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Why Your Facial Expressions at Work Can Affect Your Career

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Expressions give others clues to how you’re feeling

What’s the first thing you notice about a person? It’s generally their facial expression. And when you meet someone for the first time, you’re likely to remember if they greeted you with a big grin or a disappointing sulk. First impressions do matter, and your facial expressions can affect how people perceive you. Dr. Alan Fridlund, professor at University of California Santa Barbara, says that expressions are inherently social; they give others clues to how you’re feeling.

Facial expressions can forecast how a person’s feeling: “The face is like a switch on a railroad track,” Fridlund says. “It affects the trajectory of the social interaction the way the switch would affect the path of the train.” Studies by Dr. Fridlund and others show that expressions “occur most often during pivotal points in social interactions; during greetings, social crises, or times of appeasement.” This is where your career may be affected. Because a facial expression can give insight into how a person feels, it may be influencing how you’re perceived at work. Here are three situations where showing your gut reaction through your facial expression may affect you in the workplace.

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1. Greeting Someone in the Office Who You Don’t Like

Our general reaction to someone we don’t like is shown directly through the expression our face makes. Dr. Fridlund says that “a scowl may impel them to stay clear.” This could let the person you’re talking to, as well as the people around you, know that you don’t like them and thus be detrimental to your working relationships. When you greet someone you don’t like, a slight smile is always better than a scowl or a frown. Remember that next time you say hello to a less-than-liked colleague.

2. Your Workload is Affected Due to an Unforeseen Event

You just got three more projects dumped onto your lap when a coworker decided to take a last minute vacation. Sulking with a furrowed brow will directly show that you don’t think you can handle the situation. Dr. Fridlund tells us that “a pout may elicit words of sympathy and reassurance.” While reassurance is nice, it shouldn’t be given by force. Furthermore, psychologist James Russell, PhD, of the University of British Columbia, argues “that facial expressions tell others something about the overall character of a person’s mood–whether it’s positive or negative–and context then provides details about specific emotions.” Managing your workload well (and asking for help when necessary) will lead to a variation of facial expressions, ensuring that you don’t appear incapable of handing extra work.

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3. Receiving a Compliment on Something You Did Well

While a smile can be seen as pleasant in nature, it also may come across as smug. When given a complement on a well-completed project or task, say thank you, nod politely, and smile to acknowledge the positive comment. A long, flashy smile with all your teeth showing is overkill, especially at work. Gloating doesn’t bode well in the workplace.

This doesn’t mean you cannot experience varied emotions at work. All people have facial expressions, and we all sense things in different ways. All it means is that you should be aware of your facial expressions and how they’re affecting the opinions from those around you.

This article originally appeared on Levo.com.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My First Job

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Post-grad life is so much more than just that title on your business card

Second semester is settling in, and now’s the time that college seniors usually spend breaking out in stress acne, exhausting the “apply now” button on LinkedIn, and binge eating donuts. These things, for the record, are completely normal, or at least things that consumed my second semester senior year.

I was determined to graduate with a full-time position to kickstart my professional career. But I graduated unemployed, and I crafted during those two weeks between my graduation and my formal offer. I crafted a lot. But, here I am almost a year later in a first big kid job. Post-grad life is so much more than just that title on your business card. So, here are five things I wish someone had told me about living life after turning the tassel:

1. How to get a professional wardrobe, stat.

I had two pairs of dress pants in my closet, a plethora of cardigans, and a job offer at an investment firm. I was supposed to start two weeks after my offer and I needed a wardrobe upgrade: fast. And cheap. But not one that screamed it. I wanted my power outfit, and luckily there were cost-effective and cute ways to achieve this. I hit up clearance racks at Express, the Limited, and Kohls and was able to come out with four pairs of dress pants for under $50 total. As my paychecks began rolling in, I was able to add more than just those basics to my closet, which now makes mornings easier since I have a closet with options!

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2. How to converse with people your parents age (and older).

Suddenly, I was surrounded by coworkers in stages of life far past mine. I was in a place where my guilty pleasure of One Direction didn’t fit, and I was hearing references from a time far before I was even a glimmer in my mother’s eye. Getting stuck in an elevator with one of these people seemed terrifying. And then, they became humanized. Just older humans. It’s all about finding a middle ground, asking about weekend plans, family, and the construction on the way to work. But, what’s even more important, and far more flattering, is remembering what they said and asking about their daughter’s recital or the family barbecue the next time you see them. Everyone loves to be heard, regardless of their stage in life.

