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The Brief: These Are the Cities Where Single Women Are Bringing Home Major Money

Top Dogs

Want to work in a city where the wage gap is a thing of fiction? Well, that probably won’t happen anytime soon but there are cities where single women outearn men. According to an analysis from the Web-based real estate company Redfin that analyzed 2014 census data, Washington D.C. is where it’s at. Over 4 percent of single women earn over $100,000—compared with 0.84 percent of single men. Not too shabby. Boston, San Francisco (the only West Coast city to make it), New York, NY and Baltimore, MD made the cut for cities where the highest percentage of females are making at least $100K a year. “In superstar cities across the country, the number of single women making six figures outpaces the number of men,” says Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “That’s a great counterpoint to the disappointing reality that the U.S. is still far from having equal pay between sexes. It must be balanced by the fact that as women marry and have children their earning potential is hampered by rigid employer practices, expensive child care and lack of maternal leave. Regardless of the gender—it’s still really hard to afford a home with only one income in many cities, even if it is in the six figures!”

Sweet Jams

Listening to some sweet tunes on your phone at your desk? Do your whole office a favor and unplug your earphones. You may just help your team bond more. In a study with three groups that consisted of participants playing games where they were given money while listening to well-known happy music, lesser known but still happy music and no music at all it was found that the teams that heard happy music were much more likely to share their wealth. “People listening to happy music tend to generate higher contributions to the public good,” the researchers wrote. This is great to hear but you also have to remember that everyone may not like the same music and music can also be distracting to productivity.

Chow Time

College is already awesome. The parties, the schedules, oh and that whole studying your passion thing but it just got even better for students. On Tuesday, Chipotle said it will offer two new promotions during the month of September, one for college students and another for families. That’s on top of the chain’s new Chiptopia loyalty program, which gives out free entrees after a set number of purchases. Parents can get free meals for their kids and now high school and college students who present a valid school ID can get a free drink with the purchase of an entree. If that isn’t motivation for going back to school then what is? These kids live in a world with Snapchat and free Chipotle?! Ugh jealous. What about the discount for people who work all day and write about how great Chipotle is all the time that some of their friends are starting to think they are weird? Where is that discount?

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The 10 biggest moments for women this summer since it is the last day of August! Woo!

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How to Get Out the Door Faster in the Morning

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Most of us just accept the morning rush — we’re resigned to the idea that the time between waking up and getting to work is going to be hectic and harried. But it doesn’t need to be that way, and you can save yourself stress with some simple tricks. Beyond resisting the urge to press the snooze button, here’s how to shave time off your morning routine.

Prepare the Night Before

“The fewer choices you make in the morning, the more time you will save,” says career and business coach Rachel Ritlop.

Consider assembling your necessities in advance, advises Nancy Haworth of On Task Organizing in Raleigh, NC. Set breakfast dishes, make lunch for yourself (and the kids, if you’ve got ’em), stick your purse by the door, and place your packed gym bag in the car. Doing this can help you manage any unexpected time drains — like searching for your wallet — and keep you from forgetting key items for the next day.

And if you want to go a step further, try planning out a whole week of outfits at once, says stylist Elysha Lenkin. She says to give yourself about 45 minutes each Sunday night to sort through your closet and select your clothes for the week, checking the weather report as needed. “The beauty of picking your clothes ahead of time [is that it] makes the process more relaxing — and fun,” she says.

Organize Your House in Stations

When you don’t have to run around from area to area, you’ll automatically reduce the time it takes to get ready. For example, professional organizer Darla DeMorrow suggests arranging your dresser, hamper, and closet to be as close to each other as possible to “create an assembly line flow.” (No more running back and forth between the closet and the full-length mirror.)

You can do the same thing in the kitchen by setting up a breakfast station: Create a space for your coffee maker and mugs; place cereal boxes, bowls and spoons together; or keep your blender near smoothie cups and straws.

Bogged down with hair and makeup? Rethink the layout of your medicine cabinet and vanity. Jamie Novak, author of 1,000 Best Quick and Easy Time-Saving Strategies, suggests separating your everyday makeup and products from the items you use less frequently and putting them into a single case or section of a drawer. If you can’t get enough organizing, you can lay out your makeup products in the order you’ll use them, like YouTube beauty vlogger Tesia Kuh. Her assembly line method saves her from digging through her makeup bag each morning.

