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11/20/2018

Marriott International has agreed to the terms of Boston employees, ending a 46-day strike, and has settled contracts in several other locations, giving increased pay, job security and workplace safety. Negotiations are ongoing in San Francisco and Hawaii, which have more than 3,500 workers on strike.

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11/20/2018

Part of staying productive at work while at the same time dealing with depression is knowing what the most productive part of your day is and taking full advantage of those hours to get your most important work done. Having a support system and informing your boss can also help manage depressive symptoms in the workplace, points out psychologist Nikole Benders-Hadi.

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Fast Company online
11/20/2018

The 2017 tax overhaul contains an Opportunity Zones provision providing tax incentives for people who invest in economically disadvantaged areas. Supporters say the program could focus investment in areas that need it, but critics worry about the lack of reporting requirements under the new law.

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Politico
11/20/2018

Understanding the goals of our superiors allows us to "manage up" and assist them, maximizing our contributions to organizational success, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Help others, and they will help you; when you genuinely work together, great things can happen for both of you," he writes.

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11/20/2018

Teams are productive when leadership style, personalities and skills align, but one more factor pushes them into high gear, writes Art Petty. "Everyone must agree that what they are doing in aggregate and as individuals matters," he writes.

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11/20/2018

US movie-ticket revenue is expected to set a record in 2018, partially because of the popularity of ticket-subscription services, writes Anousha Sakoui. Revenue that stayed the same despite an uptick in attendance, due somewhat to its subscription service, is one reason behind AMC's plan to raise prices in 15 states in 2019.

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11/20/2018

CEO Jeff Bezos says he expects Amazon to fail someday but intends to delay the inevitable for as long as possible. Bezos says Amazon will continue its focus on "improving the lives of customers" and the aspects of its business model that differentiate it from other tech giants.

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11/20/2018

A solid stance and "moving from your core" will subdue signs of anxiety when speaking publicly, writes Anett Grant. Adopt a natural pace and stretch your vowels to avoid sounding rushed, she writes.

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11/20/2018

Social design transforms communities with fluid input from all the stakeholders, and businesses build innovation into the culture when they adopt this approach, says Cheryl Heller of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. "The goal, in addition to breakthrough products and services, is breakthrough interactions between people that lead to ongoing innovation," she says.

11/20/2018

Long-term memory is either declarative -- involving facts and episodes from our past -- or procedural, which entails recalling how to do something, writes Boris Suchan, a professor at Ruhr University Bochum. Studies find procedural memory, the kind involved in playing an instrument or riding a bicycle, is far less susceptible to loss.

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Smithsonian online