5 Reads: Stop Watching the News, Worker Retraining, Work Family and More

Here are five articles that have me thinking…

Seriously, You – Ok, We – Need To Stop Watching The News This Year

Ryan Holiday. RyanHoliday.net

Key Quote: “The constant interruptions and distractions of our society are, to me, the opposite of philosophy. Getting caught up in minutiae. Getting caught up in things that don’t matter. Getting caught up in things that are designed to exploit and antagonize us and our emotions.” Read the rest here.

We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too

Jill Suttie. Yes Magazine

Key Quote: “Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behavior, helping us to reduce anxiety, brooding, and stress, and to increase our attention capacity, creativity, and ability to connect with other people. “Read the rest here.

If You’re Calling Your Work Team Family, You’re Doing It Wrong

Bruce Poon Tip. Quartz at Work

Key Quote: “Instead, I now describe our team as a tribe. It’s a concept made popular by Seth Godin— and one that I’m actively drawing from to bring our team together through shared values, purpose and performance rather than some kind of family obligation.” Read the rest here.

Why People Really Quit Their Jobs

Lori Goler, Janelle Gale, Brynn Harrington and Adam Grant. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “If you want to keep your people — especially your stars — it’s time to pay more attention to how you design their work. Most companies design jobs and then slot people into them. Our best managers sometimes do the opposite: When they find talented people, they’re open to creating jobs around them.” Read the rest here.

Why Is the U.S. So Bad at Worker Retraining?

Lolade Fadulu. The Atlantic

Key Quote: “Federal policy has consistently failed at training, focusing for decades on the worker and the question of what makes that worker well-trained; it’s paid little attention to employers and the question of how they can change to better recruit and retain employees.” Read the rest here

 

 

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