Author: christinel

Christine Laue is an awarding-winning journalist with a knack for identifying and telling a good story — skills that she’s most recently transferred to corporate communications, public relations and content marketing. After working at newspapers in her native Kansas as well as Texas, she spent 12 years at the daily newspaper in her current hometown of Omaha, covering topics from the city’s bustling indie rock scene to real estate. A graduate of the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, this Jayhawk currently works as a copywriter.

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Coronavirus Jobs: These 6 Occupations Are on the Front Lines

As the novel coronavirus spreads, workers across the globe are scrambling to treat the infected, counsel the quarantined, uncover the virus’ mutations and predict its spread. Coronavirus jobs range from behind the scenes (laboratories and offices) to the front lines (quarantined cruise ships and hospitals). And the spread of the new coronavirus...
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Want to Be Happier at Work? Try These 5 Happiness Hacks

Want to be more successful? Aim to be happier at work. Joy can be a powerful driver of success in the workplace. It can help you achieve your goals and add to your company’s bottom line. But a recent survey reveals a pronounced “joy gap” at many employers. The global survey, which...
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Can You Be Fired for Using CBD?

Products infused with cannabidiol, or CBD, are everywhere these days, particularly in health and wellness products. But just because you can pick up a CBD-laced sparkling water from the corner gas station and you won’t get high, doesn’t mean it’s risk-free when it comes to your job. Can you be fired for...
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Are You Working With an Emotional Vampire? 9 Ways to Fight Back

Do interactions with one particular coworker leave you feeling drained? If so, you might be dealing with an emotional vampire. “Emotional vampire is a colloquial term for toxic people who drain us of our energy and leave us feeling emotionally exhausted,” writes Shahida Arabi, author of Power: Surviving and Thriving After Narcissistic...
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College Enrollment Is Down. Here’s What Colleges Are Doing to Woo Students.

There’s a college enrollment crisis and higher-ed officials are bringing in LeBron and glamming up their campuses to fix it. College enrollment numbers have been declining since they peaked in 2011, and the latest figures show a continuation of that trend. The number of enrolled college students slipped 1.3% in fall 2019...
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Read This List of the Best and Worst Holiday Gifts for Coworkers Before You Shop

Opinions vary on whether holiday gift-giving in the office is appropriate or not. But if you get as excited as Will Ferrell’s character in “Elf” about all things Christmas and absolutely insist on giving coworkers gifts, you might want to cool your Kringle-3000, 500-reindeer power jets a little and read this list...
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How Creative Skills Can Save Your Job From the Robot Invasion

If you’re worried about robots taking your job, start sharpening your creative thinking skills. A recent study by the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab called “The Future of Work: How New Technologies Are Transforming Tasks” found that artificial intelligence is likely to eliminate work related to repetitive tasks but increase the need for...
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OK, Boomer (and Everyone Else): Don’t Make These 4 Age-Based Comments at Work

Generational battles are nothing new, but the latest one has spawned a meme that some view as ageist. The phrase “OK, boomer” may date back to 2018, but entered the mainstream discourse in fall 2019 when a TikTok video went viral. In the video, a gray-haired man chastises millennials and Generation Z...
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Here’s Why Economists Argue We Need More English Majors

College students majoring in English know the quizzical look, followed by the question, “What are you going to do with an English major?” But now, English majors are standing a little prouder, as top economists make the case that the world needs more English majors. A recent article in The Washington Post...
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Shortage of Electricians Leads to Shockingly High Salary Potential and Opportunities

You probably won’t see a “Save the Electricians” bumper sticker, but finding an electrician with time for your next home project might be tough. Are these tradespeople disappearing? America will face a shortage of electricians in the near future, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Electrical...
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3 Tips to Become an Indispensable Employee

Whether you want a raise, job security or a new job, striving to become an indispensable employee can help you get there. When you’re the employee your company doesn’t want to lose, you’re naturally in a better position to negotiate for a raise. If you’re seeking stability before the next recession, hunkering...
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Do You Need a New Routine?

