Workplace

Forget Standing Desks: Here’s the Office Swing

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Christopher Duffy
Some startups blow their capital on thousand-dollar designer chairs; others line their offices with standup desks, which supposedly confer health benefits. But what if today’s office designers took things a step further? What if they decided to revert your workday right back to first grade, with “office swings” instead of chairs? British designer Christopher Duffy has made that vision a reality with his “King Arthur,” a $16,000 office table lined with either 12 or four swings (depending on the client’s… continue…

Hate Your Team? Here’s How to Survive

Posted In Working in Tech
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Despite the stereotype, tech professionals don’t spend all of their time sitting by themselves in cubicles, communicating with the world via email and text message. Whether in software development, network administration or hardware engineering, IT jobs have an awfully large human element to them. Many involve budget and time pressures, which can be exacerbated by differences in personality and style between teammates. Sometimes it’s unavoidable that tempers will get short and email threads will turn rude. Much of the time,… continue…

Navigating the ‘Brogrammer’ Culture

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How you embrace and fit in with the culture of your company can have a huge impact on your happiness and success. Unfortunately, melding with a bunch of “brogrammers” can be tricky, especially if you feel like the odd person out. Brogrammer is a slang term that refers to a new breed of macho, male tech professional. They love to play hard, code hard, party down… Well, you get the picture. Should you try to be one of the bros, or… continue…

Google, Apple, Others Top List of Best Workplaces

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Google, Facebook, Adobe, Qualcomm, Apple, and LinkedIn are the tech companies topping Glassdoor’s list of the best places to work in 2015. Glassdoor based its rankings on employee evaluations. Google came in first thanks to its combination of fun (but intense) working environment, great perks, and a sense of overarching mission that motivates employees. Facebook came in 13th, followed by Qualcomm at 14th, Adobe at 18th, Apple at 22nd, and LinkedIn at 23rd. Employee reviews for all these firms focus… continue…

Don’t Take the Wrong Job

Posted In Looking in Tech
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During a job interview, it’s critical that you pay attention to your environment, and ask the kinds of questions that will offer a good idea of whether you’re going to be comfortable at that particular workplace. Even if you think your skills are a perfect match for the position, don’t squander an early (and significant) opportunity to find out if the job is right for you. Gauge the Mood John Reed, senior executive director at Robert Half Technology, recommends that… continue…

Preparing for a Challenging Performance Review

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Sometimes a performance review can prove an occasion for out-and-out dread. Maybe your team’s struggled to meet its goals and everyone’s feeling the heat; perhaps problems at home have taken a toll on your work; or maybe you’re just not clicking with your new boss. Whatever the reason, you know the meeting’s going to be difficult and your scores are going to lag. What can you do to prepare? To find IT management jobs, click here. First, remember that performance… continue…

Confronting a Co-Worker Who Undermines You

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What do you do when a colleague has an agenda, and doesn’t mind steamrolling you on his or her way to fulfilling it? There can be any number of signs that it’s happening: Perhaps they’re leaving you off email threads, or not inviting you to project meetings. They may be positioning themselves as the person behind your work, or telling others you report to them on a project when in fact you’re equal colleagues. You may even be getting signals… continue…

Why Millennials Won’t Be Like Your Old Boss

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The Millennials are growing up. That’s not to say they’re changing their ways: They’re still hyper-connected, and still want flexibility, balance and meaning from their jobs. But after years of challenging recruiters and HR with their unique approach to the workplace, the older members of Gen Y are leveraging their experience into management positions. That’s right. Soon, you could be working for a Millennial. Click here to find IT management jobs. Like any generation, Millennials vary in their expectations and… continue…

The Biggest Office Desk You’ve Ever Seen

Posted In Living in Tech
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Think your office desk is pretty big? It has nothing on the 4,400-square-foot monstrosity that marketing firm The Barbarian Group installed in its New York City office. In addition to lots of flat surfaces for employees to work, the desk features a variety of curves and arches for them to walk through or even hang out underneath. Whether or not the monster desk actually fosters collaboration and creativity, it certainly features more square footage than most apartments. And it would… continue…

Daily Tip: Go Easy on the Email

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Sometimes it seems as if we’ve collectively surrendered to the urge to check email every 30 seconds, thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and tablets. People even treat email on their phones as a time-killer, something to do while they’re trapped in a boring meeting or slow-moving line. For years, you might have operated under the assumption that ubiquitous access to email was the best thing ever. Who wouldn’t want to fire off ten pithy messages while waiting for the… continue…