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The Complete Guide to Transforming Your Desk Into a Productive Place to Work

March 17, 2016 Some say a messy desk is a sign of creativity. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg—all notorious champions of workplace disarray—might agree. More often than not, however, a messy desk is just messy. Unless you’re already a creative genius, having a helter-skelter work space is likely to hinder you...

US Is Going to Let Foreign Students Stay Longer—If They Studied STEM

March 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Much of the U.S. innovation in technology and research comes from talented foreigners. Yet, despite eager prodding from Silicon Valley, the U.S. government doesn’t make it easy for them to remain in the country. To stay, skilled immigrants must jump through hoops: securing job offers, entering the crowded H-1B visa...

Guns-on-Campus Law Prompts University of Texas Dean's Departure

February 25, 2016 Fritz Steiner, longtime dean of the University of Texas at Austin’s renowned architecture school, is leaving his post, spurred by the arrival of something else on the university’s sprawling campus: guns. News of Steiner’s resignation was announced by UT-Austin today (Feb. 25). In an interview with the Texas Tribune, Steiner...

Female Coders Are Rated More Highly Than Men—Except When People Know They’re Women

February 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of computer scientists, when studying the acceptance of contributions on the software repository GitHub, found open source code written by women is actually more often approved than code written by men. The catch—there’s always a catch—is that this only happens when the woman’s gender is hidden. GitHub, which...

An Absurd Number of Jobs Around the World Are Going Unfilled

January 20, 2016 There’s an abundance of job seekers around the globe right now, eager to land steady employment. Yet job vacancies in dozens of countries are also plentiful: In the US, for instance, there were 5.4 million open jobsin 2015—the highest in 15 years. Other countries like Germany and Canada are also...

More Americans Use Mobile Devices to Access the Internet

December 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There was a time in the U.S. when home Internet access meant only one thing: expensive monthly payments for broadband packages, sometimes bundled with television or phone services. But that time has passed. Roughly 33 percent of Americans today do not have broadband service at home, according to an extensive...

What Not to Expect From Your Job Next Year

December 21, 2015 For most workers, holiday season is a time of both reflection and uncertainty. Performance evaluations and office celebrations come hand-in-hand with questions about the future—will there be raises at the end of the year? Promotions? Bonuses? According to several corporate surveys, not really. US employees might expect modest salary bumps...

'Sleeping On It' Won’t Help You Make Better Decisions In the Morning

December 18, 2015 Whether it’s an important career change, an overdue confrontation, or just a minor decision you’ve been putting off for a while, any hesitation—once expressed to others—will usually be met with the eternal advice: “Just sleep on it.” Wake up in the morning, everyone knows, and you’ll be able to make...

Diversity Actually Makes Us Smarter

December 11, 2015 Lecture halls, courtrooms, boardrooms, and legislative chambers around the world right now are all pondering variations of the same question: What’s so special about diversity? In Europe, an overflowing migrant crisis and the aftermath of a high-profile terrorist attack are fueling racial tumult in several countries; in the US, a...

Toxic Coworkers Are More Expensive Than Superstar Hires

December 4, 2015 It’s not a secret that pushy, aggressive, and inappropriate people in an office—also known as toxic employees—are a drain on both a company’s resources and its morale. How much so? Behold the exact cost of a toxic employee, according to a Nov. 16 working paper from Harvard Business School. The...