Sometimes a radical change can seem like the smart way to achieve a goal. You think, “if I can just get to work an hour early every day, I could accomplish more and get that promotion.” But what if you’re off-base? What if your current routine isn’t the problem? Check yourself before...
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Want to Be a Great Leader? Embrace This Boring Trait

When you think of the traits of a great leader, you might think of fearlessness, charisma, the ability to inspire others. But there’s a way less exciting trait that global companies like Google look for when hiring for leadership positions and that’s cited in leadership books dissecting the personalities of great leaders....
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3 Olympics Lessons for Your Workday

Deadly wipeouts. Wardrobe malfunctions. Olympic athletes overcoming obstacles sure can keep your spilled coffee or flubbed presentation at work in perspective. The 2018 Olympics are no different, offering lessons to help you get through the workday or inspire a lifetime of achievements. Olympians share core values that prepare them to do their...
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How to Take Advantage of the Tight Job Market

The tightest job market in nearly two decades is creating opportunities for American workers. Employers added 200,000 jobs in January, and unemployment is at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent. That means companies are being forced to compete harder for workers — a recipe for pay increases. So how do you take...
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Research: Office Thermostat Settings May Be Sexist

Whether it’s a sweater, a blanket or a clandestine space heater, women who work in offices often rely on help to stay comfortable and productive at work. And their discomfort is not imagined, studies show. Research shows that office thermostat settings are based on a decades-old formula that uses the metabolic rates...
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Student Loan Defaults Are Surging. But Why?

The number of Americans who defaulted on their student loan payments surged to roughly 4.6 million in the third quarter, signaling that the weight of the student debt problem remains heavy on some.   The defaults — defined as those who haven’t made a payment in at least a year — come...
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Two Career Resolutions for 2018 and Tips to Achieve Them

If your New Year’s resolutions involve your career, they may include one or both of these popular resolutions.   As you know, resolutions are easier to make than to keep. So here are some tips to make these stick. Earn More Money There are many ways to earn more money. You could...
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The Surprising Way to Feel Less Negative at Work

Workplaces are rife with negativity at times. Whether you’re the one about to explode or it’s your office pal who can’t quit complaining, constant negativity can take a toll on your job satisfaction and your health. Even if you feel like you can’t stop the negativity, you may have more control than...
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Manage Job Stress to Help With High Blood Pressure Under the New Guidelines

You might not need to pop a pill just yet. If you’re one of the millions of people who now are labeled hypertensive under the new blood pressure guidelines, and your doctor is on board, you might first try to manage your stress — specifically at work. The American Heart Association and...
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Will These 3 Jobs Disappear by 2030?

Will Twinkies outlive travel agents? Does soy sauce have a longer shelf life than the social media manager? According to The Job Network‘s list of jobs that won’t exist in 2030, some of the foods in your pantry have a better shot at being viable in a few years. Whether you’re entering...
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Top 3 Jobs for Millennials: 4-Year Degrees No Longer Required

Code it, clean it, build it. The three jobs topping U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Jobs for Millennials are web developer, dental hygienist and software developer — jobs that don’t require you to rack up four year’s worth of student loan debt if you don’t want to or can’t afford...
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‘When Did You Meet YOUR Harvey Weinstein?’

One of Hollywood’s biggest scandals has ignited viral social media threads, as thousands of people share their personal stories of workplace sexual harassment and assault in response to the question, “When did you meet YOUR Harvey Weinstein?” Among the stories: a radio host trapped in a bathroom by a coworker who tried...
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How to Survive the Next Recession

Recessions happen. You don’t have to be a doomsayer to know that. So, considering that recessions are cyclical and that it’s been eight years since the the Great Recession ended, now’s the time to start preparing yourself to survive the next “business cycle contraction.” Could a Recession Be Around the Corner? Some...
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Study: Gender Norms Still Matter in Women’s Choice of College Major

Barbie has traded her swimsuit for a scientist’s jacket, Hollywood revealed that the Hidden Figures who helped put men on the moon were women, and more women work in jobs formerly dominated by men. But when it comes to women’s choice of college major, traditional gender norms about femininity still matter, according...
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Here’s How Many US Workers Live Paycheck to Paycheck

If you’re checking your bank account balance to see if the last paycheck is stretching until the next one, you’re like more of your fellow Americans than you might realize. A recent report from CareerBuilder showed that 78 percent of full-time workers said they live paycheck to paycheck, up from 75 percent...
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5 Eclipse Jobs You’ll Wish You Had Today

While the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse is an excuse for most of us to take a break from work, there are some people who will be over the moon with excitement that they get to work during the rare event on Monday, Aug. 21. Before you feel sorry for them for being stuck...
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How to Be More Productive in the Morning (Even If You’re Not a Morning Person)