3. How to get into a daily routine.

Real life, although it can be crazy, is a true wake up call for a daily routine. Determining a bedtime can make or break your next morning. Getting a good night sleep lets your boss know that you take your job seriously, and it keeps you accountable to putting your best foot forward. Walking into work ready to start the day can keep you efficient and happy until you walk out. That coveted “nap whenever” culture of college has to change, and it’s vital to a successful launch into the professional workplace.

4. How to balance work life and personal life.

This is a challenge I have yet to master. On one hand, our passion and drive an eager young professional can set us apart. On the other hand, it’s just a job, and it’s the first time in our lives when we even have the option of separating our lives. So far in my career, I’ve found that avoiding checking work email on weekends and at home has been a healthy way of doing this. It’s ok to check your email in the morning to see what needs priority when you get to work, but don’t set another place at the dinner table for your phone. Nights are about rest, and weekends are about rest. Coming into work rejuvenated and energized can have many benefits, far more than the attitude of work taking over every moment of our lives.

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5. How not to compare.

Comparison makes you second guess yourself. Comparison makes you stop setting goals and prevents you from celebrating milestones. So, stop. It’s your journey, so embrace it. The opportunities you took were yours and only yours. The pace you get promoted is the pace intended for you, so do your career path your way. As long as you work hard and take steps toward your dream career, you’re living the dream.

Seeking a career mentor or frequenting your post-grad resources (like Levo!) can really help you feel more comfortable in your new big kid shoes, and less alone in the hustle of adulthood. It may seem intimidating (it still seems that way to me), but it’s also exciting! So enjoy your last few donuts, mid-day naps, and turn your tassel with confidence!

This article originally appeared on Levo.com.

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15 Ways to Empower Others in 15 Minutes

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Being the agent of positive change for those around you is a responsibility

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

Empowering others happens as you develop into a better leader and friend. After empowering YOU, the key is using that courage and sensibility to lead and change lives. Building a community, a tribe, a plan for world domination—all of that big, heavy world-changing stuff begins with the ability to make other people do positive things they already want to do. Sounds crazy, right? Strong female leaders such as Michelle Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi are able to mobilize entire communities and countries, with just words and actions, and they do it with intellect and style. Here are 15 fifteen-minute ways to empower others:

1. Smile.

The universe is made up of little interactions that stimulate the energy and growth within a community. Whether that community is New York or Reykjavik, friends and strangers alike are influenced by a simple smile.

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2. Be positive.

Be conscious about your words and actions so that you can be a positive force, rather than fueling the fire. Your energy will offer insights to any discussion and invite others to see things from your perspective.

3. Give genuine compliments.

I’m a firm believer in saying what you want, when you want to—especially if what I say will make someone feel great. Whether it’s acknowledging someone’s generosity or their new shoes, compliments generate conversation and allow others to open up to you.

4. Challenge others.

My friends often impress me with their talents; however, many of us are plagued by extreme self-doubt or paralysis-by-analysis. I try to help by brainstorming ways in which my friends can take their skills to the next level, either to make money or gain followers. It’s rewarding, and I find that we challenge each other to be better every day.

5. Encourage creation.

From themed movie nights (like rom-com marathons) to cooking classes to photo-shoots, doing things with friends is an excellent way to foster creativity and refine skills. MAJOR plus: there’s nothing like taking great photos to post on Instagram or making new friends through collaboration.

6. Do things together.

Little things matter, like grabbing breakfast or lunch with coworkers or calling a friend who’s having a bad day. Smaller groups encourage sharing and empower the shyer ones to speak up.

7. Share ideas.

Budding entrepreneurs and artists can relate because sharing ideas is crucial to the work, but everyone thrives from idea generation because it leads to incredible bonds and unforeseen adventures. Sharing ideas can take 3 minutes or it can turn into hour-long conversations over caffeinated beverages… so share away.

8. Teach.

Education is powerful and necessary, but not left to just certified teachers. The most prolific and impactful teachers are often friends and family. It could be a small anecdote of how you overcame an obstacle, how to do a V-lookup on Excel, or dating advice. Teach others so they can be more efficient, knowledgeable humans.

