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Make It Work: Don’t Be Such An Office Gossip

High school is the ultimate preparation for the place that we will all end up eventually — the modern office. In high school, you learn how to navigate tricky social situations, and you figure out, sort of, where you stand in a mixed social environment in which you are also expected to succeed. College is different because you’ve already learned the ropes, and you’re on your own personal spirit quest, focused primarily on learning about post-colonial literature or writing the next great American novel. Still, the groundwork is there. None of this will prepare you adequately for the social strucutre of the modern workplace.

The social hierarchies that you remember from high school are all there: the popular kids, the teachers pets, the ones who don’t buy the sunshine and school spirit crap that everyone seems to be selling. The same habits you might have had in high school calcify over time. Popular kids are still clique-ish and chatty, prone to whispering behind closed doors and traveling in packs. The teachers pets have grown up to realize that being a sycophant is kind of helpful, so theyre the ones that do stuff without being asked. And, the rest of us  — the ones that didn’t really care for Homecoming and thought a lot about what they’d do after they busted the hell out of their small town — are still talking an awful lot of shit.
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10 Creative Phrases To Let Others Know You’re Struggling

Today is one of those days where, even with coffee, I’m unproductive and basically just useless in life. I don’t know if it’s because I stayed up late watching TV or what, but when I told my coworkers (after blankly staring at my computer screen for 30 minutes) that I was “driving the struggle bus,” they stopped paying attention to the fact that I’m a waste of space and praised the creative delivery of my confession. For the rest of you who have a case of the Mondays, or just can’t seem to make it through the day, here are 10 better ways to let others know the struggle is real. Keep reading »

The Struggle Is Real: 10 Problematic People In Every Office (In GIFs!)

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This morning, just like every other morning, I got into work and meandered over to the company Keurig in desperate need of coffee to find that, yet again, the last person to use the coffee machine didn’t refill the water. How hard is it to put the container under the sink for five seconds? For months we’ve been plagued with this problem thanks to lazy caffeine drinkers, and I have been seriously contemplating the installation of nanny cams to find the culprit(s). Maybe then we’d determine who’s guilty of some of these other workplace crimes.
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Study: Pretty Women Don’t Get Hired

Attractive women are getting the shorter end of the job stick, according to a new study out of Israel. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University tested the idea that more attractive people get more job opportunities. They sent out identical resumes with “average-looking” male and female headshots, “attractive” headshots, and no headshots to prospective employers. Attractive males got more callbacks than average-looking men, and — surprise, surprise! — attractive women got FEWER callbacks. The study argues that “female jealousy of attractive women in the workplace is a primary reason for the punishment of attractive women.” But we’re wondering if it’s something else — that those in power are intimidated by conventionally attractive women, not jealous of them, and anecdotal evidence seems to back this up. Either way, it’s a good thing that most places in the U.S. (sans Abercrombie & Fitch) don’t require headshots upon submitting your resume. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

All The Single Ladies … Are Closing The Gender Wage Gap!

Go on girls — women under 30 have made great gains on their male counterparts in the workplace. Single working women under 30 now make eight percent more than their comparably aged male counterparts — and as much as 21 percent more in some cities.

According to an analysis of Census data by Reach Partners, women are making such leaps thanks to an influx of educated women in the workforce. Women are now graduating from college at a rate of 1.5 times more than men — and that means that women are seeing particularly large gains in cities with knowledge-based economies. Keep reading »

Women In The Workplace Just Keep Mucking It Up

We ladies are just all butterfingers in the workplace! Thankfully, Citi has created a helpful list of things we women are doing wrong in the office. Transgressions include: “being naive,” “smiling inappropriately” and giving “limp handshakes.” So that’s why we get paid so much less than men! It’s not the institutionalized sexism or anything! Thanks for clearing that up, guys. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

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