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January 11, 2019: Friday News Roundup

Happy Friday, folks. Good to have you back here for more end-of-week reading. We’ve got stuff about having a positive effect on others, buckling down to work when you’re unmotivated, and networking as an introvert. And more!

CES 2019: It’s the Year of Virtual Assistants and 5G
If you’re not familiar with CES, aka, the Consumer Electronics Show, it’s the annual extravaganza held in Las Vegas where tech companies introduce their latest gadgets and gizmos. To absolutely no one’s surprise, this year’s event showcased a lot of robots, including one that will fold your laundry.

The Personality Trait That Makes People Feel Comfortable Around You
What’s your affect? As this article explains, “affective presence is an effect one has regardless of one’s own feelings—those with positive affective presence make other people feel good, even if they personally are anxious or sad, and the opposite is true for those with negative affective presence.” But keep reading, because a positive affect isn’t always put to positive use.

How to Keep Working When You’re Just Not Feeling It
You just got back from an extended holiday break and are having a tough time motivating yourself to pick up where you left off in December. No one at Udemy feels this way, of course, but we understand it happens to others. If you’re struggling to get back into the work groove, this article offers four sets of tactics that “can help propel you forward.”

The Death of the Sick Day
When so many people work from home as their normal routine, what does it mean to “call out” sick? Apparently, not much anymore. While plenty of employers discourage workers from coming to the office when they’re under the weather, that isn’t the same as encouraging them to unplug and stay in bed.

How Introverts Can Learn to Network Effectively
No matter your plans for 2019, personal or professional, they probably involve interacting with new people. For introverts, that is a recipe for discomfort, if not fear. Still, we all get a lot out of networking, whether it’s a new job, a new client, or a new friend. This interview with an introverted communication expert might help you get over your dread and take the plunge.