June 29, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Another Friday has rolled around, so it’s gotta be roundup time. Check out today’s stories about transitioning successfully after a promotion, showing your true feelings at work, robots working the grill, and more.

Algeria’s Answer to Cheating on School Exams: Turn Off the Internet
To be clear, the internet wasn’t just shut down for students—it was the whole country. One unfortunate side effect: airport delays. But Algeria is far from alone in having a cheating problem, thanks to smartphones and social media. Read on for some of the other drastic measures countries have tried.

How Faking Your Feelings At Work Can Be Damaging
We all want to put our best face forward at work, but acting friendly and chipper when you’re feeling the opposite can take a toll too. One sociologist coined the term “emotional labor” to describe the “the effort that goes into expressing something we don’t genuinely feel.” It’s a top cause of burnout.

How to Prove Yourself After a Promotion
Congratulations, you’ve been promoted! How can you make it a smooth transition? Especially among those who’ve previously known you in a more junior position, you’ve got some proving to do. This article shares advice for building positive relationships, finding allies, and combating impostor syndrome.

Short of Workers, Fast-Food Restaurants Turn to Robots
The burger-flipping robot arm may creep you out a bit, but it’s better than going hungry! As this article points out, it isn’t a case of robots replacing inferior humans. On the contrary, there just aren’t enough restaurant workers to feed the need, so helpers like Flippy the burger chef can fill a real void.

The Japanese Have Improved A Perfect Design Classic: The Binder Clip
From robots to retro… The modern office may not rely on paper as much, but the humble binder clip continues to prove its utility. There’s a nice video linked here that shows 15 lifehacks using binder clips; closing bags of chips is just the beginning! And now, the Japanese have improved upon the classic design, with “a longer, flatter finger lever and repositions the fulcrum higher up the triangular spring.”