Most people view life's goal is to be happy. I believe that's misguided.
If the goal is happiness, one could, for example, spend all your time gardening, watching comedies, having sex, etc. Yet if everyone did that, the planet would be far worse: Patients would die, homes wouldn't get built and products... Read More »
I woke up one morning about four weeks ago and realized in a flash that I'd hit a wall. Most days I can't wait to get to work. On this day, I struggled to get myself out of the house.
The first three months of the year had been intensely demanding, between hiring a series of new employees for a rapidly growing... Read More »
Finally, the holidays are here and you've had a chance to relax and reboot. But as you begin to unwind on Christmas vacation, and enjoy yourself, you may find yourself asking: Have I been happy at work this year? What other job could I be doing that would be more fulfilling -- monetarily and spiritually? Read More »
If you're like most Americans, you probably feel like Labor Day snuck up on you. That's because you spent most of the summer working -- or looking for work. The majority of American workers don't use up all their vacation time, most of them leaving an average of 11 days on the table, according to one survey (via... Read More »
I need to get away, just for a few days, close to the soothing sound and motion of the sea, inhaling salt air and unwinding. I have to restore my mental, emotional and spiritual inner resources. I'm running low.
So why does this idea create such a tangle of conflicting emotions in me? Read More »
It's no secret that Americans are working longer and harder than ever. Now, a new poll shows more of us are forgoing the lunch hour and opting instead for a quick bite huddled over our keyboards.
A recent survey of workers found that 62 percent of those with desk jobs typically ate lunch at their desks. The... Read More »
By Vickie Elmer
In the summertime, workers long for escape, for long weekends and flexible hours.
Some 28 percent of workers wish they could leave early on Fridays and another 41 percent say flexible schedules are their favorite summer benefit, according to a new OfficeTeam survey. Read More »
It's hard to find anyone who doesn't think a vacation is a good thing. Beyond getting to explore different parts of the country or the world, vacations have been shown to improve mental health, prevent job burnout and even enhance creativity. Yet if you're guilty of ending the year without using most of your... Read More »
Not many workplaces have "summer Fridays" -- that genteel tradition of closing down around lunch once a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. According to a survey done by Ultimat Vodka, just 12 percent of employed adults get this perk.
Officially, that is. Because anyone who's tried to start a new project... Read More »
Summer is nearly upon us again. Though this season is a little less of a break when you're a grown-up than when you're a kid, it still feels different. You can be outside more. You can use the longer evenings to squeeze more life out of each day. Routines change, opening up an opportunity for rethinking how... Read More »
By Alison Green
Even good managers frustrate their employees now and then -- while bad managers, of course, do it regularly. Here are seven of the most common complaints about the annoying things bosses do without even realizing it: Read More »
Going email free on weekends is a time management best practice. Every guru seems to agree that you should misplace the iPhone or Blackberry on Friday night, and check it only once or twice for emergencies before Sunday evening. That way you can feel relaxed without feeling tethered to work. Read More »
Staying happy at work is not just good for your health. It's also good for your job performance. At least that's what most employees believe.
The American Psychological Association (APA) conducted an online survey of 1,714 people and found that a whopping 93 percent of those who feel valued by their... Read More »
By Vickie Elmer
Spring break seems like a great time to savor life and sunshine and the joy of no school or work commitments. But those who want an <a data-cke-saved-href="http://aol.careerbuilder.com/jobs/keyword/intern/?siteid=cbaol95int"... Read More »
It takes almost a day for U.K. vacationers to start enjoying their vacations, according to a survey of 2,000 adults. One third of these travelers start worrying about the stress of getting home within three days of arriving, and immediately after returning home, nearly half of them said that they felt so... Read More »
People will use all kinds of excuses to get out of jury duty. But it's rare the employee who uses the pretense of having to sit on a jury just to get a little time off from work.
But that's exactly what Mona Lisa Tello is accused of doing, officials in New York City revealed Tuesday. The 61-year-old... Read More »
A lot of American companies move their labor offshore to save on costs. But there is one expense that is greater in almost every other country: paid vacation.
Of 62 countries studied by Mercer, a human resources research and consulting organization, the U.S. is the only country without any statutory paid... Read More »