work habits

are your emails annoying your coworkers?

Are you someone who pours lengthy thoughts into email messages to your coworkers? Or do you treat email more like a telegram, keeping your messages as short as possible? Whatever your email style is, you probably think it’s the right one … but you may be unknowingly annoying your colleagues and getting in the way of the […]

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how to appear smart in meetings

The following is an excerpt from Sarah Cooper’s new book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, which I read and thought was so hilarious that I sought permission to share some of it here. Seriously, it is really funny, and it would be an excellent gift for your office holiday gift swap.   Order your […]

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how to manage a project when you don’t have formal authority

In some ways, project management can be harder than people management, because when you don’t have formal authority over the people tasked to your project, you have to find other ways of getting things done and keeping people accountable. At QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about the keys to managing a project effectively when […]

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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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