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The Dreaded Wedding Decision: Which Co-Workers to Invite?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:22:49 EDT

The question of which work friends make the cut can create awkward moments at the office.

The Instant Message Generation Gap

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:35:20 EDT

Some older workers bristle as chat apps proliferate, adding new distractions on top of endless emails.

The Right and Wrong Way to Manage Up

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:18:13 EDT

Don’t assume good work will speak for itself. The burden is usually on you to find a way to communicate with your boss.

New Strategies Help Women Build Career Confidence

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:16:08 EDT

Brag books, confidence logs are among techniques experts recommend to bolster lacking self-confidence.

Quit Feeling Guilty About Missing Your Child's Performance

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:34:20 EDT

Parents often agonize when they have to miss a child’s big game or stage performance, but their absence can be a good thing when handled skillfully.

How to Gain Power at Work When You Have None

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:57:45 EST

Many young employees are frustrated when their first jobs land them in powerless positions at the bottom of the org chart. But how do you gain power when you have none? Informally—and companies are helping.

An Escape to the Dentist? Parents Confess Their Secret Ways to Get Alone Time

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:36:52 EDT

Busy working parents find respite in odd places. Some clean the garage, others revel in a gridlocked commute, washing the dishes or mowing the lawn.

Is It OK for Your Boss to Hug Your Intern?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:36:03 EST

Offices struggle to get bystanders to sex harassment to speak up. Our quiz explains the changing landscape.

The Mistakes You Make in a Meeting's First Milliseconds

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:23:53 EST

People will make snap judgments as soon as they meet you, but you can turn this to your advantage.

Business Cards Aren't Dead, They're Just Getting Weirder

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:42:30 EST

A subset of creative networkers insist on oddball cards with unusual shapes and materials to stand out with potential clients.

Sexual-Harassment Training Gets a Revamp

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:25:05 EST

HR experts say recent scandals suggest that training has focused too much on the letter of the law instead of actually addressing the problem.

Use Your Seat to Get Ahead at Work

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:56:27 EDT

Sitting next to a star improves your performance, a growing field of research shows; Finally, something to like about open offices, writes Sue Shellenbarger.

Dare to Let the Children Plan Your Vacation

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:53:28 EDT

A family’s youngest members can learn plenty from helping to shape a holiday, but parents should avoid the pitfalls along the way.

The Power of Unsolvable Problems

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 02:33:09 EDT

A required engineering course at Northwestern University pushes students to tackle tough tasks, building resiliency and humility.

How Family Card Games Teach Math, Memory and Other Skills

Wed, 06 May 2015 02:32:39 EDT

From Canasta to Crazy 8s, playing helps children, especially in a time of screens and schedules

Don't Sneeze: Office Etiquette for Flu Season

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:34:35 EST

Skip a handshake, don’t spray a colleague’s desk and other rules for getting through winter at work.

How to Look Smarter

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:33:46 EST

The tactics people use to project intelligence often backfire, research shows. For instance, using fancy words doesn’t work. Yet glasses do help.

Stop Wasting Everyone's Time

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:33:11 EST

New data-mining tools are helping companies pinpoint which work groups impose the most on others’ time and raising awareness of behaviors such as long meetings and overuse of ‘reply all.’

From Loyal Sidekick to Partner

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:34:02 EST

It’s easy for someone who does a great job as a No. 2 to get pigeonholed as merely an able lieutenant. How one executive raised her profile.

Conflict Over the Conference Room

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:32:46 EST

Amid dueling meetings and scarce space, companies try new ways to ease competition for space.

The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:33:36 EDT

Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information.

Tuning In: How to Listen Better

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:33:03 EDT

Listening has become a rare skill. But it is possible to improve your ability to get the most out of a conversation.

No-Tears Guide to the Boss's Criticism

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:34:34 EDT

No one likes getting criticism. But it can be a chance to show off a rare skill: responding to negative feedback well.

Help! I'm on a Conference Call

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:02:07 EDT

There are ways to stop people from rambling, multitasking and zoning out and to make the call productive.

Getting Kids to Do Chores

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:59:20 EDT

Mobile games don't have to keep kids glued to the couch. New chore apps use rewards and monsters to motivate them to fold the laundry, take out the recycling and more.

How Not to Be the Office Tech Dinosaur

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:19:41 EDT

As younger colleagues speak fluent Twitter, how old pros find ways to upgrade their skills and fight insecurity.

