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How to Handle an Unethical Boss With Bogus Expenses

power poseWith the spirit of last week’s post about horrible bosses pegged to the sequel, let’s continue the conversation, okay?

According to a piece in today’s New York Post, a reader’s concerned about her boss’s excessive usage with a company-issued credit card. In essence, she takes her husband out to dinner and expenses the meals as if he’s a client. And you guessed it — she takes taxis to get her hair done and expenses cab fares as well. Apparently she convinced herself the hair appointment is a work-related “meeting.” Read more

Workers Sign Petition Against Working for Retailers on Thanksgiving

presentsIf you work in retail on the side from your media gig, chances are you may be fuming about having to work tomorrow. Or you may be completely excited to earn time-and-a-half.

In any event, according to The New York Post, disgruntled workers at various stores like Target, Macy’s and Kmart have organized petitions garnering thousands of signatures. For instance, as of yesterday afternoon, a Target employee got more than 100,000 signatures to indicate they were against Target’s plans to open on Thanksgiving. Read more

Lesson on Keeping Your Cool: Jennifer Aniston Pranks Reporter

As Jennifer Aniston promoted her new movie, Horrible Bosses 2, a BBC Radio 1 journalist experienced one of his worst interviews ever thanks to a prank. She was asked to give him a difficult time and kindly obliged to the request.

From a career perspective, he did what everyone should do as they’re internally sweating bullets. Keep. Your. Cool.

Survey Shows Nearly 20 Percent of Workers Will Spend Thanksgiving With Colleagues

Turkey Day2Sure, you’ve probably heard about the expression “work family” and with Thanksgiving almost here, it couldn’t be closer to the truth.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, almost one in five workers plan to celebrate the holiday with colleagues.  Read more

Three Ways to Deal With a Horrible Boss

hangoverAs Horrible Bosses 2 gets released in theaters tomorrow, it’s a blatant reminder of bad bosses.

If you’re working for one now, you have a few options.

1. Leave. If your boss makes your life miserable and consistently digs into your self-esteem, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Get the heck out and get out now.

Here’s the thing about being upset at work — typically that unhappiness leaks into your personal life so before you know it, every aspect of life feels heavy and dark. Step into the light and get yourself out of the situation.

Whether you pursue a new job internally or externally (and honestly, we recommend doing both), the key is removing yourself from a toxic environment as soon as possible. Read more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases White Paper to Close Skills Gap

ImproveJobProspectsWe literally just received word that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has forged a partnership with USA Funds. They released a white paper outlining a program to close the skills gap.

In a nutshell, it outlines the concept of talent pipeline management to transform the relationship between our businesses, education and workforce providers. Read more

How to Effectively Turn Down an Internal Offer to Relocate

globePicture it. You’re working really hard and expecting a promotion. Congratulations, it’s now on its way! The only catch? It’s um…in another city. As in another state. As in you need to relocate.

According to a piece in today’s New York Post, there are several factors to consider when thinking about relocating.

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Three Dress Code Tips As Buckingham Palace Issues Reporter Guidelines

suitBuckingham Palace has issued a dress code regarding the British royals’ upcoming visit to the U.S.

Their guidelines state:

“Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”

While our first reaction relates to the requirement for technicians (really?), we need to respect their wishes. And we’re writing as if we’re actually interviewing Will and Kate? Ha. Really, when it comes to dress codes there are a few things to keep in mind. Read more

Four Things Managers Can Offer If Salary Increases Don’t Get Approved

moneyWe’re writing this with the spirit of management in mind but if you’re not a leader in your company, just flip it upside down in terms of five items you should ask for if your boss doesn’t provide a salary increase at year-end.

We really did the management perspective because employees, as well as job seekers, are often the ones coming to the table with what they want. Why not be proactive as a supervisor and provide them with solutions and incentives if dollars don’t get approved? According to a recent survey from Accountemps, 43 percent of chief financial officers interviewed said the number of requests for raises or promotions has increased from two years ago. As such, they outlined a few tips to keep in mind when raises or promotions don’t necessarily get the green light. Read more

New Survey Shows How Authority Impacts Depression in Men & Women

freelance_personalAccording to a new study published by The Journal of Health & Social Behavior, authoritative roles at work impact men and women differently.

Researchers analyzed data between 1993 and 2004. Participants were monitored in terms of their job positions and how their roles impacted the incidence of depression symptoms.

Here’s what researchers found: women with job authority defined as hiring, firing and influencing pay have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without the same authority.

On the contrary, men in authoritative positions at the office demonstrated fewer symptoms of depression than their male counterparts who didn’t have authoritative responsibilities. And when compared side by side, women in authoritative positions showcased more depression symptoms than men in similar authoritative jobs. Read more