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    Posted on 31/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    I recently read that 50% of business travel in the United States is done by women. Whether traveling for business or leisure I’m sure many of us can recall a time when we have been digging desperately in the depths of our handbag for those elusive travel documents. Dig no more! There’s a great Blackberry travel app for all of us women on the go.

    TripIt Travel Organizer is a clever Blackberry app is a must for busy travelers. Regardless of where you booked your travel plans, you can email them to and the app will generate an itinerary including weather and maps for your destination. Flight times, confirmation numbers and even directions to and from the airport are all at your fingertips. You can even use the app to find out if any of your Facebook friends are in the area. One less stack of papers cluttering my handbag!

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    Posted on 30/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    I’ve posted here and here with photographs of inspirational home offices. I think we can all agree that maintaining an inspiring, uplifting workspace pays off in productivity.

    To that end, I’ll post items I think will help make your office — whether that’s a princely room with its own door at work, a cubicle, your garage, or a corner of your living room — personal, fun, and welcoming.

    I love the idea of displaying this scratch-off world map as art. A glance at it will remind you of the places you’ve traveled, the treasured trips you’ve taken. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter. The design of the map is also distinctly grown up — the colors, the typography. A fun nod back to the schoolroom, but with sophistication.

    Art for the Office: Scratch Off World Map

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    Posted on 30/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    Lots of companies have Internet-usage policies, some even say they monitor Internet use. I always assumed that employers claimed they monitored usage as a scare tactic — because who has the resources to watch what employees are doing?

    I was wrong. I recently heard from someone who was warned by their company that they were spending too much time visiting non-work related websites online at work. Yikes.

    So I tried to find some more information about how many companies actually monitor Internet usage. Turns out, it’s a lot. The most comprehensive study on the topic is from 2007 (I haven’t found a more recent one — let me know if you have.) Here are some of the highlights from the study, via The Recruiter’s Lounge:

    Employers are primarily concerned about inappropriate Web surfing, with 66% monitoring Internet connections. Fully 65% of companies use software to block connections to inappropriate Websites—a 27% increase since 2001 when AMA/ePolicy Institute first surveyed electronic monitoring and surveillance policies and procedures. Employers who block access to the Web are concerned about employees visiting adult sites with sexual, romantic, or pornographic content (96%); game sites (61%); social networking sites (50%); entertainment sites (40%); shopping/auction sites (27%); and sports sites (21%). In addition, companies use URL blocks to stop employees from visiting external blogs (18%).

    Computer monitoring takes many forms, with 45% of employers tracking content, keystrokes, and time spent at the keyboard. Another 43% store and review computer files. In addition, 12% monitor the blogosphere to see what is being written about the company, and another 10% monitor social networking sites.

    Of the 43% of companies that monitor e-mail, 73% use technology tools to automatically monitor e-mail and 40% assign an individual to manually read and review e-mail.

    And another article adds:

    45% of employers track content, keystrokes, and time spent at the keyboard; 43% store and review computer files.

    Wow. Sixty-six percent of the companies surveyed actually monitor employees’ Internet activity. Not only that, but 43% of companies monitor e-mail — which consists, in some instances, of people manually reading and reviewing employees’ e-mails. And, employees are getting fired for what the monitoring reveals — the study reports that a quarter of employers have fired people for e-mail misuse, and a third for Internet misuse.

    So what to do? First of all, don’t use your work e-mail as a personal account. Separate them. If you can’t do without checking your personal account throughout the day, consider getting a smartphone for that purpose. Second, limit how much time you spend browsing the Internet. I would bet that a small amount of personal Internet usage wouldn’t be a problem, but reloading Gawker every 15 minutes might raise a red flag. And of course, follow this advice for maintaining a blog without getting fired.

    And by the way — whatever companies created the software that allows employers to automatically monitor usage: Thanks for that. Really.

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  • Be Gone, Boring Business Cards

    Posted on 29/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    Business today is all about celebrating individuality. The enormous, faceless corporate entities of the past are out of style; today’s CEOs have personalities, name recognition, and Twitter accounts.

    So why have a boring business card that replicates all the others? (Unless, of course, the cards are provided free by your company. Then you should nab those suckers). Get inspired by these kicking card designs.

    Be Gone, Boring Business Cards

    Be Gone, Boring Business Cards


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    Posted on 28/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    Now admittedly, these whimsical custom business cards from Rifle Paper Co. won’t quite work if you’re a corporate lawyer (they’re a little too “fun”) or you’re in a similarly staid profession.

    But if you own your own business, are a freelancer, or are in a creative field like architecture, event planning, PR, or styling, you can be sure potential clients will remember you if you hand them one of these babies.
    Rifle offers the personalized portrait option — $100 one-time fee for them to do up a portrait of you, plus $115 for 200 cards — but also has some less expensive, yet equally endearing, options.

