Turn your next meeting into a walkabout. Creative input increases by 60% when someone is walking, according to Daniel Schwartz, professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, who co-authored the study Give Your Ideas Some Legs. So ask your boss if he would like to schedule a few walking meetings to encourage creativity and get everyone moving. Steve Jobs and Aristotle both liked to talk and generate ideas while walking.
Spin your tips into a blog or podcast. If you give or receive advice frequently, finding a way to save and share that information may help you and others. Lifehacker’s Dave Greenbaum suggests you turn frequently asked questions into a blog post or record a phone call, with permission, and turn it into a podcast.
Always work to advance your career. Smart people do something each month to improve themselves and work on their career, says career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine. In December, she suggests reaching out to your old contacts. Reconnect with people you haven’t seen recently in a festive setting to strengthen connections for the upcoming year. Save the serious work talk for 2015.
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Department of Labor A to Z guidance. Tired of all the acronyms and jargon of U.S. employment law in the workplace? The U.S. Department of Labor offers an A to Z comprehensive guide to hundreds of words and phrases. So if you’re not sure what the OFCCP, ERISA or COBRA is, no problem.
Another reason to love coffee: It can help your teeth. Research from Boston University found drinking coffee can protect people from periodontal disease, an inflammation of the gums and jaw. Coffee is still known to stain teeth, though, so don’t overdo it.