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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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Hack Your Own Energy: Work/Life Rhythms For Introverts & Extroverts

Hypnosis elicits a range of reactions - from amusement at silly gags on stage to wonder at its positive therapeutic uses. It relaxes the mind and causes one to be more open to suggestions, and we’ve found that you can actually hypnotize yourself to get into your most optimal mindset for work. Imagine working while resting and having to struggle less to motivate yourself to tackle certain tasks. According to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, by lulling your brain into a deeper state of calm, you can trigger increased concentration, greater focused attention, and access more of your potential to dive into your work.

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Materials Matter: Tips for Choosing the Best Desktop for Your Workspace

Whether you’re at your desk four hours a week or forty, your workspace is like a window into how you work, your personal style, your productivity level and your occupation. It can be a simple setup in a small office, confined to a cubicle, or the design centerpiece of a home office. While the specifications and functionality of your desk frame are important, we often overlook the most prominent and aesthetically important element of our workspaces - the desktop. Options for top surfaces range from inexpensive particle board to custom refurbished wood designs and everything in between. Finding a desktop that suits your needs and style can be tricky, so here are some tips on choosing the right surface for your individual needs.

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Is Co-Living as Beneficial as Co-Working?

Ask any millennial who lives in a city with outrageously high rent and they’ll all likely agree: as a generation, we may be getting married later and having children further down the road, but no matter how our timelines diverge, the seemingly universal mark of adulthood is living alone. Not just being able to afford to live alone, but actually doing it; no more sneaking out to shut off the microwave three seconds before it loudly beeps when making midnight Hot Pockets, and no more sharing a bathroom or a cable bill. In cities with outrageous rent prices, such as hot millennial hubs like New York and San Francisco, living alone means gaining a tiny bit more space for almost double the money, making that milestone even more impactful.

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5 Tools For Improving Your Productivity

Brain hacks: a biohacking movement, which uses simple tricks and techniques to upgrade the performance of your body and mind.

While this phrase may sound like millennial gibberish, there’s truth behind it - cognitive exercises are scientifically proven to help with productivity and sharpen your brain, regardless of  your age, profession, or IQ.

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Transparency at Your Company: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Employee transparency has become a more urgent benchmark for young companies as more and more tales of shocking behavior abound in the news. Just last month, 20 Uber employees were laid off after a sexual harassment investigation; if a company isn’t closely monitoring the internal practices of employees and being open about those findings, it makes you wonder what they’re hiding. But transparency can easily become too much of a good thing as it can also cultivate staff unease and wariness from being constantly surveilled.

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6 Ways to Stay Active at Your Desk

Take a moment and think about how many hours per day you spend at your desk. Then think about the amount of time you spend at home, on the couch, in the car, or in an otherwise sedentary position. Not including sleeping hours, the majority of your day is probably spent sitting down, right?

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