People viewed as overly happy are also seen as uninformed and easier to exploit, Maurice Schweitzer says based on his research. "The baseline is some happiness, but when people go above that, when they're expressing it on their faces, the reaction they get is totally different from just sort of regular happiness or the normal ups and down that we have during the day," he says.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's lengthy statement last week signals he views his company as not just a business but as a creator of global "social infrastructure," a term he uses frequently but does not define. "Zuckerberg's manifesto ... is compromised by the undefined jargon, the unacknowledged conflicts, and the uncritical optimism about Facebook's ability to meet the needs and desires of all of its users at once," Will Oremus argues.
Since a firm's website is likely its key marketing and sales tool, it is important to maximize its performance, Gabriel Shaoolian writes. Optimizing conversion rates and adapting designs to devices are ways to attract more customers, he writes.
"Hidden Figures," a film about three African-American female mathematicians integral to the 1960s space race, is a perfect example of how deep prejudice interferes with talent recognition and progress, writes Terence Brake of TMA World. Brake urges employers to see the film and to normalize inclusivity, as prejudice appears to sneak back into the mainstream.
Stay away from discussing your current pay level when negotiating a salary for a new job, says Josh Doody, author of "Fearless Salary Negotiation." He also advises shooting for a specific number for your new salary instead of vaguely asking for "more."
Taking on a business partner can be advantageous in certain situations, writes Phil La Duke, who reviews five key questions to ask. Consider whether the potential partner has complementary skills and whether he or she shares your vision for the company.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed a proposal that would hire thousands of additional DHS officers and increasing the number of deportations. The proposal also includes a plan to build a wall along the southern US border.
California state Sen. Kevin de Leon has proposed a new bill that, if signed into law, would require the state to source 100% of its total electricity needs from clean energy sources by 2045. Jim Woodruff, president of the Large-scale Solar Association, said, "I think by putting these goals out, it's making a pretty powerful statement, not only in the US, but globally, that if we set out the goals and put the resources to it, those goals can be achieved."
A study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that older employees who continue working past the retirement age can help boost the country's labor force. While workers have continued in their positions for longer periods of time since the 1990s, experts say an increase in older workers could help keep the workforce larger for a longer amount of time.
When former Judge Michael Guadagno retired from the New Jersey Appellate Division of the state Superior Court, he wrote a letter announcing his retirement to the New Jersey secretary of state, who happened to be his wife, Kim Guadagno. Michael Guadagno wrote that there was "no need to respond to this letter, as we can discuss this matter over dinner."
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