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This is how to “work smarter not harder”: 3 secrets from research

Get better work done in less time — and even achieve that mythical “work-life balance” unicorn everyone is always talking about.


Time and energy: Finding your personal ROI, and how to benefit from it

Without ROI, we have no clue on whether our efforts are even worth our time — or if our energy could be better utilized elsewhere.


You won’t believe the staggering amount of time wasted on workplace smoke breaks

On average, smokers take roughly six days of smoke breaks every year — and a majority of all workers feel non-smokers should be rewarded with extra days off as a result.


March Madness costs the average employee 6 hours of productivity

New findings show that the average employee spends six hours (25.5 minutes per day) on "sports-related activities" over the course of the NCAA basketball tournament.


This city has the hardest working people in the United States

Americans put in more hours than workers in Germany, Japan, Canada and the U.K., according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But which cities in the U.S. have people working harder than others?


10 things happy professionals do before 10 a.m.

Contentment isn’t a destination, but a process — and if you’re smart, a priority for both your professional and personal life. How do you carve in time to be happy?


The benefits of mentorship and what it can mean for you

Three reasons being a mentor can help the mentor's career

How To

4 ways to make sure you’re productive when working from home, but not alone

It's a problem as old as the concept of working from home itself: how do you stay productive when other people are around, tempting you with distractions of every shape and color? Here are some tricks to keep in mind.


4 ways to help get over career bitterness

Here's how to healthily process everyday work disappointments, so that you won't get consumed with unhelpful bitterness.


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.


7 surprising books that will make your life better

These 7 books can help you cheat at life by spending less time frustrated, and more time living well.


Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord on how to embrace your power at work

Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord spoke with Ladders News on the heels of the release of her new book, POWERFUL: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. In the second of two parts, McCord discusses what employees can do to better themselves, and her time after Netflix.


Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord on how to fix your company

Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord spoke with Ladders News on the heels of the release of her new book, POWERFUL: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. In the first of two parts, McCord discusses corporations and what they can do to evolve.


How to juggle two projects at the same time

With so many meetings and a slew of other responsibilities at work, you're bound to spend a lot of time multi-tasking on two or more projects at the same time. Here are some tips to help manage it all.


6 ways, backed by research, to goof off and get more done

Research showing that being a touch lazy might be beneficial at times. Here are 6 of the best ways to slack off to be more productive.


27 tips to be a better public speaker

Stand in front of a room full of people and lead a meeting with confidence. Here's how to get past the dread and anxiety that comes with public speaking.


Difficult relationships: 5 easy ways to improve them, backed by research

Relationships — whether with coworkers, friends or lovers — are a mash-up of cooperation and competition. Here are 5 steps to happiness and healthier connections.


Ancient wisdom reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

Learn from the Stoics — turns out they knew a thing or two — and try these 4 rituals for a happier life.


3 things to consider before making a referral

In addition to knowing when and why to make a referral or casual introduction, it’s also important to think about the potential fallout.


5 excuses that will get you nowhere

Certain excuses won't put you in a very productive mindset. Here's what you should never mutter to yourself at work or during the application process.

Words at Work

4 typo horror stories from the workplace

Typos can have a habit of working their way into the most crucial of places, especially when there's a lot at stake. Here are some examples — both big and small — of what can happen when you really screw up your spelling.


How to keep growing as a professional despite the day-to-day, corporate grind

With so much on your plate during the average week, it's entirely possible for your professional growth to slip through the cracks. Here's how to make sure you keep focused on your long-term goals while juggling all your work responsibilities.


How to increase emotional intelligence: 5 powerful secrets

Your 5 step guide to understanding and gaining emotional intelligence. It may be the 'it' concept of the moment but 'it' works.


Upgrade your tech game

It’s a good idea to update your tech on a regular —though preferably non-obsessive — basis. Here’s why it's important for your career.


Amazon patents wristbands to track workers’ movements

In the near-future, employees will wear tracking wristbands in the office that will know where they have gone — including bathroom breaks and if you stray too far from your workstation — and when.