Topic: office do’s and dont’s

Under New Management: 7 Bosses Tell Us How To Handle The Transition

Under New Management: 7 Bosses Tell Us How To Handle The Transition

In the wide range of awkward office situations, meeting a new boss after your recent one was let go might rank right up there with the day after a wild holiday party. Everyone is averting eye contact, trying to get the lay of the land before they speak up or stand out. There are a million rumors about what might or might not have happened before lunch time even rolls around. New management is a tense and potentially tricky part of office life.

So we decided to reach out to some managers and career consultants to find out the best ways to thrive after your company undergoes a shake-up. More »

TGIF: 8 Ways To End A Hard Week On A High Note

TGIF: 8 Ways To End A Hard Week On A High Note

Some weeks just don’t work out like you planned when you arrived to work on Monday morning, bright-eyed and coffee-breathed. We’ve all been there before, begging for Friday as if it offered you salvation from the horror your week has been. But why not end this rough week on a positive note? Here are a couple things to do Friday afternoon to make for a more carefree weekend and a more productive Monday morning. More »

How To Hide Your Early Morning Exhaustion From Your Co-Workers

How To Hide Your Early Morning Exhaustion From Your Co-Workers

Listen, we’ve all been there. You knew it was a school night, that you had work the next morning. You knew there was a presentation to give today and clients to meet. You had a million reasons why you should’ve crawled in to bed at 11pm and gotten at least six hours sleep before work today. But whether it was a birthday celebration, an old friend you hadn’t seen in years, or you simply needed to let lose, you didn’t listen to reason last night. You stayed up late and now you get to pay the price.

Going to work exhausted is so much worse than hitting your 8am Macroeconomics with sleep under your eyes. For one thing, you can’t wear sweatpants. For another, college classes are filled with tired classmates. At work, you might not have much company in the “up all night” caucus. So what do you do? More »

How To Avoid The Embarrassing Etiquette Dilemmas Of Traveling With Your Boss

How To Avoid The Embarrassing Etiquette Dilemmas Of Traveling With Your Boss

Being invited on a business trip with your boss is a great opportunity: You get one-on-one time with a higher-up, the chance to learn from her, and to prove your mettle on the road. But that road can be full of pot-holes, too. Business travel includes all kinds of etiquette quandaries that never come up in the office. Should you eat every meal with your travel companion? What if she drinks too much? How do you avoid awkwardness if you’re sharing a hotel room? I asked several experts for their input on traveling with your boss. More »

This Is Why You’re Late To Work: 7 Excuses (And How To Avoid Them)

This Is Why You're Late To Work: 7 Excuses (And How To Avoid Them)

Perpetually arriving late to work is one of the surest ways to guarantee you won’t advance. It’s so unprofessional, it practically screams either “I’m totally unorganized” or “I don’t care about my job.” Even tardiness when it comes to meetings can hold you back at work: In a survey of hiring managers conducted by LinkedIn last year, 65% listed showing up late for meetings as a pet peeve. That’s why we liked SavvySugar’s recent list of reasons you’re late and how to avoid them. Here they are — along with a few of our own. More »

10 Ridiculous Holiday Office Party Horror Stories

10 Ridiculous Holiday Office Party Horror Stories

You’re a savvy professional who knows how to conduct herself at an office holiday party by now. (If not, check out the Grindstone’s advice before it’s too late!) But not everyone is so wise, and thank goodness for that. After all, if everyone at your office maintained their dignity during holiday parties, we never would have heard from you about their hilarious, drunken antics. Enjoy these stories of fondling, flirting, and good old-fashioned falling down. More »

Life Is A Job Interview: How Posting “TGIF!” On Facebook Can Cost You

Life Is A Job Interview: How Posting "TGIF!" On Facebook Can Cost You

In 2011, most working adults know they shouldn’t put their wild party photos on Facebook, and if they do (but please don’t) they should put them on the highest privacy settings. But that’s not the only pitfall to broadcasting your life on social media. Diane Gayeski, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, and an expert in social media and corporate communications, is frequently “friended” by former students on Facebook. “What I too often see is comments like, ‘Oh, I can’t stand work today’ or ‘I can’t wait ‘til the weekend, this job sucks,’” she told me. If that doesn’t sound too egregious to you, read on. More »

8 Professions That Should Never Be Made Into Sexy Halloween Costumes

8 Professions That Should Never Be Made Into Sexy Halloween Costumes

“In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

That line is of course from the brilliant piece of cinema that is Mean Girls. Yes, the film is about teenage girls but dressing up like a slut on Halloween is not just something teenage girls do. If teenage girls can be criticized for wearing lingerie with animal ears and claiming they are cute furry animals than other women can be blamed for taking careers like school teacher and Starbucks barista and making them absolutely scandalous. I get the making certain professions like Hooters waitress or shepherdess sexy but tax attorney? Come on. Leave these professions alone. Here are a few jobs that should never be made into Halloween costumes. Unfortunately for some of them, we are too late. More »

A Lazy Man’s Guide To Halloween Costumes For The Office

A Lazy Man's Guide To Halloween Costumes For The Office

It’s October which means Halloween is right around the corner. The extra candy and the fall leaves are great but what about Halloween costumes in the office? This is always a stressful dance as you want to show that you have some holiday spirit but you don’t want to actually put much effort into a costume because this could detract from your work. At the same time though Halloween costumes are the perfect time to show everyone that you are way more clever than them. Here are some costume ideas that you can put together in less than an hour but shows everyone that you are intelligently superior to them. More »

8 Snap Judgements Made In Business That Are Hard To Get Over

8 Snap Judgements Made In Business That Are Hard To Get Over

In business, decisions often are made based more on chemistry than on objective performance measurements. Malcolm Gladwell , author of The Tipping Point and Blink, has written a lot about the rapid cognition our minds experience when making decisions quickly, especially those based on first impressions made in the “blink” of an eye. He has used the example that in the 1980s, classical music was an all-male domain. The change came only after performers began auditioning from behind a screen, where the judges could hear but not see who was playing. It would have been impossible to convince the maestro that he was biased against female performers. Snap judgments are most dangerous, Gladwell argued, when the decision-maker is removed from feedback and hands-on experience that shapes the subconscious mind. More »