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  • 8 rules for romance at the office

    8 rules for romance at the office

    Office drones spend a significant amount of time with their co-workers, so it’s understandable that a romantic interest may develop. But with sexual harassment in the national spotlight, there’s a new concern over what is appropriate workplace behavior. When it comes to love at the office, extra...

  • The open office plan is a disaster

    The open office plan is a disaster

    The open office design originally seemed harmless.  Open offices often feature minimalist modular workstations with no partitions, pop-up and convertible collaboration spaces, library carrel-style break areas, video conferencing zones and — why not? — bleacher seating on one wall for those culture-building...

  • 3 signs that you're the toxic one at the office

    3 signs that you're the toxic one at the office

    Almost every workplace has at least one toxic employee. You know the type — always negative, tends to bully others, distracts much of the team. But what if someone were to tell you that you are that person? Before you balk in denial, take a look at some of these common traits that awful employees...

  • You have your own business, but you still must deal with jerks

    You have your own business, but you still must deal with jerks

    Abig idea. A thirst for freedom. The search for a more interesting life. A need to reach your full potential. Entrepreneurs have many inspiring reasons for taking the leap. But there’s another, less glorious reason many of us strike out on our own: getting away from toxic people. You may have left...

  • Business cliches that should be banished

    Business cliches that should be banished

    Every generation gets its own workplace cliches. For our grandparents and parents, it was “run it up the flagpole” or “behind the eight ball” or “think outside the box.” In the last few years, an entire new lexicon of hackneyed phrases has invaded the business world. They all began as something...

  • How to truly leave the office at the end of the day

    How to truly leave the office at the end of the day

    You can turn off your computer at the end of the day, but shutting down work-related thoughts isn’t as simple as pushing a button. An inability to disengage from work has its consequences, including high stress levels, lowered productivity and damaged relationships. It also puts you in danger of...

  • Women, it's time to reach for those leadership roles

    Women, it's time to reach for those leadership roles

    Oprah Winfrey, in her electrifying speech at the Golden Globes, said that things are changing. Girls have more women role models, and there are more examples of leadership to follow. Reese Witherspoon and Elizabeth Banks head their own film production companies, knowing that their roles are limited...

  • Mistakes to avoid when looking for a mentor

    Mistakes to avoid when looking for a mentor

    The benefits of having a mentor are numerous. He or she can guide you on important decisions, offer a fresh, outsider perspective and inspire you. But people often make mistakes in their search that not only limit them but also make the potential mentor less likely to engage with the mentee on...

  • Do millennials really have it tough?

    Do millennials really have it tough?

    It’s so easy to make fun of millennials, right? Oh, they’re so lazy! They’re spoiled! They have it so much easier than we did when we were their age! So, what’s the story? Do millennials truly have it harder than previous generations did? At least one millennial thinks so. In a recent interview...

  • Be more authentic to improve relationships

    Be more authentic to improve relationships

    In a world full of people pushing their own agendas who are focused on self-promotion, it's refreshing to meet someone who is giving, selfless and authentic. Have you ever met someone like this? More importantly, have you ever learned a lesson or two from that person that stuck with you? I’m a...

  • Why gender equality will reach a tipping point this year

    Why gender equality will reach a tipping point this year

    “We’ve finally reached a tipping point to stand up, to refuse ... to be treated as anything less than equal,” says Lauren Leader-Chivée, an activist and thought leader on diversity and women’s issues in the workplace. “That’s a major change. Women have been galvanized.” Leader-Chivée is one of...

  • 5 simple ways to reduce stress this year

    5 simple ways to reduce stress this year

    It never fails. We fantasize that as we charge into January, somehow, magically, all the stuff that stressed us out last year will disappear. We’re especially delusional when we check out for a holiday break, but then we abruptly re-enter reality with a crash. Now that we’re solidly into 2018,...

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