9. Participate.

Attend events (join Local Levo here), inspiring lectures, and even parties. Seek them out, and be a resource for others. If there are places you want to go, chances are others do, too—but need an extra push, so don’t be afraid to motivate others to join.

10. Travel.

Okay, so traveling takes more than 15 minutes, but booking it only takes a few! Exploring new, exotic places immerses you in a diverse environment. It makes you a more open-minded, innovative, inviting leader because living outside of your comfort zone requires resourcefulness and courage.

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11. Mobilize.

Working together toward a common goal or purpose is a surefire way to empower an entire team. Suggest volunteer days with your pals, or join a meet-up for a cause you believe in. You’re bound to meet like-minded individuals and inspire each other to do even greater things together.

12. Live outside your comfort zone.

It’s contagious. Start by making video blogs or striking up conversations with strangers.

13. Make connections.

By expanding your network, you’re gaining influence in your “tribe”—your beliefs and values are as contagious as laughter. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to read Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

14. Pay it forward.

Hold the door open, turn in a lost wallet, or recommend a friend for her dream job (find your dream job here). Pass on the goodwill.

15. Trust in karma.

Whether you believe it or not, treat positive energy as a plentiful renewable resource. It doesn’t diminish with use. So do good things, give freely, and treat others with respect. That positivity will inevitably come back around.

Being the agent of positive change for those around you is a responsibility, so wear it wisely and wear it well. It takes real determination and commitment to your own values to be a great leader. However, learning about you, your community, and the way the world works is a valuable tool for success and happiness.

This article originally appeared on Levo.com.

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This Easy Negotiation Trick Could Boost Your Salary


New research shows that framing your desired pay for a new job in a particular way can help you hit your target.

A new study finds that asking for a dollar amount during a negotiation is more successful if you put it at the bottom of a range instead of just asking for it outright.

So for example, if you’re targeting a salary of $52,000, you’re best off asking a prospective employer for something between, say, $52,000 and $56,000.

The finding, by Daniel Ames and Malia Mason of Columbia University, might seem obvious at first glance—but it actually contradicts existing schools of thought. Some experts have theorized that you should not open salary negotiations with a range because doing so could make you seem either uninformed or manipulative and might cause the person you’re negotiating with to consider only the lowest number in your offer.

Instead, the new research found, couching your request in a range can actually make you seem more cooperative and flexible—and make it harder for a prospective boss to counter with a much lower salary number without seeming impolite. The key is choosing the right high and low anchor numbers so you don’t accidentally low-ball yourself.

“The lowest number is the point offer you are aiming for, and the high number is more ambitious,” says Mason. “People who want $100,000 will often ask for $90,000 to $110,000, but it is going to be most effective to ask for $100,000 to $120,000.”

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and sometimes a different tactic might be more effective to gain the upper hand during a salary negotiation. Another study Mason conducted showed that that asking for specific, unrounded figures in negotiations can be better than asking for rounded ones, because it makes you seem more informed. So to use the same example from above, if you want about $52,000, you might want to ask for $52,500.

Those findings aren’t necessarily inconsistent, Mason points out.

“Context is important,” she says. You might be better off using a precise number if you want to send the message that “you have done your homework. But if it seems important for you to appear flexible, then you could signal that by offering a range.”

That’s one reason to pay close attention to the cues your interviewer is sending out. If he or she drops a lot of language about adaptability and cooperation, naming a range might cast you in a more positive light. Alternatively, a specific number might be appropriate if the job description seems to emphasize preparedness, knowledge, and thorough experience in the field.

But none of this is to say you should suggest a salary without being asked about it directly, says Mason. Top recruiters agree that—when you can help it—it’s best to let a potential boss be the one to bring up a number first.

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Your ER Doctor Might Get Paid As Little As a Wal-Mart Employee

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Wages of about $13 an hour are one thing medical residents face in their first few years out of school.

Fourth-year medical students around the country celebrate Match Day on March 20, the day acceptances to medical residency programs roll in, and soon-to-be doctors learn of the hospitals, clinics, and cities where they will be spending the next few years of their lives.

One topic of conversation that’s less celebratory? How much they will get paid.

