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12/9/2019

About one in five people are highly sensitive, meaning they feel and think more deeply, experience more work stress, are easily affected by criticism and are more prone to burnout. To reduce overstimulation, highly sensitive managers should consider holding office hours to handle issues instead of having an open door policy, suggests career coach Melody Wilding.

12/9/2019

Satisfied and engaged workers perform better and stay at companies longer, so it's in the best interest of employers to give workers what they need. Employees should give frequent feedback to their manager about what tasks they're good at and what projects will benefit from their talents, says sociologist Tracy Brower.

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12/9/2019

Delivery and warehouse companies were unable to hire the amount of seasonal workers they wanted this year, which could mean shipping delays. With record breaking e-commerce for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, job listings for drivers, package handlers, material movers, order pickers and packagers are up while retail jobs are down, reports ZipRecruiter economist Julia Pollak.

12/9/2019

Companies such as Aetna and Google offer mindfulness training to reduce stress as part of their wellness benefits, and research suggests that group mindfulness may lead to conflict reduction and help workers interact with each other without judgment. John Murphy, author of "The Miracle Minded Manager," said the best way to introduce mindfulness or meditation to employees is by providing the facts and science behind it and reinforcing how it can improve health and well-being.

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Fast Company online
12/9/2019

The Farfield Co. has 82.7% of its eligible employees participating in the company's 401(k), even though it does not provide an employer contribution. Kathleen Long, vice president of human resources, credits the high participation rate to employee education, plan flexibility and online investment tools.

12/6/2019

Job gains for November reached 266,000, according to the monthly jobs report released by the Department of Labor today. This is an increase over October, when employers added 156,000 jobs, and the US unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.5%.

12/6/2019

Whether in the workplace or other parts of life, breaking a bad habit can be hard, but Dr. Judson Brewer has steps to help. First map out your habit loops, then pay attention to the act and what made you start, and then give yourself an alternative reward such as being curious that can fill a craving in the moment.

12/6/2019

Before your next presentation, run "the bar test" by asking how you would deliver this at a bar, what if you only had napkins to show graphics, and how would that change your presentation, says Nicole Kahn. This test makes sure the presentation's point is clear and will grab listeners' attention.

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Inc. online
12/6/2019

Healthcare and technology dominate the list of fastest-growing occupations, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-2028 projections report. However, sales, office administration, production and manufacturing jobs will decline.

12/6/2019

Some businesses struggle holding onto talent in a hot job market, but a recent survey by Nonprofit HR shows a small percentage of businesses are using a stay interview to retain employees. These checkup interviews can make employees feel valued, let management learn about employee issues and ultimately reduce turnover.