The best way to motivate employees is by nurturing personal interaction and human relationships, writes Mark Sawyier, CEO of Bonfyre. Sawyier suggests four ways to foster "intrinsic motivation" in the workplace, including promoting small, informal events to let employees know they matter and rethinking digital platforms that encourage impersonal interactions.
More than 60% of parents struggle to find child care or preschool facilities that are up to their health and safety standards, and about 50% of parents are not confident they can identify a healthy and safe facility, according to a national poll by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital of 307 parents of youths ages 1 to 5. The poll also finds safety is the main concern, with about 70% of parents rejecting facilities in "sketchy" locations.
Borrowers who default on student loans risk losing professional licenses or driver's licenses in 20 states. Supporters of the law say borrowers somehow find money when threatened with the loss of a license, but critics say the law is too harsh and cuts off people's ability to fulfill an obligation.
A couple hours of weekly planning is a worthy investment of your time, writes Sami Inkinen, CEO of Virta Health. Also, top executives know how to delegate tasks, deny certain requests and create firm boundaries to protect their time.
If you're enduring a personal crisis, consider whether it may be best to delegate some responsibilities or to take time off, writes Amy Gallo. Decide for yourself how many details of the situation to share with colleagues.
Many professionals fail to make their purpose clear when reaching out to others for networking reasons, Jane Burnett writes. Suggest a time and date to meet up, ask for an introduction to a third party or make another actionable request.
If you'd like to add your volunteer or community service experience to your resume, use a brief section at the bottom. Format volunteer experiences as you would jobs, and list skills that are transferable to the role you're applying for, writes Samantha Keefe.
Jet.com is attempting to lure top talent to its ranks with perks that improve employee wellness, including more than 120 hours of paid time off at the start of the year and four months of paid leave for all new parents. In addition, the company offers amenities that range from pool tables to free snacks and ice cream.
Establish clear communication boundaries right away when developing a relationship with a potential mentor, writes Monica Torres. Be clear about what you need and what you can give while keeping in mind the amount of work you're expecting the other person to do.
Maintain your perspective as the ultimate decision-making factor in your career when taking professional advice, Alyse Kalish writes. "Once you see others' advice as something you can take rather than something you have to take, the pressure's off, and you can make decisions that align with your values," she writes.