June 7, 2021
SmartBrief on Your Career
Getting Ahead
You're not alone; in a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 42% of respondents have gained 29 pounds in the last 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tips include wearing ponte knit pants and supplementing your wardrobe with versatile neutrals.
Full Story: HuffPost (6/4) 
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Amazon program aims to get professionals back to work
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Amazon has begun its "Returnship" program with plans to help professionals who have been out of work for more than a year get back into the workforce through paid training and job opportunities with the retailer. The program is especially for women who had to leave their positions because of the pandemic, and Amazon said it plans to hire 1,000 people through the program in the next several years.
Full Story: Fortune (tiered subscription model) (6/3) 
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What employers should consider with vaccine mandates
Executives discuss how workplaces and culture could now be affected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's announcement that vaccine mandates and incentives are legal, with some caveats. 4A's Mark Piazza suggests agencies work with employees to meet the needs of both groups, and cautions, "Be consistent to avoid creating irregularities."
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The Landscape
The pandemic and remote working are fueling a trend in asynchronous working, where people can work at times that best suit their own personal productivity instead of traditional business hours. "The pandemic has awakened everyone to the idea that there are 24 hours in the day and not all humans work to their optimal best at the same time," says Joanna Howes, a leadership coach.
Full Story: Digiday (tiered subscription model) (6/7) 
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 18,000 reports of fake job listings have been made to the FBI with the cybercriminals mainly targeting PII and bank information as the ultimate prize. Ty Mezquita shares tips on how to spot a fake job listing and protect yourself during a job search.
Full Story: Business 2 Community (6/4) 
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Balancing Yourself
Brain fog, or an inability to focus on work, reduces performance quality and speed, increases stress and could be an indication of job burnout, Bryan Robinson, Ph.D., writes in Forbes. To combat this, Dr. Robinson shares eight activities that can be performed at work to stay on-track, including the 365 breathing activity, or breathing six times per minute for five minutes at least three times per day; observing the second hand on a watch when feeling distracted; and taking a 20-second break for every 20 minutes spent in front of a screen.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (6/6) 
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The Water Cooler
Sharks might have suffered their own pandemic
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Researchers recently uncovered evidence of a massive shark die-off that occurred about 19 million years ago. The fishy thing is that there is no explanation for why 70% of the world's sharks died. There was no known climate calamity or ecosystem disruption. Perhaps JAWS-19 was to blame?
Full Story: Yale University (6/4) 
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