The average salary for a medical resident is about $51,000, according to Payscale.com. While that is close to the median household income in the United States, residents are known for working very long hours—a practice that has caused controversy, in part because of safety concerns. Rules set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education officially limit residents’ working hours to 80 per week—though exceptions allow hours as high as 88 per week.

What this means is that in hourly terms, pay for residents can be as low as $13 an hour. That happens to be the level to which Wal-Mart announced it would increase full-time wages this year.

The good news, of course, is that doctors can expect their salaries to rise significantly once they finish training: The average pay for general practice physicians is $131,000 a year, according to Payscale—with medical specialists like orthopedic surgeons pulling in starting salaries as high as $450,000.

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How to Learn to Love Your Job Again When You’re Feeling Burned Out

"There are things you can do to find joy around the edges," says career expert Kerry Hannon.

If you are counting the days to retirement because you hate your job, career expert Kerry Hannon has a message for you: “Stick with it.”

Burnout is one of the biggest problems in the workplace, especially for older workers. An annual survey on retirement by the Employee Benefit Research Institute consistently finds that about half of workers retire earlier than they expected—and that job burnout is a key factor.

But sticking it out is important to retirement security, Hannon says in her new book Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness. These are usually the highest-earning years of your career, she argues. And staying employed helps with everything from retirement account contributions to enabling a delayed filing for Social Security benefits.

Reuters asked Hannon for her tips on how older workers can stay engaged and on the job:

Q: Why is the idea of “falling in love with your job” important for older workers nearing retirement?

A: The people I interview have this palpable fear about outliving their money. They want to find work—full- or part-time. But even with the improved economy, if you’re over 50 and looking for work, it’s still hard—it takes almost 30 months longer to find a job than it does for younger people; ageism is still rampant. So, if you have a job, for gosh sakes, you should hang on to it.

Q: But what if your job is really awful?

A: There still are things you can do to find some joy around the edges—to make the job come alive for you. But it might not be specific to the job. Then, if you really need to make a change, by all means do so, but don’t leave your current job until you have a new one.

Q: What are some examples of finding “joy around the edges?”

A: Perhaps you don’t love what you do, but you do really like your co-workers or the mission of the organization. It might be the challenge of learning something new, or working from home—the things that circle around the job itself.

Extracurriculars tied to the job are one good way to get re-engaged. Many companies offer the opportunity to do volunteer work right within the organization. If you can find a volunteer gig through your employer, that can help build relationships with co-workers and bonds across departments that you might never have had otherwise. And it gets you out of your own head and gives you perspective on the needs of others.

A couple examples that I mention in the book: The National Institutes of Health has its own orchestra that plays gigs at assisted living centers and hospices. Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc has an employee choir.

You might find it by telecommuting. Research shows that telecommuting employees are happier, more loyal and have fewer absences. If you don’t have a boss hovering over you, that can give you a sense of flexibility about getting your work done.

Q: How about learning to love the job itself?

A: Learning a new work-related skill can be key. When you learn something new, your brain shifts. If your employer sponsors workshops or skill-based learning, they may not think of offering it to you if you’re older than 50 – but you can raise your hand and ask for it.

Q: How do life values change as we get older, and how does that affect the way we relate to our jobs?

A: When we are younger, our work is our life on so many levels. In your twenties and thirties, your social friends usually are your work friends. Your identity is tied up in who you are and your job. And, we are establishing ourselves in our fields.

But as we age we have families and more outside interests. In your fifties, you probably aren’t pushing your way up the ladder, perhaps even doing something that wasn’t your primary career. So, work loses its emphasis, but you want those hours to be fulfilling.

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These 5 States Won’t See Equal Pay for Women Until 2100, Report Says

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The wage gap in West Virginia, Utah, Louisiana, North Dakota and Wyoming is unlikely to close until the next century

Women in five states won’t achieve pay equity until the next century if current trends continue, according to a new report.

The wage gap between men and women in West Virginia, Utah, Louisiana, North Dakota and Wyoming is unlikely to close until 2100, 42 years after the gap is set to close for the whole U.S., according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s Status of Women in the States: 2015 project.

By analyzing employment and earnings of women, the project graded states on their equity using an index the Institute developed in the mid-1990s. The report found that women in the South are far more likely to make less money than man compared to women in the North, and women of color face the largest gaps. Hispanic women, the report says, make 53.8 cents to every dollar made by white men, with a median annual earning of $28,000.

