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How to stop being a people-pleaser at work

Experts share their best advice for cutting out that people-pleaser nonsense and, in doing so, gaining the respect — and admiration — you deserve.

Productivity

Phone calls 101: For Millennials

Phone calls are coming back in a big way. And if picking up the phone for a quick conversation isn’t quite your default yet, it might be in the near future.

News

Survey: Millennials are much more likely to share their salary than other generations

Knowing what your friends and colleagues make in a similar field is empowering in making sure you’re being compensated fairly. Would you share your salary?

Office Life

4 expressions to avoid that make you sound clueless at work

In order to make sure you sound like you know what you’re talking about, cut these common words and expressions from your vocabulary.

Productivity

How to say no without feeling guilty: 6 secrets from experts

Being “too nice” can cause legit problems. So how do you say no without feeling guilty? Experts and research have answers.

Advice

5 ways to separate life and work when you’re the boss of your own business

Being your own boss is hard. Take care of yourself and use these tips to inch closer to the work-life balance you need to keep from burning out.

Advice

Help! 7 questions to ask yourself when choosing between two job offers

Having to pick between two offers is certainly a good problem to have. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when weighing offers from each employer.

Productivity

11 habits of ridiculously likeable people

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few. Wrong.

Job Search

Working with a recruiter? Watch out for these 5 red flags

The best protection against working with a bad recruiter is being able to identify them and knowing when to move on.

Productivity

Chronic procrastination: 5 weird (but effective) ways you can conquer it

The 5-step checklist to get you to stop procrastinating and start being more productive.

Advice

How to tell interviewers you’re not a jerk, despite working for a terrible company

From Uber to Miramax, controversial news can drag your reputation down. Here's how to prove to interviewers you're not a jerk, even if your company is.

Advice

4 things to do when you didn’t get that promotion

So, you got passed over for that promotion you really wanted. Here's how to handle it, what you should do next, and how you can get it the next time.

Productivity

5 ways to finally get started on that big fall project

Here's how to shake off the dust and get started on that big project you've been putting off. Follow these tips to be more productive.

Productivity

Liar liar pants on fire: 5 ways to spot bulls**t in the workplace

If your workplace is a den of lying, here are some tips to help you recognize the signs and how best to react.

Productivity

Eight habits of highly emotionally intelligent people

The road to success is paved with emotional intelligence -- the “something” in each of us that affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.

Office Life

This is the secret behind top teams’ best ideas

Debate — not lockstep agreement — is the secret recipe for a high-performing team, a new six-year study has found.

News

Study: Men become interested in tech careers earlier than women

Men express their interest in tech careers sooner than women, and are more likely to remain in the field for the long haul, according to a new report.

Advice

Here’s how to win at flu season and avoid getting sick

Colds don't only make you feel crummy, they also hurt productivity. Here's how you can win a flu season and survive the cold weather without getting sick.

Advice

5 things to do after getting a bad performance review

But before you lash out after a bad performance review, take a deep breath and remember you have options on how to respond.

Productivity

Ten uncomfortable deeds that will pay off forever

Sticking to your comfort zone means sagnation. Here are some of the best things to do that may make you uncomfortable and will lead to future success.

Success

This is Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer’s one big tip on how to handle clients

The best experience Shake Shack's Danny Meyer can give his customers is to make them feel important. Here's his best tip on managing clients.

Advice

These 3 steps can help women get the raises they deserve

New research shows that women can face backlash when asking for a raise. Here are tips on how to overcome the odds and get what you're after.

Advice

5 words upper-level Fortune 500 employees use to stand out on LinkedIn

A study of 750 LinkedIn profiles of workers at Fortune 500 businesses, showing the top words included include "leader,"  "strategic," and "innovative."

Advice

6 reasons why your boss doesn’t trust you

Great working relationships are built on trust. If it seems like your boss doesn’t confide in you, it may be because of any of these six reasons.

Productivity

Five principles from a golf coach to help you be the best leader you can be

Five rules — learned from a golf coach — for how to be a better, more effective, and more productive leader for your team.

