Transitioning to activity-based workplaces, marked by open layouts and a lack of dedicated desks, cubicles and private space, can be alarming and counterproductive depending on how it is introduced, writes Susan Fowler. Try to focus on the opportunities of such a workspace to fulfill your psychological needs and help you "make choices, deepen connections, and build competence," she writes.
Leaders can improve chemistry in a team by inviting every member to participate in the hiring process and embracing people's differences, writes Mike Figliuolo. "If you have some conflicting personalities -- which you will, because high-performing teams tend to attract strong personalities -- step back and help these team members identify shared beliefs or shared values and build up from there," he writes.
If consumers are uncertain about why your company exists or its brand value, it's time to revisit your messaging, writes Quantum Media Group CEO Ari Zoldan. "Think of the story you want to tell the world and then unify your messaging across all platforms," he writes.
People are more likely to accept an apology as sincere if you apologize quickly and in simple, direct terms, writes Ben Decker. "Acknowledge the facts and position what can change moving forward," he writes.
A federally backed digital currency might mean less cash is needed by businesses, consumers and banks, although there are questions to be answered, writes Lucas Mearian. "While a government-backed digital currency offers potential, it would also complicate monetary policies because central banks would have to manage and monitor cash reserves," he writes.
Although he doesn't do taxes, John Tax is a certified public accountant and an auditor who doesn't mind the compulsion to comment on his name. "I've heard all the jokes already, but I don't mind it; it makes people more at ease with me, and I can laugh at myself and the situation, and it does make the audit go smoother," says Tax.
Try to meet with people in person or over the phone once you have connected with them on LinkedIn, Stephanie Glass writes. Engage in groups and conversations, and keep an eye out for job opportunities.
Use action verbs and keywords that highlight the skills that the job you're applying for requires in order to improve the chances your online application will be shortlisted by an applicant tracking system, Amy Elisa Jackson writes.
It's best not to disclose your current salary to a recruiter or potential employer at the interview stage, Ben Chu writes. You could end up with a lower offer than you initially anticipated.
NASA scientists are curious about how a series of holes in ice on the Beaufort Sea, near the Arctic Ocean, were made. So far, scientists have theorized that a marine mammal or warm water flowing under the ice caused the holes, which Nathan Kurtz, a scientist with NASA's Operation IceBridge, said is unlike anything he's seen before.