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Ssshhh, Employee Napping …

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 17:37

Well if you thought afternoon naps were just for babies, kids and pets, think again. As many companies figure out ways to get creative, engage employees and truly create a work/life balance, this new take on “nap time” may just do the trick! This trend is catching fire and for those employees who want to take a little break from it all while still clocking the hours some employers may need to provide a nice cozy place to unwind. While many employers might think this is taking the work/life balance thing too far, some are rethinking this popular trend. Laws were created to protect employee’s rights at work hence the creation of the “Lactation Room” for nursing mothers returning to work. I don’t know if you have to be considered an insomniac to qualify for a nap break during the workday, but it’s nice to know it can become an option for you in the future.

As you look at jobs that interest you and places you’d really like to work, how important are the “perks” that come with the paycheck? Money, title, and benefits use to be the drivers for recruiting and retaining successful candidates. Now, free food, nap rooms, and concierge services can be a deal breaker as employees consider their career options. When all you thought you needed to worry about was how long of a commute to work you’d have to endure, companies are fighting over new and creative ways to make you jump on accepting that job offer.

It’s not just getting a big car allowance or a corner office that’s important anymore. The war on talent means you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to asking for and getting what you want. Thirty years ago you would be fired for sleeping at work, now you are being encouraged. Heck, that was probably true even ten years ago! Times are changing fast and you have nothing to do but sit back and see what comes up next for you as you consider all the options. Allowing employee’s flexibility at work no longer means working a flex schedule or leaving early on Friday during the summer. Employers need to think more creatively about how and why someone would want to come work for them and pulling out all the stops as it relates to making your workplace feel like your home is no exception. I say bring back the cocktail cart please!

As you consider all that is available to you when it comes to your career choices and your next job move, think about how you want to show up for work. How important is it to be able to spend time with your family as well as get the job done? Do you need to take a nap or a walking break or play card games at work just to break up the day? How well can you stay motivated at work if you don’t have any down time available to you?   Knowing when to stop and rest even if it’s at your desk is important to stay the course no matter how many hours you have to pull at work. After all a happy employee is a productive employee and your boss would love it if you lived at work-why do you think there is an endless array of food available to you at all times of the day? Know what you want BEFORE you sign that offer letter no matter how big the ice cream bar is.





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Branding Gets Personal for These Job Seekers

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:22
Jonathan Gaffney’s 10-session job readiness course includes a personal branding workshop for construction workers and sales clerks.

School for Mermaids Makes a Splash

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 08:02
Wannabe mermaids are strapping on monofins and taking to pools and beaches around the world. A school for mermaids in Spain teaches students how to do flips and dives.

New Labor-Board Rule Speeds Union Votes

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:31
Business groups that feared a new federal rule would speed union-organizing elections were right: The average election time has fallen 40% since the rule took effect in April.

Workers Get New Tools for Airing Their Gripes

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 09:45
A host of firms have lately been experimenting with online tools that allow co-workers to send one another criticism or praise, sometimes anonymously.

Lixil Director Aims to Lead the Charge Against Japan's Glass Ceiling

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 21:11
Lady Barbara Judge, a former SEC member and a non-Japanese, wants to help Japan break its glass ceiling for women in leadership positions.

The Greek Fisherman's Lament

WSJ Careers - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 18:13
Greeks have earned a living from fish for eons, but six years of crisis has left this way of life in shambles. Few think the woes will end soon.

Acting As If …

Lisa Kaye - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 13:04

There is a strong belief that the Universe can and will bring to you what you most want and desire in the form of “law of attraction”. Call it physics, call it magic, call it wishful thinking, whatever your belief system the one thing that holds constant is if you don’t believe in yourself no one else will. The job market can and will be unforgiving. That does not mean there are not great people out there who have your best interests at stake. But generally, it’s a good idea to make things happen for your self. It’s kind of like you are a “job magnet” pulling the title, salary and company you most want towards you.

So what makes some people more successful at it then others? Simple it’s how they see themselves. It matters little how the rest of the world sees you if you think you are desiring of a particular job, position of responsibility or compensation. With the right of amount of focus and undivided attention you can and will attract that opportunity to you. Did you ever wonder why some people who have no relevant experience or even common sense yet seem to land jobs that make you scratch your head and wonder if they knew the hiring manager? It’s not that you are being conceited but maybe you should be and it might help you. It might mean however that these people see themselves in a way that gives the Universe the impression that they want it more than the rest. Now that does not mean that makes things fair, but what it does and should signal to you is that this can and should happen to you.

The Universe or law of attraction does not discriminate. It answers to the strongest of urgings. And if you are wondering why you are not able to manifest certain jobs or positions no matter how many times you interview or send your resume out it might be because you are not acting “as if”.   Pretending as a child was not only fun but it was a powerful way for you to escape whatever you wanted. You could do and be whatever you wanted. No one was judging you or getting in your way.

