Controversial opinions are best conveyed in person | Sunk costs can keep you from quitting a bad job | Know what types of public speaking make you uncomfortable
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November 14, 2017
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Controversial opinions are best conveyed in person
Controversial opinions are best conveyed in person
Colleagues are more likely to perceive you positively if you express controversial views face-to-face rather than over email, suggests a study published in Psychological Science. "[A] person's voice reveals something more fundamental: the presence of a humanlike mind capable of thinking and feeling," the study reads.
Ladders (11/13) 
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Sunk costs can keep you from quitting a bad job
Professionals can be reluctant to move on from a job because they feel doing so would waste the time and effort they've already put into the position, Leila Hock writes. It's useful to be aware of this concept -- referred to by economists as "sunk costs" -- because it can also apply in group projects and social situations.
The Muse (11/13) 
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Making the Connection
Know what types of public speaking make you uncomfortable
When people say public speaking makes them anxious, they often are referring to a specific audience size and familiarity with that audience. Each situation -- big or small audience, familiar crowd or strangers -- requires a different approach and practice regimen.
Manner of Speaking (11/5) 
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The Landscape
Demonstrators rally for safe workplaces
Demonstrators rally for safe workplaces
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Hundreds of demonstrators have rallied in Los Angeles to protest the culture of harassment in the entertainment industry. Journalist Lauren Sivan, who has accused producer Harvey Weinstein, told the crowd, "We want our daughters and sons to be able to go to a workplace and never have to take a meeting with a dude in a bathrobe."
USA Today/The Associated Press (11/12) 
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Your Next Challenge
Watch for these red flags during the hiring process
Certain warning signs can help you detect a bad working environment before you accept a job offer, Alison Green writes. If you found the hiring process to be chaotic or if managers say the company is "like a family," consider these indications of a potentially dysfunctional culture.
U.S. News & World Report (11/13) 
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The Water Cooler
Poland to citizens: Take cue from rabbits and multiply
Poland to citizens: Take cue from rabbits and multiply
The Polish government is asking citizens to reproduce to combat the country's low birth rate. Poland's health ministry released a video narrated by a rabbit who explains the keys to reproductive health, complete with the message, "If you ever want to be a parent, follow the example of rabbits."
Fox News/The Associated Press (11/9) 
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No person is your friend ... who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.
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