Finally, you can turn the most high-traffic area of your home into a designated space where you can place — and retrieve — phones, chargers, keys, wallets, your purse, a laptop bag, and anything else you need for the day, Haworth says. That way, everything is ready for you on the way out.

Schedule Your Mornings

It can be easy to lose time munching on breakfast and scrolling through Facebook, so why not schedule the morning into chunks? Along with your wake-up alarm, Haworth suggests setting one for each morning task, such as showering, applying makeup, and eating breakfast. This will keep you from taking too long on any one activity and motivate you to keep moving before the alarm sounds.

If this feels too regimented, Novak suggests at the very least putting a clock in your bathroom so you can keep track of the time, or setting a timer to sound 10 minutes before you need to be out the door as a gentle reminder that it’s time to get going.

If you find that you’re unable to tear yourself away from your phone or TV to stick to your schedule, try staying standing while you read/watch TV/scroll Twitter, says Rashelle Isip, an organization, time management, and productivity consultant and author of The Order Expert’s Guide to Time Management. “The idea here is to spend the least amount of time getting the information you need,” she says, so don’t get too comfortable. Stay on your feet and you’ll be less likely to get stuck in a timesuck.

Find a Faster Route to Work

After prepping the night before, sticking to your stations, and keeping a tight schedule, your improved mornings can be totally bogged down by an awful commute. If this is the case, Isip suggests finding a different travel route — or even a different method of transportation. While it may take a day or two of experimentation to see what works in your city or town, it’s worth finding out if you can save some precious minutes.

“Simply traveling down a different street, or taking the express train instead of the local and walking a couple of blocks to the office, might save you several minutes in the morning,” she says. Try Google Maps, Waze, TransitApp, or MapMyWalk to help plan a new route. Or consider taking the bus or a train instead of driving so you can save those minutes you spend answering emails until you’re en route, making your commute more productive.

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The Brief: Turns Out Pizza is the Key To Being More Productive At Work

Pizza For Everyone!

Hey, it worked for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  It turns out that pizza, the best food ever, may be the key to being more productive at work. In a study from psychologist Dan Ariely’s new book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations it was found that the promise of a slice of yummy pizza could be the most effective driver for employees. In the study participants were sent one of three messages at the start of the week, promising them either pizza, a cash bonus, or compliments from the boss in the form of a text message. There was a control group that received no messages to compare to for productivity levels.  Interestingly enough the cash incentive gradually decreased productivity by 6.5 percent, but pizza and compliments kept employees above the productivity baseline set by the control group. Because at the end of the day all we want is to be told we are pretty and given a slice of cheese pizza.

Take a Bite

Do you like Shark Tank? Well Apple TV may have your next favorite show except this time with more celebrity entrepreneurs. According to TechCrunch, Planet of the Apps is an original reality TV show that is going to air exclusively on Apple Music and focus on the app economy. It will feature app developers and the teams will receive advice from mentors, funding from “top-tier VCs”, such as Lightspeed Venture Partners, and App Store promotion. And some of those mentors include Will.i.am, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk and now Jessica Alba. Alba is founder of the very successful The Honest Company. “As a mentor on ‘Planet of the Apps,’ I’m looking forward to meeting entrepreneurs looking to address a problem with an innovative solution, and to help them realize their vision,” Alba said to Variety. “I can’t wait to see the ideas the app developers bring to the table.” The open casting call for “Planet of the Apps” was originally scheduled to end on Aug. 26, but has been extended through Sept. 21. To be eligible for the show, prospective candidates must agree to have an iOS, macOS, tvOS, or watchOS app in a beta or functional state by Oct. 21.

And Now It Talks…

Just when you thought the Pumpkin Spice Latte craze couldn’t get any bigger, they brought a talking robot into the mix. Starbucks has launched a chat on Facebook Messenger called “The Real PSL” to make it easier for customers to communicate with the flavored drink. But what are all these people telling it? Their hopes and dreams? That they like it better than McDonald’s PSL drink? Or is it kind of a Wizard of Oz-type thing where you ask for virtues you think you are missing? But this PSL does talk and has a bit of an attitude it seems. It asks questions such as, “What emoji do you think describes me best?” and says“Look into your PSL… and you will find the answer” or “Well one time I learned to skate and that seems pretty relevant.” It’s kind of Yoda meets….a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte. We are pretty much days away from an animated PSL cartoon series. There are some fan questions and weird PSL trivia questions. Basically this is just an extraordinary but delightful way to waste your time during this pre-fall season. That’s right you are in pre-fall.

