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8/3/2021

The Grapevine, Texas, police department is recruiting coffee shop baristas to fill empty emergency dispatcher posts, noting that both jobs require the ability to multitask, solve problems quickly and deal with both positive and negative interactions effectively. "The payoff is making a difference in people's lives, and working with a team of people who care," the department says in a social media post encouraging baristas to apply.

8/3/2021

The unexpected death in June of Scholastic CEO M. Richard Robinson Jr. resulted in a succession drama as his 2018 will bequeathed control of the family company -- publisher of "Harry Potter" books and "The Magic School Bus" -- as well as his personal possessions to Iole Lucchese, the company's chief strategy officer and Robinson's former longtime romantic partner. Robinson's failure to publicly name a successor and the surprise nature of the will has led his family, some of whom are interviewed in this article, to review their legal options.

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8/3/2021

Resistance -- whether it's yours or a co-worker's -- can prevent us from having necessary, difficult conversations about workplace tensions, writes Marlene Chism. Accepting your circumstances "may include setting boundaries, asking for what you want or gathering more information, but at least you're moving forward and out of resistance," Chism writes.

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8/3/2021

Leaders can improve their performance and build trust by asking employees for feedback and criticism, but the informal 360 works better when leaders promise the conversation will remain confidential, writes Scott Edinger, founder of Edinger Consulting. "It's powerful when leaders acknowledge their weaknesses, demonstrate their commitment to development, and make changes," Edinger writes.

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8/3/2021

Some professional development recommend forgoing daylong programs for classes that last an hour or two -- or just 60 seconds -- for the best employee experience. EdApp executive Darren Winterford says microlearning combats the "forgetting curve," while Merylee Crockett, people and culture director at IT services company Interactive, says about one-third of the company's employees have used 5- or 30-minute learning chunks to earn cybersecurity or cloud computing certification over the past year.

8/2/2021

As the pandemic persists, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says the retailer will mandate that its management and corporate employees get the COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 4, joining a number of other large employers, including Disney, in requiring vaccinations. McMillon also said Walmart would require masks for in-store staffers in regions that are seeing a spike in cases and will double the vaccine incentive for front-line team members from $75 to $150.

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8/2/2021

"Stillwater" writer and director Tom McCarthy spent time in Oklahoma getting a feel for the culture of the area and insight into how he would shape the main character, an oil worker. "They work hard, they have these fascinating lives," he said. "They're really specific in terms of their characteristics, a really specific sub-culture of Americans, even of Oklahomans."

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8/2/2021

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is filing a civil suit against Activision Blizzard because of claims of sexual harassment, sex discrimination and gender-based pay discrimination, while the company's employees staged a walkout to highlight four demands around improving conditions for workers, "especially women of color and transgender women, nonbinary people, and other marginalized groups." An anonymous former female employee of Activision Blizzard in a Digiday interview talks about a culture of sexism, racism, discrimination and harassment.

8/2/2021

Judith Martinez, owner of InHerShoes, said uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic taught her the value of delegation and creating a successful team, and encourages others to both seek a mentor and become one to others, Entrepreneur reported based on interviews with 10 successful female business leaders. Uchenna Lizmay Umeh, M.D., stressed the power of self-belief and a consistent work ethic, while Hokehe Effiong, M.D., said it's important to keep communicating with customers and to not neglect your own physical and mental health.

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7/30/2021

Target will pay a $200 bonus in August to all full- and part-time store store and distribution center employees and some corporate staffers who support customer and employee contact centers. It's the sixth round of employee bonuses the retailer has paid out since the pandemic began, and a report released late last year by the Brookings Institution found that Target, Best Buy and Home Depot provided the biggest pay raises and bonuses to employees during the pandemic.