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In 2016, Talking Politics Can Make Things Uncomfortable At Work

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One Silicon Valley startup that encouraged its employees to think about work 24/7 found they missed market signals, tanked deals and became too irritable to build crucial working relationships. Hill Street Studios/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Many Grouchy, Error-Prone Workers Just Need More Sleep

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The writer, Rachael Cusick, is pictured with chef Oneil Wilson, her co-worker in the kitchen during a summer job as a line cook, during the breakfast shift. Courtesy of Rachael Cusick hide caption

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Victoria Ruiz (left), a postdoctoral fellow in immunology, works with Brianna Delgado, a high school student that she mentors, at the Blaser Lab, inside NYU's Langone Medical Center in New York, NY. Ramsay de Give for NPR hide caption

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Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

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Randen Patterson left a research career in physiology at U.C. Davis when funding got too tight. He now owns a grocery store in Guinda, Calif. Max Whittaker/Prime for NPR hide caption

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When Scientists Give Up

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After laying off roughly 2 million workers during the recession, the construction industry may not have enough crews to keep up with demand for building projects. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Construction Industry Missing Key Tool: Skilled Workers

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We can all work up a stinky sweat — welders, ballerinas and number-crunchers alike. Would you want to know? emreogan/iStockphoto hide caption

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Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact

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When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

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Some employees say e-cigarettes increase their productivity and help them steer clear of tobacco. But health regulators are looking into possible risks to e-cig users — and to co-workers. iStockphoto hide caption

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OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds And Firms Still Deciding

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Actor Jon Hamm in a scene from AMC's Mad Men. The show is set in the 1960s — but today, many companies provide their employees with ready access to alcohol. Ron Jaffe/AMC/AP hide caption

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Rachel Zayas, a registered nurse, sets up the shift board for the night shift at the Cleveland Clinic. Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer /Landov hide caption

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