3 reasons to stop being nice at work

Why is it that new hires are often so good at solving problems? It's not only that a new employee might have a different (and useful) background, writes Fast Company contributor and cognitive scientist Art Markman. In fact, even if they don't have the skills to solve the problem on their own, they can play an important role in spurring longtime employees to think differently.  That simple shakeup can go a long way when it comes to increasing creativity and innovation, he says. Read on to learn other reasons a new team member can be a real asset.
—Julia Herbst
work life
3 reasons why new hires are so good at solving problems

New employees can be great catalysts for solving problems that have long plagued a company.

remote work
These TV-style games are a huge upgrade from Zoom happy hour

Luna Park gives companies access to a library of hundreds of slick, hosted online games designed for team-building purposes.

This adorable ‘micro’ folding electric bike weighs just 24 pounds

The Jackrabbit could be perfect for someone with a small apartment who makes short city trips.

The best wellness gifts, according to Ritual staff

We turned to the experts for their recommendations on the best gifts for anyone wanting to boost their overall wellness.

3 reasons to stop being nice at work

Leadership consultant Kelly D. Parker says that nice people take great care to manage their reputation, especially in front of others they deem important. Their actions and behaviors are performative. Here’s how to be a more authentic leader.

the future of work
4 ways work will look different in 2022

Organizations that want to be successful will need to strategically adapt to ensure they’re able to retain employees.

You just made it through the most surreal weekend of the pandemic

As omicron ripped through America, ‘Spider-Man’ broke box office records, ‘SNL’ aired an episode without a live studio audience, and a senator tanked the Dems’ agenda.

This startup is building a 911 alternative for calls that don’t need the police

Raheem started as a way to document police abuses—now it’s pivoting to helping people get assistance from community organizations.

Why Gen Z is more optimistic about money in 2022 than older generations

Younger generations are feeling better about their financial health, in part because they’re making more money at work, according to a new Bankrate survey.

Do CEOs have an expiration date? What you need to know
A new study of publicly traded companies found that, on average, founder-CEOs have a limited shelf-life when it comes to creating shareholder value.
Researchers found that companies with founder-CEOs do initially outperform those without them, but that this difference shrivels up to zero just three years after an IPO.
After three years, the founder-CEOs “actually start detracting from firm value,” according to the research. 
Researchers analyzed the companies’ stock performance and various financial-accounting metrics (returns on assets and the like) to arrive at their conclusions, which they call surprising. They wrote about their research recently for the Harvard Business Review.
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