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11/14/2018

Prioritizing your time and putting the most important tasks first help to alleviate job-related stress, writes Jessica Desjardins. Take a big-picture overview at the start or end of each day as to what is most important and then focus on only those tasks while blocking out distractions, she suggests.

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Forbes
11/14/2018

HR vendors are embedding performance-measurement tools in their platforms and soon may offer automated technologies that use data-based algorithms to rate employees. "The trend is toward slick, user-friendly mobile tools to provide real-time feedback," says Bhushan Sethi, a PwC performance-management analyst.

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11/14/2018

Outdated payroll programs should be replaced with systems that allow same-day pay and use cloud technology, on-demand analytics and chatbots, executives say. "We've seen the adoption of self-service technology increase dramatically even for smaller and midmarket companies, since many employee questions come in the area of payroll," says Stacey Harris of Sierra-Cedar.

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11/14/2018

A survey says many job seekers aren't convinced artificial intelligence is a good recruitment tool, but HR teams find it useful for testing skills, sharing information, requesting references and rejecting applicants. However, Reid Rasmussen, CEO of freshbenies, expressed skepticism that AI should be used for direct communication in an already tough hiring environment.

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11/14/2018

The Openpath app lets employees use their smartphones to get into their workplace buildings. The system, which replaces keys or badges, also allows employers to admit guests and easily update the list of people who are given access.

11/14/2018

HR professionals are using augmented analytics to study people data and communicate the conclusions in easy-to-understand terms. "The best augmented analytics tools can aggregate those data flows to be able to tell leaders, 'Here are the top-level stories you should focus on in your data, and here are the major factors driving them,'" says Brian Kropp of Gartner.

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11/14/2018

LinkedIn's expanded learning system uses algorithms to recommend training and opens the platform to other content sources, writes Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte. "Coming in the newest release, LinkedIn is also adding collaboration and Q&A features to LinkedIn Learning courses that let learners communicate with each other and interact with the author or publisher, making it a collaborative learning platform as well," he writes.

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11/14/2018

Starbucks plans to lay off 5%, or about 350 people, of its corporate workforce, with employees in marketing, creative, product technology and store development affected. The layoff applies to work that has been eliminated or deprioritized, CEO Kevin Johnson says.

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11/13/2018

Amazon plans to evenly split 50,000 jobs that come with a second headquarters between Crystal City in Arlington County, Va., and Long Island City in Queens, N.Y. The company has chosen the sites based on proximity to public transportation and to airports with direct flights to Seattle, home of Amazon's main headquarters.

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11/13/2018

Overdressing for a job interview could hurt your chances of landing the job as much as underdressing, suggests Kat Griffin. Speak to HR or a connection within the company ahead of time to understand the typical dress code for employees in the position you're applying for.

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Business Insider
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