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Today's Top Stories February 22, 2018

Advice

What to do when layoffs hit your office, but not you

When layoffs hit your company and you survive, it's perfectly normal to feel sad and overwhelmed. Many often are hit with survivor's guilt. Here's how to carry on.

Advice

4 ways to help get over career bitterness

Here's how to healthily process everyday work disappointments, so that you won't get consumed with unhelpful bitterness.

News

Austin has become the first city in the South to mandate paid sick leave

Austin has become the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave — passing a law making paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employees. They become not only the first city in Texas to pass this kind of law, but also the first city to do so in the Southern U.S.

Productivity

Your ability to focus has probably peaked: Here’s how to stay sharp

Removing distraction is important to maintain our focus, but we also need to boost our capability to concentrate on one task at a time.

Inspiration

Olympians with side hustles

If you’ve been breathlessly watching the dispatches from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, you’ve noticed a lot of athletes on top of their winter sports game.

How To

5 ways to get to know someone without using cookie-cutter questions

When it comes to networking events, there's a whole world of topics that you could potentially ask someone about. So why not ask about something appropriate that will let you in on who they really are? Here are a few lighthearted icebreaker questions that you can use when you want to get to know someone.

News

What Fergie’s National Anthem disaster (and response) can teach us about embracing failure

Fergie didn't shy away from the spotlight after her National Anthem performance. Instead, she embraced the moment and took full responsibility for how her rendition went.

News

Labor board rules ex-Google employee’s firing over ‘gender stereotypes’ was legal

A federal government agency has concluded that Google did not break labor laws for firing James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote a controversial memo about his company's diversity initiatives.

Inspiration

What past presidents can teach us about present-day leadership

For Presidents Day, we thought we'd explore what former American presidents can teach us about being leaders. Here are a few pearls of wisdom to think about during the holiday.

Inspiration

9 quotes from U.S. presidents we can apply to our careers

On the third Monday of February, people around the United States close up shops, companies, and schools to honor the past presidents. As many of us celebrate Presidents Day, here are some lessons of leadership we can apply to our own careers even if we aren't in charge of leading a nation.

Advice

Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord on how to embrace your power at work

Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord spoke with Ladders News on the heels of the release of her new book, POWERFUL: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. In the second of two parts, McCord discusses what employees can do to better themselves, and her time after Netflix.

Advice

Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord on how to fix your company

Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord spoke with Ladders News on the heels of the release of her new book, POWERFUL: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. In the first of two parts, McCord discusses corporations and what they can do to evolve.

Leadership

5 timeless words of career advice from former presidents

Before becoming the leaders of the free world, nearly every president had to work his way up the corporate ladder, learning plenty of lessons along the way.

News

81% of workers say they’ve either been bullied or witnessed it happening to a coworker

A staggering 81% of American workers report either having seen a colleague get bullied "in person" or having faced it themselves.

News

The crazy reason this U.S. senator can’t take maternity leave

Tammy Duckworth is certainly not the first working woman to be a mother, but this year, she is set to become the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office. She recently discussed the upcoming challenge of caring for a newborn while needing to be physically present for votes.

Advice

10 habits that will dramatically improve your life

10 rules to stop chasing the things that you think will make you happy, and start realizing that your peace and happiness are entirely up to you.

Productivity

How to balance your personal and professional life

Think about your future self and then do what you can right now to ensure you have the personal life to work-life balance you want later on.

Job search

4 things to do when interviewing for a job that feels out of your league

It's been reported that compared to men, women don’t always go out on a limb by applying for positions even though they don’t meet all the requirements as frequently, but you don't have to let that stop you. Here’s how to handle an interview for a position that feels out of your league.

Health

The sound of people chewing can actually stop you from getting work done

If the sound of people chewing gum in your office drives you crazy, there's a medical term for your frustration — misophonia, also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome.

Advice

How to juggle two projects at the same time

With so many meetings and a slew of other responsibilities at work, you're bound to spend a lot of time multi-tasking on two or more projects at the same time. Here are some tips to help manage it all.

News

Learn and earn: This language can help you cash in

Turns out, learning a second language can literally pay off. An MIT economist calculated the exact monetary returns of learning different foreign languages for U.S. college graduates and found that there are measurable benefits to learning how to conjugate German, French, and Spanish verbs.

Advice

Sarcasm vs. humor in the workplace

A rabbi, a priest, an imam, and a porn star walk into a bar … if you think a joke with that intro counts as appropriate workplace humor, you probably haven’t been paying enough attention. So, what does count as the right kind of humor and is sarcasm every an appealing option?

Productivity

6 ways, backed by research, to goof off and get more done

Research showing that being a touch lazy might be beneficial at times. Here are 6 of the best ways to slack off to be more productive.

News

Google is making email live and interactive

What if your email was a living, breathing thing that updated automatically? Google announced that Gmail is moving towards that future.

Advice

What to do when the workplace ‘Omarosa’ has choice words about your company

Here's what to do if an "Omarosa" is badmouthing your company after being let go.

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