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How to Break Up With a Negative Mentor

menandwomenjpgIn a perfect world, you have a mentor. He or she is energetic, positive, uplifting! And of course, available to meet and talk to you about shaping your career.

Well, what if it’s not exactly a perfect situation and your mentor is um, a little negative? You may want to break up with this so-called advocate but breaking up professionally is certainly not fun, not like breaking up personally is fun either but still…

According to today’s New York Post, HR executive Greg Giangrande dishes some advice. Read more

Sony Email Hack Reminds Us of the Number One Rule Regarding Emails…

no emailDon’t ever put anything in writing you wouldn’t be comfortable seeing on the cover of The Wall Street Journal. Seriously. And in the case of the Sony email hacks, this couldn’t be more spot on.

It seems like as each day passes, there’s yet another damaging headline ripped from email exchanges between Sony execs whether it’s about President Obama, Angelina Jolie or Leonardo DiCaprio. With each new development there’s a blatant reminder about the rules of email.

Sure, you may not be a top executive at a major studio but regardless of your level, regardless of your company, regardless of everything, you matter. Your words matter — spoken, written, all of the above.

And we know you already know this but the Sony incident is an excellent example of a reminder to this point. According to The Hollywood Reporter, an all hands meeting is scheduled today at Sony to discuss the matter out in the open, internally. Read more

Congress Considers Cutting Pension Benefits to Current Retirees

helpWe typically like to end the week on a high note with exciting job market news but alas, we need to make an exception based on the latest headline.

Congress may actually cut pension benefits to current retirees. Come again?

The proposed legislation would amend a $1.1 trillion spending bill by cutting benefits for multi-employer plans most commonly found in the grocery, trucking and construction industries. Fingers crossed media is not in there but it still negatively impacts retirees who’ve worked in industries with employers as well as unions. Read more

Three Places to Actually Avoid Networking

handshake2We’re huge fans of networking. Huge! Waiting for your cup of tea at Starbucks or for the bus to arrive, it’s all good.

Or is it?

Inspired by this piece by U.S. News & World Report, there are a few places where networking would be completely out of line. Read more

Show Me the Money! Global Firm Predicts Raises in 2015

money bagsCha-ching!

We like the sound of that. Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, predicts salaries will be on the uptick around the world in the upcoming year.

Here’s the scoop — global pay should increase by 5.4 percent in 2015 which is higher than the 2014 increase of 5.2 percent. Take inflation into account though; in some regions the boost may not seem too significant. In reality, the Hay Group reveals an average income will grow by 1.4 percent. In North America the key number is an increase of .7 percent. Read more

Factory Workers in China Encouraged to Nap on the Job

man asleep at deskYes, you read that right.

According to NBC News, one factory in southern China doesn’t exactly cringe when they catch workers snoozing. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Workers at the computer hardware factory are actually encouraged (yes, encouraged) to leverage two to 10-minute breaks to catch some shut-eye.

Think of it this way — if you’re going to take a break, you might as well make it productive to get an extra boost you need. Read more

CareerBuilder Shares Wackiest Office Holiday Gifts

presentsAs employers serve egg nog and take employees out for holiday luncheons and/or company parties, chances are a Secret Santa is brewing in the mix as well.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, employers are planning more parties than last year and offering more gifts and bonuses, too. Per data, 96 percent of workers in the survey prefer a bonus over a holiday party.

Regarding gifts, 21 percent of employees will give presents to colleagues and 20 percent will splurge for bosses. As for the average price? The majority of workers keep it at the $25 threshold or less. Read more

Media Companies Land on Glassdoor’s ‘Best Places to Work’ List in 2015

Google logoThree cheers for all things media!

Glassdoor released their list of the best places to work in the U.S. and U.K., also known as the Employees’ Choice Awards 2015.

Whether it’s traditional or social media or PR, six companies in our realm landed on the illustrious list of 50 top companies. Not too shabby!

Google ended up in the top spot, followed by Facebook (#13), LinkedIn (#23), NBC Universal (#31), Edelman (#43) and ESPN (#48). Read more

How to Deal With Annoying Colleagues

listeningThis question unfortunately comes up more often than not. “How do I deal with an annoying colleague?”

Even if it’s something as simple as heaving a cubicle mate who’s a loud eater or a loud talker or a loud anything, it’s enough to cringe. And then deal with it on a daily basis.

Ford R. Myers, author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, explains via email, “When you’re working eight hours a day in close quarters – or even in cubicles – some would say that it’s only a matter of time before some of your colleagues will really start to get on your nerves.” Read more

New Study Shows Remote Workers Gain Respect From Office Dwelling Peers

videoIf you’re like us working hard for the money from the comfort of your own home (or nearby coffee shop), you’re not alone. And now, according to a new study, you’re getting some respect.

The perception, as you’re probably aware, surrounding working from home means you can take that two-hour lunch break! Afternoon strolls to the nearest museum! Workouts at 10 a.m.!

Alas, if only it could be that simple. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite as there aren’t clear boundaries as to when the day physically begins or ends as it’s 2:51 p.m. and you realize you haven’t go Read more

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