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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 »

Bad Bosses Often Source Of Unhappy, Unhealthy Workers, Study Finds

Bad Bosses Often Source Of Unhappy, Unhealthy Workers, Study Finds

When it comes to the workplace, there are few things as tough as having a bad boss. Whether it's a lack of organization, a gruff attitude or an inability to empathize with staff, working for someone with poor leadership skills can sap enthusiasm and productivity. But the negative effects don't stop there. A... Read More »

U.S. College Grads Get Older, Shift Workplace Trends

U.S. College Grads Get Older, Shift Workplace Trends

By Hope Yen WASHINGTON -- Americans 60 or older are more likely than ever to have college degrees, helping redefine work and retirement as educated baby boomers swell the senior population at rates faster than young adults earn diplomas. Read More »

Ready Mix Reportedly Settles Race-Bias Claims That Included Noose Display

Ready Mix Reportedly Settles Race-Bias Claims That Included Noose Display

A Southern supplier of concrete and cement products has reportedly agreed to pay $400,000 to seven black employees to settle federal charges that it discriminated against them by using racial epithets and displaying a noose at work sites in Alabama Black males employed at a Ready Mix USA plant in the... Read More »

Study: Being Happily Married Makes Work Much Easier!

Study: Being Happily Married Makes Work Much Easier!

Jobs and the issues associated with them are often a source of friction among committed couples. Whether it's working late or the stress of dealing with difficult colleagues or bosses, the frustrations that build up throughout the workday aren't always left at the front doorstep -- and that's doubly true when... Read More »

Black Missouri Lawmakers Vow To Fight Worker Discrimination Bill

Black Missouri Lawmakers Vow To Fight Worker Discrimination Bill

A group of black lawmakers in Missouri has pledged to fight efforts by Republicans to revise state labor laws to make it more difficult for workers to prove discrimination claims. Members of the Legislative Black Caucus say the legislation would roll back decades of civil rights advances and protect... Read More »

America's Aging Workforce Prepares To Work Into Retirement [Infographic]

America's Aging Workforce Prepares To Work Into Retirement [Infographic]

In the wake of the Great Recession, many baby boomers are delaying retirement, hoping that a few more years of work will help them replenish nest eggs devastated by the economic downturn and falling home values. A poll last fall by The Associated Press and LifeGoesStrong.com showed 73 percent of boomers --... Read More »

Take a Meeting? It Could Make You Seem Stupid, Study Says

Take a Meeting? It Could Make You Seem Stupid, Study Says

Attending regular workplace meetings is one of the more mundane aspects of work life. And though they may seem benign, the atmosphere created in such groups may inhibit some workers' ability to effectively think and communicate during them -- and it isn't just in their heads, a new study shows. Meetings... Read More »

Study: Bored Office Workers Risk Increased Health Problems

Study: Bored Office Workers Risk Increased Health Problems

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 »

Which College Majors Lead To Higher Unemployment? [Infographic]

Which College Majors Lead To Higher Unemployment? [Infographic]

As the recent Occupy Wall Street protests have shown, many young people are angry about the rising cost of college. Few want to be burdened by tens of thousands of dollars in debt and are seeking debt forgiveness on college loans -- especially in light of the nation's lackluster job market, which is yielding... Read More »

Does The Food We Eat Affect Workplace Productivity? [Infographic]

Does The Food We Eat Affect Workplace Productivity? [Infographic]

Feeling logy after lunch is a phenomenon many office workers frequently experience. The afternoon doldrums may be the result of a lack of sleep the night before but inadequate nutrition is also a factor. What we eat -- or don't eat -- plays an important role in our ability to be productive on the job. A lack... Read More »

Workers Fight Efforts By Employers To Stifle Facebook Posts

Workers Fight Efforts By Employers To Stifle Facebook Posts

Criticizing your employer on social-media sites such as Facebook may not be the smartest career move there is, but can companies fire you for expressing such opinions? It depends. Until recently, it was thought businesses had free rein to dismiss workers who post complaints or rude comments on Facebook,... Read More »

'I'm Outta Here!' Portrait Of A Quitter [Infographic]

'I'm Outta Here!' Portrait Of A Quitter [Infographic]

The recent recession is perhaps most notable for the the toll it took on the nation's unemployment rate -- pushing it to highs not seen since the Reagan era. But the downturn also negatively affected how employees feel about jobs and employers. Nearly a third of the 2,400 U.S. workers recently surveyed are... Read More »

Survey: Politeness Can Boost Opportunities For Career Advancement

Survey: Politeness Can Boost Opportunities For Career Advancement

Getty Images 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 »

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