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Five Crisis Prevention Tips for Managers

multitaskingAccording to a new Accountemps survey, nearly 49 percent of chief financial officers said they deal with at least one unexpected crisis each and every week.

In comparison, 80 percent of executives mentioned they deal with at least one unexpected crisis a week from a survey conducted in 2004.

We wanted to get the scoop as to how leaders can try to prevent one from happening in the first place. Bill Driscoll, the New England district president of Accountemps, shares his thoughts. Read more

Seven Tips for Writing Recommendation Letters

performance reviewSure, the letter of recommendation isn’t that common but it does come up every now and then. According to career coach and author Ford R. Myers, there are several tips to keep in mind when writing one.

Myers explains in a press release, “You don’t need them, but you should want them. Why? Because when you find yourself in a competitive interviewing situation, letters of recommendation can really give you an edge.”

And if you’re on the receiving end, be sure to keep these pointers readily available as guidelines for the person you’ve reached out to do the task. Read more

Survey Reveals Majority of College Grads are Underemployed

graduation capAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, 51 percent of employed graduates from the class of 2014 are working in jobs that don’t require a college degree. That said, nine out of 10 mentioned college is worth the investment for the long-term and four out of 10 said college didn’t prepare them for the real world.

Let’s backtrack, shall we? For starters, 65 percent of the recent graduating class has found work whereas four percent are immersed in internships and 31 percent aren’t working at all. The 65 percent is comprised of 36 percent in full-time positions, 17 percent in part-time positions and 12 percent in temporary or contract positions.

As for the 31 percent not working, 43 percent from this population is currently actively looking for a job. It sounds like the remaining grads are either not actively looking or they’re attending or pursuing graduate school. Read more

Four Ways to Make the Most Out of a Conference

hello nametagIt’s that time of year again when conferences are in full swing. Networking opportunities are robust yet so is the number of people who attend these events vying for face time with sought after speakers and industry experts.

Then, of course, there’s information overload. A lot of information crammed into a small amount of time and oh yes, did we mention an abundance of afternoon sugar-filled snacks? Here are several tips to make the most out of that conference.

1. Be prepared. This means everything from doing your homework on speakers you want to connect with to bringing fruit snacks as an alternative to tempting brownies. Actually, it’s not unlike preparing for a job interview in terms of outlining your questions in advance, plotting which breakout sessions to attend and mapping out the day ahead of time. Read more

Employee Gets Fired After Complaining to Comcast

CommunityJournalismBLogFIA Comcast customer recently complained about services. Complaints were escalated, next thing you know the company called his employer to discuss the complaint. Pink slip was issued.

What?!

Conal O’Rourke was overcharged by Comcast for 11 months so he ended up contacting the company’s controller’s office to complain about their billing practices. Here’s where it gets sticky, apparently. Read more

How to Resist Participating in Office Gossip

megaphonePsssst. Over here. Wait ’til you get a load of this one…did you hear what happened after the group’s crazy happy hour last week?

STOP. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. This is where it ends, my friend.

Or rather, where it should end. Sometimes you can see the office gossip train coming from a colleague a mile away, other times it’s much more subtle. The thing is, how it approaches doesn’t really matter. What does matter is how you react to it. Read more

If Management Overlooks Corporate Culture, CEO Says It’ll Cost Them

Pitch-Meetings-Bog-PostCorporate culture got you down?

Sure, you may tolerate your commute, enjoy your challenging job and inspirational colleagues but if the corporate culture isn’t in check, it’s game over.

We checked in with Greg Besner to get the scoop. He’s the founder of CultureIQ, a company measuring employee culture across nine categories. For starters, how do you define corporate culture? He says every company has “its own unique DNA made up of employees’ perception of the company’s vision, values, behaviors, etc.” Read more

New Study Shows People Prefer Same-Sex Offices

company sizeWould you prefer to only work alongside members of the same gender?

According to a new survey published by MIT the answer is yes. Apparently employees are happier when they work with people of the same sex.

Really?

Sara Ellison, co-author of the study and senior economics lecturer at MIT, explained to The Boston Globe: “We all think that we want to be in this pluralistic society in a diverse setting, but when push comes to shove, when our co-workers don’t think like we do, that can cause some friction.” Read more

Four Ways to Follow Up With a Brand New Contact

nametagIf you’re in the networking swirl, congratulations! Chances are you’re attending industry events or even social events and going home with a small stack of business cards.

They won’t mean anything, unfortunately if you don’t work it immediately after the event. Here are several tips to keep in mind.

1. Remember something specific about the conversation. The best time to take stock of the conversation is immediately after it ends. Take a moment after exchanging business cards with the new contact to jot down something you spoke about.

Whether you dished about vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard or who will make it to the World Series this year, it’s all good. This will be a key identifying factor that bonded you and your new contact. Read more

Is the Bicycle Desk Coming to an Office Near You?

bikeWe’ve previously written about the treadmill desk so this Fast Company piece about bicycles in schools got us thinking.

It actually makes sense.At Ward Elementary in North Carolina, classrooms are getting equipped with exercise bikes so it’s just what you think it is — students work out while they read. It’s proven to be beneficial so we wonder if a bicycle desk would work in corporate life as well. Read more

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