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Communication

How to create a funny – and appropriate – Out of Office email response

But before you copy/paste your traditional message, career experts challenge professionals to be a tad more creative with your OOO. Try these tips on matching your excitement for your getaway with your email the next time you head off on an adventure.

Vacation

How to request time off for a long honeymoon

While you’d like to take off all of those months — paid — to plan your wedding, we’re not sure any employer would be up for this arrangement. Many, however, will consider an extended honeymoon.

How To

You’re invited! Now what? Dealing with summer soirees

Work, weddings, barbecues and other summer soirees; the invitations seem to come in fast and furious this time of year. So, do you have to attend just because you’re invited? And more than that, do you have to bring a gift or give a speech? And while we’re at it, when can you beg off?

Finances

How to deal with your significant other losing their job

When my husband lost his supposedly stable job (just a casual two months before our wedding), we went through one of the roughest patches of our relationship — most of it being my fault.

Books

10 beach reads for summer 2018

The days are getting longer, which means more daylight hours to spend outside strolling, meeting up with friends, or stretched out on a beach with a good book (or ten). From short stories to historical fiction to nonfiction, we rounded up ten great books to read on the beach this summer. Enjoy!

Work-Life Balance

The U.S. is stingier with childcare and maternity leave than the rest of the planet

America's lack of parental leave and childcare may explain why the U.S. is no longer a leader in women’s workforce participation.

News

Smart or sad? One-third of us work during vacation to enjoy vacation

Respondents claimed it made them more productive during the summer if they didn't stop working completely. It may seem counterintuitive to the concept of a relaxing vacation, but some of us feel like we need to keep working on our breaks to feel less stressed about work.

Books

4 ways to finally carve out more time for reading

You might love reading the news on your commute, but if not, chances are, you've hit a rough patch where you've had no time to read for fun. Here's how to finally make time for leisure reading again.

News

46% of Americans think they won’t have enough for retirement

We know that people have a habit of moving to certain cities and states to make their money go further during retirement, but recent research shows that people who haven't yet reached their Golden Years think they'll have a tough time financially during that chapter in their lives.

Mother's Day

What 15 working moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we asked working moms — p.s. ALL moms are working moms — what they want for their special day.

News

The average American works more hours than a medieval peasant

Think you're working less than peasants did way back in the medieval ages? Although jobs have changed significantly since then, chances are, you're probably wrong.

Work-Life Balance

Why it’s OK to take time off to grieve the death of your pet

Pets are an integral part of the American family, which is a reason why employers offer pet benefits, such as health insurance. Yet, few companies allow bereavement for pets.

Humor

These are the best practices for leaving early

A well-defined plan for leaving early today will facilitate many additional hours of time away from work where you can optimize doing absolutely anything else. Hone your leaving early today skillset (LETS) with these best practices to help you slip out undetected nearly every day of the week.

Productivity

10 career tips that are also great to apply to your life

It’s all about making smart choices that affect your work-life AND your personal life. After all, a successful career is built upon strong character and purposeful choices – the same factors that drive a happy, fulfilling personal life.

Tax Day

Happy Tax Day! Personal finance tips for the financially clueless

How to set a budget, shop smarter and live better without really knowing what you're doing.

productivity

7 things I do outside work that double my productivity

Comparing yourself to someone else is as bad as smoking cigarettes. Everyone knows that. But I just couldn’t help myself. I compared others lifestyles to mine, and moped over why the ‘fame I deserved didn’t come to me.’ Turns out, I was looking at achievers all wrong.

News

Science tells us how long it takes an adult to make a new friend

How much quality time do you need before that stranger becomes your pal? Get ready to block off a good chunk of time if you want to earn the elusive title of best friend.

Travel

How to create some personal time during a busy work trip

A business trip does not have to be all about business to be successful. Finding a little "vacation time" within an assigned work trip is achievable if you learn how to balance the needs of your employer with your goal of personal downtime.

The Whole Human

How mindfulness can transform your hellish commute into an oasis

How we commute to work sets the tone for the rest of our day, but for too many of us, it’s a lousy experience filled with rotten smells, honking cars, and miserable passengers.

How To

3 hacks to make getting to work on time a little easier

Getting to work on time can be a never-ending struggle. Between rolling out of bed and hitting the road for yet another long commute, there are so many ways that time can slip through the cracks. Here's how to make getting to work on time in the morning a lot easier.

How To

7 ways to make your commute more productive

For many people, the commute into work can seem like a huge waste of time and not to mention monotonous and mundane – yet there are so many ways you can make this time productive and start your day off right.

Off Hours

Survey: Many are doing side hustles during work hours

The days of working just one job are gone.

News

Study: 77% of adults are on the Internet every day! Here’s how to keep it from controlling your life

We spend a lot of time on the Internet, but it's possible to escape its grasp.

Inspiration

Olympians with side hustles

If you’ve been breathlessly watching the dispatches from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, you’ve noticed a lot of athletes on top of their winter sports game.

Advice

Side hustle wisdom: What works and what to watch out for

Over the past few years, we’ve been hearing everyone from moonlighting CEOs to short order cooks refer to their bonus gigs as side hustles. So, what exactly are they?