The Disturbing Truth About Vacation Time

There was a time in the world when every day was a vacation, because we hadn’t invented work yet.  All of us just wandered around enjoying every moment except for the one when we got eaten by something.  But then work came along, and those glory days vanished.  Now we have to schedule vacation time.…

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Administrative Assistants

7 Reasons Your Administrative Assistant Is The Most Important Asset You Have

April 23 is Administrative Assistant Day, a day where bosses the world over tell their administrative assistants to order flowers for themselves as a “token” of appreciation.  But they deserve more than that.  Here are 7 reasons that your administrative assistants are pretty much the only thing keeping you from bankruptcy. #1-  You have no…

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How Many LInked In Connections Do You Have

500+? Find Out How Many LinkedIn Connections You REALLY Have

Every month I like to keep track of how many LinkedIn connections I have, but once you get over 500 it just says 500+ and finding the actual number is like trying to find Waldo in a field of candy canes.  I’m not sure why LinkedIn likes to hide this number, but after struggling to…

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How NOT To Do Team Building Exercises- Trust Fall Fail

I’m sure you’ve heard of the trust fall, that iconic team building exercise where you hope your colleagues don’t hate you so much that they passively watch as you fall to the ground from a chair or a tree stump or whatever.  But to the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever explained the trust…

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8 Things To Expect On Your First Day of Work

Graduation season is approaching, which means that millions of college graduates are about to begin their first post-educational job.  Maybe you’re about to be a health care consultant, or perhaps you’re the newest employee at the world’s first starfish farm.  But whatever job you’re about to get, here are 8 things to expect on your…

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Happy Spring! Caption Contest Time!

  What is happening in this photo? Leave a comment with a creative caption and you could win a copy of my book How To Get Fired! Make sure to comment by 10pm on April 27, 2014. Click here to read the rules and entry requirements!

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How To Tell If You’re Overworked

  According to a recent survey, 73% of Americans say that they are overworked.  And while I made that statistic up, I think it’s safe to say that you have experienced work-related stress sometime in the past month.  Fortunately for you, we’ve put together a simple list of questions to help you decide if you…

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The Power of GroupThink: Easy, Fun, and More Damaging Than Ever!

First off, I’d like to say that I’m only writing this article because other people have told me that I should.  I can’t remember the last time I made an independent decision for myself, and I’m hoping you’re just like me.  If you’re the kind of maverick who comes up with original ideas and then…

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7 Blog Posts To Make You Chuckle for Laugh at Work Week

Happy Laugh at Work Week! Hopefully you laugh at work most weeks, but this week it’s especially encouraged. Here are seven of my favorite posts from the JeffHavens.com  blog to make you chuckle. Want To Be Funnier In The Office? Here’s How! – When my brother was little, he used to tell these weird, complicated stories, then at…

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9 Things You Should Never Say in an Interview (But Some People Still Do)

A recent survey of HR managers found that a full 50% of them don’t think today’s young jobseekers are presenting themselves well in interviews. Here are 9 completely true things some of them have said in interviews that justify their concern. #1 – “I’ve heard there are a lot of single people here…” And I’ve…

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The Winner of the Poolside Caption Contest Is…

  Congrats Reid! Your copy of How To Get Fired and your $25 Amazon Gift Card will arrive soon. Thanks to everyone who captioned our poolside photo! All of the entries were hilarious! Want to get an email when we have another caption contest? Sign up here.

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How To Make the Most of Your Work Spouse

Do you have a work husband or work wife? If so, are you really using your work spouse to his or her full potential? I doubt you are. Watch this video to see how you can make your work spouse relationship more productive than ever before. For more awesome videos like these, subscribe to my…

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How One Tiny Crime Destroyed Baseball Forever

When I was 8 years old, I absolutely loved baseball.  I watched it all the time, collected baseball cards like they were actually worth something, and I played entire baseball games by myself (and a bunch of ghost runners) in the lot behind my house because I didn’t have 17 friends to round out the…

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Ethics Awareness Month Is Almost Over, But Be Ethical Anyway!

Ethics Awareness Month is quickly coming to an end, but unfortunately for everyone, we need to be ethical all year long.  We all need  a reminder of why ethics are important from time to time, and one of the least painful ways to be reminded is to watch some of my entertaining yet educational videos.…

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6 Reasons Doing the Right Thing is Better Than Going to Court

Usually people try to encourage you to be ethical because it’s ‘the right thing to do’ or ‘you’ll sleep well at night.’  But I also think I’d sleep well on a 200-foot pleasure yacht that I bought with all the money I stole in a diamond heist.  So I don’t think those are particularly good…

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The Ethics Video Series That You’ll Actually Enjoy

Let’s face it, ethics is kind of boring, but also kind of important, because if you don’t have any ethics you could kind of end up in jail. We all need a reminder of why ethics are important from time to time, and one of the least painful ways to be reminded is to watch…

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3 Easy Ways to Distinguish Between a Gift and a Bribe

You know the problem with ethics education?  It’s virtually impossible to talk about it without sounding pedantic or preachy.  And since none of us like being lectured to, we all usually drown out conversations about ethical behavior because we don’t like feeling like we’re being talked down to.  It’s basically the same reason none of…

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