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‘Balls in the Air’ Voted Most Loathed Stupid Corporate Jargon by New Jersey Employees

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  • Poll of employees reveals 2024’s most detested corporate buzzwords.
  • New Jerseyans also loathe ‘Act Your Wage’ and ‘Deliverables’.
  • Infographic showing survey results. 

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Cloudstorming,” “Idea Harvesting,” “Strategy Quilting,” and “Hyper-Tasking” are just some of the managerial buzzwords that have gained traction in the corporate sphere in recent years. However, their effectiveness, particularly in motivating employees, is debatable. A manager might use them with the best intentions, but they can often have the opposite effect, often hindering rather than helping, revealing a clear disconnect between managerial speak and employee motivation.

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Almost Half of New Jerseyans Say Ban Office Romances in 2024

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  • Only 1/4 express comfort with the idea of being asked out on a date by a single colleague.
  • 57% advocate for official guidelines to navigate workplace romances
  • Interactive map included. 

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Ridgewood NJ, while dating apps and social media have revolutionized how we find love, traditional methods of meeting partners – weddings, bars, and chance encounters at coffee shops – are still common. The workplace, however, occupies an ambiguous space in the dating landscape. With the shift to remote work in recent years, office romances became less visible, but as companies usher employees back to the office, these romances will likely experience a resurgence.

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How Functional Skills Courses Elevate Your Job Prospects Instantly

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Going back to school to hone in on certain functional skills is a great idea for those who feel stuck in their careers. Functional skills courses are flexible and often remote, so you don’t have to uproot your whole life and move somewhere new to start school again. Read below to see some reasons why functional skills courses elevate your job prospects instantly.

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Rift Widens Between Google Leadership and Staff

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Ridgewood NJ, Google staff morale is suffering badly and workers are increasingly vocal about the slump. The tech giant and its work culture are being described as overly corporate and generally aimless. There is a growing rift between leadership and employees. While executives seem excited about the company’s future, employees are much less enthusiastic as they feel they might get laid off at any time.

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Survey: 63% of business leaders say return to office has improved productivity

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Ridgewood N J, to understand the impact return to office (RTO) has had on productivity and other factors, surveyed 833 business leaders.

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America’s High Schools Face a Growing Preparedness Crisis


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Ridgewood NJ, American high schools confront an escalating crisis: A multitude of students who commenced ninth grade in the autumn of 2020, amid the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, are poised to graduate this spring with minimal prospects for overcoming the learning setbacks endured during school closures. In straightforward terms, according to Bloomberg’s Editorial Board, time is running out. These students could exit school ill-equipped for both higher education and the professional realm, significantly heightening their susceptibility to unemployment, poverty, depression, and even premature mortality.

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Payrolls Rose 339,000 in May, Much Better than Expected


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Washington DC ,(8:37am) total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 339,000 in May, and the unemployment rate rose by 0.3 percentage point to 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, government,
health care, construction, transportation and warehousing, and social assistance.

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Raising Inflation Is Shrinking Take-Home Pay

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Ridgewood NJ, this week’s report on earnings and inflation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Usual Weekly Earnings Summary ( contains more bad news for workers:

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Health Experts : Improve Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation, and Filtration to Stem the Transmission of COVID

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security ,scientific evidence increasingly supports the theory that the primary mode of SARS-CoV-2 transmission is through airborne infectious aerosols passed from person-to-person, according to some researchers. In three separate pieces published last week, experts outlined reasoning and evidence supporting SARS-CoV-2 transmission from both near-field and far-field aerosols. In a commentary published April 15 in The Lancet, researchers from the UK, US, and Canada present 10 reasons backing airborne transmission. In another piece published online in JAMA on April 16, experts from Harvard University and the University of Michigan describe the rationale for improving air circulation and filtration in indoor spaces to reduce far-field transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory infectious diseases. While noting that airborne viral particles are a significant route of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and calling for improved air ventilation in indoor spaces, experts from the UK, US, and China in an editorial published April 14 in The BMJ also underline the significance of mask quality and fit.

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Benefits of Having a Perfect Office Layout

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An office layout design can significantly influence your productivity and that of your colleagues as well. Irrespective of your line of business, a well laid out office plan is ideal. When it comes to business, it’s the little things that count—details that you think are trivial and have no impact but are quite the opposite. If you have offices in your business, it’s not merely about having a working area, but a great one as well. 

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President Trump Heads back to the White House

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President Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening after spending three days there receiving treatment for the novel coronavirus.
Trump walked out of the hospital just after 6:30 p.m., ignoring questions from reporters while offering a wave and saying, “thank you very much, everybody.” He now returns to the White House where he will continue to be treated for COVID-19.

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Performance Evaluation: Why Is It Important?

