How to Feel More Comfortable at Work: Blind Dates

Even in small and midsized businesses, it can feel difficult to get to know the people you work with. You may be a tight-knit team in your own department, but the folks over in accounting might as well be at a different company. Smart businesses like Toronto-based FreshBooks are starting to take notice of this and have found an unconventional, albeit effective solution: setting their employees up on blind dates.

Here’s Why You’re Not More Engaged at Work

Reading this on your fourth coffee break today? You've got company. According to Gallup, less than one-third of U.S. workers were engaged with their jobs in 2015. While we tend to talk about employee engagement as if the employees themselves are to blame, those statistics might hint that there's more to the problem than just a few workers with attitude problems.

To Gift or Not to Gift at the Holidays

It's the season of giving, or so the television says, but should you always or never give something to your co-workers, or your boss? We weigh the options for keeping yourself on the Nice List and out of trouble with HR — way more important than staying on Santa's good side when you're a grownup with a job.

How to Get Stuff Done at Work During the Holiday Season

It's getting closer and closer to the holidays, and you might feel like you're being pulled in a million different directions. Do you have presents to shop for? A house to decorate? Food to cook (and eat)? Friends and family to visit with? Oh yeah, and a job to do? Here are some tips for how to get it all done while still having a bit of holiday fun.

How to Not Be a Grinch at Work (When You’re Tired of Christmas Already)

As we slide into December, we resign ourselves to seeing signs of Christmas when we're in the mall, at the car dealership, or even just trying to watch a little TV. But when you're at work, it's sometimes hard to deal with all the "stuff" that comes with Christmas when you don't celebrate it yourself. Office courtesy goes both ways, and it should be possible to have an inclusive environment where some co-workers celebrate winter holidays and those who don't are still respected.

Are Performance Ratings About to Become a Thing of the Past?

Employers have been using forced ranking, or stacked ranking systems for years, as a way to motivate workers and also to help manage and control salaries. However, the system has stirred up controversy since it gained popularity in the 1980s, and now a lot of companies are questioning the process and even eliminating it all together. Let's take a closer look at the reasons performance ratings might be about to become a thing of the past.

Survey: 76 Percent of Workers Are More Productive Outside of the Office

Seventy-six percent of 2,600 people polled in a recent FlexJobs survey chose anywhere but the office during work hours as the ideal place to get "important work done." According to the company's 4th Annual Super Survey, which asked respondents to choose "their location of choice to be most productive on important work-related projects," 50 percent chose their home, and 12 percent chose an alternate location such as a coffee shop, library, or co-working space.

Here’s Why Millennials Want to Work Part-Time

New studies show that millennials are choosing to stay out of Corporate America and opting for smaller companies that value employees and offer more flexibility. We'll take a look at why millennials prefer freedom and purpose (over money) in their careers, and figure out how the heck they're still able to afford pretty enviable lifestyles.

Managing Millennials? Focus on Improving 3 Key Work Skills

Earlier this month, SkillSurvey published the results of some extensive research into the merits of millennial job candidates. The survey observed 28,700 references for around 7,000 job candidates, the vast majority of whom were born after 1980. The conclusion? Millennials are "eager, dedicated people who score high on ethics and integrity." But they're not without their problems.

Need to Vent? BetterCompany Lets You Talk Anonymously About Work

One of the trickiest and most annoying things you'll have to deal with in your career is office drama. One app aims to combat office politics by creating a "safe place" for co-workers to discuss work matters openly and honestly with one another, all while remaining anonymous. Read on to learn more (and where you can sign up).