Robert Lentz

When it comes to analyzing employees, here are four questions that will be as effective in 500 years as they are today.

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If you don’t think there’s much to those half-hearted questions about your co-workers’ Saturday and Sunday experiences, you might want to sit down. We’ve spotted four different levels of psychology going on there—all depending on how you phrase things.

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The National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may protect workers who wildly misinterpret your intentions. Here’s how to cope.

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So you want everything that comes with making the big time in the working world? That includes the kind of introspection that makes a lot of people nervous. Pour yourself a glass of something nice right now and find a comfortable chair in a quiet place—no matter how close you are to the top, you need to ask yourself each of these questions.

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Ready to become a slightly different person than the one who walked in the door this morning? Let’s go from head to toe, stem to stern, and give you a 9-point leadership tune-up to shape your image into something a little more impactful than the job title etched on your door.

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Overwhelmed by the expectations of superiors to keep the money rolling in, it’s easy for managers to begin to overlook little ethical lapses. But where does it lead?

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It doesn’t take much for even the smallest and shortest meeting to go off the rails … and even put a damper on the ones that come afterward.

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Not everyone is a brilliant orator, but it only takes a few words—precisely timed and honestly delivered—to truly command attention and respect. Here are eight phrases totaling less than 40 words. Use them and you’ll stick in people’s minds long after you’ve left the room.

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In the day-to-day grind just to keep up, it’s easy to let the workplace grow stale, and that’s how good ideas get stifled and employees get burned out. Take this self-audit to find out if your organization is pushing hard enough to keep the experience of working there fresh and open to innovation, both on a professional and personal level.

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If you spent an hour and a half each day in the office doing something you hated and that stressed you out, you’d think about looking for another job. But day after day, most of us suffer through joyless commutes of aggravating lengths, and merely throw our hands into the air helplessly: What’s to be done? Actually, plenty.

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