LinkedIn's "Search Appearances" feature allows users to see how many people are finding them via LinkedIn searches, which can help them optimize their accounts, writes John Nemo. In addition, users can monitor their All-Star status to see what aspects of their profile still need to be improved.
Gaining the support of your boss doesn't have to mean kissing up or engaging in meaningless tasks, writes Jesse Wood, CEO of eFileCabinet. Work smarter by eliminating wasteful processes and avoid blame-shifting when things don't go as planned.
Productive employees tend to leave jobs when they feel they don't have the opportunity to grow or aren't appreciated for the work that they do, writes Joel Garfinkle. Other reasons that employees may leave include a lack of company transparency about the future or clashes with co-workers.
Cloud computing provider Veeva Systems has filed a lawsuit against three companies, challenging their noncompete agreements that discourage employees from moving on to California companies. Veeva says the agreements stifle competition and keep employees from career advancement.
If you want to secure a promotion, one of the best ways to ensure you continually improve is to listen to feedback from your co-workers. Don't be afraid to look like you don't know something simply because you solicit feedback, advises Christopher Myers.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and other lawmakers are calling on the Labor Department to issue guidance on the applicability of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to the auto-portability of retirement savings. They said in a letter to Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta that the Employee Benefit Research Institute found a clearinghouse automatically rolling over plan balances to new employers' plans could produce an extra $2 trillion of retirement savings by the time workers reached age 65.
Entrepreneur Patrick Bet-David says he suffered panic attacks before shifting his outlook to focus only on things he could control. He says he also re-examined his long-term goals and learned to live in the present.
Perks such as monthly maid services, company gyms, monthly massages and Fridays where work ends by 3 p.m. are helping some companies improve their employees' quality of life. "We extend work into employees' lives, we have to start extending them a little bit of quid pro quo," said Neil Vaswani, CEO of benefits consulting firm Corestream.
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