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According to the brilliant minds over at the Harvard Business Review, employers can help identify those employees with the highest potential to succeed thanks to some scientific research. They explain that doing so is critical as you need to identify your top performers in order to make sure you retain them, and best utilize them.

Surprisingly, the three factors cited in the HBR report don't seem very scientific at all. But, apparently, the three primary indicators for an employer to identify its star employees are:

After AI, How Valuable Is Your Company's Data?

Economists say data is the new oil.

It suggests that data is the world's most valuable resource. And if your company has it, then you may be sitting on an untapped source of money.

Like an oil rig, it could be a gusher. Or it could blow up in your face. Here are some precautions to consider before you start drilling.

Beyond reviewing the places where in-house attorney jobs get posted and then actually applying to the postings, there are quite a few things you can do to increase your chances of actually getting hired.

Like any job, if you know what the actual duties of the job will be, tailoring your resume and cover letter to highlight your most relevant experience is critical. And if you don't have in house experience, you'll really want to stress prior transferable skills, training, or if you don't have either of those, then just hope your connections will be able to carry you through the door.

Below you can find five of the best tips for getting hired in house.

Tips for Getting Out of a Meeting

Here's the absolute, best idea ever for a meeting: a brain-storming session on how-to get out of time-wasting meetings.

Seriously, who really wants to go to office meetings anyway? Exactly. Not even the presenter wants to be there.

So let's just think out loud, theoretically speaking, because thinking is an internal process, about the best reasons to dodge a meeting.

Tips to Improve Office Meetings

While walking to deliver a speech at NASA, President John F. Kennedy got lost and found himself in a janitor's closest.

The President encountered a man there, cleaning a mop, and asked what he was doing at the facility.

"Oh," the startled worker said, "I'm putting a man on the Moon." According to legend, that inspired JFK to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

It was an idea that propelled a nation to the Moon, and it has the power to transform your meetings into inspirational moments. It's about purpose.

NLRB Decisions Tip the Balance in Favor of Employers

Changes in the law often occur more subtly through administrative processes than through the legislative or judicial branches of government. In 2017, that happened in employment law.

While President Trump wrestled with the courts over his executive orders, a change was taking place at the National Labor Relations Board. As Senators scrutinized the president's picks for the judiciary, a new general counsel quietly took over at the NLRB.

Peter B. Robb began a four-year-term in November, and already the NLRB Board has reversed eight years of employment developments under President Obama. The changes will affect more than 100 million workers and 60 million independent contractors.

Pros and Cons of Unlimited Vacation Policies

Everybody loves vacation time, so what possibly could be the downside of unlimited vacation?

Actually, it's not quite so simple. Employers need workers to do their jobs and they can't do it on vacation.

So with unlimited vacation time, everybody has to work together or it won't work. It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

When it comes to the holidays, it seems that more and more employers are taking a relaxed approach to employees that do a little (or a lot) of online shopping at work. While online shopping on company time used to be so taboo that you had try to hide your screen when the boss walked by, now those sweet holiday shopping deals are like officially sanctioned hot office gossip.

Times have changed since online shopping first debuted. It is a lot more secure than it once was. Office networking and cybersecurity is also a lot better than it used to be, such that a lot of the "dangers" that employers used to worry about really aren't a factor anymore. Also, it has gotten so easy that on many sites, all it takes is a few clicks and you're done. In most office settings, it is surprising some employers consider it a fireable offense.

Three Bad Reasons to Stay When You Want to Quit

You know you want to quit, but something is holding you back.

Is it that you are afraid of an uncertain future? Maybe you're worried about making less money? You think people will look down at you for getting out of the business?

These may be the reasons you aren't leaving, but they are bad reasons for staying in a job you can't stand. Here's why:

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that as more Millennials enter law school, more Millennials will be seeking and taking every type of legal job out there. After all, Millennials have now beaten baby boomers as America's largest generation, and they are entitled enough to enter one of the worst legal job markets in U.S. history.

To that end, the number of lawyer Millennials that will be disappointed by their careers is bound to be astronomical. If we believe the results of a somewhat recent survey of one "prominent" corporate legal recruiter, close to 19 percent of Millennial lawyers see themselves working in house in the next decade. Nevertheless, it stands to reason that more Millennials are working in house now than ever before, especially with how young startup culture has made the business leaders of today.