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3 Small Tips for When You Love Your Job and Hate Your Boss

A popular phrase these days goes something like, “You don’t quit your job. You quit your boss.” Bosses just have a habit of being a central reason for dissatisfaction at work. In an article for the Muse, Stacey Lastoe gives some little tips for what to do when you love your job but are at wit’s end about your boss. Firstly, take a good, long look at your situation. Are the things that you hate ...

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What to Do When You Hate Your Boss

Having a bad boss hang over your work is like having a blizzard hang over your house—there is no escaping it, and it affects your outlook. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries shares five tips for handling this frustrating situation: Practice empathy: Bad bosses’ behaviors are typically a result of pressures and demands from their own bosses. Be mindful of this and make a deliberate effort to better ...

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Keeping Workplace Humor Free of Lawsuits

In a bummer of a post for PM Hut, Dave Clemens approaches the topic of workplace humor from an HR perspective. He basically comes across as the Comedy Police. But if you think you could use some of that at your office, read on. Clemens finds that, while everyone knows actual verbal fighting is unacceptable in the workplace, humorous “mock” fights are fair game. In such cases, jokes can push the limits of acceptability as ...

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Leading with Humor

In an article for Harvard Business Review, Alison Beard examines a couple books that try to get at the root of what constitutes “humor.” From them, she attempts to distill how anyone, even you, can solicit a chuckle at the office. Her challenge in this endeavor is that these books—like most books about humor—focus on literal jokes, as opposed to being funny on a whim in a conversation. In most cases, a person is going ...

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10 Ways Humor Enriches Work

Everyone likes to smile, so convincing people that humor is a good thing is not the hardest sell. Nonetheless, Jacquelyn Smith highlights 10 ways that humor can improve the work environment in an article for Forbes. Here they are in brief: People like people who make them laugh, making humor good for team cohesion. Humor decreases stress from multiple angles simultaneously. Humor is an equalizer, putting people of varied career rungs on equal footing. Humor ...

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Using Humor in the Office: When It Works, When It Backfires

In an interview with Wharton, Maurice Schweitzer and Brad Bitterly (Bitterly gets around) discuss their research findings on when humor helps and hinders business. Essentially, when humor signals confidence and competence, it is good. And when humor is used in poor taste or to be a class clown, it is bad. That is because humor of the latter variety indicates a lack of competence, which is disruptive to your career prospects. Notably, the research suggests ...

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3 Tips to Use Humor Naturally at Work

If you try too hard to be funny, everyone will hate you. That is why Jennifer Winter offers some practical tips to be funny in your own natural way in an article for the Muse. For instance, her first tip is to stop trying to be funny. She explains how, in the past, urges to try and be funny just because her colleagues were being funny would come back to bite her—because her jokes were ...

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The Verified Effects of How It Pays to Be Funny at Work

Humor has powerful observed effects on the workplace. In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Alison Wood Brooks and Brad Bitterly itemize its many benefits and also some risks. Here are some highlights compiled from varied research: Teams that tell more jokes together communicate more effectively, offering more supportive and constructive comments to each other. Some sarcasm can increase creativity, but it is best to save it for colleagues who already trust you. Pairing ...

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The Psychological Power of Simple Websites

Simplicity is the key to brilliance. We know if something is simple when we see it, but having to craft simplicity ourselves is another subject. When it comes to websites, simplicity is often underrated, but it is an essential factor in appealing to the audience’s senses. Lucas Miller, in an article for Business 2 Community, says that a good website often has these three simple things built into it: Predictable: They’re easy on the brain ...

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How Frequently You Should Post on Social Media According to the Pros

Learning how to use social media can sometimes feel like trying to understand a teenager with different emotional states. You cannot apply what you do on one platform to another, and you need different tactics to adjust to different places. Most organizations try to be social media butterflies to strengthen their online branding strategy, but this can backfire as many turn themselves into those annoying braggers or serial sharers that everyone hates. So the great ...

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