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Cameron Diaz who turns 44 today! From The Mask to Charlie’s Angels to The Holiday (the Pumpkin Spice Latte of holiday films) to The Body Book, we are big fans! “Instead of worrying about what we don’t have, is just love what we do have.” -Cameron Diaz.

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How To Turn Your Internship Into a Job in a Few Simple Steps

Good news interns. You are getting job offers at record levels this year!  According to the Wall Street Journal, about 72% of interns received offer letters at the end of their internships up from 58.9% in 2015. So how did they do it? Well, maybe they were just lucky, but we think they probably followed some of these rules. Levo talked with millennial career expert Jill Jacinto to get the scoop on what interns should do to turn that stint into a full time gig. 

RELATED: 5 Perks to Internships for College Graduates

Be Proactive

Jacinto says, “Now, more than ever managers are looking for self-starters. Do not sit back and wait until work is handed off to you. Always seek out ways in which you can help the company. Something as seemingly meaningless as reorganizing the break room, sorting out inventory, filing press lists will help the company in a major way.”

Be Interested

We’ve already talked about doing more than just the task at hand, but also take a look at the industry of the company you so very much want to work for. Get to know the different roles in the company, analyze your competitors, research the company’s history. You may have just finished school but real life requires homework also.

Don’t Act Entitled

It isn’t a true stereotype of millennials, but it is one we are plagued with so don’t give any of your superiors any ammunition. You have to walk a very line between confidence and also being super humble.

Volunteer

Is someone going to be out on maternity leave,  do they need someone to do check in at an event, or do the social media at a conference? Let that someone be you. Don’t hesitate to raise your arm. Show that you are willing to learn and help the company in various different departments.

Be Very Clear

You need to make it well known that you would like a job at this company. If you aren’t clear about your objective, how will they actually know? You want to make it known that you want to be more than intern.

Get in Their Face

But not in a bad way. You should reach out to connect with people at the company on social media but also shake their hands when you are leaving and write a good old-fashioned thank you note.

Get the Details

Jacinto says, “Once you have been offered the job, I always recommend that interns schedule a meeting with their new employer. They should be very clear about the goals and accomplishments that are expected of them, the time line of the internship and how they can succeed to put them in the running for an entry level job with the company. I’ve seen many companies hire a bevy of interns and keep them at that level for years – do not let that happen to you.”

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Why You Should Be Improving Your Mindfulness at Work

It comes without saying that mindfulness, or the act of “knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment”, has become a very popular practice. “One who masters their own mind moves joyfully through life and makes an art of just being“, and being mindful can help you do just that.

It might seem to some that mindfulness is just another new age trend, but the potential benefits that it represents, both personally and professionally, are backed by solid, verifiable science. So since we spend the equivalent of a solid 11 years of our life at work on average, and “a stressful workplace could take 33 years off your life expectancy“, should more of us be making an active effort to keep ourselves mindful at work?

Workplace stress takes credit for a whopping 40% of all work related illnesses! This just goes to show just how important it is to learn how to combat modern day work related stresses, so that they don’t eventually overwhelm us.

But London is the “most stressed out” city in the U.K, which unfortunately lends itself to the conclusion that we need all the help we can get when it comes to dealing with stress. And for many people, that help comes in the form of mindfulness.

According to recent research, mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, increase charisma, and improve sales at work, so the implications of mindfulness in the workplace are enormous according to Ellen Langer, a Psychology professor at Harvard University. In fact, the Harvard Business Review went so far as to say that:

“Mindfulness should no longer be considered a “nice-to-have” for executives. It’s a “must-have”: a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress.”

According to the NHS, “Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better.” Neuroscientists have also taken a great deal of interest in the effects of mindfulness on the brain, and found that practicing mindfulness affects brain areas related to perception, body awareness, pain tolerance, emotion regulation, introspection, complex thinking, and sense of self. Studies have also shown that mindfulness can be an effective treatment for depression.

So are there any downsides to mindfulness?

