48 Questions That’ll Make Awkward Small Talk So Much Easier

How many times per week do you find yourself talking about topics you have no interest in or have already discussed a million times—just for something to say? Whether it’s waiting for a really slow elevator with a co-worker, talking to an acquaintance at an industry event, or chatting with a complete stranger at a networking event, it happens to all of us. So, to combat these incredibly boring conversations, I started asking people unexpected, thought-provoking questions that couldn’t be … Read More

Want Happier Employees? Focus on These 3 Things [Infographic]

The smartest leaders in today’s workforce want to develop and maintain company cultures that attract and retain employees who are happy at work. Being happy at work isn’t just good for the employees. It’s good for the company, too. After all, a study of 250,000 people found that happy employees tend to be healthier, more productive, have more energy, and maintain better relationships — with you, with their customers, and with each other. But cultivating a workplace of happy employees … Read More

3 Better Ways to Organize Your To-Do List

Ever heard that some productivity gurus say to scrap the traditional to-do list? Yeah, that’s just not an option for the vast majority of the working world. In fact, most of us take the opposite approach, putting all of our to-dos onto one massive list, which then just serves as a reminder of how much we’re not getting done. The good news is that there are many other options for structuring your to-do list in a way that maximizes your efficiency. Whether you’re … Read More

20 ways to avoid getting burned out at work

It may seem like job burnout is only prevalent in workers in the mid-to-late stages of their careers. That isn’t the case, however. Burnout specialist Ben Fanning says it’s becoming more likely that you will reach a point of burnout at an earlier stage in your career. Luckily, he says it’s avoidable if you’re aware of the habits of workers who are suffering from job burnout. Here are 20 clear-cut signals that you may be approaching job burnout:   Source: … Read More