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First, the blaring sound of the alarm clock. It's 6 a.m. Monday morning. And you've got a full five days of commuting, meetings, expense reports, and forced water cooler chitchat ahead of you. Half of American workers reported having sleep issues on a Sunday night in anticipation of the workweek, according to a recent Monster.com survey. What's the best way to motivate for a long workweek? Download these songs to your iPod and hit the repeat button. These five classic tunes should become as critical a Monday morning staple as your a.m. coffee and a hot shower.
These quintessentially American gaffes won't win you fans abroad:
· In Rome, scheduling a client lunch at the Olive Garden.
· In Jordan, suggesting a burka-free casual Friday.
· In Berlin, calling Gerta in accounting "a real Nazi about time sheets."
· In Toronto, asking a colleague if she knows your cousin Brenda, from Ottawa.
· In Tel Aviv, complaining about how your cubemate takes off for all the Jewish holidays.
Cubicle Perez You've got the dirt on who's warring, macking, and fudging her expenses.
Lady PMS The gal who's always packing Kotex, Motrin, and Milk Duds.
Venti Sprinter When the boss joneses for her 3 p.m. latte.
Powerball Princess They give you a dollar - and their hopes for an early retirement.
Your new excuse for a sabbatical in Paris? It'll make you a superstar employee. When researchers presented scenarios that required out-of-the-box problem solving, a majority of those who zeroed in on the best answers had spent some years living in another country. What's more, a recent study found that former expats were more likely to be promoted. Explains Adam Galinsky, professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, "When abroad, you're forced to adapt to a local culture" and fit inyou're exercising your brain by thinking about cultural norms and how to adapt to them. What better excuse for having that after-dinner fromage?
1. Hackers spend their waking hours prowling for vulnerable computers. Don't assume your firm has up-to-date securitya third of small businesses don't.
2. Your computer is a carbon-spewing beast. Computers left on standby will emit 20 million tons of carbon dioxide this yearroughly the same amount as 4 million cars.
3. Powering down may save your job. U.S. companies waste $2.8 billion annually keeping computers on after hoursin tough times, that's a heck of a lot of salaries.
The aggrieved assistant Lloyd on HBO's Entourage dishes on dressing for success:
"Before Entourage, I worked at a casting agency. One day I showed up to the office in a bright-orange shirt and red board shorts. I mean, I was just an assistant-who cares, right? My boss took one look at me and, in front of everyone, ordered me to go home and change. From then on, I came to work looking like the perfect Brooks Brother."