October 28, 2021
SmartBrief on Your Career
Getting Ahead
Career advice could be a lot better
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Just about every adult has received some form of unsolicited career advice. Trite phrases such as "follow your passion" or "take your career into your own hands" are just some of tropes people say that are rooted in outdated or vague information. But since writing off that advice could be just as foolish as blindly accepting it, two experts have provided evidence-based analysis of which career suggestions deserve your attention and which do not.
Full Story: Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (10/27) 
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The number of women transitioning jobs, which can include leaving the workforce completely, spiked 54% in 2021 compared to a year ago, while four out of 10 women are burned out, according to LinkedIn. Female workers talk about why they are rethinking their jobs during the pandemic, from wanting to pursue a career they're passionate about to being forced out of the workforce due to factors such as daycare costs.
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Avoid micromanaging your team by giving them clear guidance on what success looks like, a system of regular progress reports, motivation to meet deadlines and an accountability process, writes Know Your Team CEO Claire Lew. "True team accountability is about doing everything you can to create the clearest possible picture for what needs to get done and why, and sharing as much context as possible to achieve those expectations," Lew writes.
Full Story: Know Your Team (10/27) 
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Procrastination is commonly attributed to poor time management, but what's often more important is proper motivation and meaning, writes Susan Fowler. "At the beginning of each day, focus on making choices that connect to meaningful values and build your competence for facing everyday challenges," she writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (10/27) 
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The Landscape
Employers that say they'll lower the pay of remote employees based on their location are unlikely to follow through with it because the policy would hurt employee engagement and cost money if employees quit, HR consultants say. "Chances are, if you you have to go out to market to replace them, you're going to have to pay [their replacement] more anyway," says Jason Walker, co-founder of Thrive HR Consulting.
Full Story: CNBC (10/27) 
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Employers should redevelop office arrangements with employees' scheduling preferences in mind and plan to frequently revise flexible workplace models, executives say. "Now it's like, 'All right, how do we think of the office as a tool, no different than Gmail or Slack or Google Meets?'"says Anthony Onesto, chief people officer at Suzy.
Full Story: HR Dive (10/22) 
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The Water Cooler
A first-of-its-kind breast cancer vaccine study begins
Cleveland Clinic and Anixa Biosciences have begun trials for a vaccine that may one day prevent triple-negative breast cancer, the most aggressive and lethal form of the disease. In the initial phase of the study, researchers will aim to find the highest possible dose that patients can tolerate. According to the clinic, this form of breast cancer is twice as likely to occur in African-American women.
Full Story: BioSpace (San Francisco) (10/27) 
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