On The Job

How to Benefit When You Get Blindsided by Criticism

On The Job

One day when I was on deadline frantically trying to complete a story, my instant messaging app popped up with something like: "Anita didn't check the database and now I'm having to recreate this work. sigh*" The IM was from my direct editor to another editor.

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3 Ways to Handle a Negative Coworker

On The Job

It seems like everywhere I turn, someone is always talking or writing about "times like these." Usually, it's not "times like these are so great." It's usually something like, "Times like these are so horrible."

2019 188

The Critical Element You May Be Missing in Your Job Search

On The Job

This seems to be the time of year when a lot of people are jumping ship for a new gig. People are seeking new challenges -- or feel unsettled by the current instability of their industry.

2019 205

4 Steps to Being Happier

On The Job

When my children were babies, I knew exactly what I would do if I won the lottery: Hire a nighttime nanny. That's because my kids couldn't seem to get the hang of sleeping through the night, and I was beyond exhausted.

2019 130

This is What You Need to Do to Change Industries Successfully

On The Job

More people are expected to test the job waters this year as more than 12,500 U.S. employers are looking for new workers and unemployment remains low.

2019 130

3 Ways to Handle Nosy Co-Workers

On The Job

Believe it or not, some people don't like to talk about their personal life. I know, I know, this seems bizarre in a time when people post photos of themselves sitting on the toilet or reveal every detail of giving birth.

2018 198

Research: Brainteaser Interview Questions are Harmful

On The Job

I've never been a fan of "crazy" interview questions, such as asking: "If were a salad dressing, which kind would you be and why?" New research shows why I might feel this way.

2019 163

Doing This Can Make Mondays a Whole Lot Better

On The Job

It's estimated that some 14 million people will call in sick to work today because they can't manage to get out of their pajamas after watching the Super Bowl last night. While such action (or inaction) costs employers about $2.6

2019 141

Research Shows the Secret to Influencing Social Change at Your Company

On The Job

Do you care about social issues like protecting the environment or curbing poverty? Would you like to see your employer get more involved in such issues?

2019 130

10 Great Gift Ideas for Coworkers

On The Job

While it seems like everyone should be in a jolly mood around the office because it's the holiday season, there is also a lot of stress. And here's some reasons why: Do you buy the boss a gift? What should you get your "work spouse"?

2018 189

3 Ways to Change the World from Your Cubicle

On The Job

I'm fed up, and I know many of you must feel the same. I'm fed up with the name-calling, the finger-pointing and the yelling. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all go away, but I can't. What I can do is think about how I behave every day and hopefully do a little better.

The 1 Thing That Could Lead to a Healthier, Happier 2019

On The Job

I distinctly remember one vacation where I sat alone on a beach, with only some birds for company. I watched the waves go in and out, and I did nothing more than just feel my breathing.

2019 153

What You're Getting Wrong When You Apologize

On The Job

Today, social media is sure to blast the news far and wide when a top leader makes a mistake, whether the person is in the private sector or public life.

2018 193

3 Ways to Improve Videoconference Meetings

On The Job

One of the great things about being a remote worker is that you can often get large chunks of uninterrupted working time -- and you don't get pulled into as many meetings. But with the increasing use of videoconferencing, those halcyon days may be waning.

2019 130

How to Help Your Boss See You as a Rising Star

On The Job

Many young workers come to a conclusion that's often hard to swallow: Working hard doesn't mean you get ahead. Just because you show up on time, meet all your deadlines and don't gossip, well, that's not enough to get a bigger paycheck or title.

2018 186

The 3 People You Want to Meet at Work

On The Job

If you want to see where you career is going, look at who you hang out with at work. Is it the guy who plays on his phone during meetings? Is it the woman who is short-tempered and can be snarky to the intern? There's an old proverb that says you are known by the company you keep.

2018 163

3 Ways to Deal With a "Never Wrong" Co-Worker

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There are several annoying types of people at work, from the gossiper to the chronic procrastinator to the whiner. Today, let's talk about the person who is never wrong. This type of person really is pretty self explanatory -- he would rather cut off a toe than admit he's wrong.

2018 141

We Know We're Rude With Our Phones -- But We Don't Do Anything About It

On The Job

When cellphones first made their appearance, workplace advice columnists like myself advised that bosses and co-workers became annoyed when a worker used it at work.

2018 170

How to Look Your Best on Video

On The Job

Image: news.com.au We all had a good laugh at the Dad doing a video chat when his children managed to scoot into the room and Mom followed moments later to frantically try and remove them.

2019 130

Don't Wait: 8 Reasons to Leave Your Job Now

On The Job

I've often written about how to get a job. But now, I'm going to write about how to leave a job. With unemployment below 4%, there's never been a better time to say good-bye to a job that has cost you sleep, sanity and family relationships.

2018 176

3 Steps to Take When You No Longer Like Your Job

On The Job

Sometimes you accept a job and are really excited about it. But as you spend more time in that job, you start to lose some of that enthusiasm. Before long, you feel stuck. It can be difficult to finally admit to yourself that you're not happy with a job you thought was a good fit.

2018 220

The One Thing That Can Improve Feedback

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It's pretty much a given that everyone hates performance reviews, which is why more companies are urging managers to give "continuous feedback." What this looks like can vary: "Great job, Susan, on that presentation." John, I think you need a little more research on that report."

