By Beth Braccio Hering
Don't tarnish your reputation by making whiny, haughty or untrue statements. Remember, silence can be golden -- especially if it prevents you from uttering one of these potentially career-damaging phrases: Read More »
By Susan Ricker
Every job has its ups and downs, but riding an elevator seems like an unlikely source for stress. However, a 15-second ride may push some people's buttons. CareerBuilder's latest study of more than 3,800 workers nationwide reveals the most unusual and annoying behaviors workers have witnessed... Read More »
It's that most wonderful time of the year. Mistletoe, eggnog and holiday parties in the office make employment lawyers rub their hands together with glee. That's because we get very busy in January after all the party-related firings. There's sexual harassment, discrimination, recriminations, finger-pointing... Read More »
With five applicants for every job opening in the current labor market, it's not surprising that employers have focused more on employees' soft skills. After all, in trying times -- such as those experienced during the recent recession -- being able to handle stress with aplomb can go a long way... Read More »
By Ryan Murphy
Most men are completely unaware of the intricate rules of decorum that govern this common space.
There are few human activities more pleasurable than relieving yourself. In the words of King George V, "Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance." Read More »
Anyone who works in the typical office these days knows that dress codes are decidedly lax. Long gone are the days when men routinely donned suits and ties and women wore tailored dresses and pumps.
That may be a boon for workers who don't want to fuss about what to wear, day in and day out, but it can... Read More »
For better or for worse, email is increasingly the way many Americans communicate in this technological era.
About 62 percent of employed adults use email or the Internet at work, a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project study found, and many also have mobile devices that help keep them connected... Read More »
Manners mean money: That's what some members of Generation Y are learning. To get hired for good jobs, they are enrolling in seminars or one-on-one coaching programs to be trained in the finer points of etiquette. If they're already on the payroll, their employers might be ponying up $400 an hour for that... Read More »
You got hired, maybe in one of the 150,000 jobs just created. However, many of your former co-workers, neighbors, and even family members are still unemployed.
Clearly, there's a need for a book of etiquette to navigate the tsunami of mixed feelings and behavior now surrounding you. Read More »
We've all been embarrassed at work. In fact, just this morning, a woman stopped by to tell my cubemate that a picture of her and her friends was in the printer by her office, in case she was looking for it. At first my associate was confused, but then she realized that the woman was referring... Read More »
Each November, the idea of giving thanks takes center stage in many people's minds. But in the business world, knowing how -- and when -- to give thanks is always valuable, regardless of the season. Properly thanking a colleague, mentor, reference or interviewer shows that you have a certain... Read More »
Ever been caught talking with your mouth full at a business luncheon? Have you ever shared an uncomfortable silence with a co-worker you don't know well? Ever been "caught with your pants down" on a business trip where you weren't fashionably prepared?
Such are three (of many) situations... Read More »
Revised January, 2011
Some people keep their private life private in the workplace -- which can be a blessing. Many workers, however, are forced to work in an environment where they hear about everything from a co-worker's baby-making plans to their estranged relationship with their father.
Talking about... Read More »