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Unhappy at work?

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Ask for more autonomy. From NBCNews.com.
Research Says This Is the Secret to Being Happy at Work Every business owner, manager and supervisor in the country wants to keep their employees happy — but it's not as straightforward as it sounds.  According to a Gallup poll, only about 30 percent of workers feel actively engaged or connected to their workplace, and low morale costs businesses anywhere from $450 billion to $550 billion per year. Unhappy, disengaged workers are more likely to be absent, more likely to take sick days, are less productive and are more prone to leaving prematurely.  But what are the root causes of low employee morale? Some employers think it's all about money; they throw salary raises and cash bonuses at their employees to improve morale. And while that might be cause for temporary satisfaction, consistent raises may actually decrease morale and productivity, making employees complacent in a predictable environment where performance means little.  Instead…

Infographic Friday

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Helicoptor parenting

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Is a term no longer politically correct, evidently. As the cost of higher education goes up, direct parental involvment does as well. From The Atlantic.
The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent
Is it possible for parents to be too involved in their children’s lives when they go to college? Parents have to help their kids without overpowering them, Cohen said. Kids need to become “comfortable with the uncomfortable” and learn to navigate tricky academic and social challenges on their own. He travels to schools around the country, including my neighborhood’s high school, giving talks to parents about when and how to get engaged in their children’s college lives. 
Excessive parental involvement in the lives of their college-aged children, Hamilton said, extends the timeframe for parenting past the 0-18 years. It delays adulthood in children. And, most importantly for Hamilton, it exacerbates socioeconomic inequality. Students without helicopter parents, she’s found, are less likely than those …

Body language 101

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Or how to become more fluent in langage du corps. Here are some tips from MSN.com.
8 Body Language Tips That Will Make You More Likeable
Body language is extremely important when it comes to making good first impressions. It's always helpful to know what body cues show you in a positive light, especially during interviews or networking when you're meeting someone for the first time. It can make a difference and even make you more likeable. Keep these tips in mind when you're interacting with another person: Smile slowly. If you're too quick to come to a smile or drop one, your expression may not look genuine. Real smiles happen gradually, but remember not to do it too slowly because it can also look creepy. Do your best to mimic a natural smile by practicing in the mirror. Speak in a deeper voice. When you're nervous or excited, your voice may come out in a higher pitch. Take a deep breath and lower your pitch, because a deeper voice is considered to have more autho…

Tales of the nontraditional

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It's never too late for college. From InsideEdition.com.
Great-Great Grandmother Gets College Degree: 'My Mom Always Wanted Me to Go to College'
You’re never too old to learn something new.  That’s what great-great grandmother Shirley Fuller of Raleigh, N.C., had in mind when she graduated from college this week.  "I was helping my kids achieve their goals and I decided that I don't want to die without getting a degree," she told InsideEdition.com  The 70-year-old is finally graduating from Wake Tech Community College after taking a break from school when she was in the 10th grade to get married.  "I went back to high school as a full time student — I didn't want the GED thing," she told InsideEdition.com. "So when I graduated from high school two years later, I had two children already and I found out I was a month pregnant with my third child."   Fuller said she had always been a straight-A student, but instead of continuing to go to …

ETSU is within driving distance

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To several of the United States' best cities. Asheville (#10) and Nashville (#5). Charleston (#1) and Savannah (#3). From Travel+Leisure.

The Best Cities in the U.S.
One thing is perfectly clear in our list of the best cities in the United States: travelers (and locals, too) love the charming, historic cities of the American South. Of the top 15 cities on this year’s list, one-third are below the Mason-Dixon line, and two more are in Texas.  Every year in our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.  It’s no surprise that New York City and San Francisco are in the top 10 — they’ve been on the list every year since the awards' inception. The growing popularity of the Pacific Northwest, however, shook things …

Infographic Friday

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Save the date!

