Merriam-Webster's dictionary announced Monday that it added 640 new definitions to its official list of words and phrases. New words include "swole" and "omnicide" while updated meanings include the definition "removing oneself from social media" for the word "unplug."
A study of self-employed people find more than half report being happier, healthier and earning more than when they worked for others, writes Sean Mooney. Almost all respondents have no desire to return to a traditional job, with 70% saying their work-life balance is better now.
Although enjoying a job is important, intrinsic motivation is a better determinant of success, as it's based on purpose, which drives people even during hard times, writes business coach Bruce Eckfeldt. Career success is also achieved by mastering a niche skill that enjoys long-term demand.
The best ways to leverage LinkedIn's recently launched real-time broadcast tool, LinkedIn Live, include promoting your livestream on multiple platforms and taking your target audience's availability into account, writes Adrian Fisher. For a professional presentation, plan for audience participation, rehearse and test equipment for glitches beforehand.
Experts agree people who fail to negotiate for a higher salary signal they don't value themselves enough, writes Lisa Rabasca Roepe. Ask why if your request is refused and establish a timeline to discuss the topic again, so you know what you need to do to qualify in the future.
Thinking we have to possess a certain mindset while working is usually more stressful than the actual circumstances we're experiencing, writes executive coach Chris Westfall. "Because trying to balance who you should be (and how you should be) with where you really are is the biggest source of stress there is," he writes, adding emotional intelligence is about realizing calm is just one thought away.
Subtle workplace biases lead to fewer career opportunities and difficult working conditions for women and African-Americans, say the authors of two books on the topic. Women get discouraged by the wording in job ads, are criticized for being bossy or too friendly and often can't get to after-work activities because of family obligations.
Business leaders never should tell others how to think, says Marissa Andrada, Chipotle's chief people officer. "I think the role of a leader is to inspire confidence in others that they can do whatever they want," she says.
HR has adopted data analytics more quickly than other corporate departments, a study says. According to reports, HR uses analytics to help with recruiting, improve employee engagement, identify talent concerns and make scheduling easier.
HR should close the gap between the technology people use at home and the outdated devices and software provided at work, studies suggest. Ask employees what they need and show business leaders why they should take digital initiatives.
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