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It’s like clockwork: The sun rises and we all get in our cars to travel to a cubicle and a computer, where we log onto the Internet, a technology that was designed so that we could communicate with anyone fromanywhere. When you’re stuck fuming in a rush-hour traffic jam, it’s easy to get philosophical about it all….
What exactly is the point of all this?
Well, in recent years, there’s been a lot of research to back up the notion that in many cases, there isn’t one. The traffic tie-ups and cubicle culture are all relics of a bygone era of office management. In its place, telecommuting, conference calling – and possibly even robots – are being heralded as the new age of office work. And in many ways, it makes sense. Research shows that allowing employees to work from home can cut costs, improve productivity and help employees strike a better work-life balance.
But then, in late February, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer burst our vision of that beautiful work-at-home bubble by pulling the plug – full stop – on telecommuting at Yahoo. It left a lot of people wondering: If telecommuting really represents a more flexible, efficient and futuristic workplace, why was Mayer sending everyone back to their cubicles? Is the work-at-home dream all but over? Find out in my new post on GoldenGirlFinance.com.
The road map for career success used to look like this: Go to school; get a job in your field; work your way to the top for 30 or more years; retire happily ever after (with a full pension!). Not anymore. These days, the average worker stays in a job for an average of 4.4 years. And millennials, those who belong to the generation entering the workforce today, don’t expect to stay in a given job for more than three years, according to a 2012 survey
of 1,189 employees by Future Workforce. That means today’s career path is a lot different – and a lot harder to figure out. Not only do today’s employees have to choose one career; it’s likely they’ll have to choose several. Check out some tips on how to choose or change jobs in my new article on Dividend.com: http://www.dividend.com/career/a-guide-to-landing-your-dream-job/
In the big world of Internet memes, the ones about Monday, that first day of the workweek, feature tortured expressions, people fleeing from some terrifying assailant, even blood. It says a lot about how so many people feel about their work: They hate it. In a household survey of 1,890 respondents conducted by Nielsen company in 2011, not even half (47.2 percent) of workers said they were satisfied with their jobs. And that’s the highest level of satisfaction recorded since 2008. Only 15.4 percent of respondents said they were “very happy” with their work.
The reasons? A Kelly Services survey found that much of the workforce didn’t feel valued by their employers; a similar proportion were seeking more engagement and challenge in their work.
Sometimes, work is just hard. That’s the reality of being paid to do a job. But that doesn’t mean that that job has to feel like a daily grind all the time. And it shouldn’t. Here’s how to make your work count so that you can excel at your career and even stay in the game a little longer. Read more in my new article on Dividend.com: http://www.dividend.com/career/how-to-find-the-right-job-and-stay-satisfied/
When it comes to top tech companies, we often hear about office utopias with free food, places to nap and other unique perks that most people don’t even dare to dream of, never mind seek them out. But while a vibrant corporate culture and company recreation make great news, what many people really care about when it comes to the daily grind is getting ahead. Perks are just that, but most employees want concrete benefits in exchange for hard work, and the opportunity to be promoted.
Glassdoor.com has come up with a list of companies that get top marks for opportunity – that often elusive career coup – based on ratings from real employees. We looked into the top-ranked IT companies on the list and provide some insight into how job seekers can get a foot in the door. Check it out in my new article on Techopedia.com: tchpd.co/U8U2J0
Admit it — sometimes you’re a little bit jealous of the super-rich. You know who we’re talking about — those guys with jets and luxury yachts and villas in the Mediterranean; who (we imagine) fiendishly rub their hands together as they hang $6,000 shower curtains, wash themselves with liquid gold, and pat themselves dry with crisp $100 bills. Sure, we all scoff at just how unnecessary billions of dollars are; we cringe at the excess. But there’s something else, too. A little bit of jealousy?
Sure, many of us wouldn’t turn away a fortune, but sometimes what we hear in the news makes it seem like it just isn’t possible to get there — at least not honestly. And to be perfectly frank, for most of us, it isn’t possible. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that being dishonest is the way to the top. In fact, honesty is still the best policy — even in business. Find out why in my new post on WiseBread: http://bit.ly/SW2ryT
Statistics show that more than half of people blow their New Year’s resolutions within six months. Sammie Kennedy kept hers – and kept right on going into a new career as an entrepreneur and one of Canada’s most successful female business owners. But that first resolution wasn’t to start a business. In fact, it was much simpler; in 2005, Kennedy resolved to get in shape. By 2010, she was on Profit Magazine’s W100 list of the top 100 female entrepreneurs (an honor she repeated in 2011) as the founder and CEO of Booty Camp Fitness Inc., providing fun, inclusive fitness programs to women across Canada.