Office Life

7 clues you’re about to be fired — and what you can do about it

While it’s not always a great idea to trust your gut about every single work issue, here's when it may be worth wondering if your job's in danger.

Advice

Career advice from three successful women leaders

Inspiring advice from three great women leaders about how to succeed in the office.

Advice

Congratulations, you got a raise! Here are 5 things to do with it

Scoring a raise can feel like winning the lottery, but that definitely doesn't mean you should spend it all. Here's what to do instead.

Advice

10 lessons in career longevity from Billy Joel

Billy Joel can teach you a lot about what goes into sustaining a lifelong career. Here are several career lessons we can learn from the Piano Man.

Advice

8 resolutions you can actually accomplish with what’s left of the year

Eight simple, no-stress, no-brainer resolutions and goals you can totally master before New Year's Eve that’ll improve your life and work performance.

Advice

4 reasons to include your team in your next hiring process

Teams can be made or broken by a new hire. Here's why you need to include current employees in your next hiring process and how to do it right.

Office Life

5 ways to get your office to eat healthier

You spend half your waking life at the office, so it can have a huge impact on your health. Here's how to eat healthier while you're there.

Advice

How to transition back into the workforce after caring for a sick relative

Facing a job search is always stressful, but even more so when you've had a gap in your employment because of caring for someone who is sick. Here are 5 pieces of advice for how best to get back in the game and back on the job.

Productivity

Ten silly things you do that make you less likable

Likability is so powerful that it can completely alter your performance. Here are 10 ways you make yourself less likeable.

Advice

What to do when you don’t want to give a LinkedIn recommendation

Here’s how to know when it's the right move to decline giving someone a LinkedIn recommendation — and how to excuse yourself without causing offense.

Advice

These are the best cities for retirement

When the time has come to transition away from the rat race and move into the golden years of retirement, you may want to think about the South and Midwest.

Advice

#UnqualifiedForTech shows us that jobs define ‘qualified’ all wrong

Being qualified for a job means you can do the job you are hired for, not what your college major was for. Your unconventional background can be a plus.

Productivity

6 ways to gear up your career for fall

After a long, relaxing summer, it's time to hit the ground running this fall. Here's how to make sure you're in a good place professionally.

Advice

You don’t need a golf club or yacht to network like a boss

The golf course has long been a favored spot for networking among the upper crust. But there are plenty of other ways for the rest of us to make strong career connections.

Advice

4 ways to deal with a difficult coworker

Dealing with a difficult coworker can be extremely stressful. Here's how to work with your least favorite colleague without losing your cool.

Productivity

Try this trick to go straight to sleep

Lack of sleep can take years off of your life. Here's a breathing technique that might just help you get those years back — while staying more productive.

Productivity

3 reasons to start napping in the afternoon

We can make up for lack of sleep at night with short naps. The consensus among sleep experts and sleep studies find that afternoon hours work best.

Advice

5 ways to get your office to be healthier

Some new employees expect to gain five pounds within their first few months at a new job. Here's how you can buck the trend and make a healthier office.

Advice

These are the worst answers to ‘What’s your biggest weakness?’

What's your biggest weakness? Avoid these terrible answers. Instead, don't just play up your strengths, but think about how to discuss your failures.

Productivity

Six easy tricks that will make you way more productive

These six productivity hacks will teach you how to work smarter, not harder.

Advice

Be like Betty White: How a likeable demeanor can translate into a lifelong career

Here's what makes Betty White so beloved by people across all ages and life stages, and what can we learn from her incredible career.

women and work

Career lessons from Fortune’s 5 most powerful women in business

Fortune released its list of the Most Powerful Women in 2017. To break the glass ceiling, sometimes you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.

Happiness

Here’s how to avoid catching a bad mood from your coworker

New research argues that moods — both good and bad — are contagious. Here are some tips on how to avoid a bad mood just because your coworker has one.

Productivity

Lights Out: 7 night-time rituals that will make you happy and more productive

Nightly rituals can be as importance to personal happiness and productivity as morning rituals. Here are 7 of the most effective.

Job Search

40 questions to ask before you accept a job offer

Before you accept a job offer, you need to ensure that you are going into the new role with clarity about what it will entail.