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Former Intern Drops Lawsuit Against CBS & Worldwide Pants

CommunityJournalismBLogFIIt’s been a while since intern lawsuits were in the news which is precisely why this headline caught our attention.

The proposed class-action suit filed by former intern Mallory Musallam against CBS and Worldwide Pants has been dismissed by the plaintiff.

That’s less than a week after Musallam filed the complaint. The original claim alleged that New York’s minimum wage and overtime laws were violated during her 2008 internship. Read more

Five Body Language Tips to Power Up Your Professionalism

successWhen we read about these tips on Lifehack, we couldn’t agree more. In many instances in business, it’s not what you say but how you say it. Of course, this includes your posture, your energy and your body language as a whole.

The good news? Unlike a technical skill which could require taking a class or two, body language can be improved by simply applying them right away.

1.  Maintain eye contact. The piece reminds us that everyone wants to feel interesting and important. The main way to accomplish this? Engage in active listening by keeping consistent eye contact with others when they speak. Throw in an occasional nod and sincerely show you’re paying attention. Read more

Survey Shows Most Americans Don’t Want the Corner Office

suitAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, most Americans are not into vying for the corner office.

Only one-third of employees aspire to leadership roles. Per the survey, more men than women make up that statistic.

In addition, African Americans and the LGBT population of employees are more likely to aspire to a leadership role than the national average. Plus, 32 percent of disabled workers aspire to leadership positions.

What does this say in terms of leadership itself? How can management motivate a population whose majority doesn’t aspire to become leaders? Read more

Three Ways to Become More Mindful at Work

yogaIf you’ve ever been checked out at work, you’re not alone. But when we say checked out we really mean not being engaged when you’re supposed to be. It’s one thing to check out and surf Mediabistro during a conference call but it’s quite another to be zoning when you’re working on deadline.

Dr. Stephen McKenzie’s new book provides pointers to be mindful at work while simultaneously reducing stress to achieve more. Read more

How to Handle Office Theft

noWhether someone intentionally swiped your Ginger Ale in the communal refrigerator or lifted a ten dollar bill from your desk, let’s face it — office theft is theft and it certainly feels violating. Major thumbs down.

You start detesting the feeling of having to lock valuables up and then you start wondering about the identity of the culprit. The intern a few cubicles down? Mailroom guy? Even — gasp — your boss?

Instead of pointing fingers, try not to let it interfere with your day. What you can do instead of accusing anyone, especially if you’re a boss, is to address it at a staff meeting. Read more

Nixing ‘Running This Up the Flagpole’ — How to Avoid Overusing Business Jargon

listeningWant to hit the ball out of the park after you run a big idea up the food chain? Or how about the flagpole?

According to a new Accountemps survey, managers were asked about the most annoying or overused phrase or buzzwords in the office.

Here are their top responses… Read more

Research Shows Gender Bias in Performance Reviews

menandwomenjpgWe just report ‘em as we see ‘em, folks so don’t shoot the messenger on this one, ‘k?

Per a report for Fortune, linguist Kieran Snyder examined performance reviews to see if she could quantify double standards on how men and women are evaluated at work.

She collected 248 performance reviews from 28 companies ranging from large technology companies to small startups. The results were startling: Critical feedback was generously given to women. That is, 87.9 percent of women received critical feedback compared to 58.9 percent of men. Read more

Remembering Joan Rivers & What She Told Us Last Year About Staying Relevant

This morning we’re remembering the incredible life and work of Joan Rivers. As media folks and celebrities recall their interactions with the 81-year-old comedian, we’re joining the pack.

Last year she emceed New York Women in Communications’ annual Matrix Awards along with daughter Melissa. She was certainly in major demand on the red carpet prior to the luncheon.

Thankfully we snagged a quick interview with the star and learned a lot from this woman who has reinvented herself to stay relevant in the public eye for decades.

May she rest in peace.

How to Respond When You Get a Wacky Request at Work

moustacheAccording to a new survey released by OfficeTeam, administrative support professionals dished about the weirdest requests they’ve ever been asked. And we do mean weird.

Here are some of the most unusual responses:

“Organize a hula-hoop competition for executive staff.”

“Cut off the boss’s tie that was caught in the paper shredder.”

“Get a snake out of the women’s bathroom.”

“Call airport security to locate a lost shoe.”

“Mail a box of dirt.”

“Take samples of toilet paper from all the office bathrooms and compare them.” Read more

Buckingham Palace Guard Deviates From Job Description

There are certain times you really should go above and beyond in your job. Think outside the box. Go for the gold!

This is not one of them. Check out this Buckingham Palace guard who goes a bit rogue. If there’s any lesson we can learn from his comical strut is that we should stick to the core of our job especially when we’re in extremely visible roles. Enjoy!

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