Dr Florian Ruths, a consultant psychologist, has said “Mindfulness is delivered to potentially vulnerable people with mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety, so the practice needs to be taught by people who know the basics about those illnesses. Unfortunately, the rising hype surrounding mindfulness and its benefits has begun to cause those in the industry to worry that the standard of training for mindfulness coaches is slipping, while the demand for them is climbing.

But mindfulness should not be treated as a cure-all magic formula for work woes and mental health issues. The same practices and therapies don’t necessarily work for everyone, and mindfulness has it’s own share of potential drawbacks. An important thing to remember when dealing with stress and mental illness is that everyone is different, so it can take time to find the right coping methods that work for you. But if you are interested in learning more about mindfulness, there are plenty of courses you can try.

If you feel that your job is adversely affecting your stress levels and mental health, you should talk to one of your superiors. They have a duty to care for you, and if they fail to meet that, then you are under no obligation to stick around. Remember, your mental health and well being in the workplace are more important than any job.

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The Brief: Millennials Still Job Hop Like It’s Their, Well, Job

Hop To It

In unsurprising news, millennials are the generation most likely to job hop. A new Gallop poll found that 21% of millennial employees (people born between 1980 and 1996) have changed jobs within the past year. Seventy-one percent of employees in the millennial generation are either not engaged or actively disengaged at work, according to the report. And though it used to be looked at negatively, nowadays it doesn’t have as bad a rep. According to Gallup, millennials who are engaged at work are 26% less likely than millennials who aren’t engaged to say they would consider taking a job with a different company for a raise of 20% or less. Engaged millennials are also 64% less likely to say they will switch jobs if the job market improves in the next 12 months compared with millennials who are actively disengaged who say the same. (Related: Is Applying For Jobs Using Snapchat the New Normal?)

Bringing Home the Bread

Even though Women’s Equality Day already passed, we still need to be reminded of the wage gap and the work that needs to be done. That is why we are so thrilled to announce the launch of the The Breadwinners Project, an initiative launched by consultancy firm Hello Q and dedicated to supporting female breadwinners in the United States and finding out what drives them. Levo member Alisa Leonard told us, “As a new mom, entrepreneur and the primary breadwinner for my family, I was inspired to celebrate other female breadwinners. So many of my friends are the primary or sole breadwinners for their families, and with almost half of household breadwinners in the U.S. now women (40% at last count in 2013 and growing), the discussion around equal pay is imperative. Its not a women’s issue. It’s an economic issue. Its an everyone issue.” You can check out the profiles of more awesome women like Alisa on the Breadwinners Project website. Plus take their survey and purchase the adorable #Breadwinners Tote here. (Related: What Does the Wage Gap Really Cost You? A Lot)

Duty Calls

In case you hadn’t heard last night was the MTV Video Music Awards. Though we were totally distracted by Beyonce and Blue Ivy’s ridiculously chic ensembles, Ariana Grande basically doing SoulCycle on stage (and yes, I too also always wear a plastic visor, tulle coat, white silk genie pants and high heeled boots to class. Don’t you?), Britney Spears’s return, and Alicia Keyes going sans makeup (not sure why she got so much attention. I do that all the time and no one says anything) but we couldn’t help but notice that Taylor Swift was missing. Turns out she had something more pressing. She was performing her civic duty! The Grammy winner reported for jury duty in Nashville this morning much to the delight of her fellow jurors who got some snaps and grams in. But it looks like Swift will not be returning to the court as she has been dismissed as a potential juror in an aggravated rape and kidnapping case because she has a pending civil case involving sexual assault. Too bad for the jurors that were picked as the one thing that could make jury duty super fun would be having Taylor Swift sitting with you there all day. (Related: A Millennial Life Through Taylor Swift Songs)

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Gotta give it to Beyonce’s Lemonade medley at the VMAs last night! Mind blowing! Y’all came to slay!

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Stay Dry This Summer With These Genius Sweat Hacks

How To Look Professional When It Is Super Humid Outside

Even though Labor Day is almost here, we are still finding ourselves drenched in sweat by the time we get to the office. And you know heat waves can last far into September. So in an attempt to have you not show up at work like a sweat monster we went to experts who spilled all the style, hair, and makeup intel you need to stay flawless from the moment you lock your front door all the way through happy hour.