Is your morning a series of bad decisions that could be hurting your career? Hitting the snooze button. Checking Facebook supine. Rushing to work, only to spend the first few hours responding to emails. Before you know it, it’s noon, and you’re not sure what you accomplished. Even if you’re not a...
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Turn Your Hobby Into a Side Gig

If you’re itching to make a little extra dough on the side but don’t know how, consider one of your hobbies. It might even turn into more than you imagined. FlexJobs, a job search site specializing in flexible, freelance and part-time jobs, created a list of 12 jobs that may turn a...
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Do These 6 Things to Move From Mediocrity to Success

Whatever your personal definition of success, you know when you’re not reaching it. You just feel blah. Uninspired. Unfulfilled. So how do you go from being mediocre to successful, whatever your definition of that may be? 1. Focus on Quality Instead of Crud Start making higher-quality choices. A recent CNBC article, Why...
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Fulfillment Center Jobs Are Booming

The boom in online shopping is resulting in new job opportunities in mid-sized cities, as fulfillment centers pop up across the country. Distribution and fulfillment centers have created jobs in areas such as the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, California’s Central Valley and central New Jersey. With industrial space often limited or expensive...
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Are Annual Performance Reviews Going the Way of the Pterodactyl?

The annual performance review is undergoing a major overhaul at many companies, shifting from a sometimes cry-inducing end-of-year critique to a constant feedback loop focusing on an employee’s professional development. Beth Jones, an expert in work management, told NPR that 75 percent of big companies — including Carroll, Deloitte and Cigna —...
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How to Stop a Steamrolling Coworker From Dominating Meetings

Do you have a coworker who dominates practically every discussion in a meeting? He or she inevitably unleashes a monologue with no end in sight, causing other “participants” in meetings to slip into silence. It doesn’t matter whether this conversation hog just loves hearing himself talk, rambles out of nervousness or is...
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Should Fidget Spinners Be Banned in the Workplace?

Fidget spinners are all the rage in schools — so much so, in fact, that some schools have banned them. But these handheld devices that spin with the flick of a finger are not just a classroom fad. Executives are purchasing the toys to battle boredom on conference calls and calm commuting-induced...
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The 3 F’s of Workplace Feedback

How you view feedback could lead you to make a mistake that even CEOs make. Brushing off feedback or getting defensive can turn one of your most valuable tools into a difficult time for your colleagues and also yourself. But view workplace feedback a tool to achieving success, and that change of...
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How Will Trump’s Exit from the Climate Agreement Impact Job Prospects?

Will President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement mean sunnier or darker days ahead for U.S. job seekers? On one hand, if you’re a marine biologist studying the rapid decline of the Great Barrier Reef, you could experience solid job stability with high demand if Trump’s decision helps keep...
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Odd Jobs: Before They Were America’s Richest Self-Made Women

There’s more than one path to success, and Forbes‘ list of America’s richest self-made women proves the point with its interesting “did you know” factoids for each. Vera Wang Before Vera Wang was cutting patterns for celebrities like Beyoncé, she was cutting figure-eights on the ice. The now-famous fashion designer, who sits...
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Could Millennials Living With Parents Threaten the Economy?

The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that the number of 18- to 34-year-olds living in their parents’ home has increased in the past decade — to the most on record. So what’s the harm of sticking around with mom and pops a few more years? Saddled with massive student loan debt, it...
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When Work Stress Is a Unicorn Frappuccino: How a Drink Nearly Broke Baristas

That smiling barista who remembers your name and tops your daily latte with a cream heart may be steaming – and we’re not talking milk here. As the recent fervor over Starbucks’ limited-time Unicorn Frappuccino showed, being a barista can be stressful – apparently, really stressful – even when the drink-of-the-hour is...
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Why Now Might Be the Time to Change Careers

Because the unemployment rate is at the lowest we’ve seen in a decade – 4.5 percent – recruiters are struggling to find the right talent. While companies typically prefer hiring people with relevant skills and experience and industry knowledge, the low employment rate is resulting in companies starting to ease their requirements,...
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Is Amazon Killing Traditional Retail Jobs?

