Call it Secret Santa, or White Elephant, or Yankee Swap: no matter how your office structures its annual holiday gift-giving ritual, it's a potential opportunity to make enemies among your soon-to-be erstwhile office friends and resentful co-workers. Think we're being overly negative? Consider these horrible office holiday gifts, culled from Facebook users who will never cheerfully draw a name from a Santa hat again.
When was the last time your parents asked you for help with their computer? Maybe your father is struggling to figure out how to FaceTime with the grandkids, or your mom's computer is doing that "thing" again where it "keeps closing out of programs." Whatever the problem, one thing is for sure: your older relatives are sure you can fix it. It seems to be a given that almost any kid — and even your 5-year-old — can help the older generation with any given technology snafu. But it turns out, that doesn't translate into wanting a career in information technology.
It's one of the most common questions in the comments on any post related to working at home (and even some that aren't): "How can I find a real work-at-home job?" The key to the question is the word "real." While there are plenty of shady people out there on the internet willing to promise you thousands of dollars a month for stuffing envelopes or doing vague, unspecified work on your laptop, genuine work-at-home opportunities are a bit more scarce. The good news is that if you know what you're looking for, you can absolutely find good jobs that you can do entirely or mostly from home.
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.
Retirement can be one of the greatest times of our lives, and making smart decisions about how and where to spend those years can make all the difference in the world. You want to retire somewhere safe, somewhere lovely ... plus, wherever you choose needs to have solid healthcare options and, perhaps most importantly, a cost of living that you can afford.
Regardless of how you look at the data, women make less than men in their careers and we have to do something to fix this issue. As the great Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world," so here are five ways to help you be that change and end the gender pay gap once and for all.
In a perfect world, we'd all have the month of December off – or at least, the tail end of it, when the holiday season starts really heating up. Let's face it: not much is getting done during the last half of the month anyway, unless you work in healthcare or event planning. Despite the futility of working at most white-collar jobs in the waning days of the year, the majority of workers will be expected to show up and do a good imitation of someone who's working hard. We all accept that this is so. But, what about when your boss, or your employer, is stingy about actual holidays? Answers to that question, plus advice on how to stop expecting the wrong things from yourself and others, and tips on getting the best job referrals, in this week's roundup.
It's 5 o'clock. You've got your computer open, phone sitting next to it, and somehow an iPad has managed to find its way onto your desk. You're simultaneously trying to update your project manager, respond to three different slack chats, and make happy hour plans — which three hours from now you'll have to cancel because you'll still be in the office. Maybe it's time to re-prioritize your schedule.
You're ready. You've got "Lose Yourself" queued up in your headphones, your résumé is fresh off the printer, and you know you're a lock for this role. But 30 minutes later, you're walking out of the interview and the prospects are starting to look bleak. It's not an uncommon place to be in, and it's probably because of an all too common mistake. Ready to find out where you went wrong?
Looking for a job is a painful, humiliating experience akin to some kind of Hunger Game or Maze Run. Will you make it out alive? Maybe.
The words "workplace" and "office" don't conjure up simple imagery quite the way they used to. Some people work for startups that grow and change faster than employees can adjust. Other folks are freelancers or work from home for their companies. Still others are working full-time while also pursuing degrees, and trying to find a way to make it all work. No matter the case, the office life of today is very different than it used to be. And, no matter which work situation you find yourself in, that particular environment has its benefits and its drawbacks. Let's take a closer look at a few of the nontraditional employment situations available to today's workers. There may be more to these arrangements than meets the eye.