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The Five Working Parents You'll Encounter On Take Your Kids to Work Day

It's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, the one day of the year (okay, the second day this month alone, cough!) when our co-workers will bring their child with them to the workplace.

You're bound to learn something about your co-workers by watching them attempt to parent while working. You might observe how the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in some ways, among other things. At a minimum, you'll get to see the little people who sometimes leave you holding the bag at work.

So without further ado, here are five types of parent/co-workers you might encounter on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day:

1. The overly-permissive parent. This co-worker's child is using your office chair like a Sit 'n Spin when they're not running up and down the hallways, leaving wrappers from their free break room snacks on the floor, and treating the office like a playground to the distraction of everyone in the office. Aren't they just so cute at this age? Um.


People With Short Names Tend To Earn More Money

Tempted to saddle your first child with a name that will take him years to spell correctly?

Well, spellcheck this, parents: A new report from finds employees with short names make more money. Goodbye Theodore and hellooooo, Ted!

The top-earning names in the workplace tend to be restricted to four or five letters, max. After that, each letter leads to an estimated $3,600 reduction in annual pay. So call your kid "Jon" instead of "Jonathan" from the get-go, will you? It's short and sweet, and will earn more green!

In a workplace context, it makes total sense. "Chip" sounds a lot more easy-going and accessible than, say, "Worthington." It's also easier for everyone to spell and remember, which is key at work. The shorter, the better -- as far as co-workers and customers are concerned.

So what are the Top 10 highest-earning names among today's workforce? Be forewarned that they are decidedly Gen X monikers, because Gen X…

HuffPo Founder Who Asks People To Work For Free Says To Get More Sleep

Is is just me, or is Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington everywhere lately? Every time I turn on the television, there she is, promoting her new book entitled The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time.

In a nutshell -- and I'll get straight to the point because I know how sleep deprived you are! -- Ms. Huffington wants to change the way we sleep. Human beings are not machines; we need regular downtime. REM isn't simply an awesome rock band, it's the key to a restful sleep. So cool your bedroom to 65 degrees, leave your smartphone charging on the kitchen counter, and close your eyes. Stop over-acheiving and start dreaming, America!

Ms. Huffington says she's getting a full eight hours of sleep 95% of the time, and she feels great. As someone who got a decidedly underachieving 6.5 hours of sleep last night, I think: Good for her. Learning how to unwind is a nice way of being kind to yourself. Even high-powered working professionals need a p…

Seven Tips For Addressing Zika in the Workplace

I was outside with a friend when she suddenly slapped the back of her neck. "I think it was a bug," she said, looking at her empty hand. "Maybe it was a mosquito?" We both looked at each other. Oh, no. It's almost that time of year again: mosquito season.

Luckily, it wasn't a mosquito, but this might not be an average mosquito season. Just yesterday, the CDC increased its estimate of U.S. states with the Zika mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, from 12 to 30 states.

Still, a new poll finds 4 in 10 Americans know "little to nothing" about the virus.

We can all do more to understand the risks. Here are seven basic tips for thinking about the Zika threat in the workplace:

1. Look to minimize sources of standing water.Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, so check the perimeter of your building for places where water could accumulate easily, even in a misting rain. Buckets (including upside down buckets), saucers underneath potted plants, concave-shaped tr…

Nickelback's Lesson For the Modern Workplace

A Finnish researcher is out with a new study that explains why everyone's a critic when it comes to the Canadian band Nickelback. Yeah, that band.

Finnish doctoral student Salli Anttonen strums the right chords in a paper entitled "Hypocritical Bulls— Performed Through Gritted Teeth: Authenticity Discourses in Nickelback's Album Reviews in Finnish Media." In the paper, she explores why Nickelback gets such a bad rap among dedicated music fans.

For the record, I'm not a Nickelback hater but I'm not a huge fan, either. The band has some catchy tunes, and they've sold a lot of records. If a Nickelback song is on the radio, then I'll usually let it play in the background. But we all know someone who would sniff, "Why are we listening to Nickelback? All their songs sound the same!" before immediately changing the car radio to Rush.

Why all the hate? Why does Nickelback get criticized while other bands get a free pass?

Anttonen concludes Nickel…

U.S. Employees Worry About Money All the Time

Do you worry about money while you're making money?

If so, you're not alone. New research from Workplace Options/Public Policy Polling reveals that employees are worried about their personal finances more than ever!

U.S. employees have money on their minds, but not in a good way. A full 88% of working Americans surveyed are worried about their financial situation. Hey, the bills have to get paid. But catch this: More than half of those surveyed (55%) revealed that their financial stress level has gone up in a measurable, year-over-year kind of way.

For more than one-quarter surveyed (28%), their worries about money have gone up "significantly" since February 2015. Verging on three-quarters surveyed (69%) revealed they worry about their personal finances many times per week. More than four in 10 employees surveyed (44%) say they worry about money problems every single day.

Anyone who thinks, "Well, it's not my problem" might want to consider the impact…

It's A Bot Time You Don't Have To Answer 4 a.m. Work Texts

Kids messaging app Kik has just beat Facebook in developing a "bot" platform that can send automatic, pre-programmed text responses using words, videos and .gifs. The kids love this stuff. Now the question is, how can future workplaces take advantage of texting bots, too?

The Kik Bot Shop offers "mini-apps" that users can sign up for (for example, a bot that automatically inserts Vine videos into relevant text chats). Big companies are getting in on the bot development action, too. Microsoft and of course, Facebook.

This is Texting 2.0, folks. As Kik's Mike Roberts told reporter Martin Bryant of The Next Web: "Messengers are the new browsers and bots are the new websites." If you're not using them this way, then you're missing out on new marketing, branding and communication opportunities. From Bryant's Next Web article:

Given the explosion in the popularity of bots, the time to shine has come companies that specialize in their development…

If You Worked Here, You'd Be Far Away From Trump By Now

A Canadian startup has come up with an innovative way of luring Silicon Valley talent to the Great White North. Come work for us, because we have really good people, great benefits, and Donald Trump doesn't live here!

Ontario tech engineering startup Sortable has it all sorted out, apparently. It's placed a yuuuuge photo of Mr. Trump atop its hiring page, beckoning U.S. techies to consider making the move to calm and welcoming Canada! Here, read it for yourself.

Okay, I have to ask: Is Sortable pulling our leg, or is this for real? On the one hand, Bloomberg reported the story on Friday, which lends credibility. On the other hand, Friday was April Fool's Day. Hmm.

Well, one must admit Sortable has come up with an innovative recruitment idea that might just be part of a larger recruitment strategy. Bloomberg reports that a group of Canadian mayors will be traveling to California to promote Canada's diverse startup community. Plus, Canada recently elected a hip and moder…

ZipRecruiter Births "Jobs For Babies" Hiring Trend

Everybody thinks their infant is the smartest one in the room. But if these babies are so gifted, then why aren't they moving up the career ladder yet? Luckily, online employment recruiter ZipRecruiter is putting the lazy infant trend to bed!

The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March, and ZipRecruiter doesn't want babies to miss out on the thrill of full-time employment. With ZipRecruiter, infants will have access to a mobile app via their parents' drool-smeared smartphones to scan job openings uniquely tailored to their skills, interests and abilities.

These jobs include Baby Food Tester, Baby Diaper Designer, Baby Construction Worker, and many other trendy career options.

Babies will also be able to receive emailed job alerts that will go directly to their parents' email boxes. It's about time, too, since boring STEM classes by age 2 can only do so much to push our kids ahead when they could be outside developing their social/motor skills on the playground.