Over the course of her lifetime, the average working woman loses more than half a million dollars due to the wage gap, the report found.

“Data like these can help us pinpoint, at both a state and national level, how and where we can improve employment and workforce policies to end stubborn inequality by gender, race, and ethnicity,” said IWPR Vice President and Executive Director Barbara Gault in a statement. “The nation needs to take bold, coordinated action to speed the pace of progress toward closing the wage gap and ending discrimination by sex and race.”

This report is the first in a series that will be released by the organization this year.

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What to Do When Your Boss Is Younger Than You

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Respect is key

At first, when you find out that your new boss is younger than you, it can throw you off of your game a little bit. Initially, it can feel unnatural in a way, like when your younger sibling gets married and has a child before you.

In both situations, you realize that the circumstance has nothing to do with your lack of effort or will to achieve what you want in your work or personal life. It’s just the way things unfold sometimes. And, this may be a blessing in disguise. Here’s how best to deal with the hand you’re dealt from an expert who once navigated this situation successfully and tips gathered from experience by little ol’ moi.

1. Trust that he or she is your boss for a good reason.

So you thought that promotion was yours, and now you’re (understandably) disgruntled by being passed over. Remember, this is your point of view. While you may have been a victim of favoritism in your mind, it could also have been due to skills you’re lacking.

Either way, it’s up to you to decide if you will stay and carry on or if you’ll leave. If you decide to stick it out, keep in mind that this is your decision and that this is not the fault of your new boss. He or she didn’t choose to be your manager. So, it’s in your best interest to be open to finding out first-hand what this new, younger manager can teach you.

David Bakke of Money Crashers knows exactly how you might feel.

I have worked for a boss younger than me on a few occasions. The advantages in my opinion are that the younger boss can typically show you how to get things done faster and might be more in tune with the latest technology associated with your company.

I just got past it by telling myself that this is the set of cards you were dealt, so handle it. I think a lot of this has more to do with the mindset of the older worker than anything else.

The best way to make the relationship successful is to treat your younger boss just like you would one of your age or older. Respect is key.

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2. Advertise your strengths.

Remember that you do have more experience than she does professionally. With age usually comes a wealth of knowledge that she should appreciate. Pinpoint what your assets (which aren’t limited to skills, but also your network of contacts) are to the team your boss is trying to build or improve upon, and let her know that you’re anxious to help in any way. This will not only help you to realize how much you have to offer, but it will also show your boss that you’re a team player with a designated talent and interest. You’ll stand out as being the first assigned to a fitting project.

3. Act as a mentor, not a parent.

When someone is younger than you are, it’s innate for many to take on an older brother or sister role. It’s OK to manage up by all means, but you want to be careful not to come off as condescending. This will only irritate an already uncomfortable situation, and won’t do you any good if you are trying to show your boss that the age difference doesn’t bother you.

If you have advice or recommendations based on experience that you feel will help your manager and your team as a whole, be thoughtful in your delivery and phrase it as something strategic for the business.

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4. Act your age.

Whatever you do, don’t feel obligated to act younger because your boss is younger. This may sound ridiculous, but it’s sort of like picking up on a foreign accent when you’re speaking to someone with a foreign accent.

Having a younger boss doesn’t mean you need to buy hipper clothes, use a cooler lingo, or adopt the mannerisms of the cool kids. (You’ll look ridiculous and seem insecure). Be yourself and be open to enhancing your work content–not your personality.

Depending on how comfortable you feel about socializing (professionally, of course) with your coworkers outside of business hours, consider doing coffee or a brief happy hour with your new boss to learn more about each other. This will usually lower the tension or anxiety you’re feeling and help you both to understand each other better. You may find that you have more in common than you realize.

This article originally appeared on Levo.com.

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10 Ways to Make Your Business Trip Feel Like a Vacation

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Before your trip, research the best local cuisine and invite colleagues to go with you

There are few things quite as relaxing as a hotel stay—overstuffed pillows and fresh sheets, swimming pools with lounge chairs and cabanas, bathrooms with a spa-like ambience. So if you’re stressing over an upcoming work trip, consider these tips for soaking in the luxurious hotel atmosphere and turning even the shortest business visit into a vacation.