Stay Cool With These Clothes

When it comes to picking out a summer wardrobe, the fabric and choice colors are make-or-break decisions. “Dressing professionally in summer can be unbearable if you’re not dressed appropriately,” says Robin Fisher, CEO and Chief Stylist of Polished Image and Style. If you’ve ever wished you could transport yourself back into Polar Vortex temperatures just to escape the sweltering heat, you know what she’s talking about. Avoid a re-do with these tips: 

  • Look for Natural Fabrics: “Cotton, silk, linen, and even light wool are fabrics that breathe,” says Fisher. Synthetic fabrics like nylon, viscose, and other non-natural fibers that add stretch also trap heat. “Sometimes there’s as much as 20 or 25 percent of a synthetic fiber in a piece of clothing. In summer, if you can get it between 3 and 8 percent, you’ll feel cooler,” says Fisher. She suggests checking out Madewell, Ann Taylor, and Gap for some fashionable 100 percent cotton options. Bonus: cotton hides sweat more than other fabrics!
  • Wear Light Colors: This one doesn’t just keep you as sweat-free as possible, it’ll also help you seem more seasonally in-tune. Colors like black, navy blue, and burgundy attract light, which is the opposite of what you want to do when the sun is blazing down on you. Instead, when you need a neutral, opt for lighter tones like gray and beige.
  • Dress It Up: Pack up your pants until the leaves start changing! “I recommend women build up an assortment of dresses,” says Fisher. “They’re often 100 percent cotton and so much better than pants during the summer.” Sara, a 25-year-old magazine editor, agrees. “Easy sundresses that fall at the knee let you stay airy all over,” she says. She also likes to use Lush’s Silky Underwear Dusting Powder all over before getting dressed to absorb moisture. “Then stash a no-wrinkle blazer in your bag or at your desk if the office is chilly or you need to be covered up,” she says.

One final tip: keep a travel-size supply of makeup removal or baby wipes on hand. “They’re great for lifting deodorant stains out of clothes,” Fisher says.

Heat-Proof Your Hair

Whether your hair is straight and fine or huge and curly, the heat can pose a problem in giving off the vibe you’d like. “People respond differently to you when you look polished. When you look great, you feel great and present yourself in a more professional manner. Then people can sense that, and they’re more receptive to you,” says Victoria Stiles, a celebrity hair and makeup artist. Here are her best hot-weather hair techniques.

  • Keep Curls Intact: If you’re into curl definition, it can be annoying when humidity turns your ringlets into one big mass, so try Stiles’ favorite tip, which requires you to DIY like a beauty-loving mad scientist: “For curly hair, you can spray just a little witch hazel mixed with water on the hair. It revives curls and reduces frizz.” If you want extra protection, look for anti-humectant product like Oribe’s Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray for extra moisture-repelling action.
  • Become BFF With Dry Shampoo: Don’t let the fear of wilted hair stop you from squeezing some exercise before work! Just spritz on dry shampoo to give it some oomph. “My favorite dry shampoo is by Batiste. Spray it at the root and it looks fresh, washed, and ready to go,” says Stiles. With dry shampoo in general, make sure to double-check that it’s fully absorbed, especially if you’ve got dark hair.
  • When All Else Fails, Accessorize: “I love using accessories! They’re a great way to camouflage a look that’s deflating throughout the day,” says Stiles. Find a pretty flower pin to give off a summer-y vibe while scooping hair back into a polished bun, or slide on a headband to keep fly-aways from cramping your style. You can also take this as a chance to try some Pinterest-worthy updos to lift hair away from your neck.

Keep Melting Makeup at Bay

The fiercest outfit in the world won’t impress your boss if your makeup is halfway down your face! Follow Stiles’ tips for budge-proof makeup that will help you give off a “just got back from Mexico” glow, even if you’ve been chained to your desk.

