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June 11, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
  • Want a bigger paycheck? Try hitting the gym
    Employees who exercise regularly earn 9% more than those who don't, according to a study published in the Journal of Labor Research. "This research validates what I always intuitively felt: that exercise clearly improved my energy, focus, mood and motivation -- making me a more valuable employee than I would have been without it," Victor Lipman writes. Forbes (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Use PowerPoint to set the stage for a good review
    While you might not like performance evaluations, they're a fact of life and you'll do better if you prepare for them, says Brian D. Poggi, the author of "I Am Not Average: How to Succeed in Your Performance Review." He suggests a short PowerPoint presentation outlining your strengths and contributions, which can help "prime the pump" for a good review. USA TODAY (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Making the Connection 
  • Lunch dates connect Thunderbird staffers
    A new program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management matches employees randomly for lunch dates. The StaffUnity program invites workers via e-mail to meet and uses an algorithm to ensure the same colleagues aren't repeatedly connected, says Tim Clarke, who launched the program. The Wall Street Journal/At Work blog (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Landscape 
  • Wage growth fell to 1.4% over the past 12 months
    Wages for workers are growing more slowly, with the growth rate slipping to 1.4% over the past year. Many companies continue to freeze wages and make new hires at lower salaries. "Wage growth lags well behind inflation, which means a decrease in purchasing power. This is bad news for our much-needed economic growth," says Keith Hall of George Mason University. The Washington Times (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Next Challenge 
  • 6 warning signs of a job scam
    Scammers sometimes target desperate job seekers by soliciting money for fake training programs or other services, Judi Perkins writes. Some red flags of these scams include poorly written advertisements, no contact information and auto-responder e-mails, she writes. (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Balancing Yourself 
  • Workers are most likely to gain weight at these jobs
    Teachers, marketing professionals and IT professionals are among the 10 occupations where employees are most likely to gain weight, according to a survey by Forty-four percent of Americans have gained weight at their job and 26% have gained more than 10 pounds, the survey found. Forbes (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The Water Cooler 
  • Kraft's biscuit boffins struggle with Chinese tastes
    At Kraft Food's Chinese biscuit-research lab, scientists conjure up crazy-sounding variations on iconic Western snacks in a bid to make them more palatable to Chinese consumers. That's led to the development of prototype products such as Ritz crackers with boiled-fish flavor and Oreo cookies filled with chewing gum. "The taste was OK. The problem was that you could not swallow it," says one food scientist. Reuters (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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