If you’re wondering how she did it, we were thinking the same thing. So we asked her how she went from a self-professed couch potato to the kick-butt CEO of a growing business. Check out what she had to say in my new article on GoldenGirlFinance.ca: http://bit.ly/QKZz9s
Kids…you gotta love ‘em. Especially if they’re yours. But that doesn’t mean that things don’t get a little tense around the home front when back-to-school season is looming. By August, children are often bored to death – and make that fact well-known about 2.5 times per day (yes, a recent study out of the U.K. felt your pain and backed it up). Now, all those kids are finally settling back into their school routines, but not all parents are reveling in the extra time, personal space and quiet around the house. That’s because for many stay-at-home parents, back-to-school season signals the time to go back to work, often after a lengthy layoff. And for many parents, that’s a very tough change to make. Get some tips on making this tough transition in my new article on GoldenGirlFinance.ca: http://bit.ly/U8YWZi
When Yahoo recently announced Marissa Mayer as its new CEO – and only the 20th female CEO in the Fortune 500 – you’d kinda expect women to cheer. But Mayer’s golden opportunity, her $70 million pay package and the fact that one of the world’s largest Internet companies is literally putting its fate into her capable hands hardly entered into public reaction. Because Mayer is pregnant. And while countless working women around the world have managed to successfully balance a baby in one hand and a Blackberry in the other, few are cheering Mayer’s drive to have it all.
In fact, most of the buzz appears to be centered around Mayer’s decision to only take a few weeks of maternity leave – and work through it to boot. The overwhelming reaction is that if this first-time mom can handle the challenge, it’ll mean a sacrifice of the leave-the-baby-at-home-with-a-nanny variety. It’ll mean being torn between motherhood and a career that up to this point, has been her baby. And the underlying current in all of this debate is that whatever arrangement Mayer works out, it will (or should) entail feeling very, very guilty. Whether that guilt should be directed at the fact that she won’t be the kind of mother who spends all day making nutritious meals and attending playgroups or because at 37, she’s already worth a fortune (and hasn’t she done enough?), isn’t clear.
What is clear is that when a woman dares to make no apologies, to be employed, ambitious and hungry for more, it makes everyone a little uncomfortable, and perhaps women most of all. And swirling in all that debate is one fundamental truth that persists about women despite all the doors that continue to open for us: we have a hard time owning that success, even when, as in Mayer’s case, it isn’t our own. Read more in my new post on GoldenGirlFinance.ca: http://bit.ly/Nfber1
If you don’t work from home, I’ve got some bad news — it doesn’t involve sleeping in every day, then rolling out of bed to do some work in your PJs. I work from home. Actually, I’m at home, working, right now. No PJs, though. And I’m up at the same time I was when I worked in an office. I think the thing that many people forget about working from home is that regardless of whether you’re sitting at a desk in your home office or typing away on the patio, it’s stillworking. And, assuming you need to make money (like I do), there won’t be a lot of leisure time.
If you’re wondering what it’s like to work from home or thinking about making the switch, check out my new post on WiseBread.com: http://bit.ly/Mb8Ctc
If you’ve been in the job market for a while, you’re probably an old pro at dusting off your resume whenever you’re ready to make a career move. But if you’re new to the workforce – or it’s been a while since you last threw yourself into job hunting mode – be forewarned: in the last few years, the game has changed. Nowadays, landing that new job often means showing employers not just that you’re qualified, but that you’re on the cutting edge – of technology that is.
Welcome to job hunting 2.0, where social media, networking and online community are the new rules of play. And this teeming virtual community isn’t a fad – it’s a new reality borne of an increasingly global marketplace that’s getting bigger and more competitive all the time. This applies to job hunting too, leaving job seekers to either get with the program or get left behind. Not sure where to get started? Check out some of the top things job seekers need to know now in my new post on GoldenGirlFinance.ca: http://bit.ly/KX9inn