Your boss will appreciate you for asking this question | Deal with disputes in person, not over email | How to handle a holiday party blunder
December 15, 2017
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Getting Ahead
Your boss will appreciate you for asking this question
Your boss will appreciate you for asking this question
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Ask your manager, "What keeps you up at night?" to uncover issues you may be able to help address, writes Erin McDermott Peterson, a partner with PeopleResults. The answer will give you an idea of how you can be more useful while showing your boss you are focused on solving problems.
The Muse (12/13) 
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Deal with disputes in person, not over email
When a dispute arises, avoid the temptation to discuss a topic over email or through other text-based means, writes Jessica Stillman. Instead, use your voice, which humanizes you and encourages others to listen with respect.
Inc. online (12/12) 
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Making the Connection
How to handle a holiday party blunder
How to handle a holiday party blunder
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You can avoid embarrassing situations at holiday parties by limiting your drinking or leaving early if you sense that drama is about to unfold. It's also a good idea to avoid posting photos of co-workers on social media and tagging them without their permission, writes Rachel Weingarten.
Ladders (12/13) 
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The Landscape
Hotel staff armed with panic buttons for guest threats
Hotel staff armed with panic buttons for guest threats
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Hotels under pressure to protect employees from sexual harassment and other abuse from guests have installed panic buttons for emergency alerts. Workers in New York City and Seattle have such devices, and the Chicago City Council has mandated implementation by summer.
Bloomberg (free registration) (12/13) 
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Your Next Challenge
Stella.ai aims to help employers, job seekers find each other
Stella.ai hopes to create a job search marketplace that will allow companies to choose from a larger pool of candidates and help job seekers get their resumes in front of better opportunities. If a job seeker's application is rejected, the artificial intelligence marketplace company can reroute him or her to other recruiters or companies that might be a better fit.
Fast Company (12/2017) 
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Balancing Yourself
Millennials struggle to strike work-life balance
The integration of work and technology has made it more difficult for millennials to enjoy a healthy work-life balance, even as companies embrace flexible work options. "Setting boundaries around when you do and do not work will help relieve pressure to always be performing," writes Kaytie Zimmerman.
Forbes (12/13) 
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The Water Cooler
Temperature, density key to forming latte layers
Engineers have attempted to understand how lattes made in a certain order separate themselves into layers. Scientists recreated the phenomenon in a lab, discovering that the connection between temperature and density was key to layer separation.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12/12) 
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Nelson Mandela,
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