Bosses

  • How To Make Sure You Won't Be Laid Off: 5 Tips

    How To Make Sure You Won't Be Laid Off: 5 Tips

    Unemployment is slowly declining, but many employers are still downsizing. Just last week Sony announced it was restructuring and letting go of 2,000 workers. How can you make sure that you're not laid off? If you make sure to demonstrate your value, you can increase the odds that your job won't be... Continue Reading

  • Can The Boss Tell You How To Vote? Yes

    Can The Boss Tell You How To Vote? Yes

    By Robert Frank A flurry of emails from CEOs telling workers how to vote in November has raised a troubling question: Can a company legally tell workers how to vote? For the most part, the answer is yes. Election regulators and corporate lawyers say no federal election law specifically prevents employers... Continue Reading

  • Another Reason Why It's Good To Be The Boss

    Another Reason Why It's Good To Be The Boss

    Back during the whole Marissa-Mayer-is-pregnant dust-up this summer, I mentioned that being the CEO is actually a great job for the mom of small kids. If you're late to a 9 a.m. meeting, people will wait for you. If you don't want to work from 5:30-8 p.m., people will take your calls at 8:30. They fly to see... Continue Reading

  • Younger Bosses Managing Older Workers: Increasingly Common, And Rife With Conflict

    Younger Bosses Managing Older Workers: Increasingly Common, And Rife With Conflict

    By Susan Ricker The corner office may now belong to someone younger than you, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. Thirty-four percent of U.S. workers say they are older than their bosses, and 15 percent say they work for someone who is at least 10 years younger, noting a shift in the correlation between... Continue Reading

  • When To Say 'No' To The Boss

    When To Say 'No' To The Boss

    By Robert Half International Your manager comes to you in a panic and asks you to fill in for Sharon, who will be out of town all next week. Your first thought is, "Why me?" Yet, despite your frustration, you smile and say, "No problem." Your boss is making the request, after all, so refusal is not an... Continue Reading

  • How To Ask For A Raise And Get It

    How To Ask For A Raise And Get It

    Everyone could use something at work. Part-time workers want more hours. Interns want to be made full-time employees. Hourly employees want to be salaried, with benefits. But what most any paid employee can agree on, is that a bigger paycheck is always welcome. So, then, how do you reach that goal of earning... Continue Reading

  • What Stresses Out Workers The Most In 2012

    What Stresses Out Workers The Most In 2012

    By Cindy Perman Stressed out at work? Take a number. Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of American workers are stressed out by at least one thing at work, according to Everest College's 2012 Work Stress Survey conducted by Harris Interactive. Continue Reading

  • 5 Ways To Outsmart A 'Frenemy' At Work

    5 Ways To Outsmart A 'Frenemy' At Work

    By Robert Half International The old adage "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" conveniently omits any reference to frenemies -- people who seem like an ally one minute and an adversary the next. You know the type: he happily collaborates on a project, but then claims full credit as soon as it... Continue Reading

  • Life Lesson: Don't Complain About Your (Famous) Co-Worker On Live TV

    Life Lesson: Don't Complain About Your (Famous) Co-Worker On Live TV

    Ranting about a co-worker should be done with care, especially when you're a broadcaster, and your co-worker is a much more famous broadcaster, and you're live on TV. But a sportscaster for an NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla., Dan Hicken, turned one of those funny jibes -- the types anchors throw at... Continue Reading

  • Quiz: Can You Read Between The Lines When Your Boss Talks?

    Quiz: Can You Read Between The Lines When Your Boss Talks?

    By Susan Ricker As your boss walks by your cubicle, she casually mentions that the team is getting pizza for lunch. But you know that she's really saying, "Nobody's getting a raise this year." Understanding your boss's communication style will save you from sleepless nights of trying to decode her... Continue Reading

  • No. 1 Hidden Risk To Working From Home

    No. 1 Hidden Risk To Working From Home

    By Elaheh Nozari, LearnVest Working from home today? It could have a serious effect on your career. The Wall Street Journal recently reported the results of a new study that suggests employees who work from home or remotely may end up getting lower performance evaluations, smaller raises and fewer... Continue Reading

  • Is Your Boss Spying On You? Probably

    Is Your Boss Spying On You? Probably

    Whether or not you realize it, your company may be monitoring what you are doing on your work computer. Even if you think certain personal Web surfing or emails are innocent, if you're on a company-owned machine or network, that activity may be grounds for dismissal. Especially in this economy, where some... Continue Reading

  • How To Get A Promotion: 4 Tips

    How To Get A Promotion: 4 Tips

    It can be nerve-wracking to approach your boss about such a tentative topic, so it's best to go into the process prepared. Continue Reading

  • 5 Ways To Annoy Your Boss

    5 Ways To Annoy Your Boss

    By Robert Half International Certain things you do endear you to your boss. And then there are behaviors that can drive him crazy. Here are some of the top offenses that could land you in the corporate hall of shame: Continue Reading

  • 8 Stupid Networking Mistakes

    8 Stupid Networking Mistakes

    By Rebecca Thorman You know you need to network. But do you know how? Avoid these eight networking don'ts to build the best possible relationships for your career: Continue Reading

  • What To Say When You're Asked For 'Salary Requirements'

    What To Say When You're Asked For 'Salary Requirements'

    It's the worst part on the online application -- the "salary requirements" field. Here's how to handle the question without getting disqualified: Continue Reading

  • Secrets To Getting A Great Performance Review

    Secrets To Getting A Great Performance Review

    By Miriam Salpeter It's never too early to start earning a superior performance review. When you set goals and take steps to meet initiatives, you have a better chance of driving your own career. If you want a stellar performance review next year, start thinking about how you can make a positive impact at... Continue Reading

  • Are Black Women Expected To Be Pushier At Work?

