other words, most modern offices are a disaster from a productivity standpoint. But is the cubicle, specifically, so deserving of our ire?

  • Sleep More, Work Better

    Need another excuse to make time for a good night's sleep? Getting the recommended seven to eight hours might mean the difference between being just OK at your job and being the office rock star. Sound far-fetched? Consider this.

  • Write Things Down to Avoid Ambiguity and Conflict at Work

    Lack of good communication results in misunderstandings, differing expectations, and anxiety. If you reduce ambiguity in your communications, you reduce conflict and increase productivity. Yes, it really is that simple. Here's how.

  • 3 Effective Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

    In a perfect world, every worker would have access to a standing or treadmill desk, or enough time to fit in a few short workouts during the day. Needless to say, most of us don't work and live in a perfect world.

  • Would You Miss HR, If Your Company Got Rid of It?

    Human resources gets a lot of flak from other departments in the company. Much of the good they do (administering benefits, for example) is invisible, while their less enjoyable duties (handing out pink slips) are right out in the open for all to see. Recently, a few companies have done away with HR altogether, replacing some functions with software that automates payroll and benefits, etc. But are workers really better off without an HR department?