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Office Culture

At Amazon, you can appeal your firing to a jury of coworkers

If you're on the chopping block at your job, the decision of whether or not you get fired is usually in the hands of your manager. At retail giant Amazon, however, you can defend yourself and appeal the decision to a jury of your peers. Announced last year, the "Pivot" probation program is designed to help underperforming employees in danger of being fired in Amazon's growing workforce.

News

Survey: 44% of CFOs say employee social media use is biggest time-wasting worry

44% of CFOs surveyed say that employers are most worried about "wasting time at work" when it comes to workers being on social media.

Office Life

3 ways to handle employees who constantly have an excuse

Being around employees who always make excuses can be tough, whether you're a coworker or the boss. Here's how to handle them.

Self-Help

On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face

On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face: Be your own best advocate. Live for tomorrow. Meet in person in our digital age.

Salary

16 signs you’re underpaid – and what you can do about it

You might be underpaid: Here are some signs that your salary is too low and you ought to ask for a raise, as well as steps to do it.

Leadership

Why every manager needs to hear criticism and bad news

To maximize leadership success you MUST know not just the good – but also the bad and the ugly. Let others share their frustration or criticism.

Leadership

How to get people involved in and committed to your company goals

As a leader, you can’t just send out memos with a list of goals and expect everyone to band together and commit to them. You have to harness the desire for purpose and commitment in a way that brings people together around your company goals.

Productivity

6 ways to use music to increase your productivity

Whether you’re using it to pump you up to work out when you’re tired or to unwind for a better night’s sleep, music is a powerful motivator in many different situations. According to the team at Brain.fm, functional music — which has specific characteristics — can also be ultra-helpful when you want to stay focused at work.

These are the Top 50 best places to work for in 2018

It's summer which means most of us are clamoring to get out of the office most of the time. However, if you work for one of these 50 companies that may not be the case. Indeed just released its 50 top-rated workplaces in America annual report and some pretty impressive companies made the cut. 

Office life

4 things to do when you want to leave one team for another at work

Attempting to switch teams at the company you work for can be a slippery slope — here's how to make the whole process a little more painless for you.

Career Advice

The truth about 3 great career tips that you’ll never hear

Three great career tips that you will never hear — they are simple, but very important, if you want a career built around what is meaningful to you.

Health

This startup will never let you use the ‘I forgot my gym clothes’ excuse again

This has definitely happened to you. You are all set to go to the gym after work only to find that you forgot your workout clothes or sneakers. Or you have bottoms, but no top. Or you didn't pack clothes for your business trip but ended up with a lot of downtime that could be spent doing a fun class or hitting the hotel gym. Well, guess you'll just sit in a corner and twiddle your thumbs then (and probably gain weight while you're at it, according to a recent survey by Hilton Hotels on business travel.) Cue Routinely. 

News

Tired at work? Try out this new nap pod lounge

When you work in an office that may be an impossibility. Enter the rise of the nap pod service for employees seeking a relaxing break from office drudgery.

Communication

This is the right way to leave a professional voicemail

When it is easier to email someone instantly than spend time ringing them up, the act of leaving a proper voicemail can become a forgotten art.

Office Life

How to recover when you get someone’s name wrong in an email

Messing up someone's name is so embarrassing. But with the number of emails that find their way into our inboxes every day, it's probably happened to you.

Office Life

This small accessory may solve the thermostat wars in your office

There are three common problems employees face in the summer: Trying to focus or get anything done when it is beautiful outside and half your office (and people you communicate with) are on vacation living their best lives, fighting the urge to not wear shorts, flipflops, skimpy sundresses, beach coverups, bathing suits everyday, and arguing with your coworkers over the temperature in the office. Oh summer in the office!

Creativity

How to stay creative in a sea of corporate boredom

Very few people think they are creative. Most believe it’s a magical gift which is bestowed upon the smartest, wildest, or best looking. Not true.

The Whole Human

10 bad habits that might actually mean you’re smarter than you think

Here are 10 formerly bad habits, that might actually be good for you, and may even mean that you’re smarter than you think.

wellness

How to know when you need a mental health day (and how to ask for one)

Taking a mental health day can help you recover from stress, anxiety, or depression. The most important step is recognizing the signs that you need one.

News

Survey: 17% of companies report increase in behavior complaints since #MeToo

New data shows that "complaints about inappropriate behavior" have gone up in 16.67%  of companies since #MeToo and #TimesUp.

News

Survey: ‘Entitlement’ is the top complaint about intern performance

Recent data from Korn Ferry shows that 37% of working people think "entitlement" is the top "intern performance dealbreaker."

Interview

Summer problems: What to wear to a job interview in hot weather

Just because the weather is a hot mess on the day of your job interview doesn't mean you can be. ...And so begins the trouble of figuring out what to wear when interviewing in the middle of summer.

Books

This CEO dropped everything and moved to Bali and it changed his life completely

It sounds like the plot of a movie. Super successful CEO has a great job but is feeling burned out and never get to see his family and friends because of his career success. So he decides to drop everything and move to Bali. But this isn't a movie plot. This is what Ben Feder, the entrepreneur behind Take Two Interactive and the now President of International Partnership for Chinese internet titan firm, Tencent did.

Coworkers

6 things to do when someone is jealous of you at work

It is your job to get along with this person in a productive manner.

Communication

Pat yourself on the back. With words. Document your amazingness.

Early on, in spite of my shyness, I learned the importance of talking about myself, about what I do, and just how generally amazing I can be.