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    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Office

    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Office
    You spend eight-plus hours at work every day, so you can assume that that nature will call at least once during your day. Besides your desk, the office bathroom is where you might spend the most time during the workday. Since you spend so much of your day there, the office bathroom should be a comfortable, approachable place. Make sure you ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Getting Through a Group Interview

    Getting Through a Group Interview
    Group interviews are relatively easy if you work well in a team and are able to make your ideas heard in a crowd. However, they can be challenging if you have a quieter personality and prefer to keep to yourself. Regardless of how you feel about group interviews, there’s no reason you should treat them any different, in most respects, than ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    When to Send a Thank-You Note

    When to Send a Thank-You Note
    A reader writes: I have a question about thank-you letters after an interview. In today's world of cell phones being able to do email, I can actually have the thank-you letter sent before I even leave the interviewer's office. I literally just said thank-you and shook hands three minutes ago, and am sending the thank-you email already? I try to include ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 7 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 almost 7 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 almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 7 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 almost 7 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 almost 7 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 almost 7 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 almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    How to Speak More Assertively

    How to Speak More Assertively
    If you deal with daily meetings and interactions with coworkers, you know just how important it is to speak assertively. But what exactly does “assertively” mean and how do you speak your mind without coming across as rude? These are important questions, as communicating effectively — not to mention politely — is pivotal to your professional success. The last thing you ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hiring Internally, or Externally?

    Hiring Internally, or Externally?
    A reader writes: Another question along the lines of job rejections. I have been applying to jobs at the company for which I used to work (I left to stay home with kids). I still have great references from colleagues and managers; they pass my resume and cover along with recommendations if they know the hiring manager. While this gets me ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Is Work Experience Worth a Terrible Job?

    Is Work Experience Worth a Terrible Job?
    A reader writes: I have a question regarding my first "real" job. I recently had a second interview for a company that went really well. My interviewer and I developed a real rapport, and I think I'd really like the people I'd be working with. The problem is, the job is really, really low pay for really, really long hours. I'm ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Job Application Leak

    Job Application Leak
    A reader writes: I applied for a job with a competitor of the current company I work for. I arrived at work the next day and all my co-workers and people who don't even work with me, knew I applied for the job. Are there any privacy laws preventing this company from telling my current job that I applied there, they ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Boss Can Check Your Text Messages

    Boss Can Check Your Text Messages
    Let’s face it, most employees use their company-issued pagers, phones, laptops for personal reasons sometimes. It’s just the way life is now — the lines between work life and personal life are becoming more and more blurred as workers seem to be working round the clock these days. But if you do use these devices for a message or text you ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Social Media Isn’t Rocket Science

    Social Media Isn’t Rocket Science
    So I was talking to my grandma about what I do as a community director at ERE. Now I know some of you have technology savvy grandparents but mine isn't one of them. So I was explaining our website, different technology platforms, who we targeted, what I specifically did and I think she was more confused than ever. So I dropped ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party

    Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party
    My first glimpse of an office birthday party was via the movie Office Space, when the corporate drones stand awkwardly around the cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to their boss in monotone voices. Flash forward seven years: the first company I worked for as a recent college grad had its monthly birthday celebration, and I had an overwhelming sense of déjà ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Career Ruining Your Relationships?

    Career Ruining Your Relationships?
    Are you a woman with a lot going for her in all areas except in love and relationships? Do men stop calling or withdraw after a few dates or tell you they’re not interested or don’t feel the right chemistry with you? Your intelligence and ambition may have gotten you where you are in your life and career, but are those ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    7 Phone Interviews, 7 Candidates

    7 Phone Interviews, 7 Candidates
    Today I did a slew of phone interviews for an open position and thought you guys might find it interesting to peek into the hiring process from the employer's side. This is pretty typical of how a day of phone interviews go. The position I'm hiring for is an entry-level job, doing administrative work that isn't the most glamorous but which ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +3

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?