3 Reasons Baby Boomers Are Getting Fired

Over 50? You’re more likely to have long-term unemployment woes.

The rate of long-term unemployment is highest over the age of 50. As companies embrace the value proposition of hiring Millennial workers (in spite of their anger toward their shortcomings), Baby Boomers who can’t deliver the same value will be let go. Yes, there are laws against age discrimination, but when companies follow proper protocol and can prove you aren’t being singled out solely based on age, they can (and will) let you go.

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Older workers are failing to see the bigger picture–and it’s costing them their jobs.

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Want to Be More Productive? Have Some Kids

Kids get a ton of press for stressing out their working parents. Work-life balance is incredibly hard, screams one survey. You need to be a productivity ninja to squeeze it all in, implies another blog post.

And after having a baby last year, I can see why. From broken sleep to incredible amounts of laundry (babies are so small, how do they produce so much?) and a million other responsibilities, kids are a huge if happy time suck. But just because they demand a ton of effort, does that mean children end up being a net drain on your professional productivity?

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We hear more about the stresses of combining work and kids, but research shows parents are actually more productive.

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Here’s how to make performance reviews useful

Business 2 Community compiled an infographic of depressing facts about performance reviews, and as you may have guessed, they are bleak. 20% of employees think their boss arrives wholly unprepared. Nearly half of people surveyed think their supervisor isn’t telling the truth. One-third of the time, performance reviews can actually lead to a decrease in performance.

The good news — yes, hope exists — is that managers can help fix these issues. For example, the same infographic points out how regular feedback increases employees’ scores and decreases turnover.

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Here is what you need to know to lead a valuable performance review (even if you’ve never led one before).

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How We Stopped Reviewing Resumes And Started Making Better Hires

Long ago, the business world settled on a conventional hiring process. And while some companies are experimenting with their own approaches, the standard elements—a cover letter, resume, and interview—still prevail in most places. The thing is, they don’t necessarily serve the end goal: hiring the most qualified candidate.

Despite its convenience, the traditional hiring process has its shortcomings. For one thing, resumes and cover letters only convey self-reported data, so candidates can and do bend their experiences to fit the job description. Quirky interview questions can sometimes lighten the mood and get a candidate to give more revealing answers, but they don’t necessarily identify the most qualified candidate. For instance, Airbnb has been said to ask applicants, “What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?” It’s a cool question, but (hopefully) not a predictor of success at Airbnb.

Here at Compose, we realized that our own hiring process was not only less than completely effective, it was also—like most—susceptible to bias. So we set out to make it more transparent, less subjective, and less biased—all while decreasing the time we spent finding the ideal hire. Here’s how we did it.

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The hiring process hasn’t changed for decades. This company scrapped it and started over.

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The 6 Biggest Mistakes People Make About Being Happy

Whenever I want to gauge my happiness, I talk to a shrink.

“But am I really happy?” I’ll ask, prostrate on a chaise-longue.

“Tell me about your nightmares,” she’ll reply, busily drawing a hangman doodle.

We obsess about happiness even more than we obsess about sex. (Or, in America, guns.)

Some people, though, seem to go about happiness the wrong way. I am happy, then, to have encountered the thoughts of Sherry Amatenstein.

She is a therapist and, I’m sure, a happy one. Here are her six most common myths about happiness. Together with my own miserable annotations.

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Being happy isn’t what you think it is. A therapist explains why.

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The Only Two Rules You Need To Know To Be Successful In Work And Life

There are three skills you need to be financially successful: making money, keeping money, growing money. James Altucher is mostly only good at making money.

“I’ve had several instances where I’ve started a business, sold it, made a lot of money, and then basically lost everything I made, whether it was $50 million or $5 million or whatever,” he tells Fast Company. “I always have a tendency to lose everything I made.”

At some point, Altucher started thinking about the routines and habits he kept while he was making money starting and running more than 20 companies, investing in over 30 companies, advising another 50 private companies (ranging from $0 in revenue to a billion in revenue), publishing a handful of books, including the upcoming The Rich Employee, and hosting a number of podcasts, including an upcoming one with Freakonomics’ Stephen J. Dubner called Question of the Day.

There are some simple rules, like drink coffee first thing in the morning and 20 minutes before you write so that it “sets your brain on fire, makes you go to the bathroom, cleans your body out before you set your heart on fire.” Then, there’s his 30% rule, which basically says that everyone should cut or rewrite at least 30% of their masterpiece after they think they’ve finished it. Next, there are some complicated rules that require some math, like the 4/64 rule and the 30/150/millions rule. But, specifically, there are two rules that have always brought Altucher back to success every time he falls down and loses everything.

Below are his two rules to live and work by:

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Staying focused on the right things can make all the difference.

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12 Powerful Secrets of Really Persuasive People

There are people who are very good at getting other people to do what they want, especially at work. So how do they do it?

You may be surprised to know that you probably already have the qualities you need to be persuasive. It doesn’t mean you have to be manipulative or a suck-up. Genuine persuasiveness is an important part of being successful.

Here are 12 secrets of the most successfully persuasive people. Do you recognize any of these qualities within yourself? What areas do you need to cultivate?

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You are more persuasive than you think you are — learn the powerful secrets of persuasiveness.

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