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Archives: September 2012

Folio Editorial Salary Survey: Salaries Stay The Same While Workload Goes Up

According to Folio:’s 2012 Editorial Salary Survey, most positions saw only modest increases in salary, but 72 percent of respondents said that they had taken on additional responsibilities, and at least one person said that there was “absolutely not enough time to accomplish all my acquired tasks or the resources to help.”

That is a downer for your Wednesday.

The good news: editors-in-chief can still net six figures, with New York-based editorial directors bringing home $137,200. Editors at consumer and association publications saw their pay rise in 2012 compared to 2011, while b-to-b top editors saw only a modest pay decrease.

Editors/executive editors (which Folio: defines as one step below editors-in-chief) pulled in around $70,000 a year–though consumer magazine editors saw average pay fall a bit while b-to-b and association editors got modest raises. And managing editor pay remained roughly flat, Folio: said. Meanwhile, as we said, job responsibilities have increased–survey respondents reported taking on business planning and conference programming duties, as well as digital work and social media.

Folio:’s publisher, Red 7 Media, and Readex Research conducted the survey in April and May with a representative sample of 2,000 editors.

New Ostrich Pillow Brings New Meaning to Office Naps

If you’ve ever been tempted to crawl on the floor like Seinfeld’s George Costanza during working hours, you’re not alone.

Well, the new ostrich pillow can take office naps to a whole new level!

We hear the power nap product has been around for about a year but it’s starting to get traction as pointed out by TechCrunch. Read more

Got Distractions? New Infographic Shows Workers Get Interrupted Four Times Every Hour

The statistics are staggering. Sure, we’re pretty confident social media is not only beneficial to our work, it’s also a distraction. Thanks to Red e App’s new infographic, the numbers tell all.

In fact, employees are interrupted one time every 10.5 minutes and it will take about 23 minutes to return to an assigned task after the interruption. The average user spends 405 minutes on Facebook and 89 minutes on Twitter per month. Plus, reading and responding to e-mails on a daily basis consumes about 28 percent of an employee’s time.

Not only does it disrupt your day, it disrupts the economy as well to the tune of $650 billion lost dollars every year. Check out the infographic below!

Social Media Monster [Infographic]
Courtesy of Red e App

High Schoolers Get Real-Life Taste Of Ad Industry

An ad agency run by high schoolers has taken on its first paying client.

The Innovation in Advertising and Media High School’s agency, IAM Advertising, will promote the National Black Programming Consortium’s upcoming PBS documentary series, “DC Met: Life Inside School Reform.”

Series executive producer Jacquie Jones told AdAge that she hoped the kids could create a social media campaign that would get their peers to discuss the problems they see with education.

Plus, “They have a better idea of how to reach their peers than we do,” she said.

They’ve had one brainstorming session with the documentary’s producers, and came up with the idea of a “major stunt,” otherwise undescribed, that the producers love.

The teen-run agency is also partnering with Digitas on the campaign, and fees paid to IAM Advertising will go back to the school.

The IAM High School has about 300 students and graduated its first class this year. Of the 47 graduating students, about a third are planning to pursue advertising careers. This real-world experience will look great on a resume for sure.

By the way, here’s a trailer for the doc:

DC met 4mins Trailer from NBPC on Vimeo.

New Job Search Study Breaks It Down by Generation

This just in, courtesy of Millennial Branding and A new survey revealed job search results by generation.

In an exclusive interview, Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding and author of Me 2.0, indicated, “Our study shows that boomers are job searching online, and using social networks, over younger generations. They also have the longest job search and suffer the most from age discrimination.”

As for the younger generation, that would be Generation Y, they’re more optimistic about finding a job and they also value workplace flexibility.  He added, “Gen Y understands the current economic situation, is optimistic and is willing to get back to school or start a business as alternatives to not being employed.” Read more

How to Handle an Overly Affectionate Colleague

Sometimes you have colleagues who are cold as ice and other times? Not so much.