Your Body's Peak Time for Everything

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:31:20 EDT

A growing body of research suggests that the body clock can help pinpoint the best times of day to perform specific tasks, from solving work problems to playing racquetball.

'Working From Home' Without Slacking Off

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:20:21 EDT

Working from home used to be a welcome break from the office—and a way to sneak in some household chores. Now, bosses have ways to ensure employees aren't slacking off on company time.

Deadly Meetings in the Workplace

Thu, 17 May 2012 10:29:16 EDT

When it comes to meetings, co-workers can be deadly. Among the biggest offenders are naysayers and co-workers who wander off-topic. To boost productivity, some managers take extreme measures.

To Pay Off Loans, Grads Put Off Marriage, Children

Thu, 03 May 2012 09:24:10 EDT

Total U.S. student-loan debt topped $1 trillion last year, and it continues to rise. As a result, the lifestyles and future prospects of many recent grads will be limited for decades.

High School, in Three Years

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:05:37 EDT

More high school students are graduating in three years. Fueling the trend are state scholarships, the growth in online classes and the use of proficiency testing to earn credits.

They Never Miss a Day of Work

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:02:32 EST

It may be hard to believe in an era of floods, flu epidemics and flexible schedules, but some people haven't missed a day of work in decades.

Tween D8-ing: It's All About Texts

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 10:06:13 EST

Nearly half of tweens have been in a dating relationship, according to a 2008 survey. But "dating" in middle school doesn't mean what many adults think.

When Stress Is Good

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:12:37 EST

How to get the benefits of stress—spurring peak performance and well-being—without suffering harmful physical effects.

Preparing to Land the Hot Jobs of 2018

Thu, 27 May 2010 14:19:16 EDT

If you're a college student who wants to make sure that you'll be employable upon graduation, how can you figure out what are the hot jobs of the future?

At-Home Dads Returning to Work

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:48:20 EDT

Sue Shellenbarger answers readers' questions on stay-at-home fathers returning to the work force, and how divorced parents should supervise their kids when one is away.

Mini-Shifts for the College Student

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:48:22 EDT

Sue Shellenbarger answers readers' questions on working mini-shifts, midlife crisis and parents' role in teen dating.

Graduate Degrees Raise Income

Tue, 05 Jan 2010 21:08:29 EST

Columnist Sue Shellenbarger answers readers' questions about the value of a graduate degree, midlife crises and sex and housework.

How Much Is a College Degree Worth?

Wed, 16 Dec 2009 10:28:18 EST

Families are evaluating the reasons to pursue higher education and how much tuition they want to pay.

Getting Your SAT Scores---40 Years Later

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:04:58 EDT

Past scores for both college-entrance exams, the SAT and ACT, can be obtained from the test publishers for a fee, columnist Sue Shellenbarger says.

Returning to Work After Hiatus

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 15:27:41 EDT

Few job seekers face higher hurdles than at-home parents trying to return to work. Sue Shellenbarger profiles three who made the transition in this tough environment.

Extreme Child-Care Maneuvers

Wed, 20 May 2009 13:27:40 EDT

The complex dance of dual-earner couples is escalating to new extremes as husbands and wives swap roles and bend schedules to squeeze in time for work and family.

Does Avoiding 9-to-5 Target You for Layoffs?

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 20:04:48 EDT

As layoffs spread, part-timers, flex-timers and telecommuters fear they'll be the first to go. Hanging onto a flexible work setup requires planning -- and luck.

Teachers Learn to Help Kids Behave

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 15:27:43 EDT

Novel teaching programs are showing great promise in solving behavior problems, writes Sue Shellenbarger.

Telling Kids About Financial Woes

Tue, 24 Mar 2009 21:52:55 EDT

Parents struggling to share a dire financial situation with children should remember that the information doesn't matter as much as how kids see parents behaving and feeling.

Some Companies Offer New Benefits

Fri, 24 Apr 2009 20:16:24 EDT

Even as the downturn has deepened, some companies have unveiled new perks and benefits for the little guy.

Children Find Meaning in Family Tales

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 03:36:19 EDT

As parents cut budgets, many are finding family stories have surprising power to help children through hard times.

Women Re-Enter Technical Fields

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 14:30:39 EST

Many return-to-work programs for mothers are disappearing, but others are springing up in science, engineering and tech.

