Nothing speeds the day up like knowing your 3 p.m. M&M and chai latte break is coming. And despite those new-fangled standing and treadmill desks, most of us spend our days sitting on our butts, waiting for our 3 p.m. sugar-and-carb breaks.
No wonder, then, that 41 percent of workers say they've gained... Read More »
As many administrative assistants know too well, so much of the work they perform day in and day out goes unrecognized. It was the awareness of that slight that gave rise to the first Secretaries' Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) 60 years ago.
And if you don't think the work that office managers,... Read More »
By Anthony Balderrama
The idea of a work spouse is nothing new. Workers have long been working overtime, especially once the recession kicked in. Now many co-workers spend more time together than they do with their own friends and families. Eventually these colleagues begin to resemble platonic significant... Read More »
As many office workers know, battling boredom on the job can be an everyday challenge. But few may know that routinely feeling listless on the job threatens their well-being by causing them to seek solace in food and drink, new research shows.
The very act of being bored can lead to health problems,... Read More »
It isn't every day that sales assistant Christine Nelson gets treated to a four-star restaurant dinner. Wanting to savor every morsel of the experience, she asked to have her leftovers bagged, took it to work the next day and salivated all morning thinking about her delicious lunch.
When she opened the... Read More »
It's not the size of the cubicle. It's not the noise level, the gruesome bathrooms, or even your colleague's breath. According to the International Facility Management Association, (IFMA) the No. 1 workplace complaint in regards to conditions is (drumroll please) ... temperature! Read More »
Using technology brought to light in the uber-popular film 'Social Network,' a new website called CubeDuel lets you vote for "Who Would You Rather Work With," giving you the choice to select between two different co-workers at once.
It works like this: You allow Cubeduel.com to access your LinkedIn account,... Read More »
Bed bugs are making a comeback, and while beds are at home, the bed bugs aren't particular and can also be found in the office.
They've been reported in offices throughout New York, including Google's Ninth Avenue offices in Manhattan. Infestations have also been found in a Denver library, a publisher's office,... Read More »
The best way to increase your productivity during the day is to make some changes to your workstation. Brightening up your workstation can give you the extra boost you need to get started on a new project or assignment.
Since your workstation is a small space, it only takes a few steps to making it feel like... Read More »
Andy Rooney had a funny bit about his home office on 60 Minutes awhile back, in which he revealed he uses an old piece of shaped burlwood for a desk -- it's beautiful and unusual, but he seldom actually sees it underneath the prodigious amount of clutter. It's also a well-known fact that upon his death,... Read More »
The email constantly pings, the fluorescent lights are blinding, the parade of meetings never ends, and the flow of drive-by chats with co-workers continues all day long; then there's your boss, who seems to want you to spend more time updating him on your work than actually getting it done.
It's no wonder it's... Read More »
Author BJ Gallagher, who has been a boss and worked for male and female bosses, has a list of tips she's titled, "How to Tell a Male Boss From a Female Boss." Among the helpful hints:
A male boss is aggressive; a female boss is pushy.
A male boss is attentive to details; a female boss is picky.
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Think back to the last big gathering you had with family or friends. Maybe it was Thanksgiving dinner and your house was full of people -- some you knew well, others you just met. No matter how great the day ended up being, one person could have easily ruined it. Perhaps one person did.
Inevitably you'll hear... Read More »
Robert Half International
Everyone has encountered some version of the challenging colleague. Whether this individual feels compelled to give you unsolicited updates on his or her personal life or is the embodiment of "The Office's" Dwight Schrute, it's important to find a way to work together effectively.... Read More »
Hint: Treat them like toddlers
Lynn Taylor, author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant";
Do you ever think your boss behaves like a child going through the "terrible twos," throwing tantrums or reverting to a little lost lamb when in over his or her head?
I call this regression "Terrible Office... Read More »
Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer
Holidays in the office can be predictable: coffee mugs for your boss, a gift card for your co-worker, fruit baskets for clients. This holiday season, however, may prove to be a little different, as there is less money to spend and fewer co-workers on gift lists.
"In... Read More »
Almost everyone has had the flu before. Incessant coughing, a sore throat and body aches are the pits, especially when you have obligations and deadlines to meet. But now, as the H1N1 virus threatens to infect people everywhere, it's even more important to try to stay healthy.
It's hard to do so, however,... Read More »
Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer
2009 marked another year of unforgettable occurrences in entertainment, politics and current events.
Barack Obama was inaugurated as the first African-American president of the United States. A global pandemic of the H1N1 virus, known as "swine flu," broke out. Rio de... Read More »