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10 Tricks to Help You Get Ahead at Work

Korin Miller
April 10, 2012

Try these tips and you'll be ahead of the game.
Try these tips and you'll be ahead of the game.

Let's face it: Work is never going to be as fun as…pretty much anything you do in your free time. But while you're there, you might as well make the most of it. Incorporate these surprising (and sometimes random) expert tips into your routine to max out your potential and move up the ladder.

Schedule a Vacay

It sounds counterintuitive, but studies have shown people get a big happiness boost before they go on vacation. And when you're happy, you're going to be a better worker. Schedule a bunch of mini-trips to draw out those feel-good vibes.

Get Bangs

Eighty percent of the time when you look at someone, you look in their eyes. And experts say hair that flops in your peepers can signal to your boss that you have something to hide-or that you're trying to be flirtatious, which isn't exactly professional. Opt for bangs that draw attention to your face-without covering your gorgeous eyes.

Related: Why You Didn't Get Promoted

Wear Sunscreen

Experts say consistently sporting orange or too-tanned skin that obviously isn't your natural shade signals to your boss that you're self-absorbed and frivolous. Not only that, it's not good for your skin. Slather on at least SPF 15 before heading outside every day.

Suck Up to Your Boss

Yes, it's annoying, but research published in the Journal of Management Studies found that people who engage in a little brown-nosing are more likely to move up the ladder-and feel happier in the process. Don't be insincere (your boss will see right through it), but try complimenting her on her cute shoes one day. It's good for your career-and your health.

Related: How To Handle A Bitchy Coworker

Use Condoms

Random, right? According to a study from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, people are more worries about their sexual health on Monday than any other day of the week. Why? Fridays and Saturdays are prime-time for getting busy…and possibly contracting an STD. Use a condom every time, so you can be on your A-game come Monday morning.

Watch YouTube Vids

Research proves that people perform better at work when they're in a good mood. So when you're tempted to bitch about a coworker, watch a quick funny video to get back into a better frame of mind.

Related: 3 Signs You Might Get Fired Soon

Get Off Your Butt

A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that exercising during work hours can make you more productive. Can't hit the gym on your lunch hour? Slip outside for a 15-minute power walk instead. You'll come back to work feel pumped up and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

Play Office Politics

We know, we know-they suck. But according to a poll conducted by the Robert Half International staffing firm, nearly 60 percent of workers felt that immersing yourself in office politics is necessary to get ahead. So play nice with your jerky cubemate-you can gripe about her at home later.

Related: 5 Signs Your Boss is Secretly Hitting on You

Multitask Like Crazy

If you're awesome at checking your email while talking to your man and putting on lipstick, you should take those skills to work. A study published in the journal Human Performance found that people who are good at doing a few things at once are less likely to suffer job burnout if they juggle tasks at work, too.

Say "Thank You"

A new study from the USC Marshall School of Business found that saying "thank you" after your boss gives you feedback automatically makes her think you're more intelligent and competent.

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