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  • Social Media At Work: Do The Pros Outweigh The Cons?
    by Lindsey Pollak - December 8, 2016
    Truth: Social media at work is an integral part of many of your employees’ days. According to a Pew research report, employees are using social media at work for a wide variety of reasons, both professional and non-job related — a combined 61 percent said they use social media to “take a mental break from their job” or “connect with friends and family while at work,” while a combined 4...
  • What Does 'Authenticity' Really Mean At Work
    by Lindsey Pollak - November 30, 2016
    Being “authentic.” While this has become a buzzword, I think the idea of authenticity transcends trendiness: It’s a trait I admire in others and that I strive for in my own life and work. Authenticity is especially important for leaders, and based on research I’ve done with my partner The Hartford, I know that a large majority of millennials see themselves as leaders today. Being authentic soun...
  • "I Quit": How To Go Out In A Blaze Of Glory (Really!)
    by Lindsey Pollak - November 24, 2016
    In some small corner of our brain, many of us have mentally rehearsed the moment when we go into our boss’ office and dramatically announce, “I quit!” Maybe you picture a satisfying slam of the door (by you) or tearful begging (by them). Or, perhaps you’ve thought about simply walking out the door and never returning. (Unfortunately, ghosting is a real — and disturbing — new trend. This a...
  • Should You Quit A Job You Hate?
    by Lindsey Pollak - November 22, 2016
    “How long do I have to stay in a job I hate?” You wouldn’t believe how regularly I am asked that question. Most millennials will be glad to hear that the rules seem to have changed about this issue. It used to be that staying in a job one year was all but required for appearance’s sake, while two years was ideal. (And honestly, I’ll say that in most cases it still is. Employers in many indus...
  • Is Your Work Comfort Zone Holding You Back At Work?
    by Lindsey Pollak - November 14, 2016
    As autumn sets in, my social media feed is becoming clogged with #FallLovers waxing eloquently about PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes for the uninitiated), chunky sweaters, boots, football, fires and, well…comfort. (And the Brangelina divorce, but we digress…) While finding your fall comfort zone at home is a definite “do,” staying in one at work is most definitely a “don’t.” When yo...
  • The Final Election-At-Work Survival Guide: How To Make Non-Political Small Talk
    by Lindsey Pollak - November 7, 2016
    Are you beyond tired talking of about you-know-what? I am. The epic presidential election of 2016 may even be causing your blood pressure to rise: a recent poll from the American Psychological Association found that more than half of Americans say the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. The final countdown is finally on to November 8, and it is top of mind for everyone, no matter your party...
  • Not All Millennials Are Middle Class
    by Lindsey Pollak - November 4, 2016
    As you know if you’re a frequent reader, I often hear complaints that members of the millennial generation are entitled, lazy and narcissistic. The pervasive stereotype, often perpetuated by the media and late-night TV, is that young people today are all coddled trust fund kids with nothing better to do than whine while posting selfies to Instagram. While there are some millennials who conform to this stereotype, t...
  • When "Face Time" Is Facetime: How To Manage Virtual Workers
    by Lindsey Pollak - November 2, 2016
    No longer just for hipster start-ups, even prominent companies – think IBM, American Express and 3M — now abound with virtual workers. In fact, nearly one-quarter of American workers currently telecommute at least part of the time, according to Global Workplace Analytics. That means that whether you’re a new or seasoned manager, you probably manage someone remotely or will do so in the near future. W...
  • Simple Ways To Build Brand You
    by Lindsey Pollak - October 26, 2016
    Faithful readers of my blog know that I am a big advocate of proactively building “Brand You” — that is, your personal brand — or as you may prefer to call it, your professional reputation. Simply put, your personal brand is how people see you, and that image can directly impact your career. Managers, mentors, clients and colleagues want to associate with people they view in a positive way. Whe...
  • Lead With The 'Why': How To Emphasize Purpose To Attact Millennials
    by Lindsey Pollak - October 20, 2016
    What is your company’s mission? If you said it was to sell widgets or provide advice, you’re not going to be in the best position to attract millennial employees. That’s because many millennials are inspired to work when they know their company has a purpose beyond profits. In fact, more than half of college-educated millennials cite a “sense of purpose,” as part of the reason they chose to...