The type of work you do dictates the type of schedule you need, Shane Parrish writes. If you're a manager of people and things, you need a structure that allows you to make quick decisions, whereas an artist or other maker needs long blocks of uninterrupted time.
Darlene Solomon, chief technology officer at Agilent Technologies, helped the company work across disciplines and businesses to successfully move from an electronics focus to driving revenue in diagnostics and genomics. Also important, she says, is that Agilent maintained and funded a dedicated research and development lab despite business and CEO changes.
Skilled leaders can use humor to improve their communication in the moment and the chances it is retained, write Jamie Anderson and Gabor George Burt. Improved creativity is another potential benefit of the stress-relieving benefits of humor in the workplace.
If a co-worker is having a difficult time during the holidays, it's best not to tiptoe around the issue, according to grief experts. Resist the urge to compare experiences or vaguely offer help, and instead take action by lending a hand with a specific task or making a simple gesture, writes Monica Torres.
Facebook is offering its internal policy guidelines for fighting sexual harassment as a model for other Silicon Valley tech companies. The company requires training on the topic for managers, uses an investigation process designed to protect employees and allows termination of those who retaliate against co-workers who file harassment claims.
Many US employers have started offering sabbaticals to employees, allowing workers to recharge, travel or acquire new skills. A study by eDreams found 75% of working Americans said they would like to take an extended break, and 53% cited the desire to escape the stress of work as a contributing factor.
Professionals should resist the temptation to react angrily to negative anonymous feedback from peers or to advocate changing the review process. Instead, ignore useless feedback and focus on getting helpful pointers from your supervisors, writes Rob Walker.
Trello provides job seekers a convenient method of visually organizing search milestones. Trello can help job seekers keep track of customized resumes for specific positions as well as relevant deadlines, writes Kat Boogaard.
An Oklahoma couple whose infant's pacifiers were disappearing solved the mystery when a veterinarian removed 21 pacifiers from the family dog's stomach. The 4-year-old Shar-Pei had been vomiting and was seen walking off with a pacifier, prompting the visit to the vet.
Congress is examining legislation that would pre-empt state and local paid leave laws but encourage employers to offer workers paid leave and flexible work options. Opponents say the proposal would take away paid sick days required under local laws.