Build More Meaningful Personal Relationships at Work

This Simple Gesture Can Help You Build More Meaningful Personal Relationships at Work

Taking notes about people's personal lives might feel strange -- but the results can be transformative.

By Emma BrudnerDirector of People Operations,

Anyone who's worked with me knows that I don't have the greatest memory. They also know that I take notes -- about everything. (These two things are not unrelated.) 

A third fact about me? It's incredibly important that I show my coworkers I care personally about them -- and especially the people who report to me. 

Walking Meetings, how people better connect in 4 minutes

Steve Jobs Loved Walking Meetings. New Research Shows Why He Was Right

A new experiment shows how people can become better connected in 4 1/2 minutes or less.

By Minda Zetlin Co-author, The Geek Gap@MindaZetlin

Steve Jobs had a favorite way to hold a meeting with an employee, partner, or potential collaborator: He liked to walk, usually simply strolling around the company's neighborhood in Cupertino, California.

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Information for Specific Groups

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to COVID-19. Much is unknown about how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.

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The best prevention against the coronavirus is still washing your hands. Here's the proper way to do it

By Scottie Andrew and Yiwen Niu, CNN

(CNN)When it comes to novel coronavirus protectionface masks are futile. There isn't a vaccine yet. So the best way to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus is washing your hands -- thoroughly -- with soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And yes, there's a right way to wash your hands. It's something of an art form -- a timed, multistep process that can involve some light singing.

Here's the CDC's official hand-washing how-to. All you need to follow along is a sink and soap.

How long can coronavirus survive on surfaces?


As a new coronavirus spreads quickly around the world, US health officials say they are "aggressively" assessing how long it can survive on surfaces to better understand the risk of transmission.

Based on what is known about similar coronaviruses, disease experts say the new outbreak of the virus, named COVID-19, is mainly spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Contact with fecal matter from an infected person may also transmit the virus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it may be possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

Google Discovered the Secret Weapon to Building a Great Team. It's a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Inc. By Justin BarisoAuthor, EQ Applied@JustinJBariso

After Years of Research, Google Discovered the Secret Weapon to Building a Great Team. It's a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Years of research provide a major clue as to how to get the most out of your team.

Great companies are made up of great teams. It's one thing to hire a bunch of rock stars, but it's a completely different thing to get those stars to work together. 

That's why a few years ago, Google went on a mission: discover how to build the perfect team. 

Test kits, CDC says its coronavirus test kit is ready for primetime

"This has not gone as smoothly as we would have liked," Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the CDC said.

For more than a month, officials throughout the country have been asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enable more widespread testing for coronavirus.

But technical difficulties reduced the number of laboratories in the U.S. with working test kits to only about a dozen, including CDC headquarters in Atlanta. That delayed results for suspected patients and frustrated public health authorities.

Things changed this week: Top federal health officials announced they had modified the testing protocol, expanded criteria for who could be tested and worked out the technical problems with the tests, positioning more state and local laboratories to finally have the ability to test for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. But, the officials acknowledged, the process was rocky.

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Criticism of slow responses

Authorities in Wuhan and Hubei provinces have been criticised for downplaying the severity of the outbreak and responding more slowly than they could have. The Beijing-based media journal, Caixin noted that Hubei did not roll out the first level of "public health emergency response mechanism" until 24 January, while several other provinces and cities outside the centre of the outbreak have already done so the day before.