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Make Mistakes Work For You

Make Mistakes Work For You

Own the mistake and you'll earn colleagues' respect

Admitting an error, correcting it, and not dwelling are ways to overcome mistakes. Read More »

Who Let the Dogs In -- At Work?

Who Let the Dogs In -- At Work?

Dogs in the office can reduce stress and increase camaraderie.

Leading the way are some of America's most respected employers, from Google to Amazon, Ben & Jerry's to The Daily Show, even the U.S. Congress. Read More »

Intern Gets Fired Before He Starts Because Of One Typo

Intern Gets Fired Before He Starts Because Of One Typo

Career counselors frequently caution college students that their flipflops and textspeaks may cause problems in the workplace. One undergrad apparently didn't heed the warnings, and was denied an internship for failing to capitalize one word. On his blog, best-selling author Jeff Pearlman reports the plight of... Read More »

5 Surefire Ways to Lose the Respect of Your Coworkers

5 Surefire Ways to Lose the Respect of Your Coworkers

Some people get a little too comfortable in the process of building rapport with their coworkers, which can lead to a loss of respect. Here are five little-known factors that can cost you respect at work. Read More »

'Undercover Boss': Kampgrounds CEO Jim Rogers Offers Deluxe Cabin, Vacation To Workers
Lying, Unethical Executives: Is This How They Get Started?

Lying, Unethical Executives: Is This How They Get Started?

Do you remember that kid that sat across from you in Psych 101, who always cheated on exams and made up excuses about not turning in his papers? Don't be surprised if he shows up in the next cubicle, or in the executive suite at your company, and is just as deceitful. According to a new study from the... Read More »

Gossip Is Good For The Office -- And Your Productivity, Study Finds

Gossip Is Good For The Office -- And Your Productivity, Study Finds

Most workers are guilty of it from time to time, but gossiping in the workplace is viewed by many employers and employees alike as a time waster -- and potentially destructive, too. But a new study by Dutch researchers finds that gossip helps keep offices running more smoothly and can actually improve... Read More »

Makeshift Home Offices During Hurricane Sandy [Slideshow]

Makeshift Home Offices During Hurricane Sandy [Slideshow]

From New York to D.C. to Boston, transit systems were shut down, tunnels and bridges closed and offices shuttered, all due to Hurricane Sandy. So many employees were working from makeshift home offices -- at least as long as they have power. Here's where some of us on the AOL editorial team will be working... Read More »

Monterey County Fraud Unit Workers Claim Mold In The Office Made Them Sick

Monterey County Fraud Unit Workers Claim Mold In The Office Made Them Sick

Update: This story was updated on Oct. 8 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. In recent years, there has been a steady stream of lawsuits from workers -- many of them successful -- claiming that mold made them seriously ill. Read More »

Crazy Excuses To Escape Work

Crazy Excuses To Escape Work

What bugs you the most about your job? And what crazy excuses would you give to escape your office? These were the questions that the corporate research consultancy Wakefield Associates explored in an online survey of 1,013 office workers for Citrix, a Fort Lauderdale-based tech company. Read More »

Employees Admit Social Media Is A Waste Of Their Time [Infographic]

Employees Admit Social Media Is A Waste Of Their Time [Infographic]

A growing number of people are tweeting and using Facebook from the office, but that doesn't mean they think it's a good use of their time. Or company resources. In fact, according to a new survey, a majority of American workers (51 percent) think using social media at work hurts productivity. The survey... Read More »

5 Habits Of Truly Expert Networkers

5 Habits Of Truly Expert Networkers

By Pete Leibman If you're getting ready for graduation, or if you've already graduated but you're looking for a new job, you probably know you need to spend a lot of time networking. But do you really know what networking is and what it's not? During my teenage years, I was painfully shy, and I thought... Read More »

6 Smart Ways To Expand Your Network, Even If You're Shy

6 Smart Ways To Expand Your Network, Even If You're Shy

By Vicky Oliver Believe it or not, there are still folks out there whose hands aren't soldered to their laptops or mobile devices and who'd rather network in a venue with real live people. Social networking may be a great way to digitally meet potential new colleagues, clients, and customers. But... Read More »

5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier At Work

5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier At Work

American workers are increasingly miserable on the job. No wonder: Those who survived mass layoffs during the recent recession often were rewarded with more work for the same or less pay. A survey released last fall found that nearly a third (32 percent) of U.S. workers considered quitting their jobs, up 9... Read More »

The  No. 1 Cause of Bad Decisions At Work

The No. 1 Cause of Bad Decisions At Work

To understand all the consequences of an important choice takes time and attention -- even if both are hard to come by. I've written before about the importance of sleep. Tired brains lose their capacity to think critically, to evaluate data, and to understand the meaning of evidence. But chronic fatigue in... Read More »

New Rights Employers Have To Give Transgender Workers

New Rights Employers Have To Give Transgender Workers

As of Monday, almost 1 million Americans have a federal protection that they never had before. In a historic vote, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decided unanimously that discrimination on the basis of gender identity was discrimination on the basis of sex. Transgender Americans suddenly got a... Read More »

Bosses vs. Secretaries: Who Is Really More Essential?

Bosses vs. Secretaries: Who Is Really More Essential?

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 »

What To Do When You're In Over Your Head At Work

What To Do When You're In Over Your Head At Work

I'm a big fan of mistakes. In business, as in life, mistakes are how we learn. As infants, we learned to walk by falling over. We acquired speech by speaking gobbledygook that eventually evolved into language. And yet, when we grow up, we often become strangely awkward about our missteps. It's no accident... Read More »

Report: Women Work Longer Hours, More Honest On The Job [Infographic]

Report: Women Work Longer Hours, More Honest On The Job [Infographic]

Women may or may not be the weaker sex, but it appears that they work longer hours than men and are happier with how much they earn, a new study finds. Fifty-four percent of women report working nine or more hours a day, compared to 41 percent of men, according to the survey of more than 5,000 U.S. workers... Read More »

Work Driving You Crazy? You're Not Alone

Work Driving You Crazy? You're Not Alone

Yes, most of us are grateful to just to be employed in this miserable economy. But that doesn't mean our working conditions make us happy. In fact, 27 percent of employees say their workplace is not a psychologically safe and healthy environment, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos poll of 14,618 people in 24... Read More »

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