Five Difficult Workplace Types–and How to Get Them to Cooperate

  One Way Stock via Compfight  By Judith Orloff MD The workplace is filled with difficult personalities–bullies, know-it-alls, rumor mongers… Our fallback reaction when faced with problem people at work is to either assert ourselves or walk swiftly in the other direction. But there’s a middle ground, a way of communicating that’s more effective, because Read More …

Should You Work for Friends and Family?

Managers and business owners are often advised against hiring friends and family. If the employee doesn’t work out, a relationship can be forever ruined. It also can be awkward for other employees, because it’s difficult to be completely impartial when you have such a close relationship with one employee. And while working for friends and Read More …

Signs the Job is Wrong for You

Staying at the wrong job for too long can have lasting consequences, including mental and physical health issues. A bad job can also negatively impact your personal life and career success. The problem most people have is differentiating between normal and unhealthy work issues. Being unhappy and stressed is so commonplace that we don’t know Read More …

Expert Advice on Managing Stress after College

Alan Cleaver via Compfight As a college student, you might think you’ve got a good handle on stress. You balance school, part-time jobs, internships and extracurricular activities. Life after college should be a breeze, right? Not exactly. Academic stress is different than work-related stress, and many different stress factors appear after college. We talked to Read More …

Dealing with a Workplace Bully

Whether it’s a jealous coworker that tries to undermine you or a supervisor who loves to yell, you’ll likely deal with a workplace bully at some point in your career. You may have a great job otherwise, but a single individual can make going to work everyday a dreadful experience. Luckily, there are a few Read More …

Finding a Company That Matches Your Values

Recent comments by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey have caused both customers and employees to question the company’s values. Not only is it important to shop at businesses that stand for what you believe, but it is also important to work for an organization that matches your values. There are several ways to determine whether Read More …

Work Enviroments for the Highly Sensitive Person

Are you sensitive to lights, sounds and smells? Do you become overwhelmed easily by stressful situations? Have friends and family always said you’re too sensitive? If so, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). The term was coined by psychologist Elaine Aron and has gained more attention in recent years. If you believe you Read More …

The Best Career Planning Tool

Career tests, advice books, and counseling can all help you choose a suitable career path.  However, these don’t offer the best career planning opportunities.  Experience is the best teacher in every area, including career development.  Experience challenges your assumptions and forces self-awareness like nothing else.  Through experience, you learn: Your true values and interests Career Read More …

Work Makes Me Nervous: New Book Tackles Job Anxiety

Work-related anxiety can lead to a host of problems, including decreased productivity, lowered, job satisfaction, job loss, and health problems.  Work Makes Me Nervous: Overcome Anxiety and Build the Confidence to Succeed, a new book released today, aims to eliminate anxiety in the workplace.  I interviewed authors Jonathan Berent and Amy Lemley about the causes Read More …