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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


5 ways to be a good manager of your former coworkers

Out of all your coworkers who applied for a promotion, you were chosen. So where does that leave your relationships with them now that you're their manager?


How to lower your bills: Tips from the FBI’s top hostage negotiator

How to lower your bills by using the same persuasive techniques as an FBI hostage negotiator.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Job Search

5 ways your cover letter can grab a recruiter’s attention

Keep it short, simple, and interesting.

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.


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."


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.


Thirteen things I believe: Principles of organizational behavior

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


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.


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.


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.


6 ways to get ready to quit your job

When it comes to actually making a plan to quit, there are so many things to get wrong. Here's how to get it right when you're ready to leave a job.


6 ways to create the perfect vision board

When it comes to your ultimate goals, a little visualization can go a long way. Here's how to craft a vision board that speaks to what you really want.


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.


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.


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.


#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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

The Whole Human

The benefits and challenges of being your authentic self at work

Just as no two people are the same, no two office settings are the same. But you can gain a lot from sharing aspects of your personal story at work.

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.


4 ways to command respect in your workplace

Why you might not be getting the respect you want at work, and how to make sure that you do in the future. Hint: it's a two-way street.


Listen up: Retaining millennial employees takes good ears

Millennials may be a different breed of employee but they are here to stay so listen to them and make the necessary adjustments for their success and the success of your business.


6 reasons recruiters say they’ll toss your resume in the trash

These things will make your resume stand out — in a bad way.


Erasing your ‘sucker score’ and other life lessons on debt

Instead of thinking a higher credit score is better, here's why you should get your debt to zero.

Science of Work

This is the most painful way to be rejected, according to science

Getting rejected from that job is never fun, but new research explains why some "No's" hurt more than others.


5 ways to communicate with a stressed-out co-worker

How can you effectively deal with a stressed out co-worker without losing your cool yourself? Here’s what you need to know.


Liberal arts major? Here’s how to get hired

Liberal Arts majors have a lot to offer employers. Here are 5 tips for getting hired.