Tarot cards have been used for centuries, for people seeking answers and seeking spiritual guidance. Some believe in it, while others don’t. On this episode, we explore why people seek Tarot readings, and who knows -- maybe we’ll get some answers to some of the tough questions we have, for life in general and in our careers!
There are multiple management styles in today's environment which try to explore how we can best teach and grow our teams. On this episode, we discuss the concept of treating your team like "family", in the sense that you'll do whatever you need to make them feel supported. What are the pros/cons of this model? How is this feasible in a competitive hiring marketplace where you usually have about 30 minutes to vet a candidate?
According to a recent Gallup poll, Millennials are the least engaged generation in the workforce, are more likely to job hop, and it is predicted that the US economy loses on average $30.5B from Millennial-related turnover. According to a recent Deloitte Study, a majority of Millennials from around the world felt that companies don’t behave ethically and that most companies have no ambitions beyond wanting to make more money. On this episode, we explore the underlying social contexts responsible for this shift and debate whether this is a good or bad thing.
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the number of working men without a college degree has been on the decline (from 95% in 1960s to 85% in 2015), leading some economists to worry. Ariel Binder and John Bound of The University of Michigan has a new theory as to why: the shifting family dynamics, women taking on leadership roles, among the few reasons. Today we discuss on their research.
According to a 2015 article titled Happiness and Productivity: Understanding the Happy-Productive Worker, happier employees exerted higher levels of effort and more productivity than those who were not. This represents just one of many studies regarding employee morale, which shows that employee happiness, while not considered in many office environments, has a positive impact on output, job satisfaction retention, and cohesion amongst employees. On this episode, we discuss approaches to increase employee morale and how to maintain it, regardless of where you are on the organizational chart!
According to a recent article in the Toastmaster magazine written by Lauren Parsons, there is scientific research “suggests that success does not lead to happiness but that the opposite is true. Happiness has a profound effect on brain function and significantly increases individual performance, leading to greater success”. On this episode, we discuss recommendations on how to be happy, and therefore, achieve success, and how to overcome barriers to having more optimistic days in the workplace, and in your personal life.
Have you ever wondered why workweeks are usually 40-hours? In 1890, the government tracked worker’s hours and found that manufacturing laborers worked about 100 hours a week! In 1916, congress passed the Adamson Act, which established an 8 hour workday for railroad workers. Ten years later, Ford Motor Companies implemented a 5-day, 40 hour workweek. An amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act went into effect in October of 1940, which limited the workweek to 40 hours, down from 44 hours when it was first passed in 1938. Fast-forwarding to our current day, almost 80 years later... how’s our 40-hour workweek going? Does the Fair Labor Standards Act need a little more...amending?
A hospital-based study had over 1,000 adult patients interact with several physicians who had fake piercings and tattoos. The patients were asked about the physician’s competence, professionalism, caring attitude, approachability, trustworthiness and reliability. All five qualities were rated highly over 75 percent of the time, regardless of whether patients were treated by a doctor with tattoos or piercings. This study led us to propose the question - are visible tattoos simply becoming a norm in the workplace setting?
According to an article found on Cheatsheet.com, there are many reasons why these days, job hunting can be an extremely difficult task. These reasons include extremely long applications, getting a job that doesn’t fit what you’re looking for, personality tests, jobs that don’t really exist, and not hearing back from hiring managers. On this episode, we share some tips on how to make your job search and interviews successful, maximize your chance of being called, and how to save something more precious than money… your time!
According to a study conducted by Career Builder in 2008, 41% of employers reported saying that they were more likely to promote employees who wear professional attire. The then vice president of human resources, Rosemary Haefner stated that “how you dress plays an important role in how others perceive you at work and dressing professionally can help you project a motivated and dedicated image”. Given that today, plain t-shirts, beanies and jeans are common workplace attire, is it “fair” to develop perceptions of folks based on attire? Or do employees just need to adapt to these traditional norms?
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age. This law was encompassed in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. There are states, however, like the state of New York, added law (N.Y. Exec. Law § 296 (3-a)) to protect workers over the age of 18 from age discrimination. On this episode, we’ll discuss assumptions, biases and strategies employees can take to mitigate the effects of being the youngin’ in the office!
According to a Gallup poll from 2013, 70% of those surveyed either hated their jobs or were completely disengaged! From experiencing issues with superiors or teammates, to lack of purpose-focused work, there are many reasons why people these days may be unhappy with their place of employment. On today’s episode, we present a simple and insightful way of determining, not which job will consider you to be a good fit, but rather, which workplace will be a good fit for you!
According to an article found on Inc.com, being consistent brings many benefits, including facilitating measurement, creating accountability, establishing your reputation, making you relevant, and maintaining your message. On today’s episode, we discuss why consistency (in both your personal and professional life ) matters
Stress is a normal part of our usual routines. Stress can often be perceived as a motivator, but it can also be considered toxic. One of the main sources of stress, is stress in the workplace. According to stress.org, the 2000 Integra Survey revealed that 65% of workers stated that workplace stress had caused difficulties and more than 10 percent described these as having major effects in their lives. The question that we came to discuss today is - how do we maintain a work-life balance?