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Why You Should Move All Your Meetings to Jan. 7

December 17, 2013 If you’re trying to make every minute count, focus your efforts on Tuesdays. It turns out that is the most productive day of the week. That’s according to an Accountemps survey—a conclusion it has made four times before: 1987, 1998, 2002, and 2007. Yet again in this year’s survey by...

The Most Overused Buzzwords on LinkedIn in 2013

December 11, 2013 It’s time to stop labeling yourself as “responsible,” “creative,” and “driven.” Those are the most overused words on LinkedIn profiles worldwide, according to a new list published by the company. LinkedIn checked the profile summaries of 259 million members for English and other languages, based on 81 buzzwords that were...

The Complete Guide to Writing Office Memos

December 6, 2013 A recent all-staff internal memo from two senior Yahoo executives addressed its readers as “pilgrim,” then “sailor,” and mentioned “T-Rex,” “The Itsy-Bitsy Pterodactyl,” the “hippocampian wagons” and “Ayn Randian Objectivism” all in one paragraph. That widely ridiculed email served as a reminder that internal memos matter as much as any...

RIP, Social Media Managers -- Tweeting Is Everyone’s Job Now

September 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Social media managers, it could be time to find a new title. Many employers are homing in on other terms—but don’t worry, your skills are still valuable. Overall, jobs with social media in the title grew by 50 percent over the last year, a much slower rate than in the...

To Get Promoted, Women Need Champions, Not Mentors

August 28, 2013 Instead of adding a mentor or more Twitter followers this fall, women need someone far more powerful for their career if they want to succeed: a sponsor. As a ticket to the top, a sponsor will work equally well whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or a working as an...

Going Shoeless at Work Could Make You Less Stressed and More Productive

August 9, 2013 Kick off your shoes and work a while. Working barefoot may not be mainstream yet, but it’s spread far beyond the street performers, yoga instructors and writers, especially in the summer months. Some librarians and college professors, entrepreneurs and marketing managers wear nothing on their feet. So do some politicians,...

Your Boss Is Reading Your Text Messages

July 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s not just Big Brother looking over your shoulder and into your phone records; your boss is reading your text messages, too. And the bot or software now is scanning your texts to see if you’re sharing company secrets or racy photos on your company mobile phone, as well as...

How to Boost Collaboration at Work: Sit at Round Tables

July 10, 2013 Pre-school teachers have been right all along: sitting in a circle is the best way to encourage sharing, even among 30- or 50-year old professionals. The round table approach may work to foster collaboration for corporate boards, at workplace meetings or at restaurants, new research from two Canadian business school...

Too Much Collaboration Is Hurting Productivity

June 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Companies love collaboration—it’s become the go-to approach to solve corporate problems and spur innovation. Yet by emphasizing it at the expense of solitary work, employers choke worker productivity and satisfaction. A new report by Gensler, the global workplace design and architecture firm, found that workers are spending more time in...

More than 40 Percent of Managers That Are Sent Abroad Fail

June 5, 2013 Getting a job placement overseas sounds like a dream until it’s not. The failure rate of expatriates is amazingly high, and experts blame a lack of corporate support and an abundance of family issues. Some 42% of overseas assignments are judged to be failures by senior executives in a new...

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