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  • Be prepared when personal issues make working difficult

    Be prepared when personal issues make working difficult

    Erin Holt, an HR consultant, offers four tips to help employees deal with emotional and physical issues at the workplace: 1. Be honest without disclosing too much: "You can share your situation without going into too much detail," Holt says. "If you have a sick spouse, let your boss know. Same...

  • Locked and uploaded: Employers use wearable devices to monitor, learn more about their workers

    Locked and uploaded: Employers use wearable devices to monitor, learn more about their workers

    Could a simple wrist monitor have spared Nicole Thomas years of pain? Thomas, 70, retired in 2014 after 40 years spent working for a "bunch of companies" in a "bunch of different cities." At each stop, Thomas says she did the same thing: "Sat at a desk and punched in numbers." Thomas, who worked...

  • Machine logic: Even with flaws, programs that weed out applicants can be good gatekeepers

    Machine logic: Even with flaws, programs that weed out applicants can be good gatekeepers

    You know those friends who can't score a job interview? The ones who tell you they're being unfairly dumped by the candidate-sifting programs used to separate the qualified from the unqualified? "I never had a chance," he'll tell you. "The system's rigged," she'll say. Maybe. Or maybe Friend No....

  • Now or then? Is there ever a good time to go back to school?

    Now or then? Is there ever a good time to go back to school?

    The economy's humming, the job market's soaring, you are achieving more than ever at work and the only thing you can think about is how you're going to study for finals. "It's on my mind from when I wake up until I go to bed," says Peter, who doesn't want his last name used because his manager...

  • Bad gets good: Turn negatives into positives to get back on track

    Bad gets good: Turn negatives into positives to get back on track

    You messed up. You know it, your boss knows it and your co-workers know it. That guy who handed you your morning coffee? He knows it, too. So now what? Can your career survive your bonehead move? Whether you blew a sure sale, missed an important deadline or went one joke too far with the CEO at...

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