• These Might Be the 5 Coolest Offices in the US (and Canada)
    PayScale recently gave readers a look inside some of the coolest offices around the globe. After conducting extensive research and drooling over countless worthy contenders, we narrowed the list to a handful of creative and unusual spaces, including the live orange grove of Google Tel Aviv, the James Bond-esque Cold War bunker offices of Swedish Internet provider, Bahnhof, and the vintage carousel horses at Ogilvy & Mather's Guanghzou, China outpost. To follow up on our list of incredible office spaces abroad, we compiled the following stateside edition outlining the most unbelievable offices right here in the U. S. of A. (and one in Canada). Prepare for a major case of office envy — the only antidote to which is the solace you can take from knowing how hard it must be to get actual work done in offices this cool.
  • You Probably Have Computer Vision Syndrome. Here's How to Fight It.
    After a long day at the cube farm, are your eyes tired, itchy, and red? Most of us work while staring at a computer screen for hours on end, and we could also be victims of a very real problem: Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). The good news is there are simple ways you can combat CVS, and it doesn't mean unplugging (completely).
  • 4 Reasons People Skills Are More Important Than Ever
    We all know that technology has changed the way we work. With all of the talk of STEM jobs, telecommuting, and social networking, it can seem as though perhaps the skills that mattered most years ago have fallen out of fashion. As long as you can saddle up to new technology and navigate the internets effectively, you should be all set, right? Wrong. It turns out people skills are even more important than ever. Here are a few reasons why.
  • Is Listening to Music at Work Really Good for Productivity?
    Some people like to listen to music while they work, believing that it helps them improve their focus, and maybe even their mood. But, is there any truth behind the idea that listening to music around the office is good for productivity? Might some music do the trick better than others? We looked to science for some answers. Here are a few things we discovered.
  • Office Horror Stories: The 10 Scariest Co-Workers Ever
    What's more terrifying that than the scariest ghost story you've ever heard? Going to work with some of these folks. We asked Facebook users to share their tales involving co-workers whose bizarre and unprofessional behavior made the fact that they had jobs stranger than fiction. These stories will remind you that the real-life experience of going to work offers plenty of scares – no ghosts or goblins necessary.
  • 5 Surprising Facts About Lunch Breaks
    Most of the time, lunch doesn't really feel like that big of a deal. If we're able to take a lunch break, we generally feel glad, and enjoy a short respite from the craziness of the workday. Often though, we lunch at our desks, or on our feet, unable to take the time to sit down and eat, even just for a few minutes. Still though, what does it really matter? Well, here are a few surprising facts about lunch breaks that might inspire you to pay a little more attention to how you spend this time.
  • Your Standing Desk Is No Healthier Than a Regular Old Sitting Desk, Study Finds
    Bad news, standing-desk fans: according to a study from Exeter University and University College London, you're getting sore feet for nothing. After following 5,000 people over the course of 16 years, researchers determined that standing desks are no better for your health than standard ones. Being still, they contend, whether standing or sitting, is bad for your health.
  • How to Survive an Open Office If You're an Introvert
    Big, open spaces crammed full of bodies with nothing to break up the sound of a workday frenzy: sounds great, right? While open offices seemed like a way to promote collaboration (and save money by putting more employees per square foot), the trend does have its drawbacks, especially if you're a bit more turtle than tiger at work. Here's how to cope when your privacy at work goes bye-bye.
  • 7 Things You Should NEVER Say to Co-Workers
    Given the amount of time we spend at work, it's understandable that a lot of us get pretty comfortable there. It's a good thing when you can really be yourself at work, and it's nice to have friends there, too. But, no matter how much your workplace feels like a home away from home, the truth is that it isn't. Your workplace is a professional environment, and there are some lines that should never be crossed. Let's take a look at a few things that you should never say to your co-workers. Really. Never.
  • How to Influence Without Authority
    Ever had to get people to contribute to a project, even though you're not actually their manager? Tough job, isn't it? Managing people without being in a position of power over them can be a daunting task, especially if it doesn't come naturally to you. But there are ways you can get your colleagues to help you in your job without the need for the carrot or, well, the stick.
