71 to 80 of 249
  • 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...
  • Should Work Be 'Fun'? The Concept Is More Retro Than You Think
    by Lindsey Pollak - October 14, 2016
    “Work isn’t supposed to be fun. It’s called ‘work’ for a reason!” Sound familiar? I’ve certainly heard comments like this from curmudgeonly colleagues over the years. I frequently hear people criticize millennials for wanting work to be “fun.” And the media likes to bombard us with millennial-bashing images of immature young people who expect a party every day, sch...
  • Why Transparency Matters: Your Three-Step Guide To A More Transparent Workplace
    by Lindsey Pollak - October 10, 2016
    “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” If you thought this quote came from a millennial start-up founder, you’d be wrong. None other than the Dalai Lama shared this belief on how transparency can yield success. But transparency can be a scary concept for managers. After all, Gen Xers like me started our work lives when information was traditionally revealed on a...
  • How To Be 'The Most Interesting Man (Or Woman) In The World'
    by Lindsey Pollak - October 3, 2016
    One of the golden rules of networking is to “be interested” — to ask open-ended questions and listen well. But what about the flip side: How can you be interesting, too? It’s a trait that can make any conversation flow more easily, whether you’re meeting new people or interacting with colleagues or clients at work.Some people have something about them that’s just naturally interesting; maybe they have unusual hobbies or tra...
  • Pure Gold: Workplace Lessons From The 2016 Olympics
    by Lindsey Pollak - September 27, 2016
    The explosive power of gymnast Simone Biles.The incredible determination of swimmers Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps.The feats we see at the Olympics are the result of discipline, grit and hours and hours (and hours) of practice. They showcase teamwork, focus, communication and dedication – coincidentally, all traits that make for a great employee.As the spectacle of Rio winds down, let’s reflect on some workplace lessons...