Articles about Coworkers

Happiness

These childless women are happy – so why won’t anyone believe them?

We've still not reached a place where the choice to remain childless is free of judgment. For many, being subjected to other people's opinions persists.

Leadership

Successful bosses run their most effective meetings exactly like this

if you’re going to lead a successful meeting, you have to think constantly about the participants. Boardrooms don't have to be boring.

The Whole Human

Listen to the power of quiet people

Being quiet is a choice  and quiet people have a unique power  —  everyone, them included, needs to pay more attention to it.

Coworkers

Here’s how to get what you want from difficult people

From the outside, difficult people seem unreasonably stubborn and uncharitable. From the inside, these people feel diligent and hardworking.

Creativity

What great ideas are made of

Where brilliant ideas come from. How to run a brainstorming session at work with real impact. When you should pitch your big idea to your boss.

Job search

Why you need to vet and coach your job references

At their best, a good job reference is your cheerleader. But at their worst, they can be the reason why you get ruled out of contention.

Office Culture

At Amazon, you can appeal your firing to a jury of coworkers

If you're on the chopping block at your job, the decision of whether or not you get fired is usually in the hands of your manager. At retail giant Amazon, however, you can defend yourself and appeal the decision to a jury of your peers. Announced last year, the "Pivot" probation program is designed to help underperforming employees in danger of being fired in Amazon's growing workforce.

Office Life

3 ways to handle employees who constantly have an excuse

Being around employees who always make excuses can be tough, whether you're a coworker or the boss. Here's how to handle them.

Self-Help

On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face

On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face: Be your own best advocate. Live for tomorrow. Meet in person in our digital age.

Salary

16 signs you’re underpaid – and what you can do about it

You might be underpaid: Here are some signs that your salary is too low and you ought to ask for a raise, as well as steps to do it.

Office Life

This small accessory may solve the thermostat wars in your office

There are three common problems employees face in the summer: Trying to focus or get anything done when it is beautiful outside and half your office (and people you communicate with) are on vacation living their best lives, fighting the urge to not wear shorts, flipflops, skimpy sundresses, beach coverups, bathing suits everyday, and arguing with your coworkers over the temperature in the office. Oh summer in the office!

Leadership

Here’s how you can succeed at delegating employees

Successfully delegating everyday tasks frees managers for more strategic, big-picture thinking. But first, you’ve got to get your head out of the weeds.

Coworkers

6 things to do when someone is jealous of you at work

It is your job to get along with this person in a productive manner.

Communication

Pat yourself on the back. With words. Document your amazingness.

Early on, in spite of my shyness, I learned the importance of talking about myself, about what I do, and just how generally amazing I can be.

Leadership

What to do when being a manager isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

What do you do when you find out the hard way that your new position as a manager might not be for you? Here's how to approach the situation.

Office Life

Study: Open office plans cause us to ‘socially withdraw’

Research shows that open office plans can result in workers to "socially withdraw" – retreating to their desks and the privacy of the internet.

Meetings

Here’s how many people can be in a meeting before it’s unproductive, according to Harvard

Meetings are at peak production level when there are fewer people involved — specifically, no more than eight, according to Harvard Business Review.

Office Life

What do you do when someone at work is annoying you?

An annoying officemate can quickly escalate from a minor inconvenience to the bane of your existence, causing you to dread going to work.

Office Life

How managers should deal with conflict between two employees

That type of conflict grows over time.

Coworkers

Survey: This is the most annoying thing coworkers do at work — and it’s probably happened to you

While we know that nearly 100% of women really don’t like it when others talk about intimacy at work, the same research from Paychex also reveals the most annoying work habit of all: when colleagues often gossip in the same setting.

Office Life

Almost 100% of women say this is the most uncomfortable work situation

Recent research from Paychex revealed that when it comes to uncomfortable work situations, it is a little different for men versus women. The survey, which collected self-reported responses from 1,0005 Americans in 2017 ages 18 to 76, found that 63.4% of male employees don’t mind workplace "flirting," compared to 48.8% of female employees. 

5 easy ways to persuade others that you are trustworthy

Often the question is not whether people lie, it’s what are they lying about? Do they stretch their optimism and hope that business will turn around? Will they create a fabrication like Bernie Madoff? Does the CEO tell a half-truth or do they simply omit an important piece of information?

Office Life

About 1 in 5 of us cannot bear a coworker’s bad breath

When you catch a whiff of your coworkers' terrible breath, it can be hard to concentrate on what they are saying. As your coworker drones on and on about projects and deadlines, you are plotting an escape route from their garlic breath.

Salary

How to find out if you’re underpaid

How do you know if you’re being chronically underpaid? Use these sleuthing strategies to get started.

Food at Work

Employee accused of fatally poisoning 21 coworkers’ food

For most of us, our biggest office food horror are petty grievances like that colleague who keeps eating your sandwich. But a new case in Germany goes beyond someone stealing a condiment from the office fridge. According to ABC News, one employee is suspected of killing 21 of his colleagues by poisoning their lunches.