For instance, in today’s New York Post, Gregory Giangrande, chief HR officer at Time, Inc. advises employees to flat out tell a colleague if you’re not a hugger.

First, let’s back track. If you have a colleague who hugs people good-bye when wishing them a good weekend or kisses people on the cheek after dinner with co-workers, it may seem harmless. A little inappropriate as well? You bet.

Giangrande says in the piece,It’s the intent and how the recipient feels about it. If you don’t like it, you need to tell him, ‘Listen, I know you mean no harm, but I’m not a hugger . . . A wave of the hand or handshake is friendly and warm enough.’”

As for another solution, the next time a colleague steps in for a close encounter, simply “step back and stick out your hand offering to shake instead.”

How to Continue Working After You’ve Been Downsized

It’s such a conundrum, isn’t it? You’ve been downsized but you’re still expected to work through a transition. Or maybe you’re expecting to lose your job and it hasn’t happened yet and you still need to work diligently day after day.

They key to working for a company which just gave you the boot is remaining above board.

According to The New York Post, Greg Giangrandechief human resources officer at Time, Inc. wrote:

“Go home and vent your anger and frustration to the mirror, to the dog or to a sympathetic loved one. Go to the gym and do a long, hard workout. Then go in to work the next day with a smile on your face and a good attitude, and work for as long as they will have you.”

If you’re having a hard time grinning and bearing it, he pointed out to change your mind set. Instead of thinking about it as helping them, “think of it as helping yourself.” Look at it this way — the longer you’re working, the longer you have a steady paycheck with benefits and the more lead time you have to look for a new job while you’re still working.

Plus, it presents you with the opportunity to display maturity and professionalism, thereby creating even more opportunities to get a favorable reference. In the piece he added, “It also leaves the door open for a possible return at some point — it happens. Regardless of how you feel about your employer, this is smart business for you.”

Do Job Boards Deliver?

Here’s an interesting analysis sent to us by Nick “Ask The Headhunter” Corcodilos, who wrote about job boards recently for

He says that a recent study found that in 285,000 hires across 1,600 companies, was the “source of hire” for 36 percent of all external hires.

That actually sounds like a great number–one in three people got their job from–but if you look at it further, Corcodilos says, the number isn’t so rosy.

See, the survey, by iCMS, differentiates between internal and external hires. But iCMS includes, in addition to promotions within the company, “referrals, company career sites, and unidentified sources” as internal hires. Those “internal” hires made up 71 percent of all hiring, with only 29 percent of hires being external.

“In other words, 36 percent of 29 percent, or 10.4 percent, of all hires come from ‘one’ source of hires—”

And since Indeed aggregates jobs from thousands of other sites, that doesn’t bode well for individual job boards as delivering quality hires to companies.

Your best bet for jobs is still word of mouth and networking, but anecdotally, people certainly are still getting jobs from boards–this not-so-humble blogger included. Just don’t rely on them as your only strategy.

Five Ways to Spend Your Lunch Hour

Back in the day, lunch hour was just that: A full hour. Well, if you find yourself glancing at the clock when it strikes 1:55 p.m. only to realize your company’s cafeteria closes in five minutes as you run down there to scarf down your lunch, you’re not alone.

When was the last time you took a full hour for lunch? When was the last time you ate at a location other than your desk as you had your sandwich in your left hand and mouse in your right?

According to a piece on Forbes, there are several ways to spend your lunch time. Read more

New Study Reveals Journalists Can’t Live Without Social Media

Sometimes surveys reveal something new and innovative, other times not so much.

According to a new survey conducted by the U.K. version of Cision, journalists are more reliant on social media for certain tasks and are using a greater extent of social media than a year ago.

Approximately 39 percent of respondents indicated social media has improved their productivity. (Note:  Respondents were all based in the U.K.) As for their most popular social media site? Twitter. Read more