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fastcompany:

Nearly 90 of jobs demand social media skills, but it turns out just hiring Millennials isn’t the answer.

In all the talk about the tech about the mismatch between the projected number of STEM jobs (1.2 million new ones in the next six years) and the U.S.-based talent to fill those positions, we’re losing sight of another big skills gap that’s right under our fingers every day.

Ninety percent of all jobs in the next year will require information and communication technology skills, according to research by Capgemini. Yet more than half the companies polled lacked social media skills. That’s despite a McKinsey report that projects social media adding up to $1.3 trillion to our economy. No wonder the gap is poised to create a war for talent that quietly rivals the battle playing out amid the startups of Silicon Valley.

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fastcompany:

Clearing your mind and living in the moment isn’t about putting productivity on hold. You can be more profitable with less brain clutter.

If you are like me, you probably find yourself multitasking more, yet feeling like it really isn’t benefiting you. As a society, we’re stressing out about more and accomplishing less, adversely impacting both our mindsets and our productivity.

Most of us think of this as the new normal, and we’ve gotten used to juggling more. The begrudging acceptance of this attitude prevents companies from taking actions needed to keep workers focused and productive.

A stretched-thin, stressed-out workplace is not the workplace of the future. It falls on business managers to change this culture and promote focus and compassion—a concept making the rounds in workplace circles known as “mindfulness.” This is the technique of tuning out the noise and focusing deliberately on what is important.

Studies have found that mindfulness at work can increase engagement, productivity, innovation, and measurable business results. Here are three tips to increasing your mindfulness so that you cross tasks off your list and stress about them less.

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fastcompany:

Tweaking the UX of our social media tools could help readers better understand fast-moving news.

The Boston Marathon bombings. Tornadoes in the Midwest. Now, tragically, Ferguson. When serious breaking news happens, many of us turn to social media—especially Twitter—to keep up and get the most detailed information we can as quickly as possible. But the events in Missouri these last few weeks made me think about the deficiencies of our current information tools, and how we might improve the social, breaking news experience.

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fastcompany:

I spent the last few weeks living—and working—with a computer that’s a laptop, a tablet, and a desktop PC all in one. And?

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fastcompany:

The 83-year-old logo designer talks about the marriage-like qualities of a creative partnership, learning from Josef Albers, and more.

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fastcompany:

When the San Francisco Bay Area suffered its worst earthquake in 25 years on Sunday, with a 6.0 rattler in the Napa Valley, one company found themselves in an unusual place to collect data on the tragedy: Wireless device maker Jawbone.

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uxrave:

The Sketch Manual Part 1: insights, tips, and a whole gamut of other resources for practitioners both new and old.

fastcompany:

The online coding school Treehouse just launched a “change the ratio” program. Can it help fix tech’s diversity problem?

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thisoldapt:

Getting the most bang for your rental apartment buck is essential. So sometimes you have to put up false walls or room dividers. I’m in love with this execution because it uses extra surface space for wall art! Check out 4 other clever room dividers via the link below. -EL

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