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  • When Your Office Chair Just Doesn't Fit: Ergonomics for Everyone Else

    For the vast majority of workers, the everyday office chair is just fine. With a few twirls and adjustments, most employees can make the standard equipment ergonomically sound. For the very tall and the very short among us, however, setting up an office environment is an exercise in making do.

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  • #PayChat: Are You Engaged at Work?

    Do you feel appreciated at work, or do you find yourself staring at the clock, waiting for the work day to be over? If it's the latter, it time to start thinking about what your dream job would be, if you could do anything at all.
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  • 3 Tips for Millennials to Find Meaning in Today's Work Environment

    Gen Y workers often seem to regard the workplace as a series of revolving doors, each opening onto a new opportunity. But just because they're more likely to be comfortable job hopping than their older peers doesn't mean that they can create meaningful careers amid all this change -- at least, not without effort. Here's how millennials can find meaning into day's chaotic business world.
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  • To Build the Perfect To-Do List, Do These 5 Things

    There are two types of people: those who swear by to-do lists, and those who swear at them. If you're in the latter camp, and have never been able to figure out exactly why to-do lists don't work for you, the answer is simple -- your lists aren't helping you do the right things, in the right order, at the right time. Here's how to fix them.

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  • Sleep Deprived? It's Thomas Edison's Fault

    Every innovation comes with a price, and not just the one on the sticker. Take the incandescent light bulb, for example. Its invention (by Thomas Edison, Joseph Swan, or at least 22 other folks, depending on whom you ask) allowed us to stay up till all hours of the day and night without burning the actual midnight oil. As a result, people did stay up -- but often for work, not for fun.

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  • 3 Futuristic Careers to Start Studying for Now

    There's no question that technology is advancing more rapidly than anyone can keep up with. Between wearable devices, innovators like Elon Musk, and industries like biofuel, we're seeing the world change before our eyes every day. What futuristic jobs can we expect to be gunning for in a few years?
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  • Women Go to Work to Relax

    Working women, do you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? Cheer up: it's almost time to go back to work. A recent study from the Council on Contemporary Families found that while both women and men have lower levels of stress at work than at home, women reported being happier at the office than they were at home.

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  • How to Negotiate a Job Offer

    You've successfully managed the interview process, and now the employer of your dreams has extended an invitation to join the company. Now comes the tricky part: negotiating the job offer. If the very thought gives you sweaty palms, fear not: a little preparation ahead of time will give you a better chance of getting the salary and benefits you deserve with the least amount of discomfort and risk.
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  • How to Draw Boundaries in the Age of Digital Work

    If you're reading this in a the middle of your long holiday weekend, it's long past time for this question: in a time when we're always connected to our jobs, via mobile devices and the shifting expectations they've created, is there any real way to take time off?

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  • 3 Ways to Tell If You're a Bad Boss

    Is your team fleeing the company like the proverbial rats off the sinking ship? Bad news. The problem might not be your organization. The problem might be you.

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  • The End of Looking Busy: 3 Tips to Be More Productive

    If you want to be more productive at work, you must learn to master your time. Some people just look busy and don't get anything done; others get their work accomplished and have time to spend with family or friends in the evening. Which type do you want to be?
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  • The 3 Most Awkward Questions You Can Ask Your Interviewer

    Want to embarrass yourself at your next job interview? Ask the wrong questions, instead of the right ones. There's no better way to look unprepared, disinterested, or disengaged in the hiring process. (OK, mispronouncing the name of the company, playing games on your phone, and bringing the cat with you are also right up there -- but then you're really making an effort at not making an effort.)

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  • Is Job Hopping Finally OK?

    Career advice varies widely, depending on who's giving it, but most experts agree on one thing: if you can manage it, you're best off staying in one job for at least a few years. Change more often than that, the theory goes, and you're telling prospective employers that you're unreliable. But in this age of frequent layoffs and long-term unemployment, is there really still such a strong stigma against job hopping?

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  • Choose the Best Passwords at Work or Anywhere Else

    Yesterday, eBay announced that the encrypted passwords and personal details of all 233 million of its users had been compromised in one of the largest security breaches of all time. What does that have to do with you at work? Well, if you use the same password for multiple accounts, as many people do, this or any other hacking incident could expose more than just your personal information: it could compromise your accounts at work, leading to potential security threats for your employer and career fallout for you.

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  • College Grads: Hiring to Increase Nearly 9 Percent

    The Class of 2014 may not have to don fast food uniforms after the caps and gowns come off. Employers that hire new grads are feeling optimistic about the market and plan to hire 8.6 percent more college graduates this year as compared to last. Starting salaries for this year's class are also up by 1.2 percent, all this according to a recent survey released by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

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  • 4 Ways to Handle Your Passive-Aggressive Boss

    Passive-aggression is difficult to deal with under any circumstances, but at work, it's a potential career killer -- especially if the passive-aggressive person in question is your boss. The worst part is, it's not always easy to tell when your manager is guilty of this destructive behavior; on the outside, he might seem sweet and easy to work with. Here's how to spot the tell-tale signs and cope with the situation effectively.
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  • 5 Mistakes Inexperienced Managers Make

    What's the worst part of being a brand-new manager? The certain knowledge that, no matter what you do, you're going to make mistakes. However, if you know which pitfalls generally catch new leaders, you stand a better chance of avoiding them.

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  • Low-Wage Workers Ask Employers to Voluntarily Raise Their Pay

    The fight to raise the minimum wage from the current federal mandate of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 has met with fierce opposition from Senate Republicans. Now, low-wage workers are taking matters into their own hands, asking their employers to commit to raising their pay without waiting to be legally required to do so.

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  • Stay in Control of Your Exit Interview

    You’ve had a horrible boss, crazy colleagues, and an extremely stressful job, but you’ve finally been able to break free and now have an offer from a new company. You can’t wait to start at your new job. In most organizations, you will be scheduled for one last meeting with HR -- your exit interview. The question is, what to say during that final chat. Do you spill your guts and spit out all the pain, because this is, after all, your last chance?
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  • The Advantages of ROWE: Why Employees Who Don't Go to Work Are More Productive

    At some point in each of our working lives, we've been forced to clock in at a specific time, take a lunch break that is exactly a half hour, or been told when and where we can take a 10-minute break. Some of us have only been allowed to use the restroom at specific times; others, perhaps have been reprimanded or worse, lost a job, if we couldn't make it in during a snow or sick day. Working for companies like these is more than demoralizing -- it's unproductive. ROWE (results only work environment) is an alternative management strategy that focuses on results, not rules.
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