Well what if your job search was no different? What if you acted as if you could do and be anything you wanted? That desire is the strongest way for you to manifest what you truly want and not just in your job. If you aren’t believin’ it – it isn’t happening for you! Acting “as if” is simple just visualize yourself in the job, company, office or position you most want. Now it takes practice and it should not replace your actual job search but it should most definitely compliment your efforts. It won’t happen over night but if you believe it will most definitely happen. This practice of feeling how it feels to be where you want is a very powerful tool in helping you act as if you already have the job you want.

At the very least it’s fun and it will do little harm to you or anyone else. After all if you can’t see yourself doing the job what makes you think someone else will see you in the job. Next time you are frustrated with your lack of job progress, try this exercise for a week a few times a day 2 minutes max and see if the phone starts ringing just a bit more.

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Home-Health Aide Labor Rule Revived by Court

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 21:04
A federal appeals court on Friday revived a Labor Department regulation extending minimum-wage and overtime pay to most home-health workers, reversing trial court decisions that had struck down the rule.

In a First, Two Women Pass Army Ranger Test

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 23:02
Two women are set to graduate from the Army’s Ranger School in Fort Benning, Ga., on Friday, bringing women one step closer to being able to serve in all combat positions.

Women Make Strides in Business Ownership

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:12
While the growth rate of new businesses remains stalled, fresh government data show the share of women-owned firms has climbed.

Organized Labor Moves Into Digital Media as Investors Circle

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 21:40
The labor-organizing movement at online media outlets is happening as the industry is attracting attention from strategic investors who can inject a huge amount of capital into their fledgling businesses.

Radical Idea at the Office: Middle Managers

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 23:30
For founders of upstart companies, reinventing management is often another way to prove they can do business differently. But after eliminating middle managers, companies can find that things can fall apart.

Leave Your Job Gracefully

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 22:56
Preserve your reputation and future references by smiling, shaking hands and offering thoughtful feedback when you are let go from or quit a job.

10 Reasons Not To Marry Your Job…..

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 13:00

Making a commitment is never easy. When you say “Yes” you are declaring not only your undivided intention to something or someone for the rest of your life but you are also stating that all other options are off the table! Wow, you better really know what you want when you say you are in it for the long haul! This does not only pertain to your committed personal relationships but it also plays a role in how you show up for your professional ones as well. No one wants forever-at least not anymore. The concept of staying in any relationship until the day you die is in itself a dying fad. We all would like to believe that when you say “Yes” it means forever-but let’s get real does it really?

Your job is no different. When you are committing to a career or a company or even to work for a particular boss it does not mean that you should enter the relationship lightly. Unlike walking down the aisle with your intended, your job holds no guarantees of lasting much past your orientation period. So when it comes to making the right choice understand your options and who is going to be there for you when all else fails. Next time you think about whether to leave work to be with your friends or family, here are a few things to remember and to know whether you are committing more to your job than to your spouse:

  1. Your spouse may wait up at night for you to come home. Your job will likely keep you up at night.
  2. Your spouse will kiss you goodnight. Your boss may kiss you goodbye.
  3. Your spouse will have your back when the going gets tough. Your job will likely stab you in the back when the going gets tough.
  4. You can trust your spouse. You can’t always trust your co-workers.
  5. The coffee brewing in the kitchen is likely made just for you. The coffee in the break room was made yesterday and was intended for everyone.
  6. You may get a raise from your boss for your hard work. You will always get a raise from your spouse just because.
  7. Your spouse will pick the kids up from work. Your work will make you choose between the job and the kids.
  8. You can sit at the head of the table at dinner. You will fight for your place at the table at work.
  9. You will be called a breadwinner at home. You may be called ungrateful at work.
  10. At the end of the day you come home to your loved ones. At the end of the day you know more work will be waiting for you tomorrow.

So the next time you want to compare your level of commitment to your job vs. your personal committed relationships, think about who will really be there for you at the end of the day? You know you have choices but if you had to choose which would it be? Your job may come and go but your family and friends usually last forever.

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While Most Brokers Unwind, This One Does Deals

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 23:01
For Douglas Elliman’s Vickey Barron, August is the busy season. Her current project, Ralph Walker Tribeca at 100 Barclay St., has generated a spate of activity this month, including deals on six condos in just six days.

Danny Meyer, Restaurant Impresario

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 19:09
The restaurateur on Shake Shack’s IPO, moving Union Square Cafe and the new wave of ‘fine casual’ dining.

Unhappy at Work? Try Hacking Your Job

WSJ Careers - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:40
Redesigning how you do your work is a solution for some people who don’t find purpose in their labors.

Firms Pull Back on CEO 'Failure Parachutes'

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 23:47
After feeling heat for big paydays going to fired CEOs, some corporate boards are crafting more-modest severance packages in accords for new leaders.

Coursera Partners With Tech, Financial Firms for Online Classes

WSJ Careers - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:48
The largest provider of massive open online courses is teaming up with several major financial and technology companies to offer new classes this fall.