A new crisis hotline from nonprofit group Empower Work launched recently to help overwhelmed and stressed workers deal with particularly tough situations at work. The service utilizes texting rather than phone calls, along with trained counselors rather than bots.
Rotate between three tasks every hour or so with a short rest period in between to break the monotony of focusing on one single task for an extended period of time. Adding artificial deadlines to your work may also help you get more done without focusing so much on the minute details that tend to slow down your progress, writes Caroline Ceniza-Levine.
Go above and beyond in your work, and eventually others will see the results, and good things will start to unfold, author Barbara Pachter points out. "The most important thing is to be straightforward. Otherwise, it might not be that your boss is playing favorites, but rather they just don't know what you want," writes Vivian Giang.
Ongoing learning is the key to preparing for middle-skill jobs, which are those requiring less than a bachelor's degree, but more than high school diploma, writes Jeffrey Selingo. Middle-skill job openings are expected to grow significantly as baby boomers retire, and ongoing training to keep up to date with changing technology is the key to securing a job within this sector, Selingo adds.
Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have used an egg from one female mouse and a haploid embryonic stem cell from another female -- which was gene edited to render the two cells compatible -- to make healthy mice babies. While this study of same-sex reproduction was successful, the scientists have said that the process is an extremely long way off from possibly being replicated with humans.
Promising job candidates increasingly are turning down offers in a tight labor market. Northwestern University professor Jeff Hyman offers recommendations to avoid this disappointing outcome, beginning with listening carefully during a job interview to determine what drives a prospect to seek fresh employment.
Former employee Ruby Anaya has filed a lawsuit that accuses WeWork of overlooking sexual assault allegations stemming from staff summits that resemble "a huge, three-day, alcohol- and drug-laden party." The lawsuit alleges WeWork fosters an "entitled, frat-boy culture," but the company says the claims are meritless.
Municipalities in Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Maryland are among those that have banned children older than 12 from trick-or-treating, saying it will decrease vandalism. The age restriction in Chesapeake, Va., includes the ability to charge people with a misdemeanor that can land six months in jail and fines.
Stay focused in noisy open-office environments by first embracing the positives, such as the camaraderie in such situations, and then set rules as to agreed-upon norms with your team. Involve your manager to get everyone on the same page as to rules and common courtesies, such as whispering when a co-worker is on an important call.
The Justice Department's inspector general is reviewing allegations that FBI employees have been involved in prostitution and partying in Asia, sources say. The FBI has reassigned some employees to nonoperational positions, but details of the allegations have not been made public.
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