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Why every manager needs to hear criticism and bad news

Today's Top Stories July 17, 2018

Job search

Candidates reveal some of the worst interview questions they’ve been asked

New research shows that some job applicants are hearing the wrong kinds of questions during interviews and what day most people apply for jobs.

News

Using exact change in Venmo transactions makes us look petty

When we pay friends the exact amount owed, we may think we're being helpfully conscientious, but it can come off as petty and make us dislike the stickler.

Health

Why your cold can feel worse in the summer

The reason why your summer cold can tend to feel worse than a winter cold is more psychological than biological, experts say.

Office Culture

At Amazon, you can appeal your firing to a jury of coworkers

If you're on the chopping block at your job, the decision of whether or not you get fired is usually in the hands of your manager. At retail giant Amazon, however, you can defend yourself and appeal the decision to a jury of your peers. Announced last year, the "Pivot" probation program is designed to help underperforming employees in danger of being fired in Amazon's growing workforce.

Office Life

3 ways to handle employees who constantly have an excuse

Being around employees who always make excuses can be tough, whether you're a coworker or the boss. Here's how to handle them.

Entrepreneurs

How to build a business around your personal brand

Life keeps evolving. Business keeps changing. But building a personal brand has never been easier. The internet has allowed us all to be on equal footing.

Mental Health

It’s OK to ask for help: We’re all in this together

Check in on your friends and colleagues. Ask if they are OK or need help. Be willing to listen, and if necessary, act. We’re all in this together.

Self-Help

On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face

On being tenacious, staying patient, and talking face-to-face: Be your own best advocate. Live for tomorrow. Meet in person in our digital age.

Life

Here are 7 lessons I learned from living alone

I live alone. For the first time in all of my dozens of years. It’s only been a few months, but here are some lessons I’ve learned from living alone.

Stress

Keeping calm under pressure according to a NASA flight director

NASA flight director Paul Hill explained his strategies for staying calm when his job stakes elevate, and his tactics can easily translate to other industries.

Creativity

Create something you deeply care about (even if it sucks)

Creation means taking an active role in the world instead of a passive one. Making an impact. Create your world instead of consuming it.

Pop Culture

The Costanza ‘opposite’ strategy to win friends and influence people

There are valuable lessons we can learn from the opposite strategy. I did the exact same thing in a different context and it completely changed my life.

The Whole Human

4 soft skills you should have mastered by age 30

Soft skills are related to the interaction between two or more people and speak volumes about your ability to be a leader.

Salary

16 signs you’re underpaid – and what you can do about it

You might be underpaid: Here are some signs that your salary is too low and you ought to ask for a raise, as well as steps to do it.

The Whole Human

5 ways to invest in yourself – the concept of compound interest

You can start giving deeper thought to investing in yourself – in other words, building on the wins you’ve already accumulated.

Levelling Up

7 challenges smart people choose to overcome

There are seven things, in particular, that tend to shatter the success mindset. Not so for smart people, as these challenges never hold them back.

Leadership

How to get people involved in and committed to your company goals

As a leader, you can’t just send out memos with a list of goals and expect everyone to band together and commit to them. You have to harness the desire for purpose and commitment in a way that brings people together around your company goals.

The Whole Human

FOBO is secretly ruining your life – here’s how to escape it

FOBO: the fear of better options. So how do you make the drawbacks of this decision fatigue disappear, you ask? It's easy.

Productivity

6 ways to use music to increase your productivity

Whether you’re using it to pump you up to work out when you’re tired or to unwind for a better night’s sleep, music is a powerful motivator in many different situations. According to the team at Brain.fm, functional music — which has specific characteristics — can also be ultra-helpful when you want to stay focused at work.

Job Search

These are the 10 best jobs in America for 2018

Here are the 10 best jobs to have this year focused on three variables for the study – total employment, annual mean wage, average entry-level pay.

Family Life

6 things the happiest families all have in common

Family life is hectic. Most of play it by ear and hope it works out well. Are there legit answers about what creates the happiest families? Yes, there are.

Productivity

7 tactics to help you keep engaged at work in the heat

It can be really difficult to motivate yourself to tackle a mountain of emails when your get up and go, has got up and gone – to a beach, with a sangria in one hand and an ice-lolly in the other.

These are the Top 50 best places to work for in 2018

It's summer which means most of us are clamoring to get out of the office most of the time. However, if you work for one of these 50 companies that may not be the case. Indeed just released its 50 top-rated workplaces in America annual report and some pretty impressive companies made the cut. 

Office life

4 things to do when you want to leave one team for another at work

Attempting to switch teams at the company you work for can be a slippery slope — here's how to make the whole process a little more painless for you.

Success

Who gets to be defined as a self-made success?

Who gets to be called a self-made success? This is a debate that Forbes Magazine kicked off when it put Kylie Jenner on its cover.

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Salary

Study finds that ‘very unattractive’ people make more money

A study from the Journal of Business and Psychology of 20,000 young Americans, interviewed the subjects at home at age 16 and then three more times before they turned 29-years-old. The researchers looked at the correlation between attractiveness and income of the participants based on a five-point scale of physical attractiveness from "very unattractive" to "very attractive." They found something very interesting when it came to looks and earnings...

coffee

This is the surprising benefit of going for that third cup of coffee

That first cup of coffee in the morning is absolutely needed to wake you up. The second cup of coffee a bit later keeps the momentum up. The third cup is when you start to feel a bit guilty and doubt your sense of self. But this new study will help get rid of that guilt.

wellness

Stanford professor: The workplace is literally killing us

No good employer is going to outright say that they kill you, but new research finds that too many modern workplaces are grim reapers inflicting a fatal amount of stress on our bodies and minds.

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