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While many offices encourage workers to dress up for Halloween as a way of having fun and boosting morale, choosing an appropriate costume isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. The “wrong” costume can make you wish you could become a ghost and disappear as others stare and whisper. Here, two people share their outfit horror stories:
“My birthday is Halloween, so I try to have fun with the costume thing every year. About 3 years ago, I came up with the idea to be ‘No-Eyed Jack, the Pirate.’ I wore two eye patches (made from old, broken sunglasses, so I could still see), then let my daughters come up with the rest of my costume. They dressed me exactly the way you would expect four teenage girls to dress a blind guy that they didn't like. I topped off the outfit with a cardboard...Read More »
In most offices, how much individual employees earn ranks up there with politics and religion as a subject best not discussed in the workplace. However, this isn’t the case at all companies. As this article notes, some businesses are out to get rid of the taboo surrounding salary revelation. Those in favor of making figures readily available feel such action promotes trust and fairness. Naysayers, however, aren’t convinced those possible benefits are worth the can of worms pay transparency might open.
When comparing salaries, it is easy to forget that productivity and performance are not the only factors that play a role in determining a paycheck. Market conditions at...Read More »
Anyone who works in an office knows that the environment often isn’t exactly the most comfortable, for a variety of reasons. There are often less than ideal conditions with regards to lighting, temperature and air quality, among other issues.
Well, now there is a handy and convenient method for dealing with at least one of those issues. If dry air is a common complaint in your office, this Satechi USB portable humidifier is a great solution. It’s small and lightweight, so you can easily take it back and forth from home to the office. You simply fill a bottle, glass or other container with purified water and insert the humidifier into the container’s opening. You then just plug the humidifier into a USB port. When you want to shut it off, just unplug the humidifier. (It will also...Read More »
- Tips for De-Stressing Your Job Search [Career Realism]
- Habits That Kill Productivity [Career Bliss]
- 7 Ways to Make Better Use of Your Time [Lifehack]
- What to Do If You Lose Your Job [US News]
- How to Find a Mentor [Forbes]
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First, the good news: The fourth annual Flu Season Survey from Staples shows that workers are getting increasingly knowledgeable about flu prevention. Findings include:
49 percent of respondents understand they are contagious with the flu virus for one day before symptoms develop and up to five-to-seven days after becoming sick, an improvement from 38 percent last year.
76 percent of workers correctly identified the break room as the least clean spot in the office, a sharp increase from 26 percent last year.
57 percent know that flu viruses can live on a hard surface up to three...Read More »
When it comes to company social events, do you feel like the office outsider? Maybe your colleagues are famous for always choosing pricey restaurants where a single meal costs double your weekly lunch budget, or perhaps you can’t make it to Bagel Wednesday at 7:45 because your sitter can’t arrive any earlier than 8:00. While your reasons for declining invitations or missing events may be perfectly valid (including the reasonable decision that you prefer to spend your time and money in a different manner), co-workers may get the impression that you are standoffish.
One good way to combat being the one who seems to always say “no” is to pay attention to the events that do work for you. Being part of a committee that brown bags it in the conference room once a month to discuss...Read More »
Okay, so the idea of taking notes at work might seem a bit obvious—and perhaps even repetitive, in the case of people whose job duties require them to take notes (or dictation, or a related thing) at least sometimes.
But taking notes can indeed help boost your productivity and help you stay more organized as a bonus. The key is not just to take notes, but to think about how and when you take them. You need a carefully planned system so these notes will help your workday goes more smoothly.
One good strategy: when faced with a potential interruption or distraction from something you are currently working on—say, something you need to research further or a call you remember you have to make—jot that down on a specific list. Then set aside a certain period of time at the end...Read More »
- Get the Most Out of Online Networking [WSJ.com]
- Can You Be Happy at Work if You Don’t Like Your Teammates? [Psychology Today]
- A Common Mistake That Makes You Less Productive [Lifehack]
- Make Yourself Interruptible for Better Meetings [Lifehacker]
- Knowing When It’s Time to Find a New Job [Career Realism]
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For some people, political or religious beliefs are such a part of their being that it is hard to check them at the door when entering the workplace despite experts warning that such subject matters are too volatile. This past week, a mail carrier in California threw out material related to the Affordable Care Act instead of delivering it to households. Wednesday night, a stenographer had to be forcibly removed from the floor of the House of Representatives after launching a verbal tirade during the vote on a compromise bill to end the...Read More »
Whether your high school days are several months or several decades behind you, don’t be surprised if you still encounter situations in which peer pressure influences behavior. Which of the following have you been guilty of?
In the moment, chiming in your two cents may make you feel like “one of the group.” However, the potential consequences probably aren’t worth the risk. The most obvious disaster is that your comments somehow get back to the boss – and they might even get taken out of context or embellished. Also, consider how others might interpret your behavior. People may think that if you’re quick to trash-talk the boss behind his back, you might be doing the same thing to them when they aren’t around.
Drinking...Read More »
(Check all that apply)