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5 Common Email Mistakes That Make You Look Unprofessional

In this age of Instagram, #hastags, and texting as the primary form of personal interaction, it's still important to remember that communication in business is done almost entirely via email. Not only do emails serve as the primary way to converse with other professionals, but they're also an important tool for business transactions. Although we like to think people won’t judge a book by their cover, the emails you send are often someone’s first impression of you, and in most professional circumstances, you don't want them to think you actually speak the way you caption your photos. Therefore, it is imperative to take the time to craft professional, coherent emails that will reflect well on you and your company. Here are some of the the most common and cringe-worthy mistakes to avoid when writing a professional email, from start to finish.

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Companies Killin’ It: Fade2Karma - Health Advocate & Game Changer

If you were to imagine a gamer, chances are you’re picturing an overweight, antisocial adolescent sitting in the dark, eating Cool Ranch Doritos with one hand and compulsively moving a mouse with the other. Fade2Karma is looking to change that image and the gaming culture that comes with it. They’re a gamer management team that wants something better for their players and their young audience, advocating for healthier lifestyle choices and positive role models in concrete ways.

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8 Tips on Giving and Receiving Professional Criticism

Are you a manager who struggles to provide adequate feedback to your employees? Or perhaps you’re the employee who can’t stand receiving criticism because it feels like an assault to your character. You might also be an employer who needs a healthy dose of critical feedback, but you don’t want to appear soft. Or you’re the employee who’s too scared to tell your boss when you feel they need to make some improvements.

Whichever side of the fence you find yourself on, the skill of giving and receiving criticism is extremely valuable if you want to see your workplace thrive. Read on to learn how to dish it and take it, as well as when it’s your place to do so.

Tips for receiving constructive criticism

1: Ask for It

Sometimes it's hard to do, especially when the ego gets in the way, but it's often necessary for improvement. The more you ask for feedback, the more you'll be able to know if you are meeting expectations – and you'll be able to tweak your actions, workflow, and behaviors more efficiently than if you receive a landslide of criticism in your yearly review.

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Companies Killin’ It: Outco on Changing the Norm in Diversity

Outco is a bit of a black sheep in the Bay Area as a people-centered company in a tech-centered sector. Scalability isn’t as simple as adding a few more servers, as their main focus is around investing in people. At its core, Outco prepares engineers to get a job in the tech industry. They offer a 5-week program outfitted with personal mentorship and group classes on hard and soft skills such as whiteboarding and clear communication in interviews. Their clients have access to all resources plus one-on-one guidance until they get hired. The cherry on top is that this access is available for life, so should you leave a job after a year, Outco’s staff are there to help you negotiate your salary for the next one.

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7 Reasons Why Wonder Woman Would Use a StandDesk

Wonder Woman, superhero and now box office hero, is officially here to stay. The film Wonder Woman broke box office charts with a record $794.6 million worldwide. That’s a really, really big deal, especially since studio executives didn’t think an action film with a leading lady would do exceptionally well. They were wrong. Now, Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman, is a household name and in superhero land, she’s a powerhouse world leader. So if Diana, Princess of Themyscira, existed in our world, what kind of desk would she choose? It’s obvious, isn’t it? She would choose a StandDesk. Here’s why:

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