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September 3, 2015

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A Shortened Work Week on the Horizon?

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 1.29.52 PMWhether to retain talent, to use as leverage rather than a raise, or to take advantage of technological innovations, companies are increasingly offering flexible schedules. But to get one may require a bit of digging.  The New York Post reports four-day work weeks are on the rise and career analysts predict this type of arrangement will only become more common as productivity is measured less in face time and more in results.

How to Survive a Job Hunt

iStock_000002650343LargeA long, job search can leave psychological bruises and hurl you into a self-defeating cycle. “It’s a blow to your self-esteem,” David Reiss, a psychiatrist based in San Diego tells U.S. News. The more confidence you lose, the worse you perform in the job search.  This process “takes a half a step off your game,” Reiss says.  To fight it, author Laura McMullen gives six tips, starting with: have fun.

  

Do You Have Office Bod?

iStock_000005164183Large31You get to the office and the first thing you do is sit down and check your emails. Then at some point you get down to work and before you know it you haven’t moved from that chair in hours. Yahoo’s Sara Bliss realized sitting at a desk was wreaking havoc on her body and was determined to make a change. Check out her tips here: https://gma.yahoo.com/video/job-giving-office-bod-124844104.html

Avoiding Job Burnout 

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 2.03.49 PMOne workplace problem for older workers is burn out—one reason why many of them retire earlier than they thought they would.  With more of us wanting to work well past our 50’s, it’s crucial to generate new enthusiasm within your place of work.  In the current issue of AARP The Magazine, Kerry Hannon dives deep into what older workers can do to keep it fresh, including seeking more duties, work out problems with a difficult boss and upgrading skills.
 

The End of The “Office Housework” Gender Bias

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In offices across America, more often than not women are the ones who get stuck taking notes, fetching coffee or performing the office housework. When a woman declines to help, colleagues tend to like her less, but when a man refuses to help he is often seen as busy and suffers no backlash as a result. Sound familiar? FastCompany has this advice to help you navigate these troubled waters.

Entourages aren’t only for celebrities

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Entourages aren’t only for celebrities — today, the most successful people in the workforce are likely to have a posse of people responsible for getting them to where they are, The New York Post reports. From explaining the finer points of Instagram to decoding the HR handbook, these mentors aren’t the traditional few-rungs-above-the-ladder role models — and that’s the way it should be.

Making Humor at Work Work

Most people like a good laugh, but what’s funny to some people others find inappropriate.  William Goodspeed, author of Buzz Kill, has these tips to avoid having your jokes land with a thud.

  1. Don’t confuse being a leader with being a comedian. Leadership is Job One.
  2. An attempt at bad humor is not an acceptable excuse for unacceptable behavior. Racist, sexist, ageist, and other forms of discriminating acts won’t be tolerated because you attempted to cloak them in bad humor.
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