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Bad behavior is contagious: Beware of the company that you keep

Today's Top Stories July 17, 2018

How to be happy in today’s crazy world: 3 secrets from research

Sometimes it feels like the world is actively conspiring against your happiness.

38 lessons that will help you write a good business email

I had to write emails every day for 4 years in a high-pressured sales environment.

success

4 ways to execute a stretch assignment like a rockstar

The stakes are high here.

The Whole Human

How mindfulness can transform your hellish commute into an oasis

How we commute to work sets the tone for the rest of our day, but for too many of us, it’s a lousy experience filled with rotten smells, honking cars, and miserable passengers.

Office Life

6 signs your boss is taking advantage of you

Here, experts give the tell-tale signs your boss is taking advantage of you — and more importantly, what to do about it.

Networking

How to use the first five minutes of networking to impress

In the first five minutes of any conversation, the smartest networkers do what no one expects.

Advice

4 ways clever people use meetings to increase their visibility

Are meetings actually an opportunity to showcase yourself?

Highest Paying Jobs

These are the Top 15 companies hiring for $100K+ jobs in April 2018

Are you looking for a job? To help in your job search, Ladders has compiled this list of companies hiring for the most $100K+ jobs as of April, 2018. Ladders puts this data together using its continuously updated database of the highest paying jobs.

Office Life

Who’s the boss? Why strong leaders are ‘servants’

The best way to get your team to have your back is to win their hearts and minds. The road to that for leaders is to ‘Serve.’

habits

The one habit that makes it easier to achieve your goals

Instead of trying to achieve all your goals at once — leading to burnout and failure — why not create your own “keystone habits” to get more done by doing less?

Office Life

8 surprising things ultra productive people do every day

You don’t need to work longer or push yourself harder — you just need to work smarter. Ultra-productive people know this. They squeeze every drop out of every hour without expending any extra effort.

Productivity

Here’s why your gut instinct is wrong at work – and how to know when it isn’t

Research that I and others have conducted on decision-making offers some clues on when we should – and shouldn’t – listen to our guts.

The Job search

I’ve applied for many jobs without getting a single interview. What am I doing wrong?

Why are you not getting an interview? Our guess is you’re making the same mistake most people do: you’re making your resume about you instead of about the reader.

Productivity

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

So how do you go about increasing your attention span? First step: don’t waste what little you have …

Office Life

How to boost trust with your boss – whether you’re new or in the doghouse

You can use specific methods to make people trust you again at work, but what happens when you're at a new job or have fallen out of favor with your manager, specifically? Here's how to get into their good graces.

News

Female-only coworking space accused of discrimination

Are women only co-working spaces really discriminatory?

Business travel

5 hacks this 26-year-old CEO uses to survive traveling all the time

Take it from someone on a plane half her month.

Career advice

Richard Branson on flex policies, what Virgin looks for in an employee, and lessons learned

Entrepreneur Richard Branson gave a keynote presentation this week at the Adobe Summit, a digital marketing conference, in which he made a serious case for why Americans need more vacation time.

entrepreneurs

6 things I’ve learned from a decade working with female entrepreneurs

These are the six steps the most successful women entrepreneurs undertake to break through to scale.

Office Life

What to do when you’re not winning in the trust department at work

The looming feeling that people in your office don't think they can rely on you can be a rough spot to be in. Here's how to win trust at work — whether it's from your coworkers, your direct reports or your own boss.

News

Reputation (not skill) more likely to get a crowdsourcing idea funded

When you're buying an unfinished product from someone crowdfunding their idea on the internet, trust matters — even more than actual skill.

The Whole Human

This is what your pre-bed routine reveals about your work personality

Whatever small action you take before bed can say a lot about your personality type.

News

Survey: Salary is more taboo than sex, marriage woes and STDs

We are more willing to bring up our messy marriages, conniving coworkers, and declining health before we bring up salaries with our closest friends.

Career Change

6 job search tips to consider that will enhance your success

Instead of just basking in that good news and hoping the market does the work for you, adopt a proactive attitude to help beat the competition.

Job search

Here’s how to write an email to a potential employer

It's easier than it seems — as long as you follow certain etiquette and avoid the most common mistakes that modern job-seekers make.

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Health

Science says this is the optimal time to drink your coffee

The pros and cons of drinking coffee could be debated for hours. But, this is no debate: You have probably been drinking your coffee at the wrong time of day for years.

Advice

Why the secret to nailing an interview is the exact opposite of what everybody thinks

Congratulations, you’ve made the short list of candidates for your dream job. Now all you have to do is pass the final test: How do I walk into the room and convince the decision makers that I’m their best choice?

News

69% of employees waste 1 month a year on workplace apps

New research shows that 69% of employees report spending up to one hour daily going back and forth between apps, which is up to a whopping 32 days annually.

Microsoft’s CEO on the power of being a ‘learn-it-all’