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Have you ever felt as though you’ve been undervalued in a job role and don’t understand why? Many employees find themselves in this situation on a daily basis and it’s nothing to do with the fact they aren’t doing their job correctly. It’s usually down to the fact that the person leading the team doesn’t know how to give feedback and inform their team members on how to improve and drive for better results. If you feel that you fit into either one of these categories, then try not to worry, there’s plenty of time to learn and improve how you can get the most out of yourself and your team. 

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Springsteen hasn’t done a day’s work since his teens

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April 29, 2017 | 12:20am

Even though he has spent much of his career writing songs about the working man, Bruce Springsteen will be the first to tell you he hasn’t done much in the way of hard work himself.

As part of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, the Boss sat down with actor Tom Hanks for a conversation about his life and music. “The only honest work I’ve ever done in my entire life was at 14 or 15 when I was a lawn boy,” he told the crowd at the Beacon Theatre. “I painted houses and tarred roofs in the summertime – that was to get the money to buy my first guitar.”

But the fans still love him all the same, and over the course of the hour, Hanks attempted to get to the bottom of that long-held affection. Here are some the highlights from their discussion.

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Working Longer May Benefit Your Health




Are there health benefits to staying in the work force longer?

The scientific research is inconclusive, though it tends to tilt toward “yes.” This is particularly pronounced among people who find work fulfilling in the first place, who tend to be office workers, teachers and others whose workplace is not, say, a factory or a construction site.

More so than people in most previous generations, baby boomers are continuing to work past their early 60s, often well beyond. Sometimes, this means delaying retirement from a longtime job, but it can instead involve some kind of bridge job, part-time employment or self-employment. It turns out that, these days, older Americans who retire — in the sense of completely withdrawing from the paid labor force — are increasingly in the minority.

“What is the benefit of work? Activation of the brain and activation of social networks may be critical,” Nicole Maestas, an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, said in an interview.

Researchers have long assumed that only well-educated and healthier people benefit from working after a certain age. Lately, however, scholars and retirees themselves have been exploring an intriguing question with implications for both potential workers and policy makers: Is a job a force for keeping older people mentally and physically healthy?

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How To Create A Fulfilling Retirement When Every Day Is Saturday


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Ridgewood NJ, It’s the dream retirement many people anticipate for decades.

Hang out around the pool all day. Play one round of golf after the other. Finally read that teetering stack of books on the nightstand.

In retirement, every day is Saturday – only without the dread about what Monday morning back at the office might bring.

But is endless recreation enough to satisfy still-vibrant retirees who have both the health and the mental capacity to continue to learn, explore and contribute to the world?

Maybe not, says Ann Vanderslice (, president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies, which specializes in advising federal workers about their benefits.

“As people near retirement, they have a great opportunity to map out a strategy to create a fulfilling, rewarding rest of their lives,” Vanderslice says. “Studies show that retirees with a plan have the easiest time transitioning into and being the most satisfied in retirement.”

For many people, planning for retirement focuses almost solely on the financial aspect. They worry about saving enough so they don’t run out of money.

But retirement also represents a lifestyle change, as people accustomed to heading to a job each day suddenly find themselves without any meaningful reason for getting out of bed. And all that free time, which seems enticing at first, can quickly become boring.

Vanderslice suggests a few factors to consider for those seeking a more fulfilling retirement:

• To work or not to work. It’s not unusual for people to continue to work in retirement, at least part-time. In some cases, the extra income is needed or at least adds a little more security to the retiree’s financial outlook. But some people simply don’t feel fulfilled if they aren’t contributing something by working. “Often, I hear people say they’ve been working since they were teenagers and the thought of stopping just makes them uncomfortable,” Vanderslice says.
• Volunteer – but volunteer wisely. Plenty of groups need volunteer help, such as charitable organizations, schools, libraries, animal shelters, museums and more. But beware of letting them take advantage of your availability. “You can have your calendar filled before you know what hit you,” Vanderslice says. “Pretty quickly, you may end up feeling like you put in a 40-hour work week.” She recommends taking the time to identify the causes and issues important to you. Make sure the organization is aware of the skills you have to offer so you aren’t just licking envelopes. “And don’t overcommit your schedule,” Vanderslice says. “You do want to leave yourself some time just to kick back.”
• Be a lifelong learner. Retirement can be a great time to take a college class or learn how to play a musical instrument. “It’s proven that those who are lifelong learners have a greater sense of optimism and a lower chance of dementia,” Vanderslice says. “So if you’ve always wanted to learn more about philosophy, wanted to take a cooking class, or to learn a foreign language, now is the time.”

“It’s certainly important to have a financial plan for retirement,” Vanderslice says. “But to truly have a happy and rewarding retirement, you’ll want to make plans for your ideal retirement lifestyle as well.”

About Ann Vanderslice

Ann Vanderslice (, president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies, helps federal employees understand their benefits, maximize the value of their benefits, and plan for retirement, as well as organize income planning and IRA distributions. Vanderslice holds the Registered Financial Consultant designation from the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning. She is author of “Fedtelligence 2.0 – The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Your Federal Benefits.”