    Are Black Women Expected To Be Pushier At Work?

    A white man who runs a company forcefully, with no sugar-coating or hand-holding, is considered a great leader. But when women and black men do the same, several studies have shown, people don't like them very much. So one might imagine that black women might face a double backlash if they aggressively take... Continue Reading

  • 8 Hardball Negotiation Tactics To Get The Salary You Want

    8 Hardball Negotiation Tactics To Get The Salary You Want

    What's the best strategy to make sure you get paid what you're worth (whether by your boss or a client)? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of young entrepreneurs. Continue Reading

  • 5 Tricks To Ace Your Performance Review

    5 Tricks To Ace Your Performance Review

    By Brian O'Connell When it comes to knocking a job performance review out of the park, it pays to be aggressive and to be your own public relations director. It's an uphill climb for U.S. workers, who increasingly see job performance reviews as a useless exercise, and one that doesn't necessarily... Continue Reading

  • The Do's And Don'ts Of Befriending Higher-Ups

    The Do's And Don'ts Of Befriending Higher-Ups

    By Kaitlin Madden Whether you work for a large corporation or a small business, you probably feel at least a little intimidated by your company's executive team. After all, they not only call the shots, but they essentially hold your job security and the future of your career in their hands. Continue Reading

  • How To Get Your Boss Fired

    How To Get Your Boss Fired

    By Donna Fuscaldo We've all had one: that ineffectual boss that rarely has a clue. But what if your superior crosses the line from annoying to toxic, making your work life downright miserable? Think you can't get him or her fired? Think again. Continue Reading

  • What To Do If You Don't Feel Appreciated At Work

    What To Do If You Don't Feel Appreciated At Work

    By Debra Auerbach Did you know that today, Friday, March 2, is National Employee Appreciation Day? And with so many employees working overtime, doing the work of three people and wondering if they'll get a raise this year, there is no shortage of employees in need of some appreciation. While this day... Continue Reading

  • Yes, Sir vs. Hey, Dude: Job Advice For Veterans

    Yes, Sir vs. Hey, Dude: Job Advice For Veterans

    By Jen Hubley Luckwaldt Veterans who decide to leave the military and transition to a civilian job know to expect some culture shock. But even the best-prepared former service members can find the differences between the military world and the private sector surprising. Continue Reading

  • Promotion Secrets: How The Corner Office Was Won [Infographic]

    Promotion Secrets: How The Corner Office Was Won [Infographic]

    The nation's job picture may be improving, but it still has a long way to go before workers can expect to get a rise in pay. Stagnant wages have been a component of the U.S. labor market for more than a decade -- long before 2008's economic crisis. That means an employee who wants to earn more money will... Continue Reading

  • How To Tactfully Say 'No' At Work

    How To Tactfully Say 'No' At Work

    By Justin Thompson Many of us have been in a position where our boss, our co-worker, a client or customer has asked us to do something that we know is a bad idea or a complete waste of time. More often than not, we bite our tongues for fear of being the office Debbie Downer. But if we can save the company... Continue Reading

  • The Best Career Advice Of All Time: Shut Up

    The Best Career Advice Of All Time: Shut Up

    By Tim Murphy Think about some of the best opening conversations you've ever had – the ones where you walk away thinking, "Wow, that went great! What a guy!" Now think of the worst initial conversations you've had – the ones that seem to last forever without going anywhere, making you want to... Continue Reading

  • 5 Ways To Burn Bridges, Get Blacklisted And Stunt Career Growth

    5 Ways To Burn Bridges, Get Blacklisted And Stunt Career Growth

    Sure, there's a long-term payoff for practicing diplomacy in the workplace. Good career karma can come in the form of employee referrals, glowing LinkedIn recommendations, networking opportunities, leads on new jobs and more. But who needs any of those things? Continue Reading

  • Home Improvement CEO Gets Misty-Eyed On 'Undercover Boss'

    Home Improvement CEO Gets Misty-Eyed On 'Undercover Boss'

    The pious chief executive of The Dwyer Group weeps when she finds out about her employees' woes on this Sunday's "Undercover Boss." The two-time Emmy nominated CBS reality show is now in its third season, and took its viewers Down South this past weekend. And for the season's second episode, Southern... Continue Reading

  • Convenience Store Clerk Fired For Letting A Robber Steal Too Much

    Convenience Store Clerk Fired For Letting A Robber Steal Too Much

    Getting robbed at gunpoint can be a pretty traumatic experience. But even worse? Getting robbed at gunpoint and then fired the next day. This misfortune befell one Massachusetts convenience store clerk, who was let go the day after a holdup because he had left too much cash in the register. Continue Reading