Recession Can Shape a Child's Future

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 20:08:25 EST

Economic downturns leave enduring marks on children, who could face setbacks or emerge more motivated.

Younger Women Say Yes to Motherhood

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 22:52:51 EST

For nearly 40 years, women have been delaying childbirth longer and longer, partly to launch careers. Now, this trend may be ending.

Web Sites Make It Easier to Flag Trouble

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 22:03:58 EST

Social-networking sites are making it easier to report abuses such as cyberbullying. The trend puts more tools in the hands of parents whose kids are the targets or the perpetrators of bullying.

Families Cut Back on Day Care

Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:40:27 EDT

Behind the drumbeat of grim economic news, parents are pulling small children out of paid child care.

Tackling the Trauma of Infidelity

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:28:00 EST

Therapists are developing techniques that increase couples' chances of arriving at the best possible outcome after an affair.

On Presidential Families

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:18:00 EDT

The families that have produced presidents aren't always great role models. In fact, they show a striking tendency to be deeply flawed.

The Next Bailout: Your Adult Children?

Thu, 09 Oct 2008 07:43:00 EDT

Families are weighing bailouts of their own, as recent grads are heavily leveraged with enormous debt and entering a world of scarce employment.

When Tough Times Weigh on the Kids

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 23:08:00 EDT

Children can be silent carriers of family financial stress, which may lead to emotional problems. Here's what parents can do to help kids cope.

How to Prep for Elder-Care Emergency

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 15:13:00 EDT

Emergencies that beset the elderly tend to force working caregivers to drop everything and rush to the scene. How to lay the groundwork at work for an unforeseen crisis.

On Virtues of Making Kids Do Chores

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 18:50:00 EDT

Children are spending less time each day, on average, on housework, which reflects behavioral shifts. Research suggests we may be losing something of value here with longer-term implications for marriage and community life.

Business Schools Try to Attract More Women

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 15:56:00 EDT

Female enrollment in full-time M.B.A. programs has remained mired for years. Now, graduate business schools are fielding part-time "morning M.B.A.s" to attract women. The new offerings aren't for everyone, but the changes are brightening the work-life landscape for aspiring female business leaders.

Women Battling Infertility Backed By Court

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:06:00 EDT

For women struggling with infertility, the unpredictable and time-consuming treatment process can wreak havoc with work schedules, causing conflicts with bosses. Now, a federal appeals court has fortified legal protections on the job.

Work at Home? Employers Watch

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 09:14:00 EDT

Companies are stepping up electronic monitoring and oversight of home-based independent contractors, which some experts say is invasive. The trend suggests the home office may evolve to have the same constraints as a corporate cubicle.

Web Sites for At-Home Jobs

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 11:14:00 EDT

The stream of emails Sue Shellenbarger gets from readers wanting to work from home is rising and the number of online scam artists who seek to profit on that desire are too. So she set out looking for a few honest Web sites that actually help people find real, paying home-based work.

On Parallel Tracks That Never Meet

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 11:08:00 EDT

The growing separateness of couples' lives is drawing attention to the need to shore up emotional ties between spouses. The trend has become so prevalent that researchers are altering the structure of traditional marriage-education programs.

What Dating Rules for Your Kids Say About You

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 12:01:00 EDT

Researchers are turning their microscopes on the dating rules parents set, with some surprising results: The limits you place on your teen's dating may say more about your own love life than your teen's needs.

Can a Test Steer You to the Ideal Career?

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 09:37:00 EDT

Vendors of career tests, which assess one's interests and abilities and link them with potential occupations, see a rising demand for them. But they're only a starting point for the tough self-exploration needed to find or revitalize one's livelihood.

Downsizing Maternity Leave

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:33:00 EDT

Employers are cutting back on post-childbirth pay for mothers and offering shorter leaves, on average, for both moms and dads, compared with a decade ago. The pattern heightens the need for parents to plan carefully for time off post-childbirth.

States' Reports on Child-Care Centers Hit Web

Tue, 27 May 2008 20:18:00 EDT

State regulators' inspections of child-care centers are entering the Internet age at last. Searches usually can be done by Zip Code, city or facility name, bringing up state inspection reports, safety or health citations, complaint investigations or all three.

Stay-at-Home Moms Fill Executive Niche

Wed, 21 May 2008 12:28:00 EDT

The decision among some highly educated women to stay home with children is sparking a countertrend: The rise of all-mom teams assembled quickly through networking and staffing firms to handle crash projects.