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Are you a stress junkie?

Are you a stress junkie? Are you a stress junkie? Many working Americans believe a 40-hour workweek would almost feel like a vacation.  We work long hours. We spend time commuting to our jobs. We have families to tend to. We try to squeeze in time to eat, sleep and exercise, but there’s only so much time in the day.   There is more to do than time to do it. This creates stress. At the same time, many of us secretly — or openly — treat the marathons we’ve turned our lives into as a badge of honor. It’s easy [...]

Could You Be Accused of Sexual Harassment?

Could you be accused of sexual harassment? “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane flippantly told the 2013 best actress nominees. Yet for those on the receiving end – believed to be at least one in four women in the workplace* – the reality of sexual harassers wielding power to get their way isn’t at all funny.  And four years later, Mr. Weinstein is no longer laughing either. *Per a comprehensive 2016 study by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) a government agency responsible [...]

Surefire Tips for Email Response

Surefire Tips for Email Response Surefire Tips for Email Response Do you get far more email than you can process? Odds are your boss, the hiring manager or whomever you are sending your important email to gets as much or more. What does it take to get your email seen, read, and responded to?  When do attention-getting email antics backfire?   These email tips will help in getting the response you're hoping for. Email – 7 Golden Rules (Beyond the Basics) Consider the purpose of your communication before you begin. Know what you want your recipient to do or know [...]

2018-02-20T20:20:12+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Career Advice, Management Tools & Tips, Networking|2 Comments

Telecommuting – community, tools and communication

Telecommuting -- community, tools, and communication Telecommuting – community, tools and communication The talent war is real. Increasingly, talent-management savvy employers recognize the potential of telecommuting to provide them with a competitive edge ( whether it’s for global teams, attracting talent to high cost-of-living areas or retaining legacy knowledge. Widespread as telecommuting has become, you still need to get a handle on the nitty-gritty practical knowledge about what makes telecommuting tick (or tank): Is telecommuting cost effective? How does it really work? What separates telecommuting winners from losers? What counter-intuitive habit is crucial for robust remote teams? When [...]

Telecommuting – should you or shouldn’t you?

Telecommuting – should you or shouldn’t you? Telecommuting, good for companies and good for employees Wondering what all the fuss over telecommuting is all about? How big is it — really (and why)? What’s in it for you? Why should — or shouldn’t — you consider telecommuting for yourself or your company? Telecommuting - the Debate Is Hot & Getting Hotter Recent telecommuting snippets and statistics are rife with contradictions…. "Telecommuting Grows 159%." IBM insists, “Everyone in this marketing group must live in one place." "Yahoo reverses its telecommuting policy…." Telecommuting — Some Basic Facts Whether [...]

Could Humor Be Your Key to Success?

Could Humor Be Your Key to Success? Could humor be your key to success? If the best part of your job is that the chair swivels… sadly, you’re probably not alone. We’re an overly serious lot when it comes to work.  According research noted in Harvard Business Review  The average 4-year-old laughs 300 times a day, the average 40-year-old — only 4! Far less during the week than on weekends Yet the downside to this dearth of happiness is no laughing matter.  Seriously, good fun at work is good for business. Funny Business?  No Joke [...]

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict?

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict? Did you know the typical manager spends 25-40% of their time dealing with workplace conflict? That’s up to two days a week of manager’s time, according to a Washington Business Journal report. When this insidious productivity killer runs amok, its sneaky, underlying destructiveness can be as carefully hidden as “Game of Thrones” backroom machinations.  Typically, by the time workplace conflict is observed and addressed, too late – if it’s ever addressed at all. Conflict is not always bad; sometimes it’s […]

2017-10-02T20:48:18+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Leadership, Management Tools & Tips|0 Comments

What Do Reference Checks Really Reveal?

Do You Know Who You’re Hiring? What do reference checks really reveal? After what seems like an eternity, at last you’ve found the perfect candidate.  The whole interviewing team is on board.  Your hiring approval is granted and you’re about to make an offer. It’s almost too good to be true. Maybe it is. That’s where reference checks come in. Even if your company policy doesn’t require a reference check Do it anyway. Every time. The same way. With every candidate. With complete, documented results. After all, would you rather find out your star [...]

2017-08-22T21:01:31+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Management Tools & Tips|2 Comments

Marijuana @ Work. What you need to know. 

Marijuana @ Work. What you need to know. Recreational pot smoking is now legal in four states in the US. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 (and counting) states. The trend seems clear – if medical and/or recreational marijuana is not currently legal in your state, it’s likely to become so in the relatively near future. But what does that mean for employers and employees in those states? Is it a free-for-all?  Can you legally smoke or consume marijuana, more commonly referred to as "pot" any place, any time?  What are employee “rights”? Are employers now required to [...]

Wooing Technology Talent’s Different

IT Tech Recruiting, Recruiter Required Wooing technology talent is different.  Overall, most employers are still behaving as if they’re in the driver’s seat.  Yet, while last month’s Condor Report (Today’s 6 Hot Hiring Trends:  Who’s On Top Now?) revealed, in general, that only a small percentage of companies use recruiters for hiring, the fact is that high tech’s different.  The time was ripe for much more than third party research. Thanks to probing personal conversations with savvy tech hiring managers (whose identities are withheld for brevity and privacy’s sake) I’m able to share their candid, powerful hiring [...]

2017-11-14T19:57:09+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Management Tools & Tips, Recruiting|1 Comment

Talent Keepers

How to keep the good ones Hint: In the IT Industry, it’s not about the money! Talent Retention During the heady days of the .com boom, tech talent retention escalated to previously unseen levels.  Employees were offered huge retention bonuses, big screen TVs, computers, even cars were given away in huge numbers.  Salaries were adjusted up not just once or even twice a year, but sometimes quarterly and even monthly.   Remember those days? Today we are rebounding from the worst economic crisis in recent history.  As the economy heats up and we re-enter a candidate-driven market, [...]