Technology Tuesday: October 17

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Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.

This week: The internet on Mars, materials created out of DNA, Google’s AI can now program other AI, a look at how automated vehicles will transform cities, and NASA’s new Ion Drive. Continue reading

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How to Handle a Co-worker’s Competitiveness

competeAuthor: Gloria Larson
Source: The Daily Muse

We’ve all been there: Your big idea’s stolen by a colleague at a meeting, or you were upstaged in front of the boss.

Competition happens in most work environments, whether friendly or intentional. People from different backgrounds are working closely, which can lead to great collaboration, but also to different opinions or outright competitiveness.

In the cases of an intentional co-worker who’s purposefully trying to drag you down, I’d recommend speaking to your manager (and here are tips on how to do that). But I also understand that’s not always the best move on your part.

Throughout my career, I’ve learned to use competition to my advantage.

Here are three tips for doing it:

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Weekend Planner: October 13

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You’ve worked hard all week, and now Friday’s here again! It’s time to start planning your weekend!  Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.

Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

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Be a Hardworking Employee Without Sacrificing Your Personal Life

worklifeAuthor: Abby Wolfe
Source: The Daily Muse

Let’s be real for a second. These days, many of us live in a world of excess, where more is definitely better. We heap our plates full with seconds when we’re already full, overstuff a drawer with t-shirts we’ll never wear again, and ensure that we own at least 20 mugs. (I know, I know—each of those mugs serves a very specific purpose.)

Often, we apply this “more is more” principle to our professional lives, too. Clocking in at the crack of dawn and logging off only when our eyelids can’t stay open anymore are often heralded as hallmarks of star employees.

But, I have news for you: This type of lifestyle is not necessary for success, growth, or job satisfaction. In fact, I’d argue that it can actually hurt you (but that’s a story for a different day).

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How Compassion Can Lead to Stronger Bonds at Work

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Authors: Monica C. Worline, Jane E. Dutton, Ashley E. Hardin
Source: Harvard Business Review

Connecting with others is at the heart of human nature. Recent research emphasizes that the power of connections can help us be creative, resilient, even live longer. But we can easily overlook the importance of these bonds. As popular writer and researcher Adam Grant has noted, the pressure of tight deadlines and the pace of technology mean that fewer Americans are finding friendship in the workplace. In fact, many of us are further disconnecting from the people we work with: we’re more stressed out than ever, and half of us regularly experience incivility in our jobs.

How can we create possibilities for connection in what is sometimes a hostile atmosphere? We believe there needs to be more compassion.

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Job Shop Staff is Getting Ready for Halloween

Tammy is showing her Halloween spirit in these pictures of her and her family! Are you ready for Halloween?

Don’t forget, we’ll be running a pumpkin contest for the month of October, so check out the detains and bring us your creations!

Weekend Planner: October 6

WeekendPlanner

You’ve worked hard all week, and now Friday’s here again! It’s time to start planning your weekend!  Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.

Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

Continue reading