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    Four Professional Alternatives to “F**k You”

    When we were bright-eyed young career starters, we undoubtedly all had a certain vision of our career-self as a true professional. We’d wear snappy suits and swan out to important client meetings and say things like “tell Jack it’s imperative that I have the xyz file on my desk by 5pm”.

    Moreover, we’d be the …

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    4 Things You Need to Start Rewarding Yourself For

    The problem with Millennials, according to people who have never been one, is that they expect praise and rewards for everything. Participated? Medal. Attempted? Pat on the back. Lost? Trophy.

    But far from breeding laziness and entitlement, as is often claimed, rewarding ourselves frequently and liberally helps us learn new skills and develop desirable traits. …

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    Pink, Kink and Ink: Office Don’ts or Don’t Care?

    Is the office dress code dead?

    Yes, says GQ, who sees the formal dress codes as a “class uniform” intended to encourage corporate groupthink, and the backlash against it as a triumph for creativity and individualism.

    No, says UBS, whose employee dress code spans an incredible 44 pages, and instructs staff on everything from how …

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    Love Your Job? Put an Exit Plan in Place.

    When you hate your job, you often think about leaving it. But when you are happy with your work putting an exit plan into place seems somewhat bizarre. Nevertheless, smart employees should always be prepared to quit their job tomorrow.

    The reason is that the future is always unknowable. Just because your job satisfaction is …

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    3 Ways Being a Bookworm Translates to Career Success

    Reading may have traditionally been seen as one of life’s great pleasures, but in the age of smartphones, game consoles and Netflix, amusing oneself with blocks of unmoving text has become increasingly unappealing. Amongst American adults, 1 in 4 read no books at all.

    But books are important. They fire our imagination and immerse us …

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    5 Famous Productivity Mantras That Will Ruin Your Career

    For many of us, business and busyness go hand-in-hand. Modern workers are constantly bemoaning the conundrum of having to get ever-more done in ever-less time. In this atmosphere, it is hardly surprising that legions of productivity-boosting hints & tips have proliferated. Each latest incarnation promises us a sure-fire route to To-Do List Zero, if we …

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    What to Do When You Consider a Work Task Unethical

    Would you do something you thought was unethical?

    What about if your job was on the line?

    The Milgram Experiment became famous for indicating that people obey authority figures regardless of the awfulness of their instructions, but amongst younger worker, at least, this no longer seems to be the case. A recent Deloitte study revealed …

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    Why Employees Should Think Like Freelancers

    Being your own boss. Working from your couch. Taking as much holiday as you want, whenever you want it.

    To the desk-bound employee, going freelance can seem like the ultimate dream. Until you look into it, and realize how much hard work it is. Constantly hustling for clients and worrying about making rent this month? …

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    4 Simple Ways to Project Authority

    “Power” [noun] (1) The ability to do something or act in a certain way (2) The ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events

    Power has a bad rep in the workplace. Too many terrible managers have made too many people associate authority with arrogance and autocracy. But, as …

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    4 Career Failings You Should Forgive Yourself For

    “To err is human; to forgive, divine.”

    Alexander Pope’s famous quote touches upon an unfortunate quirk of human nature. We all make mistakes, but we also all struggle to forgive them. Moreover, our harshest condemnation is often reserved for the person most needful of our forgiveness: ourselves.

    Time for a rethink.

    Within the workplace, there …

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