Sometimes the best ideas are new ideas. See the latest on Kickstarter and you’ll read about doodads and thingamajigs that will make your head spin. But when it comes to work, past the kooky stressball or two, what are really …
If you use Slack at your office, you're already familiar with joy that comes from sending your co-workers gif after gif (or jif after jif). What you might not know is that there is an incredible goldmine of add-ons in Slack that you can use that will make your workday significantly better. From CatFacts to Kanye West, there's an add-on for that. Check them out here.
The Silicon Valley company, Slack
, which is led by Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield, aims to change the way teams communicate in these here modern times. Their app, which makes work more fun (but might keep you there)
, is gaining popularity in workplaces, and alternative work spaces, across the county.
Social media has an amazing ability to connect people; however, with that comes both good and bad. The bad part is that anyone and everyone has the freedom to voice whatever opinion their little hearts desire, which promotes cyber bullying and allows other negativity to spread online. The good part is, the convenience and connectivity of social networks allow like-minded people to communicate, share, and help one another. One psychologist and MIT grad student, Robert Morris, used the positive aspects of social networking to formulate a site incorporating crowdsourced cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help users "debug" their negative thoughts and overcome depression.
Sometimes, saying thank you can feel rote, habitual, and therefore maybe even a little pointless. If you thank people the way we were taught as children, you're doing it all day long -- for holding the door, handing you the stapler, or for answering a quick question. Thank you, thank you, and thanks so much … the gestures of gratitude can really start feel redundant when you work very closely with people. The opportunities to thank are abundant, and you might feel a little silly when you realize that you have exchanged 30-plus thank-yous before lunch. So, if its meaning is reduced by over-use, should we abandon the thank you? Absolutely not -- and here's why.
When married couples cannot even take their honeymoon together because they are unable to coordinate time off from work, something needs to change. This rather disturbing new trend is called a "uni-moon," and it is not helpful to work-life balance.
Did you know your mother follows you to work? Well, she may not actually be following you to your desk, but her influence does. A recent study found that mothers play a unique role in what kind of worker you become. It turns out that a strong relationship with your mom may cause you to be less focused on money, and more focused on finding meaning and purpose in what you do.
There’s at least one in every workplace. The “nice” employee who always treats everyone with respect and kindness. Yet, this is often the person who also gets no respect from co-workers nor does he or she get any true career satisfaction. In fact, so-called nice employees are often those who get walked on by other less nice employees and management. If you’ve found yourself in this position, then it’s time for a new attitude and the respect you deserve.
Going back to work after having a child is a difficult decision to make, especially when it entails leaving your children at home to be cared for by someone else. In a perfect world, everyone would work together to prepare meals, clean the house, and stay on schedule, and working women would find that blissful work-life balance. For most, though, this isn't the reality. Regardless of whether you work inside or outside the home, being a working mother is difficult. It's inevitable that priorities, finances, and sleep schedules will shift when we juggle work and children. We turned to the Quora community to see what practical tips its members have to share with other working moms.
After graduation, the pursuit of a career can appear to be a daunting task. Everyone has advice and rules. Follow your dreams. Follow the money. Never be late. Never be early. Preparing to enter the work force is sometimes harder work than the actual job. So, what exactly do you really need to know when you graduate from college? Take a look at 10 pieces of advice from people who have been there.
Does the rumor mill take less time to go around your workplace than an email? People tend to like to talk, and often this includes talking about other people around the water cooler or via internal communications. After all, it’s human nature to “bond’ at the office over some juicy information. Unfortunately, in many workplaces, gossip can become not only annoying, but troublesome as well. This is why you can revolutionize your workplace by enacting a zero-tolerance gossip policy, right from your cubicle.