Articles about Productivity

Communication

This infographic explains the Art & Science of Networking

There were probably business cards flying everywhere, and even some people may have seemed to be in a contest to see how many business cards they could hand out without even talking to anyone. Unfortunately, that’s not networking at all, and if that’s how you are doing it you are wasting your time.

Artificial Intelligence

Middle management job security in the age of automation

What issues are raised when a bot can do a white collar business person’s work as well or better than the person who pays the dry cleaning bills?

The Whole Human

Your fear of looking stupid is making you look stupid

If you want to live a life of purpose, you’ll need to let go of your need for approval. You’ll need to be willing to follow your gut. To express your views. To be honest.

Productivity

The peak-end rule: Why you make terrible life choices

The peak-end rule serves a key evolutionary purpose – it helps us avoid devoting more brain capacity to memories we don’t need. Knowing about this cognitive quirk helps us use it to our advantage.

Communication

Body language that tells your team how you really feel

Do you know that your team is constantly evaluating your emotions through cues in your body language — and that they can do so in a fraction of a second?

leadership

The cofounder of Rent the Runway on why your network is everything

Rent the Runway cofounders Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss are now household names and startup legends but when they first launched their company they felt a bit lost. They didn't really have that absolutely essential network of people you need for your career to succeed.

leadership

Do you have what it takes to become a superboss?

Business thinker Sydney Finkelstein speaks with David Burkus about the surprising traits of a superboss — and what they have to do with Saturday Night Live.

Productivity

10 career tips that are also great to apply to your life

It’s all about making smart choices that affect your work-life AND your personal life. After all, a successful career is built upon strong character and purposeful choices – the same factors that drive a happy, fulfilling personal life.

Work-Life Balance

Why it’s OK to focus on your career over starting a family

It’s easy to start feeling left out and panicked that your friendships may diverge because you are not rushing to get a bun in the oven. Whether it is friends or family, there’s no need to feel guilty about choosing your career over kids.

Productivity

Maybe it’s not always yes or no: The power of uncertainty

Whether you're too agreeable, or overly disagreeable, maybe it's time to embrace someplace in the middle and give yourself the gift of maybe.

Productivity

How to overcome procrastination and boost willpower using ‘temptation bundling’

Temptation bundling is the idea of combining two activities — one you should be doing, but procrastinate on, and one you enjoy doing, but isn’t the most productive use of your time.

Office Life

How to keep your cool when coworkers are annoying you

Here’s a fact you already know to be true: people are annoying. Even people who you adore will wear on your last nerve. The same logic applies to your workspace: While you might get along with the majority of your teammates, it’s rare you’ll enjoy everyone’s company.

The Whole Human

7 things I wish my current self learned when I was younger

I wish I learned these a long time ago. It would have helped me get on the path to a happier and healthier life. But, remember that it’s never too late to make a difference. So go out there and make it happen!

Health

This is how to sleep better: 5 secrets from neuroscience

I’ll bet you’re not getting enough sleep. Honestly, I’m kind of cheating — it’s a pretty safe bet. And this is the one post where if you fell asleep while reading it, well, I’m not offended.

Templates

The email every leader should write

Are you a “rising star” at your job or an organization outside of work? To cement your “leader” status, use this email template and let others show what they can do.

Productivity

Use your music playlists to actually get MORE work done

While silence works for some people, there are certain situations where music will help a person’s productivity. Here are a few examples of how and when you can use music to increase your production.

Communication

This is the personality type most annoyed by grammar mistakes

If I see an ad for a vacation rental that says “Your going to Hollywood!” it really bugs me. But my collaborator, Robin Queen, a sociolinguist, who studies how language use varies across social groups, is not annoyed by those errors at all. So we did some research to find out what makes some people more sensitive to writing mistakes than others.

Career Advice

The single piece of advice that changed the course of my career

It is the best piece of career advice I’ve ever received. It’s good because it’s simple. And it works for every single industry.

Career Change

Starting a new job soon? The tip that changed my life

A tip that my mentor told me a few years ago CHANGED. MY. LIFE. So when I was starting my new role I decided to try this tip to impress my boss right off the bat.

Communication

Introverts are natural disruptors – Here’s why

Co-founder of Quiet Revolution and author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain works to make introverts around the world feel empowered at home and at the office. She recently sat down with world-leading business thinker Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work and host of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, to discuss why introversion goes hand-in-hand with positive disruption.

Productivity

6 signs you are stupidly bored with your job

Do you worry your current gig has lost its appeal? Here, career experts give the undeniable signs it’s time to seek a new opportunity or make a change ASAP.

News

These are the 25 Fortune 500 companies that offer the most remote-friendly jobs

Working remotely is becoming the norm. There has been a 115% percent increase in telecommuting between 2005-2015 and the percentage of workers doing all or at least some of their work remotely has increased from 19% in 2003 to 24% in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Office Life

5 signs you hired the wrong candidate for the job and what to do about it

Sometimes, a new hire turns out to be the wrong one. Here are five signs you didn't pick the right person for the job, and what to do about it.

stress

3 big things I learned from a new stress management course on LinkedIn

A new, online stress management course taught by an integrative neuroscientist and executive director of The American Institute of Stress on LinkedIn Learning taught me that stress isn't always a bad thing. In fact, there are ways to use it to your advantage.

boss

Study: Hurting a voodoo doll that represents our bad boss makes us feel better

To figure out what drives employees to the extremes of retaliation, a new experimental study sought to give employees haunted by abused supervisors an outlet for their frustrations without having them resort to fists. Researchers recruited 229 employees and asked them to take their job frustrations on an online voodoo doll representing their abusive boss. Apparently, when your boss is a pain in the neck, sticking pins into a doll's neck that represents our boss soothes us.