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News

Watching the World Cup drains offices of $3.6 billion in productivity

An Office Pulse survey found that watching the World Cup on the job results in a $3.6 billion productivity loss because 49% of those with white-collar jobs plan on watching in the office.

Office Life

How to encourage positive collaboration on team projects

Team projects at work can be hard enough, but how you act can have a big impact. Here's what you can do to help things run smoothly.

Communication

6 ways to prepare for a networking event when you’re a bit rusty

It really pays to go to major networking events — they can help you stay relevant and meet new people. But it can be difficult to get all your ducks in a row if it's been a while. Here are six things to keep in mind.

Pop Culture

The motivational appeal of heist movies like Ocean’s 8

Movies about heists like Ocean's 8 can help you be more productive — these movies, these stories, and these characters offer a buffet of choices from which to inspire one’s self.

Office Life

7 clever ‘psycho’ tricks that really help you in the office

To gain confidence and sympathy, to be more competent and ultimately to get more salary – this is exactly what is possible with these psycho-tricks. And by “psycho”, we mean psychological, as every one of these tips draws on real human instincts.

News

Office building-climbing raccoon shows us the meaning of perseverance

A furry critter was spotted on the Town Square Office building in St. Paul, Minnesota on Monday, before ignoring a rescue attempt on Tuesday, according to Minnesota Public Radio. The raccoon wasn't having it and decided to climb up the side of the UBS Plaza building instead.

Communication

Women’s voices are significantly lower than they used to be

New research shows that women's voices today are significantly deeper than previous generations and that is because of roles shifting and power dynamics.

News

We are more motivated to work when the payoff comes sooner rather than later

Some managers think they need to dangle the carrot of a bonus after you hit a metric to get employees to work harder. But a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found this method to be counterintuitive.

News

Survey: Workers in these cities like the option to telecommute the most

New data from global staffing firm Robert Half shows that people in San Francisco and Los Angeles look for the possibility of telecommuting "at least some of the time" when considering a job more than those in other cities surveyed.

Inspiration

9 truths ‘Legally Blonde’ taught us about life (because Elle Woods knows all)

Whether you’re watching “Legally Blonde” for the first time or the fortieth time, you know Elle Woods is a true icon. She is the ultimate hero you can always turn to when your days get a little bleak and you need to snap them up. Here are nine truths “Legally Blonde” taught us (and continues to remind us) about life.

Office Life

Subtle ‘sucking up’ can be a career strategy

Sucking up to your boss and other higher-ups can … well … suck. And let’s face it – no one likes a brown-nosing, overt suck-up. It’s disingenuous, insincere, and annoying as all get out. But that’s not to say there isn’t room in your work life for kinder, gentler sucking up.

Productivity

How being a perfectionist really is your biggest weakness

If we dig a little deeper, it becomes clear perfectionism is a weakness if you’re truly obsessed with every detail of everything you do. So, let’s dig in — here are four ways perfectionism works against you in the office, and one big way to make it work for you.

Work-Life Balance

Maternity mojo: Boosting your career during maternity leave

So, how can you stay engaged with your work life, while looking after your newborn? We have worked with the wellbeing experts to make sure you don’t lose sight of your professional self while on maternity leave.

The Whole Human

To have what you want, you must give up what’s holding you back

In order for your future to be bigger than your past, you must move beyond it. You must stop living in your past! Let it go. Let it be what it was — the good and the bad.

Networking

The simple approach to powerful networking conversations

“When Ali spoke to you, he made it seem as if you were the only one in the room.” Even a small action can make a very big impact when networking.

News

Survey: These are the best and worst states for working dads

Father's Day is almost upon us, and recent data shows that fathers who work in some states may have more success. New research from WalletHub shows that Connecticut is the best state for working fathers this year, with a "total score" of 72.58 out of 100.

News

Survey: Women with female role models set more ambitious goals

Before you can be who you want to become, it helps if you can see it. A new survey from Lean Cuisine and New York University psychology professor Emily Balcetis found that women raise the bar when they have female role models that they can emulate.

Health

Sitting at work is killing you: Here’s how to take a stand

Sitting all day wreaks havoc with your body and has been shown to increase your rate of early death by anywhere from 12-40%.

Productivity

5 ways to cope with endless transit delays on your commute

It's one thing to get caught up in transit delays on your commute once in a while, but what happens when this becomes an everyday-of-the-workweek kind of thing? Here's what to do when you've had it up to here with public transportation to and from work.

Job search

Want a full-time remote job with benefits? Follow your favorite bloggers

Remote work is highly desirable for the flexibility it offers employees. But if freelancing or running a business isn’t for you, what’s a smart way to find a full-time job, with a salary and benefits, that lets you work from home or wherever you want?

Office Life

7 golden rules to get the most out of your meetings

They’re an essential part of business life, but if you’re not careful, your meetings might simply be good for only one thing – zapping precious time.

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.

Confidence

How to assert yourself when you’re dismissed

Have you ever sat in a meeting and felt ignored or utterly unimportant?  Perhaps you offered up an idea that someone else seized upon. Maybe you inserted yourself into the conversation but no one gave you their eye contact or their attention.

Office Life

How being fired can be great and why everyone should experience it at least once

Let me explain why I think being fired is one of the best things that can happen to you and why everyone should be fired at least once in their lives.

Leadership

8 phrases a great boss will constantly tell their employees

How you communicate with your employees can either show them they are valued or make them feel disposable. Great bosses find themselves using the following positive reinforcements, questions, and statements of gratitude on a daily basis.