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  • Funny Business: How Workplace Humor Can Contribute To Success
    by Lindsey Pollak - April 11, 2017
    Do you enjoy a good joke during the work day? The problem is that sticky issue of what makes a joke “good” and work-appropriate. Some people love stand-up comedy-type routines – tough to pull off in a work setting (and often cringe-inducing). Others are more into practical jokes and April Fool’s stunts. Again, not funny to all. And, of course, political humor is particularly fraught in today&rsquo...
  • High Tech Recruiting Is Not Just For Silicon Valley Startups
    by Lindsey Pollak - April 7, 2017
    When you think about using tech tools in recruiting, what comes to mind? Easing the flood of resumes through an applicant tracking system or scouring LinkedIn for intel on potential recruits? With competition soaring for the best employees, it’s time to think more creatively. Companies are pulling out all the stops to attract top-tier candidates, and experiences and appearances are everything — selling the &l...
  • 5 Must-Know Email Etiquette Tips
    by Lindsey Pollak - April 4, 2017
    ICYMI, we are still in ?love with email in the workplace. In fact, a survey by Adobe found that despite all the chat apps and project management options now available, email volume actually increased in 2016: White collar workers spent 17% more time checking email than the year before. And even though many aspects of the workplace have become far more casual, how we present ourselves in written communication still matter...
  • Managing Millennials Q&A: How Do I Deal With Millennial Employees Who Come In Late And Leave Early?
    by Lindsey Pollak - March 30, 2017
    Note to readers: This year I’m launching a new series based on questions I frequently hear about managing millennials — those ongoing management challenges that can really hinder workplace relationships. Each month I’ll tackle a question and provide some advice for managers and millennials (and millennial managers!). I hope the advice I share is helpful for all generations. Have a question you’...
  • 5 Creative Ways To Reach Your Professional Development Goals
    by Lindsey Pollak - March 24, 2017
    In a recent blog post, I discussed a common trait I find among most successful professionals: They are committed to continuous learning and development. As you contemplate your goals for 2017, I urge you to put professional development on your own to-do list as an “essential.” And if you’re a manager, remember that training and development can be a prime way to retain your employees as well. In fact, ne...
  • Millennials Manage Differently, And That's A Good Thing
    by Lindsey Pollak - March 20, 2017
    I’ve shared before that I think it’s time to stop shaming millennials. One of the reasons: They’re no longer all young 20-somethings just starting their careers. More millennials are stepping into management and leadership roles every day. In fact, The Hartford’s 2015 Millennial Leadership Survey found that 80 percent of millennials currently define themselves as leaders. And, in my opinion, their...
  • The Importance Of Saying 'No' At Work
    by Lindsey Pollak - March 14, 2017
    Nope, this post isn’t about my “word of the year.” (If you haven’t read about the word I chose for 2017, get the scoop here!) Instead, it’s about another word I believe everyone should employ to be more productive – and quite likely more sane. That’s the word “no.” You could barely turn on the radio this spring without hearing Meghan Trainor espouse the beauty of the...
  • My Word Of The Year For 2017: Essential
    by Lindsey Pollak - March 6, 2017
    In 2016 my life became a lot less hectic as I employed my word of the year: Simplify. I added more breathing room in my schedule – and my closet – and adopted a general mantra that “less is more.” My year of simplifying was so fulfilling and freeing that I knew I wanted to build on the concept in 2017. My 2017 word of the year came to me as I was doing yoga (cliche I know…). While standi...
  • #Goal: To-Do List Zero
    by Lindsey Pollak - February 22, 2017
    Some productivity zealots are obsessed with “inbox zero,” but you might also be looking to conquer “to-do list zero.” Whether you’re a to-do list app aficionado, a “write it down so you can cross it off” type, you’ve jumped down the “bullet journal” rabbit hole, or you’re super Type-A like me and buy graph paper notebooks so you can make little boxes to pu...
  • Millennials on TV: 'The Great Indoors' is Full of Cliches...and a Few Truths
    by Lindsey Pollak - February 14, 2017
    Are you watching the new CBS show “The Great Indoors?” Get your Millennial Cliché Bingo card ready because the sitcom is chock full of them! Everyone gets a trophy: Check. Pingpong tables and beanbag chairs as office furniture: Check. A helicopter mom complaining about her son’s performance review: Check. Older people who can’t effectively use dating sites: Check. Jokes about a...