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Flowers and candles are set up as a memorial in front of the entrance to Hartford Distributors following a shooting Aug. 4, 2010, in Manchester, Conn. Eight employees were killed by a former worker. Douglas Healey/Getty Images hide caption

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The Challenges Of Identifying Potential Workplace Violence

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Global food giant Nestle is among several major employers that have announced increases in family leave benefits this year. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Boosting Family Leave Is Often About Getting Workers To Stay

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Peer reviews can be helpful for a company, but they can also prove problematic. akindo/iStockphoto hide caption

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Peer Review Feedback: The Good, The Bad, The Really Ugly

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Zappos.com tour guide Erika Newman (right) shows off the ball pit in the human resources department of the company's Las Vegas headquarters. Zappos eliminated managers and embraced a system of self-governance known as holacracy. Sacramento Bee/TNS/Landov hide caption

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Zappos: A Workplace Where No One And Everyone Is The Boss

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Employee Or Contractor? New U.S. Guidelines Could Reclassify Workers

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That little red "message" light may not be as ubiquitous in offices as it used to be. Photo illustration: Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Businesses Are Hanging Up On Voice Mail To Dial In Productivity

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A "shared" workspace at the Atlassian office. The company installed heat and motion sensors to track when and how often every desk, room and table was used. Atlassian hide caption

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How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

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Workers try to remove some of the 11 million gallons of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez off Alaska in 1989. The ship's third mate may have been up for 18 hours before the accident. Rob Stapleton/AP hide caption

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Engaging, mentally stimulating work is good for the brain, scientists say, whether you get paid to do it or not. Running a household can be as mentally demanding as running a company. iStockphoto hide caption

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Work partners Jon Chintanaroad (left) and Mike Prestano are all smiles now, but founding a tech startup together threatened their friendship — and their business. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

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Sure, Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

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Eating at your desk day after day? Research suggests "staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking," says management professor Kimberly Elsbach. 145/Tom Grill/Ocean/Corbis hide caption

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Love On The Job Can Leave A Lot To Be Desired

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