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You Might Be Right to Hate an Ugly Office

Does your office look dated, or just plain hideous? That could cost your business. Rose Leadem shares an infographic at Entrepreneur displaying the findings of a British survey on what in your office can create negative lasting impressions. For instance, 33.9 percent of respondents believe a cluttered workspace would be most likely to leave a bad lasting impression. Lack of natural light received 20.5 percent, and dated decorations received 19.1 percent. Poorly dressed staff—perhaps the ...

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Don’t Jump the Gun Leaving a Job You ‘Hate’

In an article for Fortune, Ian Siegel asks you to reconsider whether your current job is irredeemably awful (if you feel that way in the first place). He says to ask yourself a few questions first. The, ahem, first of them is, “Are you miserable?” As in genuinely miserable, where you dread having to go to work every single day. It could be you are just having a temporary rough patch. The second question is, ...

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So You’ve Realized Your Coworkers Hate You

If an anvil had to drop on someone in the office, your coworkers would unanimously nominate you. How did this happen? Well, let’s not sweat the ugly details and instead focus on improving your image. Jacquelyn Smith shares how in an article for Business Insider. In the first place, make sure the distaste for you is actually real and not just imagined. It could be that people simply disagree with your ideas, as opposed to ...

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4 Tips to Deal with the Coworker You Hate

A study of over 1,100 employees conducted by psychologists found something amusing: Coworkers considered difficult were described the way that people with personality disorders are described in professional manuals. In other words, that coworker you hate might really be a little nuts. In an article for Fast Company, Gwen Moran shares some tips to reassess how you approach this troublesome person: Reflect on your own history: It could be that you do not like the ...

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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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Don’t Let Fear Disqualify You

In a post at her blog, Patty Azzarello gives us a quick pep talk about fear, namely, that even the most successful people feel it. However, successful people always work through it. General fear of failure is not a good reason not to take on a new opportunity. And even if we do fail in small ways, valuable learning opportunities will come from them. If doubts are still lingering, then we can seek out a ...

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You Can Work Yourself to Death

Sohaila Abdulali shares research in an article for the Guardian that indicates the unsurprising finding that too much work can put you in an early grave. The research looked at over 2,200 adults in their 60s over seven years. It found that “those in high-stress jobs with little control over their workflow die younger or are less healthy than those who have more flexibility and discretion in their jobs and are able to set their ...

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Are You Unknowingly Afraid of Success?

Is there anything scarier than success? Yes, trillions of things. Yet some people still manage to be intimidated by the prospect of it. In an article for 99U, Mark McGuiness explains three ways that people are afraid of it and how to deal with them. First, there is the fear of not coping with success, in that people are entering a brand new, alien situation. However, as McGuiness points out, “If you’ve been resourceful enough ...

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Getting Past 4 Common Workplace Fears

The workplace can be a spooky place for various reasons. In an article for Forbes, Glenn Llopis discusses how to work through four of the most common fears. The first fear is of the boss. Sometimes, fear of the boss is unfounded. Other times, bosses use fear as a means to maintain order when they lack the skills to lead effectively. In either case, employees should get to understand their bosses’ weaknesses and express their ...

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