September 1, 2017: Friday News Roundup

How did we reach the end of the summer so fast? Hope you managed to get your fill of fun in the sun—unless you’re in the summer hemisphere, in which case, the best is yet to come. Happy Labor Day weekend to those in the U.S., and for everyone else, you can still enjoy the news!

What You’re Truly Saying With Your Out-of-Office Reply
There is an art to crafting the perfect out-of-office autoreply—one that communicates important info about your absence while setting expectations about just how (un)reachable you’re going to be. If you’re like most, the fear of returning to a mountain of unread messages can lead us to check our email even when we’re supposed to be checked out.

How to Forget About Work When You’re Not Working
Okay, you’ve set your out-of-office message, now you need to leave work behind—for real. Whether it’s for a week or an hour, truly getting away from work is certainly healthy but it’s also easier said than done. This professor of psychology has some great tips for successfully disconnecting.

The Smiley Face Emoji Has A “Dark Side,” Researchers Have Found
Using emoji in professional communications is pretty much an accepted practice at this point (and if your team uses Slack, it’s virtually a requirement). But you should still think twice before slapping that smiley face at the end of your email. It might make your coworkers think less of you.

Paris Open To Esports On 2024 Olympic Program
Do you consider your video-game-playing skills to be Olympic caliber? If so, you might want to start training harder. According to this article, the co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee is open to adding e-sports to the competition.

The Great Tech Panic: Our Anxieties, Charted
We got a good chuckle out of this one. Head over to view this matrix of “our biggest digital concerns,” organized by how likely and how frightening they are. It’s funny ’cause it’s true…