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Advice

Sarcasm vs. humor in the workplace

A rabbi, a priest, an imam, and a porn star walk into a bar … if you think a joke with that intro counts as appropriate workplace humor, you probably haven’t been paying enough attention. So, what does count as the right kind of humor and is sarcasm every an appealing option?

Office culture

This is how ethical leaders can be bad bosses

When an ethical leader sets exacting standards that are stressful to meet, this stress leads employees to act out their frustrations and anxieties on the job, causing employee turnover and deviant behavior.

Office Life

9 bad manager mistakes that make good people quit

People don’t leave jobs; they leave managers. Top nine sins that drive good workers to leave bad bosses.

Office Life

At Facebook, you can only ask out your coworker once

A new Wall Street Journal report found that at Facebook, dating employees is treated with a one-and-done strike policy: employees are only allowed to ask a co-worker out once. If the coworker is not interested, the other coworker must move on and cannot ask them out again.

Office Life

5 reasons why your boss should be let go from the company

Horrible bosses can make every day at work a nightmare — here are five reasons why your boss should be let go from the company.

Office Life

What is the etiquette for dating a coworker in the age of #MeToo?

If there had been clear rules in place about relationships between coworkers there wouldn't have been any need for a #MeToo movement.

Office Life

7 politeness mistakes you could be making at work — even if no one’s broken it to you yet

When a bunch of people work together in a shared space, team dynamics can shift at the drop of a hat because of one person's behavior.

Health

What to do when the company drinking culture is ruining your health

Like most vices, consuming alcohol in moderation is a healthy approach, but your office's drinking culture has you feeling less than stellar, you might struggle with how to fit in.

Bosses

What to do when your new boss is younger than you

A guide to how to keep your cool, manage your expectations and excel in your position when your boss is younger than you are.

Advice

When to stay home if you’re sick (SPOILER ALERT: Always)

With flu season in full swing, when your alarm goes off in the morning and you're feeling groggy, a common question comes to mind: to work from home, or ignore the symptoms and haul yourself to the office instead?

Health

4 ways to eat healthy when your office is working against you

Cookies, upon donuts, upon farewell cakes for employees. Alcohol at happy hour. The sweet and salty treats never seem to end at work, so how in the world are you supposed to maintain a healthy diet? Here are a few things to keep in mind if this is your mission.

Email

The way you email may be turning your coworkers against you

The real reason your emails are getting on your coworkers’ nerves has nothing to do with what, how, or when you email — it’s all a matter of human psychology. Here’s why, and what to do about it.

Networking

Don’t make these 8 networking mistakes

This is where executives go wrong when they network, the best ways to avoid these pitfalls, and what to do if you make these networking mistakes.

Salary

Study: This is how much non-compete clauses hurts employees

Noncompete clauses, or agreements to delay working for a competing company, can follow us long after we've left a job, limiting our options to find work in our cities and reducing our salaries for years.

Bosses

These are the specific conversations you need to have with your boss every month of the year

Being in constant communication with your boss, the person who will help you meet your professional goals, should always be a priority.

Email

3 things to do when your boss constantly sends late-night and weekend emails

When your boss constantly sends emails late into the night and all weekend, it can seriously affect your stress and productivity levels. Here's how to handle it.

News

Survey: Most Americans want to be their own bosses

The 9-to-5 lifestyle often comes with the common practice of working for someone else, but 62% of Americans actually want to be their own bosses by establishing their own businesses.

Salary

4 tips on salary negotiation from the $20-million-plus star of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo, the star of Grey's Anatomy, is the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama on TV. Here's her secret about how she went into the salary negotiation that made it happen.

Email

How to stop email procrastination and achieve Inbox Zero

Inbox zero doesn't have to be a myth. Here's how experts suggest tackling email overload in our inboxes.

Email

How to fix things when an email chain spirals out of control

Emails, Slack messages, and other forms of business communication can go wildly wrong when someone says something that could be misconstrued. Here's how to clear up — and avoid — misunderstandings.

Design

THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Don’t blame the button presser, blame the button designer

Blaming a person is easy when an error like what happened in Hawaii causes headlines and panic. What's more important is making sure the problem gets fixed so that mistakes and fluke events cannot be repeated by someone else.

Advice

Here’s how to be less anxious while waiting to hear back about a job

Waiting to hear back after a job interview can be an excruciating exercise in anxiety. To be less anxious about the wait, change your outlook.

Science of Work

Study: These kind of job descriptions are more likely to turn away women candidates

How you frame a role's requirements can alienate and deter qualified candidates from applying. Is your job description turning away female candidates before they even apply?

Hiring

4 behaviors of toxic employees that you can catch in the interview

Recruiters, you might want to think twice about a job candidate who acts this way during the interview process. Toxic employees could cost your company financially and emotionally.

Leadership

8 quotations on leadership from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Frequently quoted by leaders everywhere today for inspiration, Dr. King's advice on leadership is as relevant and as urgent now as it was when he first gave it decades ago.