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New to Your Job? Wait a While Before You Take an Immediate Vacation

beachHere’s the kicker about starting a new job during the summer or whenever there’s an upcoming vacation.

For starters, it looks bad if you take time off immediately after you start unless you alert the interviewers to the fact that you have a trip already planned like the wedding of your best friend from college.

And yes, you will likely be taking vacation at some point but you don’t need to wait a really long time after you’ve started working. Read more

New Study Shows Majority of Employers Catch Lies on Resume

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’ve been fibbing ever so slightly on your resume, a fib is still a fib no matter how big or small.

And according to a new CareerBuilder survey, it’s pretty likely you’ll get caught; 58 percent of hiring managers in the survey mentioned they have caught a lie.

As for repercussions, half of employers indicated they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie whereas 40 percent mentioned it really depends on what the candidate actually lied about. Seven percent revealed they would overlook the fib if they liked the candidate. Read more

Got Qualified Friends? Solar Power Company Referral Fee Tops Six Figures!

SixFigureFreelancerWe’ve heard about generous employee referral programs. You know, the types that pay $5,000 to an employee for referring a friend or colleague who ends up getting hired.

Well, when we read about this next story our eyes literally popped! Here’s why: As per recruiting forum ERE, a solar power company is offering $100,000 (that’s right, 100 grand) to refer the next president of their company. Read more

Should a Global Three-Day Workweek Become the Norm?

vacayWealthy business tycoon, Carlos Slim of Mexico, recently proposed having a three-day workweek while he attended a business conference in Paraguay, as per a piece in The Washington Post. Mentioning this new concept could underscore modern realities.

Consider this: Retirement isn’t exactly going to be 50 or even 60 and it’s not unheard of to be working until 70 or more. As we live longer, we’re working harder but is harder necessarily better? Per the piece, a few charts have indicated productivity plummets when you exceed working a certain number of hires. As companies tighten their headcounts and consequently their budgets, they’re squeezing more and more out of workers and in some cases, getting less and less. Read more

Survey Shows Half of Employees Show Up Hungover

bottlesAccording to a new study published by Blowfish, approximately 50 percent of employees revealed they arrived at the office hungover.

In addition, 28 percent mentioned they were tardy to the office because they were out partying the night before and 17 percent admitted they called out sick because they were simply too hungover from the previous night. Read more

New Study Shows Men Benefit More From Small Talk Than Women

trustAccording to a new study, when it comes to small talk, men benefit from banter more than women.

One of the co-authors told The Wall Street Journal, “Men are getting a pretty big boost for very little effort.”

Here’s what went down: 176 people gave their reactions to a transcript of a negotiation situation. In one instance, people read a transcript focusing on a male negotiator. He warmed up with small talk before diving into the negotiation itself. Other people read a transcript based on a woman who small talked. Others read transcripts based on both men and women who went directly into business, no chatter about the weather or sports whatsoever. Read more

‘The Inner Edge’ Author Shares Three Ways to Boost Focus & Efficiency

successWe checked in with Dr. Joelle K. Jay, principal with Leadership Research Institute (LRI) and author of The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership, to get the scoop on ways to revolutionize work life to become more focused and efficient.

1. Find focus. It’s the age-old notion of being busy rather than productive. She explains, “The goal is to create windows of focus in which you can strategically build a sound structure for your tasks. Once you see your tasks, organized and in writing, prioritize and frame the tasks at hand.”

Her advice? Give yourself a time-out for two to five minutes. “Set an alarm on your phone to make sure you stay within your parameters. Spend that two to five minutes without distraction, just you and an empty pad of paper, crafting your to-do list. The defined parameter can help you find focus and slow down, and take control.” Read more

Could Bad Manners Hurt Your Career? New Survey Says Yes

successIf the saying is true that it really is lonely at the top, perhaps bad manners could be part of the reason why.

According to a new survey by Accountemps,  70 percent of employees in the survey said people become less courteous as they climb their way to the top.

The biggest breach of workplace etiquette? Using a speakerphone or talking loudly on the cell phone. Loitering and lingering around a colleague’s desk ranked second at 23 percent. Read more

LinkedIn Pays $6 Million in Back Wages

linkedinIf you’re an employer, take heed from LinkedIn. It does not pay to violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Yesterday the Labor Department announced that LinkedIn has agreed to pay six million in back wages and damages to 359 current and former employees. In addition, the social networking site has also agreed to provide compliance training, educating employees and managers about a policy that prohibits working “off-the-clock” work. Read more

Take That, Bully Bosses! Study Reveals Humble Bosses Rock

Happy-WorkerAccording to a new study conducted at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, if you’re a humble boss, you may be onto something. You empower and appreciate your employees and you’re open to feedback.

Angelo Kinicki, professor at the business school, talked to USA Today about the best type of boss. “Humility is not weakness. Humility has its effects across levels of an organization in an empowered, uplifting way. You can’t browbeat people into performance.” Read more

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