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Survey Shows Most New Hires Leave Within 12 Months

graduation capRemember back in the day when you felt you had to stay with an employer at least two to three years to look loyal and steady?

Well, it’s not uncommon for Millennials to jump around prior to that timing and a new survey proves it. Approximately 77 percent of businesses expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year. Read more

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Four Things to Avoid Saying in the Office

megaphoneThis piece on U.S. News & World Report made us chuckle in agreement.

Who hasn’t been there, done that at one point or another? That is, saying or hearing something ultra awkward at the office.

Please don’t be that guy or gal and put a foot in your mouth.

1. “Are you pregnant?” Let’s just say that if a woman is pregnant and wants people to know, she’ll say so. But to ask her about a baby bump when it just might be a bump, is inappropriate. Her belly is none of your business. Read more

Top 10 Crazy Excuses For Calling In Sick

tissuesIf you’ve ever had to call in sick, you’re not alone. Heck, you’re even doing everyone a favor at the office to prevent spreading your own germs onto them.

But what happens when you’re a manager and someone on your team is um, how shall we put this? Taking advantage of sick days with bizarre excuses.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, it seems like countless employees have a lot of explaining to do. During the past 12 months, 28 percent of employees have called in work saying they were sick when they were — get this — actually feeling well! Shocker, we say sarcastically. Read more

Tobacco Company Officially Bans Smoking In Its Office

nonsmokingGot a light? If you’re looking for one at the offices of Camel, you’ll need to go outside.

According to The Associated Press, their cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is extinguishing their smoking policy in its offices and buildings.

Yesterday they informed employees a new policy will be implemented in 2015 to ban the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes at employee desks, offices, conference rooms, hallways and elevators. Currently smoking is prohibited in cafeterias, fitness centers and on factory floors. Read more

Why Mashable’s Lauren Drell Said Yes to a Role She Wasn’t Expecting

Lauren-Drell-ArticleWhen Lauren Drell interviewed for a job at Mashable in 2009, it was for a completely different department than the one she ended up in:

I thought it was a cool, scrappy startup company, so I applied for a copy editor job. I have a typo blog, so the thought of fixing typos all day was very appealing to me. Sharon Feder, who at the time was managing editor, said, ‘We want to hire you but have another role for you in mind in a department called supported content. It’s still editorial, but you’d have the opportunity to do more video and work with brands on some creative campaigns.’

I thought about it for a little bit and decided, ‘Let’s do this.’

It was Drell’s journalism experience that led her to apply for the copy editor position, but it was a different kind of training that led Mashable to offer Drell the sponsored-content position. Her social media work for a restaurant made her fluent in emerging and established social platforms, and a perfect fit for the department. It’s also a reminder of how developing a diverse set of skills can take you places you don’t expect.

For more, read: So What Do You Do, Lauren Drell, Branded Content Editor at Mashable?

And the Number One County to Work From Overseas Is…

suitcaseIf you’re contemplating working overseas and becoming an expatriate, here’s the scoop. According to a survey conducted by HSBC with over 9,000 expats weighing in on economics, overall experience and family life, top honors go to…Switzerland.

Sounds like they’re living the good life in Switzerland with high household incomes, extra disposable income and a strong, healthy economy. Oh, did we mention the Swiss chocolate? There, we just did.

While the expat survey didn’t rank as high for their social life and ease for foreigners to make local friends, on the monetary front it seems pretty darn great.

Another country that ranked high was China. Coming in third place, per a piece in The Wall Street Journal, it ranks the highest satisfaction financially. That said, it ranked poorly in terms of its travel, culture, lifestyle and frustrations related to adapting. Read more

Megyn Kelly’s Career Advice: ‘When the Opportunity Comes Along to Grow, Seize It’

Need a boost on hump day? Look no further.

We caught up with media power players on Monday night at the annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards. Bob Costas and Megyn Kelly hosted the black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria.

ABC news anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack and Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga were among the new inductees.

Let’s hear what Costas, Kelly, Deborah Norville, Joe Torre and Matt WeinerMad Men creator, say about success. WATCH:

Five Overused Buzzwords to Avoid On Your Resume

relocate jobWe read this piece and we had to chuckle. Having worked in recruiting and reviewed thousands upon thousands of resumes, yes there are several repetitive words that rear their ugly head. A lot.

And you know what? After a while they lose all meaning. There are certainly better ways to articulate what they mean and secondly, when they’re universal like saying you are proficient on a PC, well it’s the great equalizer. All candidates should be literate online.

Without further ado, thanks to a piece on Salary.com, here are several of their thoughts on commonly overused words… Read more

Author Suggests Introverts Avoid Coffee Before Important Meetings

coffee cupAn intriguing interview in New York Magazine sheds lights on introverts and coffee. While the topics haven’t really been fleshed out before, it makes sense.

Psychologist and author Brian Little explains in the piece:

“After ingesting about two cups of coffee, extraverts carry out tasks more efficiently, whereas introverts perform less well. This deficit is magnified if the task they are engaging in is quantitative and if it is done under time pressure.

For an introvert, an innocent couple cups of coffee before a meeting may prove challenging, particularly if the purpose of the meeting is a rapid-fire discussion of budget projections, data analysis, or similar quantitative concerns. In the same meeting, an extroverted colleague is likely to benefit from a caffeine kick.” Read more

Employers Crack Down on Waistlines, Not Deadlines

waistlineYes, you read that right. As part of wellness at work programs, CNN reports employers are prodding their workers to lose extra baggage and get more active.

Wellness programs are apparently evolving. Sure, at one point perhaps programs included fundraising teams for walkathons but now they’re offering biometric screenings to measure cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure.

The latest trend, per the piece? Offering rewards for employers who take action and you guessed it — penalties for employees who don’t. Read more

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