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    Guidelines for April Fools' Day at the Office

    Guidelines for April Fools' Day at the Office
    I’ve been involved with office pranks before (I know, surprising) and that includes the hardest day of the year to prank anyone (a.k.a. April 1st). Given that I worked in HR and also pulled pranks on people, I worked on some rules of guidance for April Fools jokes at the office. The golden rule: Don’t prank what you wouldn’t want to ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    10 Tricks to Telecommuting Success

    In a century where convenience is the standard form of measurement, telecommuting is growing in popularity. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2005, more than 11 million people worked from home — that's about 8 percent of the U.S. population! And what's not to love about telecommuting? When you can work from the comfort of your home, skip commuter ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +5
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    4 Tips to Beat the Afternoon Slump

    4 Tips to Beat the Afternoon Slump
    We all hit that difficult part of the afternoon when our energy dips, our concentration flags, and it feels like we're not going to be able to stay awake until the end of the workday without crawling under the desk to take a nap. And not sleeping well the night before just compounds the problem. At times like this, we reach ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    4 Obstacles Women Still Face in the Workplace

    [photo:69762] We’re not even two months into the new decade and already a number of studies have jumped up to point out how far women have come in the workplace. For example: Wives earn more than their husbands, and more U.S. women than men actually have jobs. But despite these significant milestones, a few key obstacles remain — particularly in the ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    How Do You Survive Without a Job?

    How Do You Survive Without a Job?
    In the comments on a recent post, Kathy asked: Hi, I have a question that I do not mean with any snotty tone, whatsoever. I am truly curious because it's something I've always wondered: For those of you unemployed for lengthy periods of time, how do you survive? Did you have a large emergency fund built up? Do you tend to ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Beat Your Quarterlife Crisis

    Welcome to the Quarterlife crisis. In bad news, you are already 25% of your way to 100-years-old. In good news, you are about to have a lot more freedom and money and a lot less homework than you did when you were a little kid. Odds are you haven’t really prepared for this transitional period of your life. Maybe you ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Love Your Job? You're One of the Few

    Love Your Job? You're One of the Few
    Think working folks are happy to have a job - ANY job - in this miserable economy? Think again. The number of Americans who reported being happy with their careers dropped to an all-time low - 45 percent - in a new survey that found people are more miserable than ever in nearly every aspect of their work lives. Job satisfaction ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Five Tips to Finding Work at Forty

    Five Tips to Finding Work at Forty
    This weekend I conducted an intensive job search mentor program with a forty-something year-old woman from NJ. Like many women her age, she is returning to the workforce after raising young children. She's been looking for work now (off and on) for about six months and has become frustrated with her inability to get the results she had hoped for. Many ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Making Work Fun

    Making Work Fun
    Yesterday, I wrote a post about hearing Luis Von Ahn Ph.D. and his thoughts on human computation.  Besides talking about using CAPTCHAs to accomplish work, one of the other concepts Luis spoke about was using games for business purposes. As you know, I’m an advocate of using games in business.  I’ve joked around that I’m going to create a workshop on ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Work in the Winter, Play in the Summer

    Work in the Winter, Play in the Summer
    Here’s the deal: I don’t like working in the summer. Here in the Pacific Northwest, summer lasts three months. Those three months make the other nine months totally worth it (really) but I need to figure out how to better align my work flow with that since it always seems to be very busy during the summer too. My wife has ...
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    Tears in the Workplace

    Tears in the Workplace
    There’s been a long standing rule of business that you never want to cry at work. No exceptions. It doesn’t matter what happens – death, sickness, whatever…the rule was you don’t cry at work. Once you were branded a ‘crier’ – your career was over. I think if we haven’t learned anything over the past 18 months, it’s that there are ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Being Sick at Work

    Being Sick at Work
    Several of my blogging colleagues have written about the flu and going to work sick. You can read a couple of them here and here. But, that’s not the focus of today’s post. I’d like to think any reasonably intelligent human being understands if they’re sick and/or contagious, they should not go to work. No matter what time of year. It ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    My Job Is Killing Me!

    My Job Is Killing Me!
    It's not your imagination, and it's not a joke: Your job may in fact be making you sick, robbing you of sleep and running down your immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness. Things really are more stressful these days. In fact, workplace stress has more than tripled in the past several years according to researchers. Expectations are higher and ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    10 Workplace New Year's Resolutions

    10 Workplace New Year's Resolutions
    Like the old saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life," it's never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help. Pay Attention in Class Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more productive. ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Holiday Gift Guide for the Office 2009

    It's the most wonderful time of the year… at least that's what we've been told. But chances are, you're probably a little stressed out with all of the end-of-the-year tasks to complete and holiday festivities to keep up with. So to ease your stress level, we are taking some of the burden off of your shoulders by doing your holiday ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Workplace Issues in 2009

    Workplace Issues in 2009
    As part of a year-end report, Mary Ellen Slayter at SmartBrief on Workforce asked each member of their Advisory Board to write a blog post about a workforce trend that shaped 2009. When I first got this request, frankly I was a little stumped. There are so many things that have happened this year. But a recent incident really focused my ...
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    Holiday Party Planning in the Diverse Workplace

    Holiday Party Planning in the Diverse Workplace
    Holiday party planning can get dicey when companies add diversity to their merrymaking mix. How do you appeal to all without leaving someone out in the cold? "Put the emphasis on celebrating," advises workplace diversity consultant Sondra Thiederman, PhD, author of Making Diversity Work, founder of Cross-Cultural Communications and a Monster contributing writer. The key: "Focus more on what we share ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Healthcare: The True Cost of Stress

    Healthcare: The True Cost of Stress
    Stress in the workplace can have devastating effects on employees. Sam Barrett finds out what adviser solutions can and can't do to help In today's tough economic climate, employees are coming under increasing pressure. Employers must take steps to manage stress in the workplace to safeguard their employees and their businesses. "Companies are putting employees under more and more pressure," says ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Services Offered for Stressed Employees

    Services Offered for Stressed Employees
    The holidays can be a stressful time, full of family demands and financial obligations. This year, more people -- who have survived company downsizing or closures -- might benefit from employee assistance programs to help them through tough times. Employee assistance programs can range in scope, but generally focus on helping with issues that might affect job performance. The Employee Assistance ...
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    The Corporate-Culture Conundrum

    The Corporate-Culture Conundrum
    Jack Sullivan couldn't have been happier after landing his dream job. The position, salary and perks were exactly what he was looking for. But after the initial euphoria wore off, he discovered that going to work was becoming the same daily grind all over again. Although he couldn't put his finger on exactly what was wrong, he knew one thing for ...
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Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?