The number of Americans filing for state unemployment benefits fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 207,000, the smallest number since December 1969, the Labor Department said. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected claims to rise to 220,000.
When communicating with colleagues, don't be long-winded, don't interrupt and don't be quick to debate everything, Art Petty writes. "Ask for feedback from trusted colleagues on your communication style, including whether you are known for sharing ideas and communicating in a crisp, transparent manner," he advises.
The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City is displaying handwriting of historical figures including Sigmund Freud and Marie Antoinette. Included is a note by Michelangelo in which he orders marble for the San Lorenzo church facade.
Avon is trying to become a digitally driven company that sells online rather than door-to-door, shifting its focus to international markets where e-commerce is less established. Avon sold its US business and is now based in London as it seeks a survival strategy.
Getting the most from your team requires knowing the type of feedback to give to each person, writes Dan Rockwell. Experienced workers often do best with constructive criticism, while newer employees need positive reinforcement.
Activities like writing or mediating can lead to flow states, in which stresses of the external world disappear and creativity is unleashed, Vivian Wagner writes. "Flow doesn't just happen -- I must set myself up for it, giving myself the time and space and permission needed to focus solely on a task at hand," she writes.
Michelle Capozza, who co-owns family manufacturer Babbitt Bearings in Syracuse, N.Y., offers insight into being an effective leader, which includes being a good communicator and listener. "There's a saying that people don't leave jobs, they leave bad bosses," she says.
Spend your time and energy with people who believe in you and are willing to offer constructive criticism, and avoid people who reveal themselves to be self-absorbed and conniving, writes LaRae Quy. "While we need different types of personalities in our life to bring out the best in us, only share your dreams and goals with people who value them as much as you do," she writes.
People often claim their first memories are from age 2, but many of these early remembrances are most likely false, according to a study in Psychological Science. Even still, researchers said, such false memories can have a positive effect on people's development and well-being.