The University of Maryland says it is investigating the culture and coaching tactics of its football program after the death of freshman offensive lineman Jordan McNair. Some players report abuse and humiliation from strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who has resigned, but others say these tactics aim to eliminate "the soft and the weak-minded."
Develop self-awareness by surrounding yourself with people who challenge you and provide honest feedback, Audrey Epstein writes. Assume positive intent from your colleagues and address rifts immediately, without resorting to gossip.
Long breaks from work or sabbaticals are an opportunity to strengthen skills and gain diversity of thought, career consultant Amanda Augustine says. Sabbaticals are becoming more common as companies have become less wary of employment gaps, notes recruiter Jodi Chavez.
LinkedIn and other social networks have become far more important than resumes for landing a job, Kathryn Vasel writes. Resumes have become less than 10% of the hiring process, says Macy Andrews, senior director of HR at Cisco.
Performance-management software should include features for feedback, succession planning and custom reporting, writes Anna Smith, chief editor of TalentGuard. "A performance management software solution should integrate into other technology components of the business, offering data sharing of relevant information when it is needed," Smith writes.
More employee-assistance programs are using apps and virtual therapy to help employees deal with stress, anxiety and depression, says Marina London, communications director for the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. "But to be clear, no app is a substitute for EAP counseling with the counselor," London says.
Artificial intelligence helps managers understand employee concerns, provide solutions and even act before problems arise, writes Jim Barnett, CEO of Glint. "Harnessing millions of data points across surveys and business data, AI can pinpoint major problems on the horizon by analyzing historic trends and connections that are typically hidden without a data science intervention," he writes.
Sonic restaurant crews use an online portal as part of their annual competitive training program, which gives employees an ongoing education and culminates in a final competition involving 12 teams. The competition spans nine months of team and individual challenges held in-person and online.
Research your salary using tools like Glassdoor and consult your network to get an idea of how much you should be earning, Elaine Varelas writes. Companies in some states can no longer ask about previous salaries, so it's up to you to determine fair market value, she notes.
Get noticed on LinkedIn by participating in group discussions, building your network and publishing content. Consistently putting out good content will attract positive attention and develop you as a thought leader in your industry, Jack Kelly writes.
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