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Managers who are having trouble with employee productivity and morale might benefit from an "office animal." A 2012 study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University analyzed how pets in the workplace affect employees physiologically and psychologically, and found that having an office pet makes people more pleasant and productive. 

Imagine this happening at an all-star football game: All of the best players converge, but no one shares the game plan. Even with extraordinary talent, what would transpire on the field would not be representative of the players' true talents.

When you need to find a computer file—whether it is something for work, the photo you know would be perfect for your holiday cards, or your résumé and letters of reference for that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that just appeared—finding the information you need can be seamless, or it can feel like a wild goose chase. It all depends on how you organize your files.

"Cloud" continues to be an ambiguous and often misused term. What is the cloud, anyway? PC Magazine put it best in a 2013 article: "In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet." While this may not be 100 percent accurate, it's close enough to the truth to work as a definition. The cloud allows you to store data, access services and run programs remotely using shared resources—instead of on the actual machine you are using or on an attached data device.

As a small business owner, managing growth can be the most challenging part of running a company. When do you add another person? Is one more client going to push us over the edge? How much more can my staff manage? Do we expand our service offerings?

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