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Top 10 Crazy Excuses For Calling In Sick

tissuesIf you’ve ever had to call in sick, you’re not alone. Heck, you’re even doing everyone a favor at the office to prevent spreading your own germs onto them.

But what happens when you’re a manager and someone on your team is um, how shall we put this? Taking advantage of sick days with bizarre excuses.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, it seems like countless employees have a lot of explaining to do. During the past 12 months, 28 percent of employees have called in work saying they were sick when they were — get this — actually feeling well! Shocker, we say sarcastically. Read more

Tobacco Company Officially Bans Smoking In Its Office

nonsmokingGot a light? If you’re looking for one at the offices of Camel, you’ll need to go outside.

According to The Associated Press, their cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is extinguishing their smoking policy in its offices and buildings.

Yesterday they informed employees a new policy will be implemented in 2015 to ban the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes at employee desks, offices, conference rooms, hallways and elevators. Currently smoking is prohibited in cafeterias, fitness centers and on factory floors. Read more

Why Mashable’s Lauren Drell Said Yes to a Role She Wasn’t Expecting

Lauren-Drell-ArticleWhen Lauren Drell interviewed for a job at Mashable in 2009, it was for a completely different department than the one she ended up in:

I thought it was a cool, scrappy startup company, so I applied for a copy editor job. I have a typo blog, so the thought of fixing typos all day was very appealing to me. Sharon Feder, who at the time was managing editor, said, ‘We want to hire you but have another role for you in mind in a department called supported content. It’s still editorial, but you’d have the opportunity to do more video and work with brands on some creative campaigns.’

I thought about it for a little bit and decided, ‘Let’s do this.’

It was Drell’s journalism experience that led her to apply for the copy editor position, but it was a different kind of training that led Mashable to offer Drell the sponsored-content position. Her social media work for a restaurant made her fluent in emerging and established social platforms, and a perfect fit for the department. It’s also a reminder of how developing a diverse set of skills can take you places you don’t expect.

For more, read: So What Do You Do, Lauren Drell, Branded Content Editor at Mashable?

And the Number One Country to Work From Overseas Is…

suitcaseIf you’re contemplating working overseas and becoming an expatriate, here’s the scoop. According to a survey conducted by HSBC with over 9,000 expats weighing in on economics, overall experience and family life, top honors go to…Switzerland.

Sounds like they’re living the good life in Switzerland with high household incomes, extra disposable income and a strong, healthy economy. Oh, did we mention the Swiss chocolate? There, we just did.

While the expat survey didn’t rank as high for their social life and ease for foreigners to make local friends, on the monetary front it seems pretty darn great.

Another country that ranked high was China. Coming in third place, per a piece in The Wall Street Journal, it ranks the highest satisfaction financially. That said, it ranked poorly in terms of its travel, culture, lifestyle and frustrations related to adapting. Read more

Megyn Kelly’s Career Advice: ‘When the Opportunity Comes Along to Grow, Seize It’

Need a boost on hump day? Look no further.

We caught up with media power players on Monday night at the annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards. Bob Costas and Megyn Kelly hosted the black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria.

ABC news anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack and Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga were among the new inductees.

Let’s hear what Costas, Kelly, Deborah Norville, Joe Torre and Matt WeinerMad Men creator, say about success. WATCH:

Five Overused Buzzwords to Avoid On Your Resume

relocate jobWe read this piece and we had to chuckle. Having worked in recruiting and reviewed thousands upon thousands of resumes, yes there are several repetitive words that rear their ugly head. A lot.

And you know what? After a while they lose all meaning. There are certainly better ways to articulate what they mean and secondly, when they’re universal like saying you are proficient on a PC, well it’s the great equalizer. All candidates should be literate online.

Without further ado, thanks to a piece on, here are several of their thoughts on commonly overused words… Read more

Author Suggests Introverts Avoid Coffee Before Important Meetings

coffee cupAn intriguing interview in New York Magazine sheds lights on introverts and coffee. While the topics haven’t really been fleshed out before, it makes sense.

Psychologist and author Brian Little explains in the piece:

“After ingesting about two cups of coffee, extraverts carry out tasks more efficiently, whereas introverts perform less well. This deficit is magnified if the task they are engaging in is quantitative and if it is done under time pressure.

For an introvert, an innocent couple cups of coffee before a meeting may prove challenging, particularly if the purpose of the meeting is a rapid-fire discussion of budget projections, data analysis, or similar quantitative concerns. In the same meeting, an extroverted colleague is likely to benefit from a caffeine kick.” Read more

Employers Crack Down on Waistlines, Not Deadlines

waistlineYes, you read that right. As part of wellness at work programs, CNN reports employers are prodding their workers to lose extra baggage and get more active.

Wellness programs are apparently evolving. Sure, at one point perhaps programs included fundraising teams for walkathons but now they’re offering biometric screenings to measure cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure.

The latest trend, per the piece? Offering rewards for employers who take action and you guessed it — penalties for employees who don’t. Read more

Strike a Pose: TED Talk Inspires Body Language Boosters to Alter Perception

power poseHave you ever felt you walked a little taller and stood a little prouder due to your stance and your stance alone?

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy would probably agree. Her research on body language shows we can change other people’s perceptions of us and more importantly, our own self-perceptions, by changing our body positions.Not convinced? For a Monday boost, check out her 20-minute TED talk. And then go ahead and strike a pose!

Three Glimpses At the Future of Work

FI One mand BandIn a galaxy not too far away, there’s a work-oriented future that looks more automated in terms of processes and procedures.

The Wall Street Journal reported on a glimpse of the future of HR from a conference held last week in Las Vegas. As more than 8,000 human resources executives and IT professionals convened, they heard about highlights of the future of work.

1. Surveys, surveys, surveys. Consulting firms are emerging selling various tools to help HR get more clued into morale and engagement. This means online surveys will ask employees how they feel about their boss, who they rely on for advice and if they were happy to come into the office on any given day.

Sounds like survey vendors are taking things up a notch by selling data to help employers not only interpret the information but act on it as well. Read more