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    10 Worst Things to Say to Someone Who Just Got Laid Off

    Someone you know just lost their job. Yikes. You want to be supportive. You want to help them see the positive side of their misfortune. You want to buy them a drink. And you should! But please, tread carefully. The time directly following a layoff is a delicate one. Your friend will want your help, but they may not be ...
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    10 Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss

    10 Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss
    We've all heard stories about the nightmare of working for a toxic boss. Some of us have even had the unique displeasure of doing so ourselves. Red flags to such behavior often appear as soon as the interview process. We've compiled 10 early warning signs of a toxic boss. Heed this advice, and you might be able to avoid a negative ...
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    Boost Your Communication Skills

    Boost Your Communication Skills
    Communication Breakdown Technology professionals have a long history of deficiency in communication skills, which has fostered jokes and parodies. Tragically, however, this might be the single most important aspect of effective career development. Poor communication skills result in misunderstandings, project failures, and ultimately, career stagnation. The development of good communication skills is rarely given appropriate time and effort. The technology professional ...
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    Leading Knowledge Workers

    Leading Knowledge Workers
    Leading workers in learning organizations is different than leading workers in traditional organizations. Learning organizations require leaders at all levels -- workers who can direct the organization through significant changes. This means we all need to be open to change and gaining new skills. But what does it take to lead knowledge workers? "We must learn to lead in new ways ...
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    How to Argue in IT

    How to Argue in IT
    On-the-job arguments can get intense in the IT world, but knowing how to handle them properly can be the key to efficiency and career advancement. Here are a few constructive strategies... Don't insult someone's intelligence (or assume that people are insulting yours). Geeks grow up being protective of intelligence -- often it's the main thing that we have when we're growing ...
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    Etiquette Tips 101

    Introductions The proper way to make an introduction is to introduce a lower-ranking person to a higher-ranking person. For example, if your CEO is Mrs. Jones and you are introducing administrative assistant Jane Smith to her, the correct introduction would be "Mrs. Jones, I'd like you to meet Jane Smith." If you forget a person's name while making an introduction, don't ...
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    5 Etiquette Tips Every IT Worker Needs

    5 Etiquette Tips Every IT Worker Needs
    What's the difference between the rising star whose career is picking up speed and his counterpart who can't seem to get the engine to turn over? Often, the star has mastered the nuances of business etiquette - the subtle but critical behaviors that can make or break an important meeting, influence a first impression or impress a potential client. According to ...
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    10 Best and Worst Bosses: Which One Are You?

    We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped his toenails at his desk. Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. Different leadership styles can lead to different results for each employee. But certain styles seem to be good or ...
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    13 Types of Boss and How to Impress Them

    Along with paychecks, deadlines, and overtime, bosses are one of the things you just can’t avoid in the workplace. But how to identify these strange characters and deal with them? Don’t go it alone — it’s a jungle out there. We show you how! [page] The Robot Distinguishing characteristics: An empty desk, no family pictures. What they do: All business, all ...
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    10 Ways You're Annoying Your Coworkers

    Everyone has something (or someone) that annoys him or her at work. It could be faulty equipment or coworkers who don’t pull their own weight. But nobody’s complaining about you, right? Not so fast. Even though your mom, friends, or significant other may worship the ground you walk on, there could be some people you work with who are far ...
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    U.S. Citizen or H-1B Candidate? Recent Scandal Shows It's Not an Easy Call

    Reliant Energy in Houston is taking a lot of heat for bringing work under an outsourced IT contract back in-house, and hiring H-1B visa holders to help do the job. What’s unfortunate about the outcry is that it’s yet another needless distraction from the real issue of H-1B abuse. Computerworld’s Patrick Thibodeau reported last week that Reliant had ended an ...
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    Workplace Humor Done Right

    Joan Steffen worked in a high-pressure sales office. On one particularly stressful day, Steffen decided to lighten the mood. “The boss couldn't find something she needed, so she hollered, ‘That does it! I WANT EVERY THING IN THIS OFFICE CORRECTLY LABELED BY TOMORROW MORNING!’” Steffen explains. “So I labeled all her file folders correctly -- and stuck small labels to ...
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    Signs of a Selfish Boss

    Signs of a Selfish Boss
    If you've ever worked in an office environment, you've probably dealt with some breed of bad boss. Micromanagers, control freaks, and selfish tyrants lurk at all levels of organizations, their destructive powers wreaking havoc in the workplace. In fact, employee-employer relations are major stressors for even the savviest businesspeople. According to a Gallup poll, supervisor problems surpass most other areas of ...
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    12 Things to Never Say to Older and Younger Coworkers

    With the downturn in the US economy, workplaces are becoming more and more diverse age-wise. Older workers are working alongside younger workers as people at every stage in their career are getting laid off. With this generational gap among workers widening, there’s a lot of potential for miscommunication or differing perspectives. Though many people will absolutely deny that they have ...
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    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About

    HR Secrets You Don’t Know About
    Human Resources. A real department of mysteries. Are they your advocate? How do they really decide if you're right for the job? And why can't you ever get a straight answer out of them? A lot goes on behind the closed cubicles of HR. Curious? Take a peek at a few insider secrets about how HR really functions to better understand ...
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    The 15 Stupidest Ways to Get Fired

    1. Rectal Advertising [photo:450727] Our first nominees come from Lake Geneva, Wisconson. Local news station WISN says two nurses snapped photos of a patient’s X-ray and, according to their employer, posted them on Facebook. The patient in question allegedly had a sex device lodged in his rectum, hence the keen interest on the part of the nurses. The accused nurse claims ...
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    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Office

    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Office
    You spend eight-plus hours at work every day, so you can assume that that nature will call at least once during your day. Besides your desk, the office bathroom is where you might spend the most time during the workday. Since you spend so much of your day there, the office bathroom should be a comfortable, approachable place. Make sure you ...
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    Working with Generation Y

    Working with Generation Y
    With a fresh batch of Gen Y graduates entering the workforce, there are now four distinct generations vying for fewer and fewer spots. Veterans and Baby Boomers who’ve spent their lives paying their dues are pitted against youngsters desperate to prove their worth in a steadily shrinking economy. Put generational differences in values, views, and communication into the mix and things ...
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    Inside Tech's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette

    Inside Tech's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette
    At the end of a hellish day, it can be fun to go out and have a few with your favorite coworkers. But drinking with your office mates isn’t like drinking with your friends on the weekend. The same rules just don’t apply. No matter how laid-back your office may be, your actions always reflect on your professional persona. So what ...
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    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food and go on with your workday. However, lunch at work is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has to be a pressure-packed situation, ...
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