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How to Turn Your Worst Traits Into Your Best Assets

New thinking reveals there is an upside to your dark side. So instead of hiding your bad traits, learn how to turn your weakness into strength

If you claim you have no “worst” trait, you can probably add dishonesty to the list; almost everyone has wrestled with at least one challenging characteristic—think Barbra Streisand (debilitating stage fright), Robert De Niro and Kim Basinger (painful shyness), Sean Penn (temper), and Richard Branson (dyslexia). ...




Better Pay Is Top Reason Workers Are Quitting Jobs

Voluntary departures are at an all-time high 
 
The percentage of workers voluntarily quitting their jobs is at an all-time high, and the top reason they’re doing so is for more pay.
 
So says a survey by Glassdoor, the workplace review website.
 
The survey, Understanding the Impact of Quality Candidates, questioned 750 hiring decision-makers in the U. ...




The 3 Most Common -- and Costly -- Hiring Mistakes

The hiring process is a long and winding road. At any stage, a poor decision could result in a bad hire.
 
Most organizations are intimately familiar with their cost-to-hire metrics. With the job market in many sectors the most competitive it has been in years, human resources and hiring professionals understand the urgency that such intense competition creates. ...




The Problem With Perfectionism

Perfectionism is only a problem because we have under-budgeted for difficulty, not because we are aiming high.

Perfectionism is the unreasonable and self-defeating ambition of getting something absolutely right – which makes us difficult to be around and punishing to live within. ...




4 Key Compensation Trends in 2017

A year-end look at compensation developments that are making news
From the rising share of compensation that's tied to achieving performance goals to prohibitions on asking about salary history, these articles on pay topics were some of the most-read all year on SHRM Online. ...




How To Keep Your Employees From Mentally Disengaging Over the Holidays

This is the time of year when many people find their focus, energy, and engagement at work waning. And it’s perfectly understandable; from holiday activities to less sunlight to colder weather, it’s easy to lose some steam.
 
But for smart leaders, this can be a great time of year to make huge strides. ...




Starbucks all-inclusive red cups holiday ad features same-sex and mixed-race couples

Starbucks has launched a holiday ad featuring two women about to kiss, and an older white woman holding hands in a park with a man wearing a taqiyah, a type of skull cap often worn by Muslims.
"The holidays mean something different to everyone," states text during the 30-second animated ad, which features a hand-drawn white dove flying towards the couple in the park, a young woman talking to an elderly relative via her laptop, people of different races decorating a Christmas tree and two women about to kiss as fireworks appear. ...




LGBT characters on U.S. TV at record highs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television shows have reached record highs, and campaign group GLAAD said on Thursday that their stories were more important than ever given moves in the United States to roll back LGBT acceptance.
 
“At a time when the Trump administration is trying to render LGBTQ people invisible, representing LGBTQ people in all of our diversity in scripted TV programs is an essential counterbalance that gives LGBTQ people stories to relate to,” Ellis said in a statement. ...




How LGBT Candidates Won So Big on Election Night

LGBT candidates won across the board on election night, with the headline-making success of Danica Roem and other trans candidates at the forefront.
 
The victories for LGBT candidates on election night 2017 seemed as sudden as lightning bolts. ...




Transgender Virginia candidate makes history and how other races to watch turned out

The first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature defeated her conservative Republican opponent in a closely watched Virginia election.
 
In a historic bid, Democrat Danica Roem beat Republican incumbent Bob Marshall, one of Virginia's most socially conservative lawmakers, in Tuesday's election in the northern Virginia district, according to The Associated Press. ...