• 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How Gamifying Boring Tasks Creates Productive Habits

    It's easier to get things done when there's a reward for completing a task. Unfortunately, outside of the confines of a video game, most of us don't get rewarded for doing the thousands of tiny, boring things that add up, ultimately, to the big achievements that make us successful. Enter gamification, the practice of assigning video game-worthy rewards to real-life tasks.

  • Office Pet Peeves [infographic]

    There's no way around it: the office can be an irritating place. Partly, this is because we're forced to spend so much time there. Anything you have to do is annoying; anywhere you have to be can feel claustrophobic. But LinkedIn's data indicates that many of the things that drive us "up a cubicle wall" are choices -- as in, we could all stop doing them, if we tried.

  • 3 Reasons You Should Journal About Your Job

    Keeping a journal can help you make note of important events, remember them, and learn from them, as well as organize your thoughts and deal with important issues. Journaling helps you work toward your goals. It's a useful tool for those who are interested in professional growth.

  • Watch Funny Videos to Be More Productive

    Forget cute animal photos. If you really want to be productive, says a recent study, watch funny videos.

  • Tetris Breaks Good for You, Say Awesome Researchers

    Need to convince the boss that playing the occasional computer game at work isn't a total waste of time? Try this: a recent study from Plymouth University, published in the journal Appetite, says that playing Tetris reduces the strength, frequency, and vividness of cravings to engage in behaviors like snacking and smoking. In other words, "But boss, picture the savings in healthcare costs! I'm only thinking of the good of the company."

  • Maximize Teamwork and Get the Most Out of Your Team
    Some group dynamics consistently help generate productivity among team members, while other dynamics consistently squash creativity and active participation among team members. Whether you are a leader or a member, you may use this knowledge to help your group be the best it can be.
  • Now Men Are Hogging Up the Work-From-Home Jobs
    Just in case you thought everyone who worked from home was an Oprah-watching, pajama-wearing mommy -- surprise! They’re not.
  • 3 Counterintuitive Productivity Tips That Really Work

    Tired of reading about how you need to get up earlier and make better to-do lists? Good news for you, then: some of the best productivity tips are the ones that go completely against the usual advice for getting stuff done.

  • Binge Working Is Terrible for Workers' Health, Productivity

    There have been a few stories about death by overwork in the past few months -- the copywriter in Indonesia, the office worker in China. Less dramatically, experts have connected binge working to a host of ailments, from depression to dementia. So why do companies still push workers to work such long hours?

  • 5 Things You Should Do With Your Weekend (Besides Work)

    If you're old enough to remember when computers couldn't fit in a purse, you also probably also have fond memories of the five-day work week. Nowadays, of course, many of us wind up working for at least some of that time -- even though we know better. Here's what you should do instead, if you really want to maximize productivity and job satisfaction.

  • 3 Easy Ways to Be Happier at Work

    When it comes to being happy at work, most of us have things the wrong way around: we think that when we find the perfect job, we'll finally feel good about coming to work. In fact, the opposite is true: become happy with your job, and you'll be more successful at it.

  • Homing From Work: Who's Doing Non-Work Stuff at the Office? [infographic]

    Most of us would say that employees shouldn't do a lot of non-work-related activities at the office. After all, everyone's worked with that person who can't get off Facebook or stop playing Solitaire long enough to get anything done. But in reality, given how long the average work day has become, most of us will be forced to "home from work" at some point or another.

  • How to Deal With Secondhand Stress

    You might have perfected your ability to deal with stressful situations -- deadlines, last-minute changes, the hustle and bustle of a busy office. But that doesn't mean you've mastered the most challenging piece of the stress management puzzle: handling the contagious kind of stress that you can easily catch from an anxious co-worker.

  • 4 (Relatively) Easy Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance

    Some of your work-life balance is beyond your control. If your corporate culture dictates that you answer email on the weekend, for example, there's not much you can do on that front to balance your professional responsibilities with your personal commitments. The best approach is to focus on what you can control.

  • How to Work When You Just Don't Feel Like It

    The tendency to procrastinate is one of those mysteries of human nature: why put things off, when we know perfectly well that we'll have to do them eventually? Often, it's because we "just don't feel like it." But learning to do things when you don't feel like it is an essential part of being a successful, productive person -- and it's easier than you think.

  • Work at the Office -- If You Don't Want to Get Anything Done

    The physical office is a productivity killer. At least according to Jason Fried, author of Remote: Office Not Required. Before you dismiss this opinion as just another person with a preference for working in pajamas, consider his arguments.

  • Think Like an Olympic Athlete and Succeed at Work

    If you've been watching the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, you've probably spent many hours in awe of the athletes' physical grace and strength. Even curling, which is the go-to sport to make fun of for people who don't know anything about sports, requires more coordination in a few minutes than the average office worker uses in a year. But what about the mental strength of Olympic athletes?