When I Grow Up…

Have you ever reached a crossroads and wondered what you should be doing with your life?  Tim Herrera for the New York Times offers these five tips to help you along the path.

–Start by looking backward
–Decide what ‘meaningful’ means to you
–Build a personal “board of directors,” a financial cushion, and take time to reflect
–Find a sponsor, not just a mentor
–Collect experience and be generous

In the article, 5 Tips to Help You Figure Out What to Do With Your Life, Tim delves deeper into each of these categories, defining the roles of a sponsor verses  mentor and gives insight into ways to construct your own group of trusted confidants.  A recommended read for anyone currently pondering their future.

Interview Questions

Ever had an interview that felt like an interrogation?  Most managers agree that this time should be a way to learn more about the prospective employee and to offer them a safe space to ask questions about the company.  Often, similar questions are used in this process but they might not always mean what you think.  Rich Bellis for FastCompany, offers his advice for what interviewers  actually hope to hear when they ask these questions.  The Secret Meanings Behind Four Of The Most Common Interview Questions.

Calling All Creatives

Work conferences sound like a boring proposition? Then check out the latest one coming to Austin, Texas.  The Creatives Meet Business Experiences (CMBXP) will combine creatives from many fields with their business minded counterparts in an effort to foster new partnerships and offer affordable access to content.  Want to be part of this innovative, new concept?  More details in this article from Culture Map Austin, Austin’s newest conference connects creatives in a whole new way.

Talk, Talk

Pink Collar?

wordcloud As more and more traditionally male, “blue-collar” jobs disappear, a new trend of “pink-collar” work is on the rise.  This is causing an interesting divide in the workplace where unemployed men are not willing to move into these jobs such as health aide.  One that takes soothing and calm, a “woman’s touch,” one man quipped in the article, Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women.  Even as factories continue to close or automate, men are not seeking these types of middle-skill jobs.  Although lack of training and need for extra schooling play a part, researchers and sociologists are finding that the biggest reason is how the jobs are viewed.  At this point, many employers are turning to rebranding to encourage more men to apply.  One such ad in a hospital compared the excitement of being a surgery nurse to the rush of mountain climbing.

Overtime and Fair Pay

gotovertimeEver sat at work on a weekend or late in the evening wondering why you didn’t qualify for overtime?  Salary threshold rules have not been adjusted for inflation since 1975 and currently reflect a maximum amount of $23,660 per year.  The new proposed changes to the law would raise this limit to $47,476 per year, allowing a larger segment of the salaried population to qualify for paid overtime.  As this legislation is coming at the end of President Obama’s term, it remains to be seen how it will fare with a new administration, but for the moment this is one more step toward fair pay for a whole new set of employees.

Making Overtime Fair Again

Are You Effective or Just Busy?

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Ever have that feeling that your day will never end?  Smartphones and other electronic devices make us available 24/7.  Keeping our minds spinning, and making it seem that our time is constantly filled.  In the Entrepreneur 360 article, 5 Ways to Stop Being Busy and Start Being Effective, four simple steps explain how we can accomplish work in the most effective way and help shed the constant feel of busy-ness.

  1. Don’t say yes to every task.
  2. Create time for your family and friends.
  3. Prioritize.
  4. Do not let others distract you.

Give it a try, and let us know how it works for you!

What’s On Your Desk?

3115062-Polka-Blue-Vintage-Tea-Cup-Saucer-Boxed_652383739451-coMake yourself number one!  Keep in mind that when you are happy and taken care of, you are able to do much more efficient and focused work.  Not to mention warding off the temptation to feast on the chocolates at your neighbor’s desk or the donuts in the break room.  The ideas shared by Danielle, a contributor to apartmenttherapy.com, in her article, Be Happier at Work: Try This Simple Desk Update Today make sense.  Who doesn’t enjoy drinks and delicious snacks at his/her fingertips, as well as a little beauty added to the space?

Shall we give this a try?

Tell us your experiences in the comments section and we’ll share ours too.  Now, get to work!

Thinking it’s About Time For a Snack?

  • Are you sitting at your desk right now wishing you had a big piece of chocolate cake? Ever wondered why you feel the overwhelming urge for a sugary snack each afternoon?  In their article, The Science Behind the 3 p.m. Snack Slump, thekitchcn.com offers scientific facts about the late afternoon slump as well as ways to curb your desire for sugar and fat with healthy options.  5 Healthy Ways to Beat Your Afternoon Snack Cravings.  They even mention that sleep may play a big part in this daily crave.  Instead of willing yourself to not eat junk, maybe you should just go to bed!

These Shoes Were Made For Walking

3guyswalkYou may remember this post from July, Bureaucracy, Autocracy, Holacracy?  Online shoe retailer Zappos was ditching a traditional business plan for the more free-form governance known as holacracy.  In theory, the plan offered each employee an equal say in various parts of the business.  Flash forward to January 2016 where employees have left the company in droves due to this new found “freedom.” The Zappos Exodus Continues After a Radical Management Experiment.