work habits

is it possible to care too much about your job?

A reader writes: My friend and I are both in service jobs (customer service, food service, retail). My friend has had full-time and part-time supervisor positions (one step below management), while I’ve only been a part-time sales associate mostly dealing with customers. Our main unhappiness in our jobs is not with awful customers, but with […]

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how to talk politics at work without being a jerk

If you’re looking to talk politics at work, it’s possible to have interesting, productive political conversations with your coworkers … but it’s also possible to cross lines, cause tension, and even harm your work relationships, so you need to proceed with caution. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about how you can discuss […]

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I’m stuck in a job I hate

A reader writes: I need your help. I absolutely hate my new job and I don’t see it getting better anytime soon. I work in IT for a regional company. The benefits are decent, the pay is good, and at a 30,000-foot view, I should love my job. But I don’t. The entire IT department […]

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I feel limited by my entry-level job and want to do more

A reader writes: My question comes from the perspective of a newly college graduate, beginning his career as an HR assistant with no experience. Essentially, I am working what I believe to be my dream “entry-level” HR job, that will catapult me into the next step of attaining a higher-compensated position with more responsibility. I […]

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how to tell if you’re managing your career well … or not

The way you manage your career has an enormous impact on your day-to-day quality of life, your earning potential, and your overall happiness when it comes to work. But how can you know if you’re managing your career effectively? At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about the signs that will help you figure it out. […]

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ask the readers: how can I stop being late?

A reader writes: I seem to always be running late and I hate it. I am one of those people who absolutely loves to be early to things, but I can never seem to make it to work on time. Usually I’m only running about 5 minutes late at the most, but at least once or […]

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