The Inside Job


August 2008


5 Tips for Business Travel

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Americans make more than 405 million long-distance business trips a year, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Studies find that most of us actually like business travel—that may be part of the reason teleconferencing never took off.

Some of us, I'll wager, are much better at it ...

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travel
corporate culture
careers

Why Web Surfing at Work Is a Nonproblem

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As long as U.S. productivity continues to grow at a solid clip, why do managers feel that it's necessary to moderate their employees' use of the Internet?

Consider the results of a new survey by the Creative Group, a staffing firm: The survey found that a majority— 57 percent—of executives at ...

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careers
internet

Why Every Job Search is Different

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When it comes to our job search or career efforts, we often feel like there's some secret solution that we haven't discovered. There's an enormous cottage industry dedicated to helping us find better jobs or succeed in the ones we have. But there is no secret solution. There's no one right way to ...

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The Best Places to Learn HR Secrets

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Fistful of Talent—a blog where recruiters, consultants, and human resources experts have their say—this week listed its top 25 "Talent/Recruiting/HR/Human Capital Blogs."

Reading these blogs will give you a tremendous edge in understanding management decisions and help increase your career ...

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I Wish I'd Spent More Time at the Office

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We've all repeated the phrase: "No one ever said on their deathbed, 'I wish I'd spent more time at the office,'" but do we really agree with it?

Lucy Kellaway called it "sentimental pap" recently in her Financial Times column, and I'm tempted to agree with her.

After all, don't you want to take out ...

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careers

Go Back to the Simplest Advice

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Advice seems to get more and more sophisticated with time.

Plato says: "Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly."

Stephen Covey says:

I recommend a time management credo that says: "I will not be governed by the efficiency of the clock; I will be governed by ...

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careers

Most Workers Are Afraid to Telecommute

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A couple of decades ago, telecommuting was said to be the future face of work—when technology would enable us to be connected away from the office just as easily as if we were sitting at our desks, and the work itself would have geographical mobility.

Well, the technology and the information ...

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careers

Hero Bus Driver Couldn't Save His Job

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You can save your acts of bravery for after hours, folks. A young Scottish bus driver who saved a passenger's life was fired at the end of his probationary period with the bus company, the Daily Record reports.

Despite the 21-year-old's heroics—which saved a woman suffering from a heart ...

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careers

Study: How to Look Trustworthy

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Two researchers at Princeton University have discovered they can tweak certain features of a computerized human face to maximize its appearance of trustworthiness or untrustworthiness.

The researchers say their work may have implications for people in jobs like sales—where facial expressions ...

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The Inside Job Has a New Focus

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When I started writing the Inside Job in March, I wasn't sure how best to blog about careers, so I sort of tried everything. The quickest way, of course, to do nothing well is to try to do everything—particularly in the world of blogs, where niche tends to reign.

I'm going to focus on improving your ...

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careers

How to Talk to Your Boss

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One of the most regular office puzzles is what we should share with the boss. We don't want to say too much or share bad news unnecessarily, but we also don't want to keep them out of the loop on something they need to know. When it comes to those conversations, employees can really distinguish ...

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management

Video Résumés Are a Really Bad Move

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"No." That's what nearly 60 percent of executives recently answered in a Robert Half International survey when asked if they accept video résumés.

About 1 in 4 said the screen-time sell was OK. That figure actually seems surprisingly high.

What's the uncomplicated takeaway here?

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careers

Gratitude Seems to Make People Angry

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In the last week or so, a story and a blog post have drawn downright angry responses. What were they about? Gratitude. Positive thinking. Jon Gordon's book The No Complaining Rule.

From one comment: "I am sure that the top 1 percent would like to see all complaining stop. How else are they going to ...

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