Are you the grumpy guy (gal) at work? – The case for being grumpy at work. Research suggests that people with a pessimistic outlook can be more productive, make fewer mistakes, and have better communication skills.
Negativity isn’t necessarily a dead end – Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones – The New York Times
No Rush – Uber is shutting down one of its restaurant delivery services. Uber last week emailed Rush clients informing them that as of May 8, restaurants will no longer be able to use the platform. The company is encouraging restaurants to switchover to UberEats, its designated food delivery service.
Getting to know you… – Are job interviews passe? The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews.
Biggest motivators… – Maybe it’s not fear or guilt. Incentives Don’t Help People Change, but Peer Pressure Does
Do you work from home? – A growing number of people do. In fact, more Americans now work full-time from home than walk and bike to office jobs. One CEO thinks that by 2020 — just three years from now — 50 percent of the workforce will be remote. I have to believe that he only means tech jobs.
Got sun? – California may be the land of sunshine, but Google thinks we all consider solar panels. Google has long stated its ambition is to run its global operations solely on renewable energy, and now it wants to lead by example. The company has updated its interactive Sunroof map that helps people estimate whether it makes sense to install a solar panel on their roof.
Check out Google’s Project Sunroof for yourself. Simply enter your address. Google will estimate how much money you could save (if any) with solar panels. (You’ll need to enter your estimated monthly electric bill.) They’ll show you whether buying or leasing solar panels makes more sense and how long it will take to recoup the expense. In my case, it would take ten years to break even on the solar panel purchase.
The secret to a happy marriage
The secret to a happy marriage? – Is Swapping Date Night for Meeting Night the Secret to a Happy Marriage?
Would you believe Tinder is that secret? – First comes Tinder, then comes marriage
My answer – For my wife and I, “relationship hour” is the answer! We schedule time to discuss anything that’s bothering us. It’s better to discuss things when both parties are calm rather than dealing with things when things get uneasy.
Every old is new again – There are countless apps and online tools to help you save money. Then there’s the older approaches. Envelopes and jars are still viable alternatives. The Ridiculously Simple Way to Save Money: Envelopes
A plan to save Social Security – Here’ the idea: Based on the principle of compound growth, the government would set aside a one-time amount of $7,000 for each child born in the United States, and repeat this annually for the next 35 years. The money would be invested (presumably conservatively). After 35 years, the government would receive back its initial outlay, plus inflation, and use the proceeds to fund the program for children born during the next 35-year cycle.