  • Stop sweat: Stiles has a secret weapon against sweating that she often uses while working on television sets: facial antiperspirant. Yes, it exists! “It’s safe to use every day and isn’t going to clog your pores or make you break out,” she says of Michael Davy Sweat Stop Anti-Perspirant Skin Prep, which is only available for order online (you can also look for in-store versions like Neat 3B Face Saver Gel).
  • Face: Whether your skin is oily or dry, in summer, oil-free foundation is key. “I enjoy using powder foundation for summertime because it has an easy application and is oil-absorbent,” says Stiles. If you’re a liquid foundation girl through and through, look out for water-based varieties like Ponds Luminous Finish BB Cream to keep you from oil overload. And if even that won’t stop your skin’s determination to shine, Stiles recommends applying MAC’s Matte cream before foundation to soak up moisture. And be sure to carry a few oil-blotting papers around with you to freshen up throughout the day. Just make sure to press them into the skin to keep your makeup perfectly intact.
  • Cheeks and Lips: Flushed cheeks can help it seem like there’s some pep in your step, even when it’s 5:00 p.m. and you still have a report to finish. Stiles likes to find cheek products that do double duty as lip color so you can quickly freshen up your look while jetting around. She’s into IT Cosmetics’s Vitality Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lip and Cheek Stain Stick. “It gives cheeks and lips a little supple color and sheen without being heavy,” Stiles says.
  • Eyes: For eyeliner, Stiles relies on Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. But as tempting as it may be to reach for waterproof mascara to evade midday raccoon eyes, Stiles cautions against it. They’re great for the occasional beach day, but can dry lashes if you use them every day. Instead, she recommends the water-resistant Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced. “When I first saw it, I thought, ‘What a name!’ Then I put it on, and it volumized and lengthened my wimpy lashes so much and stayed put in the heat,” says Stiles.
  • Add a Glow: “Illuminators are generally in products that go all over the face for a healthy glow. Highlighters usually go in places on the face you want to bring forward, like cheekbones,” says Stiles. While you can apply an illuminator like Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer to your entire face, you should use a highlighter like Benefit’s High Beam “You don’t want to look overly greasy. The trick is to keeping it right along your cheekbones,” Stiles says. Then, smile, and apply blush to the apples of your cheeks for some dimension without Kardashian-level contouring. 

After that, if you want to be especially careful, you can use a setting spray like this one from Urban Decay to lock in your look.

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How to Deal When You’re SUPER Mad at a Co-Worker

Whether you love your job or you hate it, there are going to be some days when your co-workers make you want to three-hole-punch a cubicle wall. In fights with your parents,siblings or S.O., you have a little bit more leeway when it comes to blowing a fuse, but when there’s a conflict at work, the rules are totally different. Because they come from HR. If you’re stressed out about a conflict with a co-worker, here are some tips to help you keep your cool — and your job.

1. Recognize that there’s conflict because you care. Disagreements at work are inevitable, particularly if your company’s in the middle of major changes like a merger or realigning a business strategy. If you’re engaged and passionate about your job and you feel like you’re constantly voicing the outside opinion or butting heads with your co-workers, that’s not necessarily a bad thing — as long as you do it respectfully.

2. Before you lose it, think about how you’ll feel months from now. If you plan on sticking with this job for awhile, it’s definitely worth resolving an argument with an officemate as smoothly as possible. But even if you’re dead set on leaving, don’t give into the temptation to flip the conference room table — or flip everyone the bird — on your way out. If you give into anger, you could burn a bridge with valuable contacts and future references who might disagree with how you handled the situation, and it’ll make it a lot tougher to answer that “Tell us about a time when you had a conflict at work” interview question and come out smelling like roses.

3. Don’t put out a bulletin on the office gossip line. If you’re having an issue with someone at work, keep it quiet. Not only is it unprofessional to go around bitching to your mutual colleagues, it could also backfire on you if what you say is repeated. Plus, it unfairly drags in other people and might make them uncomfortable working with you or that co-worker in the future when they wouldn’t have otherwise. If you really need to vent, you can furiously type it out to your friends on Gchat.

4. Ask what’s up and clear the air. As with any disagreement, it’s much better to address an issue that’s bothering you head-on than to let it fester while you wait for the other person to apologize. They may have no idea they did anything to upset you (how were they supposed to know that was your yogurt in the office fridge?). Without being accusatory or assuming that they purposely set out to upset you, ask them to explain why they did or said something a certain way. The answer might have nothing to do with you at all.

5. Schedule some face time. It’s so easy to misinterpret tone over email or Slack, even if you’re couching every statement with smiley emoticons. And the written-word wars only escalate if you’re both already feeling defensive. If you’re having an issue with a co-worker, it’s best to sit down with them to discuss it face-to-face.

