January 26, 2018: Friday News Roundup

What a week at Udemy: Employees flew in from our Dublin and Ankara offices—as well as our newest international location in São Paulo—for our annual all-company retreat at San Francisco HQ. For three days, we gathered to absorb loads of information, ideas, and inspiration for the year ahead. And yet, outside our walls, the news went on!

How To Start An Email: An Email Openings Analysis Of 300,000+ Messages
Should you say “hey” or “hi”? Does it even matter? After studying hundreds of thousands of messages, researchers say the answer is YES. Your salutation could be the difference between engagement and the trash folder.

How Reading Increases Your Emotional Intelligence & Brain Function: The Findings of Recent Scientific Studies
Learning doesn’t happen with online courses alone! You should feed your mind with reading too. Per this article: Reading can not only improve cognition, but it can also lead to a refined “theory of mind,” a term used by cognitive scientists to describe how “we ascribe mental states to other persons.”

Learn These 4 Things If You Want To Have A Job In 10 Years
Skip this if you’d prefer unemployment (just kidding!). This article is actually focused on remote workers, whose numbers are expected to grow in years to come. To prove yourself to be a reliable, productive colleague, even if you rarely get face time with your coworkers, you’ll need to get comfortable with digital communications tools and learn to build relationships from a distance, among other things.

4 Simple Tips for Working From Home
More tips for remote workers! This time, the writer has advice for making a WFH set-up work for you, from finding a remote job to keeping family stuff out of your professional space to adopting the right mindset when working alone.

6 Ways to Take Control of Your Career Development If Your Company Doesn’t Care About It
It’s an unfortunate reality that there are plenty of companies out there that are happy to have you at a desk in their office but not terribly interested in what else you have in mind for your career. Obviously, your first self-development move should be to keep mastering new skills on Udemy. But that’s not all.