January 15, 2021
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Getting Ahead
How to help your team all year, not just in January
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The new year doesn't wipe away ongoing challenges, so leaders must continue to be resilient, compassionate, consistent and encouraging to help employees be inspired and motivated, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "Leaders who train their eyes to find and celebrate the positive inspire the same in those around them," she writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (1/14) 
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When a new leader takes the helm of an organization, they can sometimes be tempted to make sweeping changes. This article extols the virtues of doing the opposite: making small tweaks.
Full Story: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge (1/13) 
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Companies want to keep their best talent as long as possible, but ineffective onboarding can make this difficult. Here are six suggestions to make onboarding as employee-friendly as possible.
Full Story: Business 2 Community (1/14) 
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Poll
Have you been out of work in the past 12 months?
Yes, for more than 6 months
 26.00%
Yes, for less than 6 months
 7.16%
Yes, but just short-term furlough
 6.10%
No
 60.74%
The Landscape
How much do you save by telecommuting?
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Companies could save about $11,000 a year per worker if they adopt a hybrid remote work model, according to Global Workplace Analytics. Employees who partially telecommute could save about $3,000 a year in expenses.
Full Story: Fox Business (1/14) 
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The Water Cooler
Can't swat that fly? This might be why
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Houseflies possess a special set of wings that helps them avoid fly swatters. While all fly species have these hindwings, only houseflies and blowflies use them to help them take off five times more quickly than other species, though researchers are not yet sure why. Of course, you could always try nabbing that fly with chopsticks.
Full Story: New Scientist (free content) (1/13) 
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief will not publish Monday
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, SmartBrief will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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