While most professionals assume that a mentor should be an older person, there are advantages to having a younger mentor, writes Kathy Bloomgarden. For instance, a younger mentor can keep you up to date on new technology trends while providing you with a fresh perspective.
Work with your IT and legal departments to review and manage your vendors, says Matthew Kaiser, managing director of Lockton Benefit Group. Also, schedule occasional meetings with the vendors to discuss goals and products, make sure you have nondisclosure agreements to protect data, and be wary of liability terms that favor vendors.
Companies are starting to use texting apps such as Canvas to communicate with and screen job candidates, though the level of formality needed for such exchanges can be difficult to gauge.
Artificial intelligence is helping HR with many recruitment tasks, but humans still are needed to determine the best candidate for the job, writes Charles Handler. "The good news is that advances in AI technology are most often seen as a collaborative effort between man and machine," he writes.
Companies should take a mobile-first approach to employee training, offering short learning programs on and off the job via workers' smartphones, writes Scott Burgess, CEO of Continu. "You should build a product for a mobile experience rather than just an add-on ... because it will provide better experiences for the user," he says.
You'll be more productive if you get the least enjoyable tasks of your day out of the way first, said Drew Stevens. "Get the calls, the reports, the meeting with the nasty client all out of the way first and the remainder of the day is easier," Stevens said.
Professionals who find themselves getting annoyed by the simplest things are likely suffering from burnout rather than a poor career fit, writes Emily Heaslip. Burnout can also make employees less likely to make small talk with colleagues.
Asteroids may provide valuable sources of platinum, gold, iron and other resources for future mining expeditions. "While the psychological barrier to mining asteroids is high, the actual financial and technological barriers are far lower," Goldman Sachs said in a report.
It's important to know how people perceive you around the office, particularly if you're considered a negative individual, writes Stephanie Vozza. If you find yourself rushing to assign blame or having a hard time letting go of previous mistakes, others are likely to consider you a downer.
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