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The best time to search for a new job, how remote work can save companies, and other trending stories

Source | LinkedIn : By LinkedIn Daily Rundown (UK)

This week, the Daily Rundown is keeping you up to date with the world of work and the big ideas shaping 2018 (and beyond). Read on and join the conversation.

The best time to search for a new job? When you think you need it least. “There’s only so much you as an employee can control when it comes to your career path,” writes Lars Schmidt in Fast Company. What you do have control over, Schmidt says, is planning your next step – even if you don’t want to take it quite yet. Schmidt recommends making small moves to get your career on the right track, including building relationships with people in your chosen field, cultivating your existing network, and blogging to share your expertise.

Remote work can be a company’s salvation – but it’s often used as a scapegoat when a company undergoes periods of turmoil, according to Aha! CEO Brian de Haaff.Instead of banning remote work at a time when a company may need it most, it’s crucial to identify the underlying problems: “Companies need to take a hard look at what is causing organisational strife and dysfunction,” according to de Haaff, who says blaming distributed workforces will just exacerbate existing problems.

When faced with a difficult situation outside of the office, it may be best to let your coworkers know, experts told the Harvard Business Review. You don’t have to divulge every detail, but sharing what you feel comfortable with can help motivate coworkers to pitch in. “If the situation is interfering with your ability to complete your job, it’s likely that your coworkers may already realise something is amiss,” says Washington University Professor Ashley Hardin. The important thing to remember is that there is no right answer: You should do what’s best for you, which can sometimes even mean coming into the office.

Increasing numbers of the mega-rich are donating during their lifetimes, The Atlantic reports. Some argue the rise of “big philanthropy” contributes to an “unequal balance of power in society” – giving the Buffetts or Koch Brothers of the world influence previously only held by governments. But even politically motivated donations benefit society, argues Joel Fleishman, director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society at Duke University; these massive gifts still attempt to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues. “If you have more individuals who want to spend their wealth in ways that they think benefits society, I believe society benefits significantly from it.”

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