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The design team at Safari is looking to add another person to our growing group. We’re looking for someone who will provide cover for Loz and myself as we tackle larger design-related initiatives at Safari, as well as general support for design-and-communications-related needs across the company. This is a junior role, so it’s best suited for someone who is just starting out, and wants to work at a place where they can learn from other, more seasoned designers, as well as collaborate with a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary collection of remarkable individuals. Read more »

Lifelong Learning

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Inspire employees to value corporate learning resources and positively impact the organization’s growth strategies.

No one has time to be a corporate learning cheerleader, so put away the pom-poms and use this post to learn tips that can motivate and influence your employees to use the organization’s corporate learning resources.

Our account management team did some reconnaissance work for you to find out how to increase the use of corporate learning resources within your ranks. Through our interactions with customers, we have identified leading tactics that yield high adoption and performance results for self-directed learning.

Now, we’re sharing these best practices with you. Read more »

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By Jimmy Guterman

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Jimmy Guterman is editorial director of Collective Next and a curator of TEDxBoston. Previously, he served as a senior editor of Harvard Business Review.

You made the leap to management. You’ve learned quite a bit and you’ve offered your employer good value, but you’re two years into your new role and you feel like you’ve hit some sort of a ceiling. You know your current position won’t satisfy you much longer. You feel … stuck. You know you have to move, but in what direction?

When many young managers wrestle with whether it’s time to leave their current position, they frame it as a binary: stay or go. But, especially for people working for medium-sized or large organizations, there are at least three options to consider beyond staying in place. Read more »

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Leading up to the rollout of the new Safari platform in July 2014, Safari’s content team had a clear directive: make sure we include all the content our customers value the most.

In order to work out what the right starting set of books and videos should be, we studied the historical usage data for Safari Books Online and targeted titles with the most usage and the most users. We also prioritized titles published in the past five years, as the data indicates that’s where the primary usage is. But our assumption was that new Safari would never have the same number of titles as Safari Books Online. We think that’s primarily a positive change. Why? Read more »

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You can’t lead a remarkable career if you aren’t able to take care of the basics in life: family, health, nutrition. That’s why over the years we’ve been expanding the Safari catalog beyond just IT and programming books to include thousands of titles on personal development and wellness. We find these titles are a great complement to the library — some of our most popular titles within our company right now are about personal finance.

This very personal post by our engineer Nikk Folts addresses celiac disease specifically, but I think every organization benefits from a holistic approach to wellness, and access to trusted and reliable health resources.

— Liza Daly, CTO Safari

I’m a 32-year-old senior software engineer here at Safari. For the first 30 years of my life, I had health problems that broadened and progressively got worse as I got older. Finally, in March of 2013, while frugally researching my issues on WebMD, I decided to try out this “hipster” diet; I decided to go gluten-free.

This decision was a desperate one. I was grasping for anything that might help slow down my declining health. After years and years of doctor visits that were inconclusive, multiple prescriptions written for ibuprofen, and a litany of other treatments for my many symptoms, I gave up on doctors and, sadly, resorted to hours and hours on WebMD. Doctors just couldn’t seem to identify the cause; they just kept treating my symptoms. What was the reason for my persistent pain and recurring health problems? Nobody could tell me. As it turns out, this is an extremely common story, one shared by millions of Americans with Celiac disease. I’m one of the lucky ones that was able to figure out what was causing my issues.
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By Jimmy Guterman

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Jimmy Guterman is editorial director of Collective Next and a curator of TEDxBoston. Previously, he served as a senior editor of Harvard Business Review.

Who are you at work?

That’s a more complicated question than you might think. There’s a side of us that we emphasize when we’re among our coworkers: our work selves tend to be more buttoned-down than the people we are on evenings and weekends. The things that preoccupy us outside work often get pushed to the back when we’re at corporate HQ. Emphasizing your professional strengths and “workplace demeanor” makes it easier for both the people who you report to and the people who report to you to feel confident in you. But such an approach can feel little bit fake sometimes, can’t it? Like we are putting on a show. Read more »

Posted by & filed under analytics, devices, information security, privacy, search, Web Development.

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We’ve all been there. Your mind wanders during your daily routine and then suddenly your interest is piqued by a random, rogue question. It lingers persistently and blocks all other attempts at thought. You completely disregard the fact that it is 2:30 AM and turn to the one source of information that is reliable — or at least won’t complain when you ask it a question at all hours of the night. Google. Yahoo. Siri. Bing. Alexa. All happy to take a stab at solving your dilemma. You enter your search: “Which is more deadly, a shark or a coconut?” The wheel spins and your retinas burn and then finally the answer is revealed. You lean back and breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your instincts did not lead you astray. However, after everything is said and done and you found the answers you sought, the real question is this: if you aren’t paying your search engine for these answers, how do they make money? What does a search engine get in return for all the queries you feed it? It turns out, quite a lot. Read more »

Posted by & filed under Business, communication, Content - Highlights and Reviews, leading teams, management, motivation.

By Lauren Keller Johnson

Lauren Keller Johnson is a freelance writer living in Harvard, MA

As a manager, one of your most vital responsibilities is motivating your people—inspiring them to give their best on the job, including their creativity, devotion, and energy. When your employees are motivated, they work together to generate the results your organization needs—whether it’s stronger sales, happier customers or clients, greater market share, or some other critical goal.

But most managers stumble in their efforts to motivate employees. That’s because they rely on traditional carrot-and-stick motivation techniques such as pay raises and threats, says Susan Fowler in her book Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work . . . and What Does.

Such techniques may push your people to do whatever it takes get the “carrot” or avoid the “stick” in the short-term—but their motivation will evaporate soon after. Why? Carrots and sticks are external motivators—things that employees have no control over. Read more »