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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

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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…

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…