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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

Monthly Jobs Report Shows Economy Plodding Along

relocate jobOn Friday the Department of Labor released its monthly data and let’s just say things seem to be plodding along.

Employers added 142,000 jobs in August which is below the 226,000 average increase from previous months. In addition, the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent which represents the lowest level in nearly six years. 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.

Arizona Woman Who Left Kids in Car During Job Interview Regains Custody

job searchYou may remember a story we told you about several months ago. Shanesha Taylor went to a job interview and left her two young kids in her hot car in Arizona. Her six-month-old and two-year-old were found by police in her locked car as temperatures reached 100 degrees.

Well, according to Reuters, a few days ago she regained custody of them. And in case you’re wondering, she still hasn’t found employment. Read more

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

What’s Your Favorite Interview Question? Contest Highlights Top Five

interviewWhat’s your favorite interview question of all-time? We can tell you one of our least favorites, that’s for sure: “What’s your biggest weakness?” But alas, we digress.

A post on recruiting forum ERE got us thinking. People submitted their favorite interview questions through a contest with straightforward ones and oddball ones like, “What’s your favorite palindrome?” 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!

Three Ways to Motivate Underperforming Employees

TeamworkIf you’re a boss or on the rise to become one soon, listen up. There are a few ways to motivate underperforming employees who have the goods but they’re just not applying themselves fully. Here are a few pointers courtesy of a post on Inc.

1. Discover the root cause. Dig deep and you’ll figure out the solution to your problem. If the employee just isn’t a fit for the role, that’s reflective of a poor hiring decision but if the worker lacks skills, then it’s up to you to point him or her to proper resources to get trained.

Per the piece, you may need to alter your expectations, too. Look at the situation from a new perspective — how are you and the employee both responsible for his or her success? Read more

Research Shows Job & Lifestyle Pessimism After Great Recession

flagAlthough it’s a Tuesday and certainly feels like a Monday, we’ll take it! The countdown to the next weekend has begun and it definitely doesn’t feel like summer is over. At least that’s what we keep telling ourselves anyway. See where we’re going with this? Positivity.

We like to look at the bright side of things here at MediaJobsDaily which is why this new research study was a little hard to stomach. Yes, it’s reality but still a little too bleak for our taste.

Here’s why: The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University released their research basically showing most Americans conclude our economy has permanently changed for the worse after the recession. Read more

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