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  • The U.S. presidential campaign rolls around only every four years, but, for American workers, office politics remains a never-ending reality that must be dealt with every workday, according to a recent survey from Accountemps. A clear majority of the employees surveyed said office politics exists in their workplace—often in the form of activities such as gossiping and taking credit for the work of others. Most professionals concede that in order to get ahead, they need to be involved—at least some of the time—in office politics. It's best, however, to tread carefully, as aligning with the wrong person could result in career damage. "There are certain situations in which office politics can't be avoided—it's a natural part of workplace dynamics," said Bill Driscoll, a district president for Accountemps. "The key is to understand what's at the core of politically charged situations, such as personalities or working relationships, and try to resolve issues in a tactful manner. If you must get involved, you want to be seen as the diplomat." In addition to the survey research, Accountemps has come up with a list of classic "office politicians"—along with tips on how to deal with them—and we've adapted some of those situations here. More than 1,000 U.S. workers took part in the research.

  • Over the past few years, as cyber-security has emerged as a critical business issue, corporate boards have become increasingly involved in enterprise security matters. Today, many directors seek accurate and actionable information about risks, threats and breaches. However, a recently released report, "How Boards of Directors Really Feel About Cyber Security Reports," paints a somewhat pessimistic picture of the current state of affairs. It reveals that a number of IT and security executives are on the cusp of losing their jobs because they aren't supplying essential information and necessary reports to organizational leaders. Yet, it also points out that board members said they understand what they're being told by security experts, though many also said that the data presented to them is too technical. Here's a look at some of the key findings conducted from an Osterman Research and Bay Dynamics survey of 125 enterprise executives who actively serve on a board of directors and view reports about cyber-security.

  • We often think about how much we get paid to work, especially when it's time for the annual review. But have you given much thought to how much you actually spend on job-related expenses? A recent survey on this topic from CareerBuilder may raise eyebrows, as findings reveal that professionals shell out thousands of dollars a year on average. Business clothing, for example, amounts to a triple-digit budget item every year, while commuting requires hefty payouts at the gas pump, bus stop or train station. So where can you cut corners? You can start by packing a lunch and drinking office-supplied coffee. When you buy coffee and constantly eat out or order lunch in, you spend hundreds of dollars a month in unnecessary expenses. "The cost of work is often what the rest of your budget is centered around," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "Knowing how much it amounts to can help you trim costs and make different lifestyle choices if need be. You can vow to carry lunch to work every day, stop buying coffee out, look for cheaper business clothes, etc. Managing those costs can help account for other expenses—like commuting and childcare—which won't subside." More than 3,030 workers took part in the research.

  • A majority of employees said that the expanding job market is empowering them to negotiate a higher salary, according to a recent survey from Spherion. The "Emerging Workforce Study" (EWS) indicates that many workers feel that their employers are putting less effort into retaining them than in the past. They're also not happy about the state of their work-life balance. So it should come as no surprise that a significant number of workers will be looking for a new job over the next year. The research also includes perspectives from HR managers, who admit that they struggle with turnover, as well as increasing salary demands. "The growing demands across the workforce for improved wages highlight [the fact] that employees are no longer willing to settle for just any career opportunity," said Spherion Division President Sandy Mazur. "Not only are the job market and the economy trending upward, but we are witnessing a major change in mentality with critical implications on employer-employee relationships. While salary has significantly influenced employee decisions [in the past], we've never before seen workers this motivated to improve their situation." In addition, the findings shed insights into sentiments about workplace diversity, and we've included some of that information here. More than 415 U.S. HR managers and 2,810 employees took part in the research.

  • In the course of your career, you may have had a demanding boss or two, but have you ever had one who asked you to be a chauffeur for members of her family? Feed his pets? Or help him break up with his significant other? Believe it or not, these are real-life requests that real-life managers have asked of their staffers, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. From asking for help with personal grooming to requesting a worker to plan a high school reunion, some supervisors have gone out of bounds with their expectations of what they can ask their employees to do. And while the oddball requests presented here are fairly funny, they underscore a more serious, common situation: A notable share of employees say their manager has made demands that have nothing to do with work, according to additional findings from CareerBuilder. In a number of cases, such difficulties have contributed to a worker's resignation. The takeaway: All managers should cultivate a workplace environment in which their requests of employees are about the business—not about their personal lives. More than 3,030 employees took part in the research.

  • 'Ingagement' is an ongoing way of leading people that has the power to transform your organization, your employees, you and, ultimately, your success.