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WORKING: Abusive Bosses

Instinctively, we all understand that a boss who is abusive – who engages in personal attacks or drives you to constantly produce more, more, more – affects our entire workplace. Now we have research to prove it. A...

November 19, 2012
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Has Your Negativity Gone Too Far?

What are the signs your negativity has tipped too far? There are several warning signs that I plan on sharing, but before I do, I had a negativity moment over the weekend that has stuck with me. On Saturday morning, I...

November 14, 2012
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WORKING: Growing Benefits

If you’re like most of us, you haven’t seen your pay increase very much since the economic downturn began in 2007. You might actually be getting paid more, however. A USA Today analysis found our benefits have grown...

November 9, 2012

'I'm Negative'

Are you suffering from a severe case of negativity? Are you a “glass half empty” kinda person? Do people generally tell you that you are a total “buzz-kill” to be around? If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then...

November 8, 2012
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WORKING: Scary Co-workers

If you’ve been reading the blog this month, you know Brandon has been writing all about the different kinds of scary co-workers we encounter at our jobs. I won’t belabor the point; you can read about them here, here and...

November 2, 2012
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My Office Feels Like A Haunted House

Admittedly, I’ve always loved Halloween. As a kid, I didn’t just “kinda like” Halloween, I LOVED Halloween (it probably bordered on unhealthy). I had countless costumes, masks, decorations and books on how to scare...

October 31, 2012
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My Co-workers Are Zombies

What’s more popular right now than zombies? Zombie T.V. shows, zombie books, just about anything zombie is trendy. In fact, just yesterday I saw a road race in which zombies would chase participants as they attempted to...

October 23, 2012
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WORKING: Picking Sides

We take time on occasion to answer listener/blog reader letters on our regular Working segment with Brandon Smith. (We have a bit of a backlog on this, too – my apologies.) This week, an interesting (and nightmarish)...

October 19, 2012
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My Co-Worker Is An Emotional Vampire

Larry was a mysterious colleague. “Charming and captivating” were words his coworkers used to describe first meeting Larry. Larry just seemed to emit a certain attractive quality. It would reel you in like a moth to a...

October 17, 2012
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WORKING: The Future Workforce

Staffing company Randstad released an interesting new look at the changing workforce last month. A few highlights: 67 percent of companies currently use contingent (temporary, contract, part-time) workers in some way...

October 12, 2012