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The 3 Types of Work Rooms Every Office Should Have

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There are different stages of the work process, and those stages require different types of external environments for focus, says Marilyn Puder-York, psychologist and executive coach.

That’s why the variety of work rooms – quiet rooms, open areas, rooms to collaborate, and low-level noise rooms – is a vital component to any office that seeks to create a productive culture and foster employee well-being.

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7 Things To Gut-Check Before Confronting A Coworker

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Perhaps some of the best career advice was given by rapper Ice Cube back in 1992/93 when he grabbed the mic and said, “Check yourself before your wreck yourself.”

While Ice Cube’s second hit single from his third solo album was talking about confrontations in a different setting, the message — as explained by UrbanDictionary.com — remains the same: you should take a step back and examine your emotions before making a rash decision. At work, it’s imperative that you not let your emotions or the heat of the moment get the better of you, whether in a conversation with a coworker and especially when dealing with a superior.

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The Fraud Who Isn't

Psychology Today

While personality and intelligence may be the seeds of impostorism, it needs a certain type of environment in which to sprout (or, shall we say, fester). Marilyn Puder-York, a clinical psychologist and executive coach, frequently treats high-achieving clients with aspects of IP and sees a common element in their background: parents who placed outsize emphasis on their academic credentials. “They were afraid of not being good enough, of being abandoned in some way by a family who wanted a successful child,” she says. “Their ambition was driven by a desire to avoid shame.”

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How to Remain Productive with Change

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Change is constant.

And change is good, says Marilyn Puder-York, PhD, a psychologist, executive coach, and author of The Office Survival Guide. “In different stages in life, productivity may be defined differently because life gets more complicated, tasks get more strategic in addition to being tactical, roles change, we have more to do, more people to take care of, and things become more complicated,” Puder-York says.

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How to Transition From Work to Life

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You’re an executive or an individual with a demanding job. You don’t have enough time for your personal life. You have way too many e-mails to read, and you think about work when you go home at night.

As an individual with this type of position, how can you possibly free your mind from work, when work never really goes away in today’s technology-driven society? This is an issue, right? The question is: do you want more leisure time?

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I've Got Spirit, Yes I Do!
I've Got Spirit, Yes I Do!

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Getting ahead doesn't mean shouting your accomplishments through a bullhorn at the next meeting, but it also doesn't mean waiting out the game on the bench. You just have to know the right way to cheer for the home team.

According to Marilyn Puder-York, PhD, a psychologist/executive coach and author of "The Office Survival Guide," (McGraw-Hill, 2005), when it comes to tooting your own horn, there are three things you need to consider: What's your particular office culture? What personality does your boss have? And was the success just yours or did it belong to a group?

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7 Tips to Actually Succeed at Your Digital Detox

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Stop Blaming Your Job

There are some people with high-risk jobs who have to check email at all hours. (Hi, Barack Obama.) But there are many others who don’t need to — and do so anyway. “That’s unhealthy because there’s not a reason for your nervous system to be wired to ‘workaholic,’” says Marilyn Puder-York, Ph.D., a psychologist and executive coach for CEOs and executives in New York City. If you’re responding to emails at 10 p.m. because you decide to, not because your job dictates, take a step back. Tell yourself you can check your inbox — but that you’re not going to respond unless it’s something really important.

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6 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance
6 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

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A lot of overachievers develop perfectionist tendencies at a young age when demands on their time are limited to school, hobbies and maybe an after-school job. It’s easier to maintain that perfectionist habit as a kid, but as you grow up, life gets more complicated. As you climb the ladder at work and as your family grows, your responsibilities mushroom. Perfectionism becomes out of reach, and if that habit is left unchecked, it can become destructive, says executive coach Marilyn Puder-York, PhD, who wrote The Office Survival Guide.

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AOL Boss Blew it in Public Firing
AOL Boss Blew it in Public Firing

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By Marilyn Puder-York

On Friday, AOL chief Tim Armstrong apparently fired AOL Patch.com Creative Director Abel Lenz during a conference call with some 1,000 employees listening.

The CEO was explaining changes at Patch that would reduce the number of sites in its local news network from 900 to 600. During the call, according to a number of sources, Armstrong told Lenz

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6 Tips for Dealing With a Passive Boss
6 Tips for Dealing With a Passive Boss

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When you're forced to manage the manager. Your boss's behavior has left you trying to figure out how to best approach him or her on a regular basis. "It puts responsibilities on the employee to best manage that particular boss with that particular personality," says Marilyn Puder-York, a licensed psychologist and author of "The Office Survival Guide."

Take personality into consideration. Before raising the issue with your boss, account for his or her personality. A passive boss isn't necessarily a sensitive one. However, he or she may combine both traits. Whatever the combination, tailor your approach accordingly. "You have to act on a strategy that's going to match who this guy or gal is … and then figure out a script," Puder-York says.

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