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Survey: After college, women are more likely to get stuck in jobs they are overqualified for

After you graduate from college, your job prospects may be slim. In the need to be employed, you may take a job you are vastly overqualified for, thinking "this will just be for a little bit." But the first job you take in your career sets the tone for the rest of it.

Food At Work

21 hacks for making a better salad so you can skip those long lines

What if you could make your own salad that was just as good as any store-bought one and would make you the envy of all your coworkers? It takes a little extra prep but financially it is the better move.

The Whole Human

If you’re too busy for these 5 things, your life is more off-course than you think

Are you currently off-course? How long have you been off-course? How would you know if you are on the right course? How can you minimize the turbulence and other conditions distracting your path?

The Whole Human

The one thing I wish I had known at 22 that would have changed my life

In thinking back to my younger self, as I was just graduating from Boston University as an English Literature major, I can say with complete certainty that, while there were some very important things I did know, there was one essential, life-changing fact I didn’t. And because of my lack of understanding of this fact, I suffered, floundered and wasted 18 years in a professional life that made me sad, sick and searching desperately for life purpose and meaning.

How to make your healthy habits even healthier

Consider yourself healthy and active? With Summer on the horizon, there’s no doubt you’re putting your health at the top of your agenda to feel and look your best once the sunshine starts heading our way. Here, we have listed some small lifestyle changes that can make your healthy habits even healthier!

Office Life

Supreme Court ruling against class action lawsuits is a blow for workers – and #MeToo

As a law professor, I believe this ruling essentially allows employers to hide workplace injustices while also potentially making it harder for workers – including victims of sexual harassment – to find justice.

Humor

18 appropriate punishments for people who don’t keep their calendars up to date

Congratulations! You found that one-hour block in the next two weeks when everyone’s calendar is open. You send the meeting invite only to have Ben decline. “I’m actually out of the office that day,” he says. “Could you find another time?” But Ben, you wonder, how will I find another time if your calendar bears no relation to your actual availability? Here are some appropriate ways to punish Ben and colleagues like him who don’t keep their calendar up to date.

Office Life

What are the advantages of working for bad bosses?

This piece focuses on the topic we kept coming back to: the idea that, well, bad bosses aren't all bad. We all had suffered through bad bosses, and had seen them do all kinds of damage. BUT during the course of the conversation, we started realizing that a bad boss (especially the kind who doesn't really have the power to hurt you very much) can be a great thing in some ways.

Office Life

What the ‘Arrested Development’ interview can teach us about dismissing coworkers

When your coworker rallies up the courage to share a story about being verbally abused by another coworker, your job is to listen and be respectful. You want them to know that you support them, and find their experience to be valid, even if their recollection of events does not match your own.

Office Life

Science explains why the office window seat is so coveted

Getting the seat by the office window is a coveted prize, and now science backs up why we want it so much. According to a new daylight study conducted by Cornell University’s Dr. Alan Hedge, our proximity to natural light can boost our productivity.

Productivity

19 activities super successful people do over long weekends

With the long weekend approaching, it is interesting to look at how super successful people spend their free time. Do they totally unplug from work or do they use this as a time to pursue more projects? Or do they just have six hour brunches? Here are the long weekend activities of several successful people. 

Office Culture

9 awesome work situations that make you say YES

There are workplace situations that, for some, come by so rarely that they are worth their weight in gold, and they have nothing to do with the salary! These are the things that make any person wake up excited to go into work and more likely to work harder to perform their best.

Office Life

15 proven ways to get people to take you seriously

If you want coworkers and friends to take you seriously, you've got to think seriously about the image you're projecting — from your outfit to your speech to your body language.

Office Life

Scientists have coined a name for surfing the internet during work hours: ‘cyberloafing’

When the workday drags on, we may turn to the wonders of the world wide web for a spark of entertainment. Now, scientists in a new study, have a term for it: "cyberloafing," or personal use of the internet during working hours.

Mental Health

3 ways to cut yourself some slack at work

Do you ever feel like you're constantly stretching yourself too thin without giving yourself room to breathe? It's time to back off and give yourself the space you need — here are three ways to stop getting in your own way at work.

Job search

How to identify your potential boss’s managing style before you accept a job

While you’re likely to find out what kind of leader your boss is after your first few days in the office, it doesn’t help to discover their managing style isn’t compatible with you after you started. If only you could know these things beforehand … oh wait, you can!

Productivity

8 benefits of decluttering your workspace

Clutter everywhere might seem like a joke sometimes, but it can actually have a detrimental effect on your productivity at work. An organized workspace is more than just a pretty area; it can have effects that benefit you on a psychological level, too.

Office Life

3 ways to manage up when you have a bad boss

One of the tests of being a leader is knowing how to navigate a boss who doesn’t score highly as a leader him/herself.

Communication

Reading body language at work: 5 mistakes you don’t want to make

No matter what the culture at your workplace, the ability to read nonverbal signals can provide significant advantages for the way you deal with people. You can start to gain those advantages by avoiding these five common mistakes.

Leadership

Want your team to be successful? Stop treating them like kids

Organizations want employees to become more mature, accountable, and to drive change — yet their policies and rules treat people as kids. Without realizing it, many executives act as Helicopter bosses: they have good intentions, but their need to control and protect their people doesn’t allow them to grow.

News

Survey: Employees in these cities check in at work the most while on vacation

New research from staffing firm Accountemps shows that these cities have the most workers that regroup with their employers "at least several times a week" while they’re on vacation: Miami, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York.

Work-Life Balance

Should you take Fridays off? The pros and cons of setting up summer hours

Some industries have an unofficial summer Friday policy in which they just aren’t around at all on Fridays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Before you start your own personal Friday-free policy, consider this first.

Career Advice

4 things no one tells you about the first 5 years of your career

There are several things no one tells you about the first 5 years of your career. After spending much of those years really confused (maybe how you’re feeling now) and constantly soul-searching, below are 4 things I wish someone had given me a heads up about when I was starting my career.

Success

Why you should always surround yourself with people smarter than you

The job of a team or company leader is not to tell people what to do. Rather, your job is to create conditions conducive to growth and success – to supply great people with the resources they need to achieve great things. In fact, hiring people on account of their perceived docility will only increase your company’s chance of failure.

Communication

Conversation is a skill. Here’s how to be better at it

Why we are often guilty of conversational narcissism — without even realizing it and how to have a fulfilling, meaningful conversation with anyone.