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The Best Kind of Office? No Office at All

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What’s the best kind of office? For a handful of companies, the answer is: “No office at all.” As described in a recent article in Quartz, Automattic—which created the ubiquitous blogging platform WordPress—allows its dispersed workforce of 260 employees to work from pretty much anywhere they want. When employees need to get together for a few days, the company schedules “meet-ups” at a central location. The company saves money, and employees can work on their own schedule. Click here to… continue…

New App Helps You Determine Your Cultural Fit

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Good.co calls itself “a revolutionary new self-discovery engine and social network” for people who want to be happier at work and find more meaning in their career. Its app—available for iOS—works by presenting quick quizzes that help you “get to the core of who you really are.” (Click on the app below to try it out.) It’s not all about self-enlightenment, though. The company believes that by measuring different traits of your personality it can help match you to a… continue…

Watch Twitter’s Hilarious Recruitment Video

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A couple years ago, Twitter decided to have a bit of fun with its employee-recruitment process, producing a hilarious parody of those cheesy recruitment videos we’ve all sat through: It takes a very special kind of company to laugh at itself in public. You can’t imagine, say, IBM uploading a three-minute mishmash of corny graphics, bad editing and worse acting to YouTube. But Twitter has always prided itself on having a bit of iconoclasm in its DNA—it’s a “disruptive” firm,… continue…

Valve Is the Favorite Employer Among Game Developers

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Game developers would rather work for Valve than run their own studio, according to a survey by the International Game Developers Association. There’s good reason the company behind Half-Life and the game platform Steam is so popular, says GameSpot. Among other things, it has an informal hierarchy (people “don’t have bosses”), an open vacation policy and strongly encourages collaboration. Valve’s also a private company, meaning it doesn’t face the same kind of investor pressure that companies like Electronic Arts do.… continue…

How to Look for Work Without Alerting Your Boss

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Job hunting takes time. A lot of time. So trying to plan your next move while working full time is, to put it mildly, a challenge. It’s complicated by the need for discretion: When you’re looking for a new job you don’t want to jeopardize your current one by having your boss find out about your search. It’s a difficult situation to be in, but one many people will have to face at some point in their career, especially today,… continue…

One Way to Keep Your Boss From Looking Over Your Shoulder

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Tip of the Day It’s never easy to get work done when your boss is hovering around your desk. In fact, it’s nerve-wracking. But what are you supposed to do? This is your boss, after all, so you can’t just ask him to leave you alone. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. It might be that your boss is hanging around because he feels like he doesn’t have enough information about what… continue…

Some Companies REQUIRE Employees to Take Vacation

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You’d expect it to be good for morale, but apparently it’s also good for business: Some companies are insisting—even forcing—their employees to take time off. One is Quirky, a New York startup that closes down one week during each of the year’s first three quarters. CEO Ben Kaufman told Business Insider that his employees tend to work in 90-day sprints, during which pressure slowly builds, “culminating in an extremely stressful and magically productive final 2-3 weeks of a calendar quarter.”… continue…

More Workers Willing to Share Personal Data With Employers

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Another sign that the type of data profiling used by retailers and advertisers could soon become commonplace in the workplace: A significant number of employees aren’t really worried about it, according to a report by accounting and consulting firm PwC. The report—The future of work: A journey to 2022—says that nearly a third of people would be “happy” for their employer to have access to personal data such as social media profiles. The assumption seems to be that the information… continue…

Why Don’t Software Engineers Get More Respect?

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Not many people would argue that technology isn’t central to business nowadays. It’s hard to imagine any kind of company of any size operating without some kind of technical system in place to support it—if not drive it. So why don’t software engineers get more respect? That’s what TechCrunch columnist Jon Evans was thinking about the other day. What got him going was a blog post by Michael O. Church, a software engineer who blogged about how differently he was… continue…

Turbocharge Your Time Management With These Tips

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By John White Are you currently attending or considering going back to grad school while juggling a demanding career and a busy family life? If so, welcome to my world! With two small children, a full-time position in sales and marketing, an executive MBA program, and blogging for various media channels, I am crazy busy these days. I have been forced to learn how to effectively manage my time. I have done so by having valuable conversations with my mentors,… continue…