6. Be careful with your words. You should never storm into someone’s office ready to throw all the blame on them. Recognize your role in the conflict, and apologize if necessary. If it really does feel one-sided, it’s still best to avoid putting things in terms of “you did this” or “I hate when you” or “what the eff were you thinking when you,” etc. Try something like “I noticed in the meeting that X, and I felt…” or “When you do this, it makes me feel…” Really, this is a standard tip that will help you with arguments anywhere, even outside your nine-to-five.

7. Find a mediator. If the conflict is too big or volatile for you and your co-worker to resolve among yourselves — we’re talking without reserving the conference room for a 2pm death match — you might need to ask a boss or HR manager for help (especially if you think your co-worker is coming at you for reasons that are discriminatory). If they’re lashing out or just plain not letting you talk, calmly press pause on the conversation and suggest that you bring in someone to help the two of you finish talking things through. It should be someone that both of you trust to be impartial — so, not your work wife who you eat lunch with every day.

8. Go back to your desk, take a deep breath and watch clips of The Office on YouTube. If all else fails, rest assured that there are far worse co-workers out there than yours. Whether they’re British or American.

 

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The Brief: Everyone You Know Is Telling This Lie on Their Résumé

Relaxed Fit

It has been said that you should always dress for the job you want, not the one you have. This would mean then that you would probably be dressed more formally than your colleagues or even your boss. Research has shown that dressing up for work can help you focus and feel more confident but part of that is because you are dressed differently than your coworkers. So, conversely, if you dress more casually than them you could also feel powerful. This is known as the the “red sneakers effect” and was originally coined by Harvard B-School researchers so you know it is legit. In one study authors described two male college professors. One was in a suit and clean shaven while the other wore a t-shirt and hadn’t shaved in a while. When asked to rate the professors the students preferred Mr.Messy, but only once they were told the school had a strict dress code. Basically they were inspired because he was a bad ass who broke the attire rules. They respected his confidence. But this doesn’t mean you should literally roll out of bed and wear that to work. It has to be a kind of planned messiness. Maybe a leather jacket or a slightly teared pair of jeans, but don’t do it on the day you are in front of your boss the whole time or HR.

 

No Comprende

Hey, we all embellish a little on our résumé. How else can we expect to get jobs? But it seems that the majority of people tend to exaggerate this one skill and they really should stop. Language-learning app Babbel recently surveyed 3,000 English speakers in the U.S. and the U.K., and discovered that one in eight people (12 percent) have exaggerated their language skills on their résumés. They say they are proficient in a second language when they so aren’t. Hey, I am not thrilled that after three years of speaking French terribly I then switched to Spanish so I could also be terrible at that so now I know (un poco/un petit peu)  teeny tiny amounts of each, but I am not going to lie about it. Yes, I am super jealous when I meet a person that speaks several languages or a 4-year-old child that can, but I’d rather not be caught in a lie at work when the person interviewing you actually does speak German. Just know your stuff. Comprende?

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Canine Caffeine

It’s National Dog Day! We do love our four-legged friends. You will never find someone so happy to see you when you come home. Seriously. And now we can give our dogs a little something back besides belly rubs and chicken scraps. They can come to Starbucks with us and get their very own treat. No seriously I’m not making this up. The coffee chain has a secret dog menu which serves it’s famous Puppuccino (really, I’m not making this up!) The beverage is whipped cream in a espresso cup filled way above the top for your dog’s enjoyment.  Umm that sounds delicious. Would it be weird if I ordered one?

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Women’s Equality Day! It falls on the 26th of August every year to commemorate the passing of the 19th Amendment (women’s right to vote) on that day in 1920. Here are 25 quotes from amazing women to inspire you! 

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The History of Women's Equality Day

The History of Women’s Equality Day

It’s the end of August—the summer is coming to a close; kids’ lazy days are now filled with school. You can feel the tide shifting. Which is why it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. It falls on the 26th of August every year to commemorate the passing of the 19th Amendment (women’s right to vote) on that day in 1920. Our friends at Catalyst created this quote-filled, historical infographic, featuring change-makers like Abigail Adams, to mark the day. Check it out, share it, celebrate, make sure you’re registered to vote, and get inspired by quotes from our favorite female influencers.

Women's Equality Day Infographic

Photos: Thinkstock; Catalyst