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Are you in one of the most chronically underpaid, high-paying jobs in America?

Feeling overworked and underpaid? Chances are, you're probably not the only one who does. These are the most chronically underpaid jobs in America.


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.


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.


13 questions that will change your life

Life, like business, runs on questions, not answers. Here are 13 of the tough questions we should be asking ourselves regularly.


Here’s how to identify your office ‘work type’ — and what you need to do about it

The further you progress in your career, the more you’ll solidify your working style. Are you a lone wolf? A deadline diva? An office mom or dad?


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.


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.

The Future of Work

Do you need a Millennial mentor? Get ready for the latest fad to hit corporate America

The millennial generation has gotten a bad rap — but they could be what companies need to survive. Do you need a millennial mentor?


5 reasons to be more like Larry David at work

Sometimes, your inner curmudgeon is your best asset.


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.


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.


What can men do to support women in the workplace and at home?

For greater equality women have to support men as caretakers to the same degree that men support women in the workplace.


What not to do when writing email subject lines

Don't make these subject line mistakes the next time you're about to send someone an email message in the workplace.


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.


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.


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.


Old school: 7 ideas from ancient thinkers to improve your modern life

Seven powerful lessons from ancient wisdom for success in the modern world.

The Whole Human

The four keys to a fulfilling job, according to a happiness researcher

What are some ways companies can increase happiness levels of employees, in order to boost performance? Here are the four keys to a fulfilling job.


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.


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.


6 reasons why spending time alone is good for your career

Here's why spending some time alone — during the work week or when a lazy Sunday rolls around — can boost you professionally.


How to become a Renaissance leader in today’s business world

Are you interested in lots of different things rather than leaning toward becoming an expert in a single subject? Here's how to master becoming a successful 'jack of all trades'.


Here’s the crucial lesson Steve Jobs taught Apple’s Jony Ive about focus

According to the advice Steve Jobs gave Jony Ive, to organize your life, you'll need to prioritize what matters to you and clear away the clutter.


Fearlessness: 3 things you can learn from special ops and Navy SEALS

The traits that help Navy SEALs and Special Ops to succeed — preparation, confidence and humor — add up to fearlessness. Here's how you can have it, too.

Words at Work

These are the 9 most annoying phrases people use at work, according to a new survey

Think outside the box and ditch these annoying, cliched work phrases. Until then, we'll table this conversation. Circle back and let us know how it goes.


Thirteen things I believe: Principles of organizational behavior

Stanford professor Bob Sutton reveals his 13 principles of organizational behavior.


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

America’s cities see significant decline in car commuting

There has been a significant decrease in driving in 21 of the 50 most populous cities in the United States over the last decade.

Office Life

5 ways to avoid feeling jealous at work

In a fast-paced work environment, it can be easy to feel like you're just not measuring up to others on your team. Here's how to avoid becoming jealous.

The Future of Work

This AI spies on your contacts and writes emails to them

A new email plugin called Crystal made accurate judgments on one reporter's email style. It can help people navigate tone and content with strangers.

Job Search

Here’s how to answer ‘What’s your biggest weakness?’

Although "what's your biggest weakness?" is a popular interview question that has endured, many candidates are still unprepared to discuss their failures.

Science of Work

This is how boredom can make you brilliant

New book "Bored and Brilliant" by Manoush Zomorodi argues that we lose key moments for creativity, reflection, and growth when we don't space out.


Five signs you’re much smarter than average

Are you anxious and funny? Were you an early reader or are you left-handed? These are some of the attributes of people with high IQ -- otherwise known as smarty pants.


How tattoos in the workplace might help you

Three in ten Americans have at least one tattoo. Does that mean that tattoos are fully acceptable in the workplace? The jury's still out.


20 harsh, but necessary, lessons you learn in your 20s

Your 20s are a time of change and development. Learning harsh but necessary life lessons will smooth the path for your future success.


The 4 rituals that will make you an expert at anything

Four rituals to make you an expert in anything.


Career advice from three successful women leaders

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


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.


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.


Research report: How to have a happy family in 7 steps

Happy families are better and the children of happy families are more successful. Here's how to get there in 7 steps.


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.


Wealthy parents want their kids to get a job as early as middle school

Kids might not be working as much as they used to, but wealthy parents expect their children to try to get their first job as early as in middle school.


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.


These are the 6 states where income is growing fastest

Incomes are on the rise across the country, as median household income jumped by 2% overall, a new government survey has found.


4 things millionaires have in common, backed by research

Think millionaires are different from you and me? You're right, but not in the way you imagine. Four secrets behind many millionaires' success


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.


Six easy tricks that will make you way more productive

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


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.


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.