I'd love to think we get ahead purely on the merits but, alas, that's naive. Even the most meritorious employee is wise to play office politics. That means taking steps to ensure you're liked, especially by people in a position to affect your career. Plus you must at least neutralize enemies, for example,... Read More »
Forget the election, the showdown between President Obama and Gov. Romney was nothing compared to some of the leadership wars I've seen in corporate America. For those of us who have witnessed firsthand a fight for power over a project, division or high-profile initiative, we know this: When the battle is over... Read More »
What kind of behavior is most likely to draw a pink slip? Sloppy work is the number one offender when it comes to behaviors that annoy CFOs most, according to a recent Accountemps survey. While 41 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said lacking attention to detail and doing a poor job are... Read More »
Traditionally, no one ever wanted to be considered a "Yes Man." However, in today's competitive workplace and job market, that perception may be changing.
There was a time when saying yes all the time only led to being taken advantage of, and giving a doormat impression -- lacking self-assurance and... Read More »
The 2010 elections seem to be raunchier and more scandalous than ever before. We have candidates talking about self-pleasuring, one-night stands, witchcraft, gays in Speedos, marijuana legalization -- even calling the opposition "bastards" and "whores." Bringing up any of those subjects in the workplace would... Read More »
Robert Half International
There are certain pieces of workplace advice -- show up to work on time and avoid gossiping about your boss or co-workers, for example -- that are never debated. No one will argue against them, and it's necessary to follow them to advance your career. Other rules, however, are more... Read More »
"Kanyed": To get interrupted by a self-absorbed jerk during a moment of glory.
A new slang word slipped into the lexicon when singer Taylor Swift began to accept her trophy for Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Music Awards and Kanye West rushed the stage, grabbed the microphone from her hand and objected. Most... Read More »