How to cope when your close coworker is laid off (and you’re still employed)

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Losing a work colleague can be jarring and disrupt your day-to-day routine. To move forward, take steps to funnel your emotions into productive activities that will remind you of the positives of your workplace. With widespread layoffs prompted by COVID-19, many of us have lost our valued coworkers and work friends. Undoubtedly, these layoffs are a tragedy for those left without jobs, but retained employees are likewise affected. Yes, layoff survivors may feel a level of relief and gratitude, but this is in addition to a host of other emotions. Read Full Story

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Ikea shared its famous meatball recipe, and I made it so you don’t have to

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Just because Ikea is closed doesn’t mean your GI tract gets the day off. Ikea is not just the world’s most popular furniture company; it might be the world’s foremost meatballer, too. The company sells over a billion Swedish meatballs each year in its cafeterias and frozen to-go packs. And now, with Ikea stores closed around the world in response to COVID-19, the company published a recipe so you can duplicate the dish at home. Read Full Story

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9 steps to take right now if you’ve been laid off

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At this moment, your job prospects may seem bleak, but you can still take purposeful steps toward your next role. A few weeks ago, everything may have felt stable in your career. Now, with the coronavirus outbreak continuing to have a tremendous human and economic impact, you’ve suddenly been given the unfortunate news: You’re getting laid off. Read Full Story

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Your business can’t beat Amazon—but there’s still a way to coexist

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A serial entrepreneur explains how she learned to live with Amazon by throwing out the old playbook. Amazon took all the friction out of retail, and then some. It used to be that if you wanted to buy something, you had to get up from your chair, walk out your door, go find it, buy it, and then bring it back home. These days, you don’t even have to stand up, and the thing you want will be at your door a day or two later. Read Full Story

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National Donut Day freebies and deals are going fast. Here’s where to get your much-needed treat

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National Donut Day (or National Doughnut Day, if you insist) has arrived. Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ have great deals. Or call your local vegan shop. We all need a sweet treat right about now. National Donut Day (or National Doughnut Day, if you insist) has arrived just in time: Donut shops nationwide are offering free, delectable, delicious donuts. Call your local specialty and vegan shops first for their promotions . Read Full Story

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How to lead when you’re scared too

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An executive at Nomadic Learning says that now that the early adrenaline rush of quarantine—scrambling online classes or remote work, hosting emergency virtual town halls—is wearing off, the next challenge is endurance. There’s a moment in childhood, usually around age 12 or 13, where you realize (to your horror) that your parents actually have no idea what they’re doing. They, like you, are winging it. Read Full Story

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Here’s how to boost your Wi-Fi while working from home

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These Wi-Fi mesh systems can boost signal, speed, and your sanity while you try to stay connected at home. Ah, the simple pleasures of working from home: no dress code, playing whatever music you fancy, snacking, and dealing with slow, glitchy internet. Most of our home routers aren’t equipped to deal with the demands of videoconferencing, uploading, downloading, and computing like the high-speed, broadband internet at the office. So how do you fix the buffering, slow madness? First off, make sure that your plan with your internet service provider has a large enough bandwidth to fit your work-from-home needs. Most major ISPs are currently lifting data caps and opening their Wi-Fi hotspots to even those who don’t subscribe to their service. Currently, all carriers have opened their mobile hotspots to the public for 60 days, per the FCC’s request . Additionally, some providers are increasing internet speeds for existing customers, …

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