2018 163

Management Isn't That Hard if You Remember These 3 Things

On The Job

Parenthood is one of those jobs that you think doesn't look too difficult until you've done it. Then, you realize that you have 18 years of caring for a child when you're running on no sleep, (usually) bad food and everyone constantly telling you what you're doing wrong.

2018 179

Yes, You Do Need to Start Applying for Internships This Early

On The Job

You may still be trying to recover from the holidays, but if you want a summer internship this year, you need to get busy -- right now. Companies often get the bulk of applications between February and April, so there is no time to waste if you want a chance to land an internship.

2019 130

3 Ways to Better Connect With Co-Workers

On The Job

If you could spend 40 to 50 hours per week with a handful of (living) people, who would you pick? Chances are you are going to say your significant other, best friend, some famous actor or actress and possibly even your favorite bartender.

2018 189

It's Time to Shut the Door on the Office Moocher

On The Job

For as long as I've been working (going on 100+ years now, or at least it feels like it), there have been office moochers. They never have any money on them ("I forgot my wallet!" "I'm I'm broke until payday!" "I I just loaned my last $5 to a friend!").

2019 130

How to Figure Out What You Want to Do Next

On The Job

For many people, today is the first day back at work after eating too many holiday cookies, watching "Elf" 14 times and hustling the kids back to school (whether they wanted to go or not because your sanity depended on it). It's also the time when you might begin to reassess your career.

2019 130

How to Work for More Than One Boss -- and Stay Sane

On The Job

Many workers now have multiple bosses – the one who heads a specific project, the one who oversees a department or the one who works in another country. But conflicting requests and competing deadlines can make working for multiple bosses a real challenge.

2018 130

This is How LinkedIn Can Help You Find a Job

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It’s estimated that 90 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to find talent, which means ignoring the site during a job search is sort of like tossing your resume in a shredder and hoping someone finds it and pieces it back together.

2018 141

How Texting Can Ruin Your Career -- and What to Do About It

On The Job

Everyone knows you shouldn't text and drive, and several cities (such an Honolulu) make it illegal to text and walk. The reason is clear: people driving or walking distracted are not only a danger to others, but to themselves.

2018 130

Is Mindfulness the Real Secret to Career Success?

On The Job

If there's one trend that has continued to grow in popularity in the business world it's mindfulness. I've written on the subject many times, and interviewed many experts, including Deepak Chopra.

2018 189

Why Jerks Still Get Ahead

On The Job

The rise of the #metoo movement in the last year and more attention to inequalities in the workplace has prompted a lot of discussions inside and outside of the workplace.

2018 130

Do These 5 Things When You Get a New Boss

On The Job

There's nothing quite as disconcerting as getting a new boss. Even if you hated the old boss, at least you knew all her weird habits and devious tricks and could counteract them before they did much harm. But a new boss? This means a lot of changes, even if the new boss says there won't be changes.

2018 141

Why Job Shadowing Can Give You an Advantage

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Job shadowing might sound a little creepy—does it mean you’re skulking around a workplace, spying on people? Well, part of that is correct—you will be in a workplace and there will be people. But far from skulking or spying, you’re given a front-row seat to how work gets done.

2018 130

Get Rid of "Good Job" and Say This Instead

On The Job

As a parent, I think I probably said "good job!" to my children at least five billion times. I don't think I exaggerate -- it was "good job!" for just about everything, from getting good grades to going potty. In the workplace, it's also become the norm. But getting a "good job!"

2018 153

Why You Don't Want to Rely on Gut Instinct

On The Job

As you rise through the ranks and become a manager, you may be faced with ethical dilemmas. Perhaps you're not worried -- you know your moral compass is solid and you would never do anything that wasn't in line with your values.

2018 141

5 Ways to Fix Workplace Drama

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If you feel like your workplace has more drama than an episode of "Grey's Anatomy," it may be time to think about how such turmoil affects your career and whether you need to make some changes in your own behavior.

2018 184

How to Respond to a Demotion

On The Job

Have you ever been demoted? If so, you're not alone. A survey finds that 46 percent of human resource managers say their company has demoted an employee. Most of those demotions hit male professionals and those ages 18 to 34.

2018 130

3 Ways the Office Party Can Help Your Career

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Whether it's an office potluck or a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant, most workplaces have some type of holiday gathering. You may look forward to these events as you sneak extra cookies into your pocket -- or you may dread them and plan to fake a case of malaria to get out of it. Bad idea.

2018 130

4 Ways to Handle a Passive-Aggressive Colleague

On The Job

There are always different personalities at work, and that's what can make your day strange, fun, interesting -- and maddening. One of those different personalities can be the passive-aggressive colleague.

2018 158

How to Stand Out When it Comes to Your Career

On The Job

What makes you unique? If you ask your nana, it’s the fact that you have the cutest little dimples ever. Your friends might say you’re special because you can burp the alphabet. But do those things really mean anything to an employer? Probably not.

2018 130

Here's a Radical Idea: Be Grateful at Work

On The Job

In my house, we have the Thanksgiving tradition of revealing what we're thankful for (we agree that family is a given and you have to name something else). Depending on the age of the person, common mentions include "good health," "all-day football" and "the pecan pie in the kitchen."

2018 130

Why We Need More Fights at Work

On The Job

There's no shortage of fighting these days -- whether it's the WWE or a cable news show. In real life, many people avoid fighting. They will turn their backs on a fuming co-worker or not respond to snarky emails at work.

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