1. Rise early and explore.

Even if your schedule is booked solid with meetings and dinners, chances are you have a couple free hours each morning. Instead of hitting snooze, hit the beach or city streets for a sunrise jog or walk. This is a great way to get some fresh air and “me” time before your workday begins. If you forget workout gear or want to save space in your suitcase, some hotels like Westin let guests rent fitness wear for really cheap—$5 at Westin gets you an entire outfit including shoes (with disposable insoles).

2. Indulge in dessert.

Buy some fancy chocolates or a piece of cake on your way home from a networking event or dinner (Suggestion: Pay for unnecessary treats on your own card rather than the company’s). Then lie in bed eating that dessert while watching a cheesy romantic comedy or your favorite TV show.

3. Try the local cuisine.

Have you ever tried a Philly cheesesteak? What about Chicago deep-dish pizza? Or Atlanta barbecue? Before your trip, research the best local cuisine and invite colleagues and/or clients to go with you. It’s a great way to enjoy a new culinary experience while getting some work done.

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4. Splurge at the spa.

This, of course, is on your own dime and your free time. But when in Rome … why not get a massage or facial? Before an evening work event, you can book a blowout or makeup service to look extra-polished.

5. Take a bubble bath.

It’s the next best thing to a spa treatment, right? If you’re not grossed out by hotel bathtubs, draw yourself a warm bath after a long day’s work, put on some Sade, and let the stress melt away. Be sure to wear that comfy hotel robe afterward.

6. Book a tour bus.

If you have a few free hours between meetings or events, schedule a bus tour to maximize your sightseeing. (Again, don’t expense this one.) Or if you have a rental car, you and a coworker can scope out the major tourist hubs.

7. Lounge poolside.

If it’s summer, or you’re lucky enough to visit a warm climate on your business trip, find some time to sit by the pool. If you’re attending a conference, the itinerary will likely include a few breaks. Even slipping away for 10 minutes to sit among vacationers can boost your spirits—and warm your body after being in a windowless, freezing conference room. Bonus networking opportunity: Invite a fellow attendee to venture outside with you.

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8. Get some rest.

If you’re in a relationship or have kids, sleeping alone in a king-size bed is a rarity. So take advantage of your solo time and sprawl out in the giant bed. Go ahead—fall asleep at 9 p.m. No judgment here!

9. Grab a cocktail in the hotel bar.

Sipping a martini while listening to live jazz? Yes, please. Hotel bars are a great place to imagine you’re on vacation, especially when they’re on the rooftop and boast breathtaking city views. It’s also a great place to meet other business professionals. Cities like New York have no shortage of sky-high lounges, from Bar 54 at the Hyatt Times Square to The Press Lounge at Ink48 Hotel.

10. Consider extending your trip.

If you have ample vacation time and work allows it, consider extending your business trip for personal time. This is especially nice if you’re traveling internationally and want to maximize your experience in a faraway land. (Just know that business expenses end when your work does). If a friend or your significant other can meet you for the second leg of your journey, even better!

This article originally appeared on Levo.com.


Sheryl Sandberg Wants Men to Lean In, Too

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The new #LeanInTogether initiative promotes equality at work and at home

The latest Lean In initiative isn’t about women at work — it’s about men.

In the spirit of #HeForShe, Sheryl Sandberg and her team launched Lean In Together, a new campaign designed to help men promote gender equality at home and at work. It involves a partnership with NBA and WNBA stars, and includes specific tips for how men can Lean In, too.

They’ve also produced a short video with Makers, about how famous women like Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were able to achieve partly because of support from the men in their lives. As Sandberg puts it, “being a parent’s not a full-time job for a woman and a part-time job for a man.”

Here are the #LeanInTogether tips for how men can Lean In at home:

1) Be a 50/50 partner, by equally sharing household duties.

2) Be an active father, even if you’re not perfect — kids with active dads have better self esteem.

3) Close the wage gap at home, by not valuing chores done by boys (like taking out the trash) more than chores done by girls.

4) Challenge gender stereotypes, by making sure your kids play with diverse toys and see diverse characters in books and movies

5) Help your daughter lead. Not calling her “bossy” is a start — also encourage her to be assertive in other ways, like introducing herself to people.

6) Don’t tell your son to “man up,” which can be just as damaging as calling a girl “bossy.”

There are also some tips for Leaning In at work in a way that supports your female colleagues — check them out here.

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