For some people working retail, a career in brick-and-mortar is looking shorter. The closing of 100 stores by Macy’s, the country’s largest department store chain, will result in 10,000 job cuts alone. The New York Times highlights several trends behind the job cuts like those at Macy’s. Consumers, following a long recession,...
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Salary Negotiation Doesn’t Have to Be a Confrontation

If thinking about the salary negotiation that follows a job offer makes your stomach flip, maybe you should flip your thinking. Seeing the back-and-forth as confrontational could be a disservice to your effectiveness. Research has shown that the most successful negotiations are often the least confrontational ones. As Kristin Wong recently wrote...
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Millennials Loyal to Employers Could Suffer Lower Pay Growth

Switching jobs could be a good thing — at least for millennials, a recent report shows. New research conducted by U.K. think tank Resolution Foundation debunked the myth that young workers are disloyal job swappers. The research also showed millennial loyalty often caused them to miss out on pay raises associated with...
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3 of the Least Stressful Jobs With Great Growth Potential

You’ve tried everything from meditation to massage to cope with stress at work, but that doesn’t mean it goes away. With workplace stress dubbed the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization, there’s a constant stream of new ways to cope. You might dig workplace gardening, which some...
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Even Women Can Have Unconscious Bias Against Women Leaders

A recent Forbes article titled No Man Is Above Unconscious Gender Bias In The Workplace – It’s ‘Unconscious’ cites a Stanford study showing that men are significantly more likely to critique females for coming on too strong at work. The study also found that men tend to attribute a woman’s success not...
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Sad Data on Millennials: You’re Not Doing Better Than Your Parents

There’s startling new research that might quash the American Dream that if you work hard, you’ll be able to lead a more prosperous life than your parents. The percentage of kids outperforming their parents has declined in recent decades, according to the new research by a team of economists led by Raj...
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Perfection Is the Enemy of Female Success

Sometimes a semicolon can break a girl’s self-confidence. As part of the the TED Talks series, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani shares a routine experience at her nonprofit coding school, now held across the country: a young girl sits in front of a blank computer screen frozen, telling her teacher that...
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Could ‘Sully’ Help America’s Air Traffic Controller Shortage?

Do you have what it takes to find an emergency landing for an airplane that has lost both engines, while continuing to coordinate other airplanes taking off and landing? If so, there may be a job for you. The number of certified air traffic controllers is at a 27-year low, according to...
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Women More Likely to Face Weight-Based Prejudice at Work

Women, if you want to bring home the bacon, don’t eat too much of it. A new study shows that women face more weight-based prejudice in the service sector than men, even when their body mass index (BMI) is within the healthy range. While multiple studies have revealed that overweight women and...
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Could More Sleep Boost Your Salary?

You’re not dreaming: sleeping longer may translate into earning more money. Researchers at Williams College found that in areas where the sun sets earlier, people sleep longer — and that this longer slumber time translates into higher earnings. The researchers’ 74-page study reveals that in the long term, just one extra hour...
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Parasite Singles: A Millennial Trend

Jennifer Lawrence does it. So does Taylor Lautner. And now, a new report says more people in their generation are, too. A new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that 36 percent of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31 were living in their parents’ home in...
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Channel Your Inner Superhero: Harness the Power of The Perfect Question

You don’t have to wait for Ben Affleck in the next Batman movie to see a superhero. Look in the mirror. A recent Popforms article says you — yes, you —have a power to master new skills, control conversations, get better at your job and improve your relationships at home, at work...
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Great Recession Is Great Downer for Generation Z

You could say members of Gen Z are pragmatic. They grew up after 9/11. They’ve seen reports of school violence and the fallout of the Great Recession. They’re more aware of troubling times, and as a result, they’ll be wary with their money, according to this Forbes article. So why so gloomy?...
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Desk Envy? How Standing Desks Can Get You Noticed at Work

You’ve heard about the health benefits of a standing desk, but did you know getting off your duff could benefit your career? We talked to Roman Paluta, an award-winning, Minneapolis-based advertising executive who ditched a derriere-friendly chair for a standing desk more than two years ago and knows the career upsides to...
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Dance It Out: 10 Songs for Your Career Comeback

Put down the Ben & Jerry’s, turn off the Netflix, and unfurl from the fetal position. Whether you were fired, laid off, or passed over for a promotion, we all experience career setbacks. Sometimes, in order to make a comeback, you just have to dance it out. Photo credit: zoomousekey.wordpress.com These are high-energy...
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When Not To Control Your Impulses at Work

Even meditation masters have their breaking points. Work stress can bring out the beast in all of us — even people like Deepak Chopra, a holistic health guru known for teachings of being mindful, selfless and calm. (Photo credit: www.foundanimals.org )  But Chopra, writing for a LinkedIn series, recently called his “impulsive rebellion” to...