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Strategies For Coping At Work

What to Do When a Layoff Is Lurking

You have a job but you're worried about a possible layoff. Here are 10 things you can do to take better control of your career security and employability while you're still employed.  More »

Will Your Sick Day Excuse Pass the BS Detector?

Employees have been faking sicknesses since before you or I were born. As a result, supervisors (like parents and teachers) have become skilled at recognizing when employees are legitimately ill, or just sick of work. This 5-point questionnaire can help determine whether a sick day excuse is legitimate or BS.  More »

Office Pet Peeves: Puh-leeeeze Stop Doing That!

We spend 40 hours a week together (give or take). You get to know people over time, and the more time you spend with them, the more you pick up on their habits. And some habits can drive you bonkers. Here's a list of pet peeves straight from the mouths of our own coworkers.  More »

When Bosses Make Hotheaded Decisions

Many of us have felt the wrath of a boss's hotheaded decision. Here are some cases where the boss shouldn't have taken it personally but did, and how you can handle it if you face a similar situation.  More »

Bringing Boomers and Millennials Together at Work

The oldest members of the Millennial generation (also called Generation Y, or Echo Boomers), now in their 20s, are flexing their muscles and making their mark in the workplace. Meanwhile, the oldest members of the Baby Boomer generation, now in their early 60s, are entering a career twilight fraught with uncertainty. While there may be a gap between these two groups in the workplace, there's a way to bring them together for the good of the company - and for each generation's benefit.  More »

How to Negotiate Better Work Hours

High gas prices, family responsibilities, nightmare commute. Whatever the reason, many people are longing for more convenient work hours. And most employers will at least try to be flexible in hopes of retaining good, happy workers. Here are some ways you can try to negotiate a schedule change to benefit yourself and the company.  More »

Should Employers Play `Big Brother' with Your Health?

Picture this: On one side of the table, you have a well qualified, personable, impeccably dressed and thoroughly prepared candidate who has come in for an interview. The only apparent flaws? He's quite overweight and, tucked inside the pocket of his shirt is a pack of cigarettes. If you're the hiring manager at a company that expects a high level of productivity from everyone, do you see this guy as a risk? The bigger question: Should employers play Big Brother with your health?  More »

Can Boredom Inspire a Job Search?

It's not every day when boredom can spur a human being into action. But not having enough work -- to the point that you're chronically bored and unchallenged -- is as good a reason to start a job search as being stressed out and overworked is.  More »

The Pursuit of Workplace Happiness

What makes for a happy workplace? There's no clear answer, but the happier you are, the more likely you won't be looking for another job.  More »
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