Four Alternatives to the Team All-Hands

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By Darren Chait – RecruitLoop All-hands meetings (or ‘town halls’) are part and parcel of Silicon Valley. You would be hard pressed to find a tech company where this regular meeting isn’t ingrained in process. It’s a well accepted way to build and reinforce company culture, increase employee engagement and achieve alignment with company goals… read more

How to Get Over “Vacation Guilt” and Actually Enjoy Your Time Off

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By Suzanne Gelb – theMuse Forty percent of Americans leave unused paid vacation time on the table every year. Why? People are afraid of being replaced or they’re afraid of their work piling up while they’re gone. These fears are understandable, but most of the time, they’re not grounded in reality. They’re what psychologists like… read more

The 8 Best Things You Can Do for Yourself When You Return From Vacation

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By Bill Murphy jr. – theMuse As an American, you legitimately could spend every day of your life on vacation and still make a good living. But the truth is, few of us actually do this. Instead, we work hard, take time off when we can, and face the inevitable letdown when it’s time to… read more

9 signs you’re successful even if it doesn’t feel like it

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By Travis Bradberry – Ladders If you’re ambitious, you’re bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren’t yet living up to your expectations. We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won’t admit it—other than the guy with the ‘He… read more

How can you focus in an open office?

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By Anisa Purbasari Horton – Fast Company An open office is supposed to have many benefits: fostering collaboration, creativity, and reducing unnecessary digital communication. But as many Fast Company readers pointed out, the layout brings a set of problems. “Nonstop distractions. I can hardly ever work uninterrupted for more than a few minutes at a… read more

What to Do When Your Boss Won’t Advocate for You

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By Nicholas Pearce – Harvard Business Review Having a great boss is a potentially life-changing gift. On the other hand, many of us know firsthand that having a bad boss can cause a lot of drama, headaches, and stress. While it’s easy to love the great bosses and flee the bad ones, there’s one kind… read more

4 Easy Things You Can Do to Show Your Co-workers You Care

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By Kat Boogaard – theMuse Whether you consider this fact disheartening or motivating, you can’t deny its truth: You probably spend more time with your co-workers than you do with anyone else. When you’re in the office at least 40 hours per week, the people you work with become a big part of your life…. read more

How to Beat Procrastination: The Value of the Personal Check-In

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By Liz Alton – ADP How can you help your employees beat the potential for procrastination? The leader of every organization has more than likely wondered at some point how to beat procrastination — not just within their organizations, but personally as well. In “Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get… read more

How to spot a covert narcissist

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By Lindsay Dodgson – theLadders Narcissists can be difficult to spot, especially if they are older and more sophisticated. Over time, they learn how to optimally manipulate their victims, and get by with their schemes without anyone questioning them. What makes it even more confusing is that they don’t all act the same way. Certain… read more