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9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money (guest post)

Original post:   Author:  Ilya Pozin     Be generous with praise. Everyone wants it and it’s one of the easiest things to give. Plus, praise from the CEO goes a lot farther than you might think. Praise every improvement that you see your team members make. Once you’re comfortable delivering praise one-on-one to an employee, try praising them in front of others.     Get rid of the managers. Projects without project managers? That doesn’t seem right! Try it. Removing the project lead or supervisor and empowering your staff to work together as a team rather then everyone reporting to one individual can do wonders. Think about it. What’s worse than letting your supervisor down? Letting your team down! Allowing people to work together as a team, on an equal level with their co-workers, will often produce better projects faster. People will come in early, stay late, and devote more of their energy to solving problems.     Make your ideas theirs. People hate being told what to do. Instead of telling people what you want done; ask them in a way that will make them feel like they came up with the idea. “I’d like you to do it this way” turns into “Do…

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Skype distributing software(games) without user’s explicit approval ?

Since yesterday evening, the users of Skype for Windows who installed the EXTRAS features, have started to receive software automatically. The software comes from EasyBits Media, a company from Oslo, Norway. The Skype users have started to complain  yesterday afternoon and the drama seems to continue, without Skype officials to comment on this. The entire thread is here:   A user writes in the Forum: I clicked “deny” when skype asked for permission to install this on my computer, but it still went ahead and installed anyway. Can somebody from Skype confirm ASAP if this is a virus which has gotten into the Skype network or if this is something they have pushed out with a very dubious installer. Not impressed.     One and a half hours later, the user called EasyBitsMedia has posted a copy/paste from their website mentioned above:   EasyBits Media is dedicated to providing a world class Game channel to the expanding global Skype community. In 2006, in collaboration with Skype, EasyBits Media created the Skype Extras framework – one of the world’s first ever Apps store. Skype Extras are Apps that allow users to extend Skype functionality. For example, our Skype Extra is called “Play Games”…

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The source of the article ist the statistics for July, published in the techblog: “Because of the holiday season, many people started to buy games and spend more time in the social media websites, so the increase in attacking such web sites comes quite naturally,” Sorin Mustaca, manager of international software development at Avira, noted.

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