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I, for one,

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Welcome our new robot overlords. But wait...your personality matters. Seems a good liberal arts education may keep the robots awary. From The Pacific Standard.
WILL YOU BE REPLACED BY A COMPUTER? IT MAY DEPEND ON YOUR PERSONALITY Are you worried about being replaced by a robot? You've got good reason to fret: In one recent analysis, economists predicted 47 percent of American jobs are at high risk of being automated over the next two decades.  Understandably, most discussion of this touchy topic has revolved around which specific jobs are in the computers' cross-hairs. But, given the ability (and, increasingly, the necessity) for workers to periodically change careers, two larger questions loom: What personality traits protect us against the threat of computer-driven unemployment? And can they be taught, and absorbed, at an early age?  In a first-of-its-kind study that followed a large group of Americans for 50 years, a research team led by University of Houston psychologist Ro…

Diploma mills

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Are still a thing. And I see John Bear is still kicking. My first job in continuing education was an advisor in an external degree program (Way, way before the internet--hence the term external instead of online.). Our program was favorably mentioned in Bear's book, and we got a lot of referrals from in. That was just 37 years ago. Sigh. From CBS MoneyWatch.
Your MD may have a phony degree
There's little reason to doubt that sales of degrees have only become even more prevalent since a federal probe executed from 1989 to 1991. It was dubbed "DIPSCAM" for "Diploma Scam," and resulted in the dismantling of 40 phony schools, 19 federal grand jury indictments, 20 convictions and the purchase of 40 diplomas and transcripts.   "Our best guestimate is there are 5,000 diploma mills at any one time, and probably the same number of fake accrediting agencies," said Allen Ezell, a 31-year FBI veteran who helped run DIPSCAM. "I'm not paranoid, but it&#…

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National Council for Continuing Education & Training  2017 Annual Conference "Savannah Sizzles: Hot Topics, Tools, and Trends" September 25-27, 2017 Savannah, Georgia
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Infographic Friday

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From Visually.

Tales of the non-traditional

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She had to choose between college track and love. Love won. From The Tennessean.
Gramma to graduate from TSU — 55 years after she enrolled Darlene Mullins often wore TSU gear and jeans to class, just like other students at Tennessee State University.  But Mullins is the only one who slaps the table and scolds her classmates for swearing.  After an F bomb, she shouts, “Oooo!” and then, “You need to wash your mouth out with soap!” Graduating after a 55-year hiatus  Mullins, 72, is set to graduate from TSU Saturday – 55 years after taking her first class. Mullins came back to campus four years ago to finish what she started.  And she came back in full grandma mode, loving on the younger students – and correcting them when she thought it necessary.  “I would listen to them, I would encourage them, hug on them, call them ‘son’ or ‘young man.’ But I never tried to be their friend,” she said firmly.  Why she left TSU after her freshman year  Mullins, a high school track stand-out in New Jerse…

Tales of the non-traditional

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Role model. From 13WMAZ.
Macon grandfather graduates from college It's almost graduation time here in Central Georgia.   College students will don their caps and gowns to grace the stage for that coveted diploma.  One Fort Valley State University senior who is preparing for this major milestone is just a little more senior than his classmates.  While most retirees want to spend their golden years slowing down, Matthew Brown says he is just getting started.  “You can always take your talents to another level,” he says. Brown sits at the piano and plays a few notes. “It’s a little out of tune,” he laughs. “I can work with it.”  Back in the 70’s, he was opening for big names like the Manhattans, Millie Jackson, Johnnie Taylor, and Eddie Floyd, who sang the hit song "Knock on Wood."  He even recorded a gospel album at the famed Capricorn Records.  The Air Force veteran turned music instructor says he wanted to take his skills beyond raw talent, so he came to Fort Valley State…

Eshew the semicolon?

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According to Vonnegut, it only shows "you've been to college." But I like me some semicolons. And I have been to college where I majored in English. That probably makes me the only person interested in this...From Ben Blatt, writing in Slate.
Do Semicolons Make You Pretentious?
For the purposes of this article, I decided to take a quick approach that is slightly less anecdotal than just glossing over the authors above. I created two samples. The first was all 36 Pulitzer Prize winners published between 1980-2016 (this is 36 books instead of 37 because there was no winner in 2012). I then looked at the Publisher’s Weekly best-selling novel of the year from 1980-2016 (this too was 36 books as I removed Diary of a Wimpy Kid since its only intended audience is young children).  These are small samples, with some repeat authors, but the results are still clear. The Pulitzer Prize winning books use a median of 129 semicolons per 100,000 words. The best-selling novels use a medi…

Happy National Pina Colada Day!

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From Visually.

Infographic Friday!

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From Visually.

Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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Source: blog.surveyanalytics.com 

Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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Source: blog.surveyanalytics.com 

Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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From Visually.

Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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From Visually.