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How to Minimize Stress Before, During, and After Your Vacation

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Jan 2019

How to Minimize Stress Before, During, and After Your Vacation

It’s a Catch-22 millions of workers face: You plan a vacation to relax, rejuvenate, and forget all about the stresses of work. But being out of the office means cramming in extra work up until you leave — and making up for lost time once you return. So perhaps it’s little surprise that a study in the Netherlands found vacationers are no happier than non-vacationers after a break....

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The Case for the 6-Hour Workday

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Dec 2018

The Case for the 6-Hour Workday

The eight-hour workday harkens back to 19-century socialism. When there was no upper limit to the hours that organizations could demand of factory workers, and the industrial revolution saw children as young as six-years-old working the coal mines, American labor unions fought hard to instill a 40-hour work week, eventually ratifying it as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. So much has changed...

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Research: When Overconfidence Is an Asset, and When It’s a Liability

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Dec 2018

Research: When Overconfidence Is an Asset, and When It’s a Liability

What happens to people who are overconfident? Are they generally rewarded, promoted, and respected? Or do we distrust them and avoid collaborating with them? Our research suggests it may depend on how they express confidence. One way people express confidence is verbally. We make specific, numeric expressions of confidence in our judgments, such as when making probabilistic forecasts (e.g., I’m 90% sure), or when estimating...

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When Managers Are Overworked, They Treat Employees Less Fairly

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Dec 2018

When Managers Are Overworked, They Treat Employees Less Fairly

Fair managers can reap big dividends. Extensive research finds that employees who feel fairly treated are better performers, helpful to colleagues, more committed to their workgroups and the organization, and less likely to steal or be rude to others. Yet, all too often, employees find themselves being treated unfairly – their boss makes decisions concerning them without consultation or due process, or their boss is inconsistent in...

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Conscious Clothing? Why Fashion’s Going Green

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Nov 2018

Conscious Clothing? Why Fashion’s Going Green

Apparel makers don’t want to risk being late to what could be a consequential shift in consumer preferences. For years now, we’ve watched the old guard of the packaged-food industry get pummeled as consumers look to fill their grocery carts with trendier items bearing feel-good labels such as “natural” or “sustainably sourced.” The beauty business, too, has had to adapt to this changing ethos; hence...

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How To Become An Irreplaceable Employee, Part 2

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Nov 2018

How To Become An Irreplaceable Employee, Part 2

The holidays are upon us, and there’s no better time to start planning goals and resolutions for the new year. For many of us, being better in the workplace will be near the top of that list. Now that you’ve vowed to not commit any of the “don’ts” of being an irreplaceable employee, it’s time to focus on the “do’s”. Here are some values to commit...

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How To Spot An Irreplaceable Employee

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Oct 2018

How To Spot An Irreplaceable Employee

Employees and employers have a shared interest in discovering the attributes that define the all-time favorite employees. Employees want to be the most-favored, and employers seek to attract those individuals who seem irreplaceable. Michael Gottlieb is the founding partner of Momentum Law Group – a law firm that serves entrepreneurs. At a recent meeting of his monthly CEO round table, he asked the group, “ What attributes would...

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To Connect with Your Audience, Share Personal Stories

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Oct 2018

To Connect with Your Audience, Share Personal Stories

Leaders often shy away from sharing personal stories in their talks and presentations, because they’re afraid of revealing their struggles or appearing unprofessional. But this is a missed opportunity to connect with your audience: Stories that expose our human flaws and vulnerabilities are often what inspire people. To unearth your inspiring stories, think through the nouns that are important to you — the people, places,...

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