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Amazon spheres, restoration technology Technology, Corporate Trees, and Employees: The Triple Win

Employees who work in environments with trees nearby have been scientifically proven to be at least 50 percent more productive, happier, and better-looking than average. OK, that may be an exaggeration, but there is growing evidence that trees meet the needs of people, the environment, and businesses.

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Pamela Rentz
Woman's feet standing on a wood floor The Benefits of Thinking on Your Feet—Literally

Most articles and research about avoiding prolonged sitting and doing more work while standing have focused on the physical health benefits of periodic standing, particularly if you have a desk job. But there are also mental benefits. Standing and walking improve attention, memory, and other cognitive skills, too.

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Naomi Karten
Many paths leading to the same destination Scrum Isn’t the Only Path to Agility

Scrum can really help a team to become more agile. But that doesn’t mean it is the only way for a team to become agile. Agile is all about self-organizing teams collaborating to find what works for them, so if a nontraditional approach helps your team get started, then you’re just forging a new path to agility.

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Tom Stiehm
Globe with locations plotted on it For Distributed Team Success, Think Differently about When

For distributed teams, activities usually get scheduled based on constraints such as availability and time zone, but people don’t often take into account when the most effective time to meet would be. Neglecting people’s work tendencies and schedule preferences could make it harder for the team to be successful.

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Steve Berczuk
Smart woman Why Smart People Sometimes Do Dumb Things

Smart people sometimes do things that are not so smart. In fact, smarter people are actually more vulnerable to thinking errors than those who are less smart, causing them to make unwise decisions. If you’re a smart person, the smartest thing you can do may be to recognize the ways in which you are not so smart.

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Naomi Karten
baby crawling Is Your Child Meeting Development Milestones? The CDC Has an App for That

There are apps that track everything from your fitness goals and calories consumed to the whereabouts of your spouse. However, if you have a young child from age 2 months to 5 years in your life, the free CDC Milestone Tracker is a pretty good mobile app for tracking your child’s development.

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Pamela Rentz
A crack forming in concrete, photo by Mahdis Mousavi Handling the Emotional Turmoil of Organizational Change

Chaos, confusion, and emotional turmoil are not unusual during major organizational change. Nevertheless, even people at the top sometimes minimize the impact of the change on employees—and on themselves. Worse, they sometimes do so dismissively. It's important not to underestimate the challenge of managing change.

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Naomi Karten
Sparkly "2017" sign Top 10 TechWell Insights Stories of 2017

TechWell Insights features short stories about topics from every stage of the software development lifecycle, so no matter what's giving you trouble or what you're into, TechWell can be a good resource. Last year, the most popular stories involved company culture, how to be a good leader, and the future of testing.

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Heather Shanholtzer