Articles about Office Life

Advice

How to stop sabotaging your career with bad thoughts

When you're in the wrong headspace at work (for whatever reason), negativity can slowly creep in and threaten your performance — or at least make the experience a lot harder to get through. Here's how to keep negative thoughts from ruining your career.

Health

4 ways to eat healthy when your office is working against you

Cookies, upon donuts, upon farewell cakes for employees. Alcohol at happy hour. The sweet and salty treats never seem to end at work, so how in the world are you supposed to maintain a healthy diet? Here are a few things to keep in mind if this is your mission.

Email

The way you email may be turning your coworkers against you

The real reason your emails are getting on your coworkers’ nerves has nothing to do with what, how, or when you email — it’s all a matter of human psychology. Here’s why, and what to do about it.

Networking

Don’t make these 8 networking mistakes

This is where executives go wrong when they network, the best ways to avoid these pitfalls, and what to do if you make these networking mistakes.

Salary

Study: This is how much non-compete clauses hurts employees

Noncompete clauses, or agreements to delay working for a competing company, can follow us long after we've left a job, limiting our options to find work in our cities and reducing our salaries for years.

Productivity

8 paradoxical habits of wildly successful people

Most wildly successful people are complex — so complex that many of their defining qualities are paradoxical. Rather than an “either/or” set of static characteristics, they’re more likely to demonstrate both and that's a key to their success.

Bosses

These are the specific conversations you need to have with your boss every month of the year

Being in constant communication with your boss, the person who will help you meet your professional goals, should always be a priority.

Email

3 things to do when your boss constantly sends late-night and weekend emails

When your boss constantly sends emails late into the night and all weekend, it can seriously affect your stress and productivity levels. Here's how to handle it.

Salary

4 tips on salary negotiation from the $20-million-plus star of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo, the star of Grey's Anatomy, is the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama on TV. Here's her secret about how she went into the salary negotiation that made it happen.

Email

How to stop email procrastination and achieve Inbox Zero

Inbox zero doesn't have to be a myth. Here's how experts suggest tackling email overload in our inboxes.

Interview Tips

4 ways to answer ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’

'Where do you see yourself in five years?' That interview question can be really hard. Before you answer, consider these including four points after gathering your thoughts.

Words at Work

18 words and phrases smart people never include on their resumes

While it can be tempting to load a bunch of jargon and glowing language on your resume, there are certain terms and phrases that you should avoid.

Email

How to fix things when an email chain spirals out of control

Emails, Slack messages, and other forms of business communication can go wildly wrong when someone says something that could be misconstrued. Here's how to clear up — and avoid — misunderstandings.

Design

THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Don’t blame the button presser, blame the button designer

Blaming a person is easy when an error like what happened in Hawaii causes headlines and panic. What's more important is making sure the problem gets fixed so that mistakes and fluke events cannot be repeated by someone else.

Advice

Here’s how to be less anxious while waiting to hear back about a job

Waiting to hear back after a job interview can be an excruciating exercise in anxiety. To be less anxious about the wait, change your outlook.

Science of Work

Study: These kind of job descriptions are more likely to turn away women candidates

How you frame a role's requirements can alienate and deter qualified candidates from applying. Is your job description turning away female candidates before they even apply?

Management

Survey: Majority of managers are uncomfortable with communication (aka doing their jobs)

Without regular feedback, teams fall apart. To be an effective manager, you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Here's how to be a strong communicator, even when you need to deliver bad news.

Bosses

4 things to do when your manager treats you like a ghost

Ever feel like your manager either doesn't want you to succeed, or won't even give you occasional praise, even when it's well deserved? You definitely don't have to suffer in silence — this is what you should do instead of feeling undervalued.

Science of Work

Study: Your partner’s cell phone use might be dragging down your career

A new study has found that a spouse's cell phone use at home can lead to a lower sense of job performance and career satisfaction for their partner.

Networking

Here’s how to get more out of networking events

Buy tickets to a networking event. Get there, buckled up for a cookie-cutter experience of going from one panel to the next. Only talk to other attendees during breaks and cocktail receptions, then rush to the next session. Here are some strategies could help you stand out a networking events for all the right reasons.

Productivity

5 ways to take a work break — and none include your phone

The next time you need to take a break at work, choose an activity that is restorative so you feel refreshed and more prepared to tackle the rest of your day. Here are the top nine.

News

Bad news: You probably don’t have Martin Luther King Jr. Day off

If you work at a business in America, you most likely don't have Martin Luther King Jr. Day off on Monday, January 15, according to a recent survey.

The Future of Work

These were the craziest workplace surveillance stories of 2017

New advances in technology are making it easier than ever for our employers to track our movements, whereabouts, and employability. These were the craziest stories of 2017.

Drinking

How to survive Dry January at the office

As part of our New Year's resolution to live healthier this year, many of us choose to forego alcohol for the month of January in a phenomenon known as Dry January. Here's how to stick to it at work.

News

Survey: Millennials want passion more than money

New research on millennials at work shows that when they get a new job, the most popular top priority is being in a role they're passionate about.