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If Your Job Were a Reality TV Show

Reality TV can be a blast to watch because of all the big personalities. People fight, gossip, backstab, and it’s only a matter of time before someone gets a drink thrown in their face.

And according to Buzzfeed, these archetypes aren’t limited to just the small screen. They outline 14 personalities you’re likely to encounter in both the hyped-up reality world and the real world (the actual real world, not The Real World).

Here are our top three reality personas as they relate to the working world, and how you can survive them.

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What To Do When Your Boss is Laid Off

Your world just got shaken up; how do you handle it?

You walk into work as usual, but your boss isn’t there. You figure they’re at a doctor’s appointment, or maybe they had to bring their kid to school, so you go about your day like any other day. But they never show up. Eventually your boss’ boss calls you in for a discussion, and that’s when you find out they’ve been let go.

Maybe they did something wrong, or maybe it was a mutual decision. Regardless of the reason, your job is in for some major changes, at least in the short term, and probably a new boss.

What questions should you ask yourself? What does this mean for your job? Take a deep breath and review these tips.

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How to Give Your Two-Week Notice

Maybe you got a job offer, have to move cross-country to be with your spouse, or just really want out of your job. Whatever the reason, you want to call it quits. That means it’s time to give a two-week notice.

Employers don’t give two-weeks notice when they fire employees, so having to do the same on your end might not seem fair. However, if you want to leave on good terms, it’s more or less a required action on your part. But how exactly do you give your two-week notice?

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Getting Around Negative Gossip at Work

You’re proud of the work you put in while on the job. But one day you walk by the breakroom and hear a co-worker say you frequently miss deadlines, come into work late, or steal their ideas for presentations.

Office gossip can be incredibly demoralizing, especially if you’re new on the job. Someone is spreading lies about you, but it’s their word against yours; is there really anything you can do about it? (more…)

Staying Fit with a Desk Job

If you have a desk job, odds are you sit. A lot. You write documents, organize files, and take phone calls—all deskbound.

And a sedentary lifestyle often leads to weight gain. CareerBuilder found that 56% of workers believe they are overweight, and 45% believe they’ve gained weight at their present job. The interesting part? The same study found that over a quarter of these employees were provided wellness benefits by their employers, but 63% didn’t take advantage of them!

If you’re cubicle-confined yourself, you probably know one of the major reasons for this: exercising is hard to fit into a desk job schedule. However, there are a few things you can do during the workday to keep yourself slim and fit.

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What to Do If You Don’t Find Office Work Satisfying

Desk job got ya down? Here’s a few tips.

Day after day you sit in your cubicle, shuffling papers and filling out forms, waiting on other people to get their job done so you can finish up projects. And maybe scrolling through a few more Buzzfeed articles than you should be. Or you sit around in meetings where nothing is getting done, thinking about what’s for lunch.

In short, you’re bored of your office job.

Office life can be great for many of us, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone! If you can’t handle the tiresome tedium any longer, you really only have two choices: spice things up or look for a job in a different field.

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Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Office

When we think of workplace injuries, our thoughts turn to accidents on construction sites or unfortunate incidents involving warehouse fork-lifts. However, plenty of injuries happen in offices every day.

From tripping over electrical cords to slipping on someone’s spilled lunch, you never know what could cause an injury. Here’s a handy flyer to make sure you end up safe and sound.