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Five Benefits to Joining a Job Club

jobsWhether a job club forms organically at a local library or town hall, chances are the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. For starters, it gets job seekers from behind their computer and in front of people. As in real conversations, as in information gathering and sharing.

Per a piece on AOL Jobs, there are several ways to make the most out of local job club meetings. Read more

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Study Shows Majority of Employers Not Prepared for Future Objectives

workplace bullyHappy Friday one and all! Thanks for being here. As you know from our posts, we try to be upbeat! Optimistic! Insightful!

But alas, we need to call it like we see it and this new study by Oxford Economics and SAP is a prime example. In fact, just yesterday SAP released it during their SuccessConnect conference.

They surveyed 2,700 executives and 2,700 employees worldwide and discovered two-thirds of businesses will not have made strides in order to build a workforce to meet their future business objectives. Two-thirds!

The main culprit? Misunderstandings between management and employees regarding workplace priorities. Read more

New Survey Shows One in Five Workers Replaced by Technology

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…according to a new CareerBuilder survey, one in five companies have put the kibosh on people in order to replace them with automated technology instead.

Sigh.

We have to add the bright side to this grim news. Approximately 68 percent of employers in the survey who replaced workers with technology mentioned adoption of the new technology actually created new positions being added to their headcounts. Read more

CareerBuilder Survey Reveals Biggest Productivity Killers at Work

mobile phonesHow many times have you sat at your desk immersed in thought only to be interrupted by a ringing phone?

Well, CareerBuilder conducted a recent survey which points to the biggest productivity killers at the office.

Conducted from February through March and over 3,000 full-time employees and 2,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals, the study uncovered culprits at the office. The biggest one? Personal use of technology. Read more

Want to Boost Your Productivity? Go Tech-Free & Embrace Stillness

no emailHave you ever felt busy but not productive? Like you’re sitting at your desk for several consecutive hours and yet nothing is getting accomplished?

Per a piece on Fast Company, there’s a strong case for sitting still. Being over doing, silence over noise.

For instance, the writer spent a month at an artist residency in Wyoming. In addition to living off a dirt road without cell phone service and spotty internet connection, she writes, “It was also a dream.”

The New Yorker initially looked at her phone and after a moment of panic she quickly realized that her phone was going to take on a new identity. Yes, it had morphed into a paperweight. Read more

How to Unplug for the Holidays

rookiefreelancing1Anyone doing a digital detox for the holidays? If so, you’re not alone. We’re going to try to at least limit our usage somewhat but now that we think about it, we don’t have a concrete action plan.

Lucky for us, the folks at Mashable created one. Incorporating a variety of strategies into their game such as “internet eraser” and “the login liquefier,” there’s one that truly resonated with us.

Yes, the “workaholic’s withdrawal.”  Read more

How to Handle a Technologically Challenged Boss

Ever have a boss who’s a little slow on the technology uptake?

Maybe he or she can’t exactly draft an email without taking half an hour or perhaps he or she’s always the slowest to learn the new voicemail system that’s being implemented.

Well, you’re not alone if this has happened to you and according to today’s New York Post, there are ways to tactfully help without being disrespectful.  Read more

Chief Executive Bans Internal Emails for One Week, Productivity Surges!

Shayne Hughes, chief executive of Learning as Leadership did the unthinkable. He announced to his staff that all internal email was forbidden for an entire week!

Here’s why: Realizing internal emails equate to 50 to 75 percent of all traffic, reviewing, responding and managing, they consume large chunks of time for employees.

Plus, in a Forbes post Hughes argues it’s not even the best medium for communication. Read more

New Study Reveals Constantly Checking Emails Increases Stress & Reduces Focus

A new study published by the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California – Irvine revealed that being cut off from email during the work day reduces stress levels and focus.

This merely adds further proof as to how distracting (and dare we say addicting?) it is to constantly check your in-box and smart phone.

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and the U.S. Army asked subjects to stop checking messages at work. Keeping in mind it was a rather small study with 13 subjects in total, employees without email access reported they felt better about doing their job and staying on task. Plus, there were less interruptions throughout the day. Here’s the scoop… Read more