Employers who gamify the workplace pit employees against each other by scoring their performance publicly, practicing "micromanagement with unprecedented granularity," writes Vincent Gabrielle. The end result is an unhealthy work environment, says Tae Wan Kim, business ethicist at Carnegie Mellon University: "Gamified workers have difficulty seeing what contributions they really make."
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.
The United Nations General Assembly last week voted on membership to the UN Human Rights Council, adding 18 countries -- each serving a three-year term -- to the organization. Critics have raised concerns about the election of the Philippines and Eritrea, citing their histories of human rights violations.
Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo are warning that the rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September, and a United Nations staffer is listed among the infected. UNICEF reports that most children in the affected region have returned to school, where they can be protected from and educated on infection.
A vigilante group that is part of the Civilian Joint Task Force in northeastern Nigeria has released 833 child soldiers, UNICEF reports. This is the first formal release since the signing of an agreement by CJTF members to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and UNICEF officials are hopeful more releases will follow.