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The problem with perfectionists

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People often brag about being perfectionists – but new research shows people much prefer colleagues with realistic expectations.
Perfectionists await the impossible from themselves or others, put in hours and hours making tweaks invisible to anyone but themselves, then wind up burnt out and exhausted by the end of the week. After all, who wouldn’t […]

The secrets of online job portals

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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a spike in global job losses, and she’s one of millions of workers now looking for a new role in the US, where the unemployment rate jumped from 3.5% in February to 14.7% in April.
Most applicants have no choice but to turn to job portals and applicant tracking systems (ATS) – […]

How to talk about conspiracy theories

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Conspiracy theories have thrived during the pandemic.
Maybe you even have a friend or relative who’s brought one up in conversation. How can you talk to them without starting an argument – or sending them further down the rabbit hole?

The BBC’s specialist disinformation reporter Marianna Spring brought together a dad who got in touch with her […]

Advertisers have Facebook’s attention

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Facebook is about to look a little different, whether users notice or not.
A civil rights coalition that includes the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP launched the #StopHateforProfit campaign last month, calling on major corporations to halt advertising on Facebook (FB) for the month of July due to the platform’s “repeated failure to meaningfully address the vast proliferation of […]

British citizens travelling to Spain quarantine

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The coronavirus pandemic which had kept the tourists away for the first part of the summer seemed to be easing, and the – mainly British – visitors were returning to this little spot on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
But the feeling of relief was far too short lived: on Saturday, the British government announced it […]

When working from home is much more than emailing

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Since Covid-19 put the world on lockdown, a wave of new firms have rushed to adopt cloud computing. And within cloud computing a micro-industry, known as enterprise infrastructure, has bloomed.

“It’s an interesting challenge that nobody’s ever had to make a movie outside of the office. So it’s really cool and exciting, but also terrifying because […]

Cell phones as coronavirus helpline

Junior doctor Lisa Linpower recorded her experience of lockdown for the BBC PM programme’s Covid Chronicles. The front-line worker speaks of how vital her phone has been as a tool, a companion and as a source of comfort for patients and their families.
The Covid Chronicles were launched in March when Radio 4’s PM asked its audience to write in […]

Do you know what is celebrated on June 25th?

If you like The Beatles you should mark this date on your calendar because it is Global Beatles Day! This date celebrates the huge influence that Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr had on the world, not only regarding their music but also because of their moral values. They promoted the idea that we could all […]

The secret of iconic book covers

A pair of eyes and red lips floating in a midnight sky above the bright lights of New York on The Great Gatsby. The half-man, half-devil on Brett Easton Ellis’s American Psycho. A single cog for an eye on A Clockwork Orange. Two orange silhouettes on David Nicholls’ One Day. The original Harry Potter colour illustrations…

A great book might […]

How to write emails in a pandemic

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Few things have been left unaffected by Covid-19 – even email. As San Francisco-based podcast host Olivia Allen-Price wrote on Twitter: “2020: The year my e-mail sign-off went from ‘Cheers’ to ‘Hang in there’”.
Salutations once considered polite – ‘All the best’ or ‘Regards’ – can now come off as overly detached.
Other more cheerful sign-offs – ‘Hope […]