One thing is guaranteed in the workplace: not everyone you collaborate with will be "likable." These people may be business partners, investors, vendors, or even some of your best customers. Senior business advisors commonly offer advice on how to bridge these differences to accomplish shared busine...
Workplaces have to make rules—that’s a given.  But is it necessary that they be shortsighted and lazy attempts at creating order? Many of us can understand the temptation. As any company grows, so does our difficulty maintaining standards. There are numerous instances where people cross a li...
Last summer, business journalis Jill Suttie took her niece clothes shopping in New York City. While she shopped, Suttie noticed that the music blaring on the store’s speaker system left her ears ringing and her nerves frayed. She could only stand it for about 30 minutes before she had to bolt from...
American businesses have found themselves as a crossroads. One path prioritizes profitability for shareholders, oftentimes at the expense of the natural environment, workers' rights and even executive wellness. The other track, which a growing number of companies are beginning to follow, evaluates ...
REI will give up one of its top business days this Black Friday, when it closes all 143 retail stores in a move to encourage Americans to spend time outside. CEO Jerry Stritzke explained that the decision to shut down “wasn't made lightly," and acknowledges "it's a bit of a startling idea from a ...
A recent submission to “Workaholic,” the New York Times career advice blog, posed a question that will probably sound familiar to many workers out there. The anonymous advice-seeker asked the following: “I work in communications for a large health care company, and I love the essence of what I...
When Emily Peck was starting up her business she realized how rushed her days were. Like most of us, she spent her time rushing from one task to the next, trying to accomplish more than she possibly could. This led her to begin researching solutions, and after reading hundreds of readings and interv...
They say money can’t buy happiness, but those who have suffered from poverty know how it can contribute to intense personal hardship and unhappiness. So perhaps a more realistic adage would be “money only buys happiness up to certain point.” And of course how much a person needs to reach that ...
Although we live in times of endless technological distraction, American workers still say that old-fashioned office gossip is more distracting and annoying than email, phone calls and weird computer or smartphone noises. In a recent survey by consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison, 46% of employees sa...
Considering the lukewarm history of soccer enthusiasm in the U.S., many have been surprised by Americans sudden case of World Cup fever. Yet while fans across the country are cheering, employers are booing the high cost of weekday spectatorship. Yesterday’s U.S. match against Belgium was estimate...