• Chat app launches for LinkedIn. LinkedIn hasn’t yet added a private messaging application as a feature, writes Kurt Wagner for Re/code. To fill the gap, chat app Caliber launched to allow LinkedIn users to communicate privately with professional connections. Caliber also recommends new connections based on a user’s interests and profession. LinkedIn already has a feature called InMail, but it charges users to send messages to people they aren’t already connected with.
— Adapted from “LinkedIn Doesn’t Have a Chat App, So Caliber Built One,” Kurt Wagner, CNBC.
• Don’t sweat a little pessimism at work. People who have a more cheery attitude can underestimate assignments and forget to ask for advice, writes Wall Street Journal columnist Sue Shellenbarger. Some forms of constructive worry can actually prepare you for multiple scenarios, as well as force you to be more logical.
• Team up to beat stress. Stress has the ability to ruin your health and your career, says Inc.com contributing editor John Brandon. If you want to beat it, find someone you can share your struggles with. Meet with that person once a week and talk about what’s causing you stress and ask her to watch out for you. Instead of bottling up your stress, you’ll be having a healthy dialogue.
• Celebrate the creators within. So how come the art in your hallways isn’t produced by employees, or their kids? Here’s a chance to let them show off and bolster the community feel your workplace should have. Offer to frame their art for permanent display so it looks its best; for a small cost, you’re giving people a terrific long-term pride boost.
• Show you’re decisive. Even if you’re not inclined to make snap decisions, act as if you’re ready to call the shots. Don’t equivocate in public. If you’re unsure what to do, find time alone to analyze the situation. Bosses and colleagues should see you as decisive and confident, not pained or tortured.
• The power of a compliment. Each day, find one person to praise. Example: “Great blog post today!” People tend to want to get better at things they get noticed for.
• Book just about anything using the Twitter app. You can build lists of clients, follow through with them and, of course, keep up with the news. You even can tweet your network for an emergency dry cleaner or a nice restaurant in a new town: “Think of Twitter as Google with better answers.”
— Adapted from Hootsuite blog.