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Several Workers Grade Their Boss a ‘D’ or ‘F’ in New Survey

bosstoclientNow that we’ve gotten your attention, we have to say that yes, in a new CareerBuilder survey one in seven respondents graded their bosses with a D or an F.

It’s not all doom and gloom, however since 63 percent of workers gave their boss an A or B. One-quarter of respondents gave their boss an average mark.

Grades were in sync with bosses’ communication and management styles. That is, workers who frequently interacted with their bosses ended up rating their performance higher than people who didn’t interact with their supervisor. Read more

Dogswell Celebrated Take Your Dog to Work Day With Puppies!

As a follow up to our post a few days ago about Take Your Dog to Work Day, Dogswell got into the act by unleashing 20 dogs and puppies into their office.

The original disguise was centered around a fake news crew to interview the team…little did the team know a celebration was about to occur.

Check out the clip below!

Survey Reveals College Grads Aren’t Alone; Most Adults Want to Help Their Job Searches

graduation capIf you’re a recent college grad, according to a new survey by “Every Day Connect,” resources provided by Fairfield Inn & Suites to mentor the next generation of business travelers, more than 77 percent of employed adults said they’re willing to help college graduates find work.

To that point, 49 percent of the 1,000 polled employed adults mentioned they have a mentor in their profession.

They do appreciate a decent thank-you in the form of a phone call (91 percent of respondents indicated this was an appropriate method to express gratitude.) Snail mail or e-mails were also considered appropriate. Read more

Building a Case for Leaving a Cushy, Comfortable Job

relocate jobHave you ever felt the itch to leave your current job, one that you are relatively comfortable with, in order to pursue greener pastures?

You’re not alone. One reader addresses this with The New York Post to dive into the issue. He or she writes, “After five years I feel like I’ve hit a wall and that it’s time for a new challenge. Is it crazy to take a risk moving to a different company when things are going so well here?”

You know what we think is crazy, along with the columnist Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry? Staying in a job where you feel stunted especially when there are other options. Read more

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day!

dogYes, this annual event really exists. And hey, it’s today!

In fact, it was spawned by Pet Sitters International in 1999 to show how dogs can be great companions and to encourage their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.

Well, what if you’re not pooch friendly and your colleagues have brought in their pets or what if you have allergies? There are a few ways to make the most out of today and other days if your office is pet friendly all year-long. Read more

Four Ways for Freelancers to Successfully Land Big Clients

SixFigureFreelancerBy big clients we mean clients with deep pockets. Budgets to spend and contract to sign. That’s why this post from Freelancers Union is so appropriate.

Of course, the first way to land big clients is to let them know you exist and to pitch them. The art, my friend, entails in the pitch itself.

1. Research. The clients you’re pursuing require more research, plain and simple. You know what though? They’re worth it. Per the piece, you should spend at least one hour reading through anything and everything about this company. Social media feeds are helpful so you can get a grasp on how the company views itself.

The piece points out: “If it’s a large corporation with multiple locations, try to find out if certain locations specialize in different services. Then find the department that aligns with what you do. Then do some private searching on LinkedIn to find out who works in that department. Recall your past gig experience: who was the person who hired and managed you? Look for someone with that job title.”

2. Explain what you do. Think bigger than what you currently do, too. You’re not just a project manager, says the piece. Instead, you’re the go-to person who makes the company’s problems disappear. Check that — the person’s problems to whom you’re pitching. Speak to the person your pitching and solve his or her problems.

3. Understand that they have a boss. The person you’re pitching indeed has a boss who’s likely putting pressure on them to make a hiring decision and to make it a good one. Plus, deadlines are looming. Give them all the information you can to make it easy for them to sign you on for the project.

4. Understand that they don’t want to train you. They need you to come in and roll up your sleeves to get right down to work. They assume you have the required skills and experience and need little to no training.

The piece advises, “Tell them you always spend the first few days listening and watching. Say something about how good you are at seeing the big picture, filling in where needed, and instead of trying to talk a lot about what you do, repeat back to them what they need.”

Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Boss? New Study Says You’re Not

bossesIf you’re wondering whether or not you’re spending enough time with your boss, there may be reasons why you’re questioning it in the first place.

That’s because it’s a valid question and a new study underscores the importance of face time with your supervisor.

According to a new study conducted by Leadership IQ with more than 32,000 executives, managers and employees in the U.S. and Canada, people feel more engaged for each additional hour spent with their leader. Read more

How to Make the Most of a Gap Year

suitcaseIf you think taking a gap year is just for high school kids before they jaunt off to college, think again.

According to the Brazen Careerist, experienced professionals have blazed a trail well into their careers and they’ve done it on small budgets to boot.

For starters, you should look into your employer’s sabbatical policy. If you’ve already been at your employer for a few years, you may qualify for a sabbatical. Another option entails taking an unpaid leave of absence in exchange for a guaranteed job when you return home.
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10 Bizarre Office Behaviors to Avoid (Don’t Be That Guy or Gal!)

man asleep at deskNeed a little chuckle to get you through hump day? A new CareerBuilder survey discovered that employees are getting a little too comfortable in their offices.

Okay, check that — they’re getting extremely comfortable at their home away from home and therefore, many workers have decided nothing is off limits. And we do mean nothing.

Per the survey, one supervisor caught a teammate caring for her pet bird that she snuck into the office! Wait, it gets better. Another supervisor caught an employee blowing bubbles in frigid temperatures to see if the bubbles were going to freeze and break. Read more

Five Ways to Intentionally Goof Off

sneakerDid you read that right? Yes, you did!

By goofing off we mean ways to actually boost productivity. Instead of staring blankly at your computer screen with a looming deadline, it’s actually more productive to take a stroll around the block, brush your teeth or talk to a colleague and then return to the task at hand.

According to a piece on Forbes, goofing off (when done in moderation) is actually good for you. Here are some of their pointers… Read more

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