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The Future of Work

These were the craziest workplace surveillance stories of 2017

New advances in technology are making it easier than ever for our employers to track our movements, whereabouts, and employability. These were the craziest stories of 2017.

Drinking

How to survive Dry January at the office

As part of our New Year's resolution to live healthier this year, many of us choose to forego alcohol for the month of January in a phenomenon known as Dry January. Here's how to stick to it at work.

Office Life

7 fool-proof ways to stay positive in a toxic workplace

There’s a lot we need to do as a culture to improve the workplace, and while generally speaking the workplace at large is moving in a more empathetic, positive direction, toxic environments still exist. So what can you do to remain positive if you find yourself in this type of situation?

Management

3 ways to salvage a meeting that’s gone sour after a big conflict

We've all been in meetings that have gone horribly off the rails. This is what you can do as a manager to diffuse the situation — either during or after the meeting.

Management

Simon Sinek explains why you should be the last to speak in a meeting

Be a better listener by being the last one to speak your opinion in a meeting. When you wait to hear what your team is going to say, you're giving your team a chance to grow into leaders who can feel comfortable sharing their opinions with each other.

Job Search

4 things NOT to do when making your reference list

Coming up with a reference list can be tricky. Here's what not to do when considering references for your latest job application.

Success

This is why LeBron James doesn’t lose sleep over losses

By prioritizing his family's achievements over his professional accomplishments, LeBron James is pushing back against the narrative that your job needs to be your everything.

Bosses

4 things to do when your boss asks for feedback

When your supervisor asks for feedback on their performance in a rare moment, it's easy to tense up. But don't panic — here are four things to do instead.

Office Life

Here’s when it is — and isn’t — okay to quit your new, horrible job

If you've ever had a no good, horrible first day at your new job, a treasonous thought may start to tempt you — how soon is too soon to quit?

Networking

5 ways unsuccessful people network

If you don't talk enough, you could be perceived as cold or aloof. If you talk too much, you could be considered unprofessional or self-interested. Here’s what unsuccessful people do when networking.  

Science of Work

Study: Bosses should think twice about showing vulnerability

How much do our co-workers need to know about our personal lives? According to a LinkedIn and CensusWide survey, your answer differs depending on your age. Bosses, in particular, should never overshare.

Office Life

Five rude emails you send without realizing it

Avoid these top 5 worst emails sins.

Holidays

4 ways to push through holiday withdrawal

After the holiday season, you totally have permission to feel a little sluggish when getting back to work. Here's how to get through the holiday withdrawal during your first few days back in the office.

Weather

4 ways to prepare to work from home during a snowstorm

If you haven't heard by now, you're about to find out: A winter storm being described as a "bombogenesis," which is expected to create a "bomb cyclone," is heading for the East Coast. This is how to prepare to work from home.

Health

This is the best excuse to use for calling in sick at work

We've all been in need of an excuse to tell our employer so we can get a day of much-needed rest. If you've got to play sick, here's the best way to do it.

Office Life

4 tips for creating the perfect online web presence

What you do online is also important long before you get a job. How to curate your web presence so every recruiter who finds you wants to hire you.

Office Life

How to greet someone professionally online

As technology makes it easier for us to professionally greet each other on social networks, we're running into new challenges of how to communicate.

Health

How to alleviate your lower-back pain from the comfort of your desk

The leading cause for missing work around the world is lower back pain. Here are stretches you can do to alleviate it without getting up from your desk.

Management

Survey: Employees want raises more than they want promotions

Recent research from people analytics and employee engagement software company Peakon found that when UK workers were asked to choose what they want for Christmas from office-related features, 34% chose a raise, 28% chose a bonus, and only 8% wanted a promotion.

Management

Study: This is why negative feedback so often backfires — and how to do better

New research finds that when workers hear criticism, they rarely take it to heart. Instead, they seek out people who will tell them they're great. Here's how to do better.

Productivity

4 ways employers can support workers of all ages

Here's what companies can do to make sure employees of all generations feel engaged, because many workers don't feel that way.

Health

This is why the holidays can make us feel terrible — and what to do about it

Although the holidays can be a festive time of togetherness and family, for those of us who are lonely, the holidays can be unhappy and isolating.

Productivity

9 ways to make your cold emails more successful

The perfect letter of introduction is hard to come by, and even harder to write. Why it’s important to craft one and what to include or leave out.

Coworkers

Here’s how to find out what your coworkers really think about you

Too many of us are operating under the illusion that our coworkers see us as we see ourselves. The only way to stop these surprises is to gather feedback.

Remote Work

5 ways to create a private oasis in public spaces

In the age of co-working spaces, how can you hold onto a semblance of privacy when you’re surrounded by noise and distractions?