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    How to Make Meetings More Interesting

    How to Make Meetings More Interesting
    Meetings can be deadly, especially if they feel unproductive. Listening to your boss drone on and on about things that don't affect you just isn’t a smart use of your time. So how can you make your boring meetings more productive? Research shows that increasing activity and creativity in meetings helps increase brain activity and alertness. Everyone's happier when you make ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    4 Fabulous Women Who Dressed as Men

    4 Fabulous Women Who Dressed as Men
    During the most recent Democratic primary, I found myself wondering how things might have turned out differently if Hillary Clinton had spent less time with the glass ceiling and more time campaigning for President. For that matter, would Sarah Palin have been chosen as John McCain’s ticket mate if she had not been female? Even today, women carry the heavy burden ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Should You Warn Potential Employees?

    Should You Warn Potential Employees?
    A reader writes: I'm finally coming to the end of my contract at an incredibly poisonous company, and I've been tasked to replace myself. We don't have an HR department, and my own boss just split suddenly, leaving behind massive amounts of debt, so the parent company has tasked me to do this. My question is, how can I explain the ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Subpar Employee Better Than No Employee?

    Subpar Employee Better Than No Employee?
    A reader writes: I work in an office where you'd have to set your desk on fire to get terminated around here. We have an employees who dinks around all day, dodging responsibilities, refusing to improve. Meanwhile, the rest of us run around like chickens trying to serve the clients. My boss admits that this person is a subpar worker, and ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    5 Business Lessons from MythBusters

    5 Business Lessons from MythBusters
    Mr. Bartender and I really enjoy the show MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. If you're not familiar with it, two special effects experts – Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage – recreate "myths" (read: urban legends, Hollywood effects, idioms, stuff) to see if they are true or not. To give you a flavor of the show, some of the things they've tested ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    When Should a New Hire Get Up Speed?

    When Should a New Hire Get Up Speed?
    A reader writes: I'm a former academic mathematician who left academia, because...well...suffice it to say that I didn't go to college for nine years to become a glorified babysitter. After a job offer from a Very Large Government Agency fell through, I found myself severely underemployed. While slowly crawling out of the deep, dark depression in which I found myself, I ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    A Crisis of Creativity in the Workplace

    A Crisis of Creativity in the Workplace
    A sign in the Washington DC airport captured my attention. It said innovation is the key to solving the health care crisis. The ad was for an insurance company that was promoting the fact they're working on innovative solutions toward health care. Nice! But the message made me wonder. Are organizations really ready for innovation? And if they are — don't ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Get a Raise for Taking on More Work?

    Get a Raise for Taking on More Work?
    A reader writes: My coworker is leaving in two weeks, but my company has a hiring freeze and will not be able to hire anyone for some time, which the HR department has not specified. The head of my department is planning to ask me to take on some of my coworker's duties in addition to my regular, full time duties. ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    How to Deal With an Absent Boss

    How to Deal With an Absent Boss
    A reader writes: Our department suffers from absenteeism and my boss is one of the biggest offenders. She just called in sick again today. Her habit of calling in sick regularly (not to mention coming in late and leaving early) means that the staff in our department feel entitled to do the same. This is a state agency and a union ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Dental Problem Scaring Off Employees?

    Dental Problem Scaring Off Employees?
    A reader writes: I've been troubled by a recent dental accident that's left me with a noticeable piece missing from a front tooth. I've been unemployed (except for temp work) for almost two years due to a layoff and have been rejected by several companies because I am "overqualified" (with a possible factor of being 58). Now I have this physical ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Quit

    It’s always exhilarating to quit a job you hate. You think of all the perfect ways to tell your boss to shove it — but have you thought about the consequences? Do you know what you’re going to do after the big event? Are you prepared to just leave your job? Pause before you take any action. Go ahead and ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Backing Out of a New Job to Accept Another?

    Backing Out of a New Job to Accept Another?
    I have a feeling this one is going to generate disagreement. A reader writes: I recently accepted an offer with an organization and started this past week. Four days into it, another potential employer I'd interviewed with once (at the same time I interviewed for my new job) has asked me to talk with them a second time. While I like ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Dark Side of Leadership

    The Dark Side of Leadership
    Many leaders have what Aristotle would have called a "tragic flaw". Othello's jealousy and Hamlet's failure to act are two well known literary examples. This weak spot that can lead to a leader’s downfall is often one of the leader’s greatest strengths, which when stressed and overused, turns into destructive behavior. I’ve always believed that most, if not all, leadership behavioral ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Crazy HR Director Just Doing Her Job?

    Crazy HR Director Just Doing Her Job?
    A reader writes: The division that I've recently joined has an HR Director who seems to be extremely powerful due to the strong relationship she has with the head of our business unit. About three months into my job, I was warned by two colleagues on different occasions that I should never challenge this woman and should be very wary about ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Double Standard Dilemma

    The Double Standard Dilemma
    Let's face it ladies. The fight’s not fair in the business world. We may be picking away at the salary gap but we still only earn 77 cents to every man’s dollar, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And despite filling more seats at business school, fewer than 3 percent of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women. So how does bias run ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Playing Fair in Business

    Playing Fair in Business
    When you're a little kid, everything is unfair. The fact that I had to go to bed before the end of a basketball game on TV. Or that my sister got birthday presents on her birthday but not me. Or that I couldn't ride my bike out to the lake with my friends. It wasn't fair. So because it was unfair, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Vacation Approval

    Vacation Approval
    A reader writes: Does it seem strange that my manager wants to know what I'm doing for any vacation request I submit? And not in the friendly conversational way of "where are you going" or "big plans?" but in the way that he's asking if it's worthy to give the vacation days. Is this right? I know it's the latter because ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Money Tips from Alice in Wonderland

    Money Tips from Alice in Wonderland
    Does the world of investing seem like a mysterious place? You may feel like you’ve dropped down a rabbit hole into a strange land of creatures with names like TIGR, GNMA, and LURMS. Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass, was a mathematician and logician of the 1800s. His inventive tales are full of ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Run My Business With a 4-Day Work Week?

    Run My Business With a 4-Day Work Week?
    A reader writes: As a future employer (I hope!), I have an idea that I've been kicking around in my mind for awhile. I feel that a five-day work week is stifling and that people in general would be happier with a four-day work week at approximately 32 hours a week. However, in my scenario, this would be considered full-time: such ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Meaning Behind "Resume on File"

    The Meaning Behind "Resume on File"
    A reader writes: In most of the jobs where I've been interviewed and rejected the rejection letter says something like "We will hold on to your resume and contact you if we ever have any jobs that meets your needs" or something like this. Is this just being polite or is it possible that some time down the road they will ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?