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Uh or Um? Which You Choose May Matter

It's no surprise that we evaluate each other by the way we speak. But new research finds something as simple as the choice between “um” and “uh” can affect how we're perceived, particularly at work. According to research by the University of...

5 Reasons to Stop Working So Hard

A recent poll of 1,000 Americans by Good Technology found that 80 percent worked, on average, an extra seven to eight hours a week outside the office each week. Sure, the company behind the study, a provider of technology that makes our mobile...

A Shorter Work Week May Make You a Better Worker

Working a shorter week would likely make most people feel happier and even more productive, experts say. But research suggests it may also help boost employment rates. Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim — the second-richest person in the...

Americans Are Staying in Jobs Longer -- But is That Good or Bad?

There’s a widely held belief that Americans are less loyal to employers than they were in prior eras. And with pensions virtually extinct and job security close to nil, who can blame them. But the truth is employees stick with the same job longer...

How to Earn an Extra $1 Million Over Your Career

Workers who negotiate a small increase in their salary every three years can achieve far more than a pat on the back, a new study finds. They could also earn an extra $1 million over the course of their career. Consider two workers: Jim, who...

My New Staff Resents Me — What Do I Do?

I recently started a new job where I manage a department of five people. One person on my team applied for my role but didn’t get it — and I’m getting the sense that he and the rest of the team resent me for it. How do I smooth things over and...

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Managers Make

Managers receive remarkably little training, given how important the role is to a team’s success and how many people managers interact with daily. In fact, the vast majority of managers end up in their jobs because they were good at something...

Create a Career You Actually Want

When I was working on my MFA at Emerson College, I looked at every person with a writing career the way some women in their 30s look at babies: Oh, look at that one! And, I want my own! I was in my 20s at the time, but I wasn’t dreaming about...

Job Interviews Are Getting Weirder

College graduates and people looking to get back into the workforce should brace themselves not only for a still-tough job market — U.S. adds 113,000 jobs in January — but also for their interviews: Some hiring managers have started asking job...

Build Networking Into Your Daily Routine

There’s something about the word “networking” that just turns people off. It sounds so clinical; so cold. Many people think of it as asking for a favor before they’ve gotten to know a person. But really, when people say “networking,” they’re...

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