When work stress reaches a boiling point

When work stress reaches a boiling point

Chef Miguel Garcia was just minutes away from the start of a five-course, 550-person banquet for the Montecristo Cup Conference + Golf Tournament in Puerto Rico. That’s when he discovered something was wrong with the artichoke soup.

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The anti-Amazons? The case for shorter workdays

The anti-Amazons? The case for shorter workdays

Editor's Note (17 August 2015): In light of news of Amazon.com's working conditions, BBC Capital is bringing back this piece from our archives. A look at companies that say shorter days make for much more productive workers, and those who say it simply doesn't work.

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Life lessons from villains, crooks and gangsters

Life lessons from villains, crooks and gangsters

A notorious Mexican drug baron’s audacious escape from prison in July doesn’t, at first, appear to have much to teach corporate boards.

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Same job, different salaries?/

Same job, different salaries?/

It can happen to the best of us. You think that you have done a stellar job of negotiating your compensation package only to find out shortly after you start that your pay is substantially lower than a colleague in the same position.

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Do CEOs ever really take time off?

Do CEOs ever really take time off?

Over the long weeks of summer even the busiest executives want to spend time away from their office.

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Less pay for more fun? Maybe

Less pay for more fun? Maybe

Maybe millennials aren’t such a mystery anymore.

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How to play office politics the smart way

How to play office politics the smart way

How many times have you groaned aloud about office politics? Many people just wish they’d be judged on the quality of their work alone, not on how well they play the game or where they stand in the political hierarchy.

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How to pull yourself back from the brink

How to pull yourself back from the brink

Imagine trying to bounce back after losing your marriage and potentially the highly successful business you built from scratch, overnight. 

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Rebuilding a city brick by brick

Rebuilding a city brick by brick

As the winter chill begins to bite in Christchurch, New Zealand, construction worker Rizolino Loberiza yearns for a warm corner of the Philippines, the island of Mindanao.

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How rude! Could your smartphone ruin your career?

How rude! Could your smartphone ruin your career?

Q: I recently attended a work event at which a very senior national political leader spoke. To my surprise, several people blatantly checked their phones throughout the talk, and one person at my table got up in the middle, announcing that he had a meeting. Unless his meeting was with the Head of State, he was definitely being rude. How do ethics interact with etiquette in such a situation?

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Your house or mine: The life of couples who live apart

Your house or mine: The life of couples who live apart

When Pamela Juliano makes plans with her husband of 31 years, they have to compare schedules, just like any other dual-career couple. But unlike other couples, they have to decide whose house they’ll stay in for the weekend.

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Why we love these relics

Why we love these relics

When Keith South presses the trigger on his folding roll film camera from 1927, he’s reconnecting with family history. The modest German import, of uncertain make, would sell for a paltry sum, but to the 51-year-old database manager it’s a priceless portal to the past.

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 A silent struggle in the workplace

A silent struggle in the workplace

When one of the process operators at SaskPower showed signs of Alzheimer’s disease in his mid-50s, his managers at the electric power company in Saskatchewan, Canada, realised he could pose a safety risk. They knew he could no longer be responsible for their turbines, generators, boilers and other equipment.

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The secret to writing the perfect email

The secret to writing the perfect email

E-mail; love it or loathe it, it’s not going away — especially in the workplace. Business email traffic accounted for 55% of all emails sent worldwide per day in 2014 – that’s an average of 121 emails sent and received per day by each one of us. With all those electronic messages flying around, it’s no wonder we get it wrong so often.

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Find it, fix it: Problem solve like a boss

Find it, fix it: Problem solve like a boss

In 2009, Robert Wahbe took control of a $20b division of Microsoft, with hundreds of managers and tens of thousands of employees. But there was one huge problem — a communication chasm between departments, resulting in lost deals and hours of lost productivity.

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Forget the boys’ club, welcome to the girls’ club

Forget the boys’ club, welcome to the girls’ club

Start-up culture has a bad reputation when it comes to women — and for good reason.

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Slacking off, or just silently sick?

Slacking off, or just silently sick?

At some point, we all get sick and have to miss a day or two of work. But what if you have a serious medical issue that requires frequent doctors’ appointments — and your absences begin to hurt your work and professional relationships?

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How to buy an electric vehicle

How to buy an electric vehicle

Sven Thesen describes himself as an electric car evangelist.

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The way we work is changing — and fast

The way we work is changing — and fast

The way we work has changed profoundly in the last two decades as the pace of technology, growth and the on-demand global workplace increases. But what does that mean for the rules of work—for those of us already in it and young professionals starting their careers?

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The growing cult of ‘try before you buy’

The growing cult of ‘try before you buy’

Have you ever purchased shoes or clothing from an online store? Remember the first time you considered it? You were probably hesitant about taking a risk on something so personal. And after you made that first digital purchase, did your friends wonder how you could do such a thing; how would you know if you liked the items or if they fit properly?

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