Making the Most Out of Your Career

We spend many of our waking hours at work, so we better love what we do. So how can you work more joyfully, not to mention more intelligently and quickly? Finding your creative flow and sparking innovative juices is important, as is pulling together in team spirit. 

Of course, for some individuals–those who suffer from conditions like acute stress disorder, for instance–careers are affected by issues beyond normal behavior. 

Recent Posts on Career

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 Ulterior Motives
As a college student, I spent a lot of time thinking about what my work life would be like. I watched the adults in my life and saw that not everyone loved the work they did. Many of them were glad that they could provide for their families, but did not head to work in the morning excited to do their jobs.

Does Your Personal Brand Broadcast Success?

The actions you take each day build your personal brand. The way you think, the way you feel and the way you behave shape the stories people tell about who you are and what they can expect from you when it comes to your work.

Why “Bribing” Your Child With Treats Doesn’t Work

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on October 08, 2015 All Grown Up
Do you offer your child a “reward” to get him or her to comply with a rule? “If you tidy you room, I’ll take you to the movies.” But this is not a reward — this is a bribe. And “bribery” is not an effective parenting technique. Learn why bribing does not work when it comes to gaining your child's cooperation and what does.

How Long a Work Day is Definitely Bad For Your Health?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 07, 2015 Open Gently
Working eleven hours in a day ups your chance of disease.

8 Ways to Tell If Your Boss Is a Bully

Workplace bullying has reached epidemic proportions. A 2014 poll by the Workplace Bullying Institute showed that 27% of workers are currently, or have been, the target of bullies at work. What if the bully is your boss? Here's how to know.

Ego Defence Mechanisms: The Work of Anna Freud

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 A Sideways View
We all try to protect our ego from attack. But are our preferred defences effective and healthy? What are the defence mechanisms and how can we categorise them?

Do You Feel Like a Failure? 4 Things You Should Do

By Peg Streep on October 06, 2015 Tech Support
Taking a close look at why some people recover from failure, and others don't, and what you can do to help yourself.

A Workover: She's Complaining About Her Boss

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 How To Do Life
Sometimes, the boss isn't the problem.

Are You Being Treated Fairly at Work?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 Media Spotlight
Studies looking at emotional burnout, absenteeism, and health problems linked to workplace stress are increasingly finding a strong link between these kind of issues and perceived injustice in the workplace. A new study suggests that employees dealing with perceived injustice become more vulnerable to stress-related health problems due to frustration and fatigue.

A 30 Year Old With a Career Dream She Hasn't Acted on

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 How To Do Life
A transcript of a part of my session with a client.

Work, Love, Play: Do You Have a Healthy Inner Balance?

Do you have a healthy inner balance between work, love, and play? If not, this blog post offers some clues on how to create more inner balance inspired by theories of Erik Erikson and the insights of Doris Kearns Goodwin based on her extensive knowledge of former American presidents.

Future of Careers Part 3

Managing Your Career in the 21st Century: three critical things to do.

Do You Work for a Demanding 'Type A' Boss?

By Victor Lipman on October 03, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Type A managers, of which there are many, can at times be impatient, stressful, and plain old hard to work for. Here are practical tips to help you survive, and even succeed.

Connection: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

By Amy Banks on October 02, 2015 Wired For Love
No matter who you are or where you live, when you are in healthy relationships you increase the chance of living longer and dying happier.

How Gratitude Can Help Your Career

By Peter Bregman on October 01, 2015 How We Work
I was opening the mail (the real mail, the one delivered by an actual, live person) and between the bills and solicitations, was a single letter, addressed to me, in sloppy — but recognizable — handwriting. Recognizable because the handwriting was mine.

The Psychology of Competitiveness

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 A Sideways View
Is there good and bad competitiveness? Is being co-operative better than being competitive? Are competitive people ultimately more successful than those who favour co-operativeness

A Workover: 33, Successful, He's Tempted to Chuck it All

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 How To Do Life
The exchange between a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program and me.

13 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Boring Life

By Donna Barstow on October 01, 2015 Ink Blots Cartoons
Routines can be comforting, but when every day looks the same, that can be a danger signal.

How To Make Teen Volunteer Work More Than A Resume Builder

New research explains how to inspire teens to "service beyond self."

Brave New World or dystopia? Employee monitoring

By Ray Williams on September 30, 2015 Wired for Success
We are witnessing an explosion of employee monitoring systems and technological devices to facilitate that monitoring. The culture of surveillance has now invaded the workplace.

Effort Can Reveal Work, Life Passions

By Polly Campbell on September 30, 2015 Imperfect Spirituality
A little extra effort may be the surprising way to discover your life's passion.

A Workover: A New College Grad Wants a Career in Advertising

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 How To Do Life
My exchange with a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Dealing With Anger on the Job

Keeping your cool and letting things go may be essential on the job

Volkswagen, Why?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Hidden Motives
What could have possibly motivated VW to take the risk?

Do You Really Want to Know What People Think of You?

The idea of finding out what other people really think about you may fill you with dread. Yet, receiving feedback from those around us can be one the most useful ways to develop your potential to its fullest. Test your reactions with this 20-item quiz to see how to make the most out of your supervisors, your friends, and your intimate partner.

Career Advice for Men

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 How To Do Life
Part 4 in a series of career advice for boys and men.

Career Tips for Boys' Parents: On College and Other Options

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 How To Do Life
Part 3 in a series of career advice for boys and men.

Do Millennials Grow Up and Settle Down?

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on September 27, 2015 Diverse and Competitive
Millennials in college want different things from Millennials at work

Career Tips for Boys' Parents: Helping Him Explore Careers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 27, 2015 How To Do Life
Part 2 in a series on career advice for parents of boys and for men.

Career Tips for Boys' Parents: Toward Moderate Self-Esteem

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 How To Do Life
Part I of a four-part series of career advice for boys and men.