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Vicki Salemi

Three Glimpses At the Future of Work

FI One mand BandIn a galaxy not too far away, there’s a work-oriented future that looks more automated in terms of processes and procedures.

The Wall Street Journal reported on a glimpse of the future of HR from a conference held last week in Las Vegas. As more than 8,000 human resources executives and IT professionals convened, they heard about highlights of the future of work.

1. Surveys, surveys, surveys. Consulting firms are emerging selling various tools to help HR get more clued into morale and engagement. This means online surveys will ask employees how they feel about their boss, who they rely on for advice and if they were happy to come into the office on any given day.

Sounds like survey vendors are taking things up a notch by selling data to help employers not only interpret the information but act on it as well. Read more

Four Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Performance Review

reviewAs we head into the home stretch now for 2014, one thing’s for sure: If your company’s fiscal year is also the calendar year, there’s no time like the present to kick things up a few notches to end things on a stellar note.

And by that we mean acing that year-end performance review. The only way to do that? Ace your work, of course. Here are a few pointers to rev things up…

1. Be proactive and meet with your boss. Instead of waiting for ubiquitous year-end meeting with your boss, go ahead and schedule a meeting next week. That’s right — next week. Specifically tell him or her you want to be rated exceptional and you want to focus on your work now rather than get feedback after the fact. Read more

It’s National Boss’s Day! Here are Several Ways to Mark the Occasion…

bossesHappy National Boss’s Day!

If you’re already at the office, no worries there. It’s not too late to mark the occasion in a tactful and meaningful way.

Scott Young, senior vice president of product and business development for Staples, Inc., says, “Finding the right gift for a boss or manager shouldn’t be a source of stress.”

He adds, “A helpful hint is to match the gift to your boss’s lifestyle or interests and choose something that will make it easier for them to make more happen in the office.” Read more

Five Crisis Prevention Tips for Managers

multitaskingAccording to a new Accountemps survey, nearly 49 percent of chief financial officers said they deal with at least one unexpected crisis each and every week.

In comparison, 80 percent of executives mentioned they deal with at least one unexpected crisis a week from a survey conducted in 2004.

We wanted to get the scoop as to how leaders can try to prevent one from happening in the first place. Bill Driscoll, the New England district president of Accountemps, shares his thoughts. Read more

Seven Tips for Writing Recommendation Letters

performance reviewSure, the letter of recommendation isn’t that common but it does come up every now and then. According to career coach and author Ford R. Myers, there are several tips to keep in mind when writing one.

Myers explains in a press release, “You don’t need them, but you should want them. Why? Because when you find yourself in a competitive interviewing situation, letters of recommendation can really give you an edge.”

And if you’re on the receiving end, be sure to keep these pointers readily available as guidelines for the person you’ve reached out to do the task. Read more

Survey Reveals Majority of College Grads are Underemployed

graduation capAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, 51 percent of employed graduates from the class of 2014 are working in jobs that don’t require a college degree. That said, nine out of 10 mentioned college is worth the investment for the long-term and four out of 10 said college didn’t prepare them for the real world.

Let’s backtrack, shall we? For starters, 65 percent of the recent graduating class has found work whereas four percent are immersed in internships and 31 percent aren’t working at all. The 65 percent is comprised of 36 percent in full-time positions, 17 percent in part-time positions and 12 percent in temporary or contract positions.

As for the 31 percent not working, 43 percent from this population is currently actively looking for a job. It sounds like the remaining grads are either not actively looking or they’re attending or pursuing graduate school. Read more

Four Ways to Make the Most Out of a Conference

hello nametagIt’s that time of year again when conferences are in full swing. Networking opportunities are robust yet so is the number of people who attend these events vying for face time with sought after speakers and industry experts.

Then, of course, there’s information overload. A lot of information crammed into a small amount of time and oh yes, did we mention an abundance of afternoon sugar-filled snacks? Here are several tips to make the most out of that conference.

1. Be prepared. This means everything from doing your homework on speakers you want to connect with to bringing fruit snacks as an alternative to tempting brownies. Actually, it’s not unlike preparing for a job interview in terms of outlining your questions in advance, plotting which breakout sessions to attend and mapping out the day ahead of time. Read more

Employee Gets Fired After Complaining to Comcast

CommunityJournalismBLogFIA Comcast customer recently complained about services. Complaints were escalated, next thing you know the company called his employer to discuss the complaint. Pink slip was issued.

What?!

Conal O’Rourke was overcharged by Comcast for 11 months so he ended up contacting the company’s controller’s office to complain about their billing practices. Here’s where it gets sticky, apparently. Read more

How to Resist Participating in Office Gossip

megaphonePsssst. Over here. Wait ’til you get a load of this one…did you hear what happened after the group’s crazy happy hour last week?

STOP. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. This is where it ends, my friend.

Or rather, where it should end. Sometimes you can see the office gossip train coming from a colleague a mile away, other times it’s much more subtle. The thing is, how it approaches doesn’t really matter. What does matter is how you react to it. Read more

If Management Overlooks Corporate Culture, CEO Says It’ll Cost Them

Pitch-Meetings-Bog-PostCorporate culture got you down?

Sure, you may tolerate your commute, enjoy your challenging job and inspirational colleagues but if the corporate culture isn’t in check, it’s game over.

We checked in with Greg Besner to get the scoop. He’s the founder of CultureIQ, a company measuring employee culture across nine categories. For starters, how do you define corporate culture? He says every company has “its own unique DNA made up of employees’ perception of the company’s vision, values, behaviors, etc.” Read more

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