  • We Are All the Urban Outfitters Employees Who Were Asked to Work for Free
    Last week, Gawker reported that URBN, the Philadelphia-based company that owns Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People, sent out a memo asking salaried workers to volunteer their weekend time, unpacking boxes during the October rush. But don't worry: the memo made it clear that this was a "team-building activity." Furthermore, lunch would be provided.
  • Women, Here Are 4 Ways to Stop Giving Away Power
    We're taught from a young age that "femininity" is synonymous with being demure, quiet, pleasing, and friendly. But bosses often need a kind of take-charge attitude that maintains your powerful role as a knowledgeable person. So how do you keep the power and your upward mobility as a woman in the workplace? How do you avoid being stuck between a rock and the glass ceiling? Here are some tips:
  • How To Tell If People Management IS For You
    Just because you are doing exceptionally in your current job doesn't mean you are ready to take on a managerial position. It also does not mean that your career path is only in the individual contributor career track. You won't really know if you are a good people manager, unless you really start managing a team, but if you have the following traits, that's a great start.
  • Workplace Lulz: When Blissful Ignorance Turns Your Career Into an Awkard Penguin
    You're serious about your career, but that doesn't mean that you can't get a side order of lulz along with your career advice. With the help of socially awkward penguin and Scumbag Steve, we tackle the issues of generations in the workplace, introverts who are forced to socialize at work, and dress codes in this week's Workplace Lulz.
  • 10 Creative Out-of-Office Replies You Can Use Right Now
    We're a full step into fall, which means if you're not drowning in leaf piles, you're probably drowning in work. You know what you deserve? That's right, a mental health day. The problem for most of us, however, isn't being able to take the time off. It's being able to unplug for more than 12 hours. According to one study, nearly 50 percent of respondents admitted to checking email while on vacation. It's time to put your OOO on, and put your phone away.
  • Is a 6-Hour Workday Right for You?
    The 40-hour work week is relic of the past, and some employers in Sweden are looking to the future. Companies as diverse as automobile manufacturers and nursing homes have transitioned to a shorter work day, some of them as far back as a decade ago. Those that have made the change report increased productivity, as well as better work-life balance for their employees.
  • Peeple Might Be a Hoax, But You Can Learn From It Anyway
    Imagine a world in which every former boss, bad first date, or disgruntled colleague could complain about you online – and it would have the weight of a LinkedIn recommendation or a Yelp review. That's the dystopian future seemingly promised by Peeple, the as-yet-unlaunched app that would allow users to rate people as if they were restaurants or movie theaters. As you can imagine, the internet burst into flames, hounding the founders on social media until they took down their feeds, accounts, and even the company site itself. There's just one problem: some savvy watchers of internet brouhahas are now asking if the the whole thing is a hoax.
  • 4 Reasons Humility Is a Virtue Worth Embracing
    It's often said that, in business, confidence is king. In fact, it is good to project confidence at work – or rather, timidity and lack of confidence can really hold you back. But, ego and hubris can do damage, too. Perhaps it's time to take a good hard look at the value of humility and try to understand how cultivating and expressing it could help you professionally. Here are a few reasons humility is a virtue worth embracing.
  • 6 Tips for Decorating Your Office to Improve Your Mood
    The workday is often long and hard, and sometimes we don't have as much control as we'd like over the difficulties we're forced to shoulder in our jobs. It's easy to get run down, and it's tough to be optimistic on days when so much feels out of our hands. Sometimes, all we can control are the little things. The good news is, these little things could make a bigger difference than you'd think. If you're feeling like your attitude could use a little re-calibrating, try one or more of these quick tips for decorating your office to improve your mood. They really might help.
  • We Know How You Email Your Boss
    You might think emailing the boss is a deeply personal process, but a recent study found that we all tend to show deference up the corporate ladder in the same way. Unless your boss is your pal and you're working alongside each other in the trenches (or converted garage) of a more-or-less egalitarian startup, you're probably going to sweat over the emails you're sending him or her. The question is, how does that affect your productivity?

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