Talbot & Yoon Goober candlesA near half-decade after their conception, these little candle blobs still spark joy. Designed for the sheer purpose of emotional projection, Goober candles mean everything, but also nothing. But they’re sure to mean something to the lucky person you give them to this year. … [Read more...] about Give someone the gift of relaxation with these 11 wellness and self-care products
Keep an “energy log.” Reflect on what gives you energy and brings you joy. List those things. Pay particular attention to the things or people that drain your energy and steal your time. List those too. Then, identify one change you can make right now so that you’re doing more of what gives you energy and less of what doesn’t. Cut out the small stuff. As leaders, we mold our company culture by what we deem acceptable. So it’s up to us to get clear on what’s important; if it’s everything, it’s nothing. We can all do anything, but we can’t all do everything and maximize our productivity. Protect the few important things by saying “no” to the trivial many. Align your work with your values. Bring more of who you are to what you do. That starts with knowing who you are. We get energy from work that aligns with our inherent motivating needs. If my needs are met by my job, I collect energy. If my needs are unmet, I have … [Read more...] about Why monitoring your ’emotional gas tank’ is critical to fighting burnout
Office Design Is A Form Of “Ambient Sexism” “Reading this article was both upsetting and validating. It’s upsetting to find that so many women struggle with the same daily insecurities or discomforts at work that I do, but it’s validating to see this issue being described as real, sexist, and unacceptable. I have been struggling with whether to talk with my manager about one particular male employee who stares at me seemingly without any concern for discretion. (That’s not to say that discreetly staring at women is more acceptable than obviously staring, but it would at least prevent me from wasting brain space on this person if I was unaware of it.) It’s caused me to strategize alternate routes to the restroom so I don’t have to pass his desk (which is nearly impossible to do in our open office plan), makes me self-conscious about my choice of clothing, and distracts me from what I *should* be concentrating on at work. … [Read more...] about Readers respond: Open offices are terrible for women
These moves–timed to Data Privacy Day–come amid a broader period of public and regulatory scrutiny of the influence Facebook has in our lives, and how it’s been leveraged by malicious organizations to attack democratic institutions and trust in fundamental institutions. In recent weeks, the company has made significant changes to its platform, including modifying the News Feed to prioritize posts from friends and family over those from brands or organizations, and to turn to users to try to establish the trustworthiness of news sources. … [Read more...] about Facebook Reveals Its Privacy Principles For The First Time
There is a bit of an irony in intentionally putting plastic bottles into the river in order to better understand and eventually curb plastic pollution, and Duncan says they were keenly aware of this. At every location where researchers deployed a tracked bottled, they also did a beach clean up. “The net amount of plastic we have taken out of the system is much larger than what is contained in these tags,” she says. And she believes the knowledge gained was worth the litter. “Going back to my background in sea turtle research, the satellite tracking of these animals has helped us to begin to answer so many questions,” she says “It’s very similar to plastic pollution. We really need to understand how plastic moves and where it moves to.” … [Read more...] about How far does plastic float when it gets tossed in the ocean?