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CareerBuilder Shares Wackiest Office Holiday Gifts

presentsAs employers serve egg nog and take employees out for holiday luncheons and/or company parties, chances are a Secret Santa is brewing in the mix as well.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, employers are planning more parties than last year and offering more gifts and bonuses, too. Per data, 96 percent of workers in the survey prefer a bonus over a holiday party.

Regarding gifts, 21 percent of employees will give presents to colleagues and 20 percent will splurge for bosses. As for the average price? The majority of workers keep it at the $25 threshold or less. Read more

Media Companies Land on Glassdoor’s ‘Best Places to Work’ List in 2015

Google logoThree cheers for all things media!

Glassdoor released their list of the best places to work in the U.S. and U.K., also known as the Employees’ Choice Awards 2015.

Whether it’s traditional or social media or PR, six companies in our realm landed on the illustrious list of 50 top companies. Not too shabby!

Google ended up in the top spot, followed by Facebook (#13), LinkedIn (#23), NBC Universal (#31), Edelman (#43) and ESPN (#48). Read more

How to Deal With Annoying Colleagues

listeningThis question unfortunately comes up more often than not. “How do I deal with an annoying colleague?”

Even if it’s something as simple as heaving a cubicle mate who’s a loud eater or a loud talker or a loud anything, it’s enough to cringe. And then deal with it on a daily basis.

Ford R. Myers, author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, explains via email, “When you’re working eight hours a day in close quarters – or even in cubicles – some would say that it’s only a matter of time before some of your colleagues will really start to get on your nerves.” Read more

New Study Shows Remote Workers Gain Respect From Office Dwelling Peers

videoIf you’re like us working hard for the money from the comfort of your own home (or nearby coffee shop), you’re not alone. And now, according to a new study, you’re getting some respect.

The perception, as you’re probably aware, surrounding working from home means you can take that two-hour lunch break! Afternoon strolls to the nearest museum! Workouts at 10 a.m.!

Alas, if only it could be that simple. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite as there aren’t clear boundaries as to when the day physically begins or ends as it’s 2:51 p.m. and you realize you haven’t go Read more

Can You Tactfully Turn Down a Cheesy Company Gift & Ask For Cash Instead?

holiday jobsLet’s put it this way: No.

As per a piece in today’s New York Post, a reader celebrates his or her 10th anniversary at work with a plaque and catalogue to select a token gift worth $200.

The reader asks, “Would it be uncool to politely decline ordering anything, or to ask for the money instead?” Read more

How to Handle Holiday Networking Burnout

nametagIf you’ve already attended a handful of holiday parties and have several more to go, join the club.

We know the drill — at first they’re fun! Festive! Exciting! And after a few glasses of wine and one too many tiny cheese puffs (not to mention trivial conversation near the coat check), you’ve reached party burnout.

And yes, this encompasses networking burnout. Well, here are a few pointers to keep your spirits up (and your sanity) this holiday season to make the most out of the fantastic new contacts within your reach. Read more

Three Ways to Remain Professional During Holiday Office Parties

presentsAlas, holiday office parties could be fun. Or they could be the end of your reputation. Here are three tips to keep in mind to actually enjoy the holiday party without ending up in a crazy karaoke scene that ends up on YouTube.

There is a fine line but you can definitely remain professional while having a good time.

1. Limit alcohol. We know this sounds simple but participating in a PG-rated office party really does go back to basics. Do you really want to be the person everyone’s talking about on Monday morning after wearing that lampshade on your head? We didn’t think so. Read more

Monthly Jobs Report Shows Strong Numbers

jobsHappy Friday one and all! For those of us watching the monthly jobs report, it’s a happy Friday indeed.

The Department of Labor showed an addition of 321,000 jobs last month.

This is the biggest increase in almost three years! And it looks like 2014 is winding down on a high note — November signifies the 10th consecutive month of job gains above 200,000. This means 2014 has been the best hiring year since 1999.

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How to Sound More Powerful on the Job

megaphoneDo you have a deep, distinctive voice? Or maybe you have a mouse-like voice and want to be taken more seriously at work?

Whatever the tone, according to a new study power has a sound. If you feel powerful, you can actually subtly change your voice.

Researchers from San Diego State University and Columbia Business School revealed we know power when we hear it. And in turn, we can alter our voices to seem more powerful to listeners. Read more

Five Physical Signs You’re Getting Stressed Out

stressIf you just looked at the calendar and freaked out the holidays are literally here and there’s not enough time to get everything done, you’re not alone.

It’s definitely a worst case scenario to feel run down and get sick more easily than other times of the year.

This piece on U.S. News & World Report caught our attention to be wary of physical signs you are getting stressed out. Since self-care is the best type of care, it’s all the more reason to slow down this time of year and pay attention to your body before you’ve reached an all-time high stressed out mode. Read more