• 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?

  • How to Build a Better Workday

    Want to be happier at work? The secret might be achieving a state of flow, the feeling you get when you're so absorbed in activities that give you a sense of purpose, that you lose track of time. (As opposed to, for example, the parched-eyeball feeling of losing an hour to your favorite game app on your phone.) So how can we get to flow?

  • Paint Your Office Walls the Best Colors for Productivity

    Color schemes in any office help set the mood or tone of the business. Forbes has a wonderful color wheel that indicates the different psychological moods that colors evoke. If you have the opportunity to paint your office walls or to change the color schemes where you work, consider how you wish to influence your co-workers and clients.

  • Be a Satisficer, Not a Maximizer

    When you're given a task to accomplish at work, do you insist on doing everything in your power to accomplish it in the best possible way, or do you work to get the job done so that it meets requirements, and move on?

  • Tuesdays Are the Most Productive Day of the Week

    Feeling productive today? It might be because it's Tuesday. A recent Accountemps poll found that 33 percent of human resources managers pegged Tuesdays as the week's more productive day.

  • How to Make Your Boss Listen to Your Ideas
    Employees are the ones who come up with the best solutions to workplace problems. There are a number of reasons bosses don’t always want to listen (other than because you once suggested Beer Day and Do Nothing Day). So how do you get your boss to listen to your great ideas?
  • Stop Complaining About Being Overworked, Unless You Live in One of These 5 Countries
    Americans may think they’re being overworked, but a new study shows that they’re just being a bunch of wimps compared to professionals in these five nations.
  • How to Manage Social Media in the Office
    Unless managing social media in the office is your job, it's important to understand how using social media can affect your job -- and vice versa. Here are a few tips we've put together to help you manage social media in the office so you can be more productive and ensure your privacy -- and job security -- is protected.
  • 3 Productivity Lessons From Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin was many things: an inventor, a businessman, one of the founders of the nation. But first and foremost, he was productive. His daily schedule from his autobiography allots seven hours for sleep, eight for work, a combined three for breakfast, planning his day, and "addressing powerful goodness." But what can we learn from Franklin's schedule, over 200 years later?

  • Mobile Devices Increase Productivity, But Pose Serious Security Concerns
    It's 6 a.m. and your alarm goes off -- and the first thing you do is check your email on your smartphone. Over the course of the day, you may have touched four or five devices, and half of them are mobile. While working with a multitude of mobile devices might seem like opportunities to distract yourself, the reality is that mobile devices can actually increase productivity -- but at the cost of security.
  • 3 Ways to Be Happier at Work

    Finding true happiness at work is tricky. After all, if your job was as much fun as your hobbies, they probably wouldn't pay you to do it. But the good news is that a few attitude tweaks can improve your perception -- which is the secret of feeling better about anything.