    Like the uber-cute doggies or vintage-inspired flowers, pictured below. Both are $150 for 200 cards. In today’s high-impact world, where everyone’s hit with a barrage of images and sound-bytes before they can finish that first cup of coffee, these cards will make a lasting impression.

    And if you just so happen to own a dog-walking business (what luck!), the Scottie’s my favorite.

    Be Memorable: Lovely Custom Business Cards

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    Posted on 28/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    I love this. Google noticed that its employees’ productivity was tied to how well their managers were rated — managers who received good reviews had more productive employees. Makes sense. Google, ever the data hound, set out to collect data on qualities successful managers have in the hopes that they could help less successful managers replicate the behaviors.

    This project has been dubbed Project Oxygen — and the results show that interpersonal skills are much more highly prized in managers than technical skills.

    What are the top 8 behaviors that a good manager engages in?

    Be a good coach. Provide targeted feedback, identifying both positive and negative qualities in employees. Have regular one-on-one meetings.
    Empower your team and don’t micromanage. Give freedom to employees in carrying out tasks, but make yourself available for advice.
    Express interest in team members’ success and personal well-being. Get to know employees as people with lives outside of work.
    Be productive and results-oriented. Help the team prioritize work and use seniority to minimize roadblocks. Don’t be afraid to step in and give direction when needed.
    Be a good communicator and listen to your team. Encourage open dialogue and listen to the concerns of your employees.
    Help your employees with career development.
    Have a clear vision and strategy for the team. Don’t lose sight of the goal. Involve your team in setting goals and identifying the group’s vision.
    Have key technical skills so you can help advise the team. Roll up your sleeves when needed. Understand what goes into the tasks that your team works on.
    What do you think makes a great boss or manager?

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    Posted on 27/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    So excited for Memorial Day weekend! A three-day weekend is always such a treat. My fiance has to work, so we’re staying in the city, but I’ve got pools and beaches on the brain. So, if you’re soaking up some sun, enjoy it extra for me.

    I love that one pieces have made a huge comeback. I always feel self conscious in bikinis, so these stylish maillots are just the ticket for me. What are your thoughts on one pieces? Stylish? Too old lady-esque?

    And remember: Don’t forget the sunscreen!

    Beach Weekend

    Swimsuits: Anthropologie, $79.95 (orange is sold out online, but check stores); Diane von Furstenberg, $262; Topshop, $60; Paul Smith, £100; Anthropologie, $79.95; Seafolly, $119.
    Wedges: Boutique 9, $112; Guess (similar), $110; Topshop, $100.
    Accessories: Natori, $30; H&M, £6; Shiseido, $27; Kate Spade Kindle Cover, $70.

    What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Bringing any work along?

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    Posted on 26/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    Beauty magazines, Hollywood, and the media bombard us with the idea that we should strive to look younger. Anti-wrinkle beauty products flood the market as a way for women to fight evidence of aging. And when someone comments that you look younger than you actually are, it’s normally taken as a compliment.

    But can looking too young actually hurt you, if we’re talking about careers?
    When it comes to the workplace, we know that experience and knowledge are highly regarded. Unfortunately, people often correlate your abilities with your age – that’s when having a dreaded ‘baby face’ can hinder career advancement.

    Get Over Bad Experiences

    As a recent college graduate, I’ve experienced too many of these situations. The worst part is that it made me feel uncomfortable and insecure about what others thought of me. At a business social, it was time to mingle with other attendees. As my boss introduced me to an acquaintance, the first words out of his mouth were that I looked “too young”. The words rang in my head and I was slightly embarrassed at his tone. I could never imagine telling someone I just met that they looked “too old”. My hairdresser has asked me why I wasn’t in school on a weekday and I even had a client flat out ask me how old I was. I haven’t experienced actual barriers at work because of this but it’s definitely put a dent in my self-confidence.

    Be Confident and Act the Part

    After a handful of these situations, I’ve gained more confidence and am alert to how others may perceive me. I’m lucky enough to work in a very casual work environment. But at social events, I make an effort to dress more, dare I say, mature? As a personal factor, it makes me feel more like I’m a part of the group and that I don’t stand out based on my age alone. Now that I think I have the look part down, it’s time to get my act down. I stay informed about relevant news and prepare a list of questions to ask when I strike up a conversation. This isn’t to say that I’m trying to act older but that I’m just trying to portray a more professional image. I’m still taking some small steps at the moment and would like to hear about your own experiences.

    Do you think it’s more difficult to be taken seriously if you look too young when you’re starting out at work? What are your experiences and what do you do to combat these assumptions about your competence?

    Lynna Pham is Project Coordinator at emarketed, a Los Angeles web design and search marketing firm. She also wrote “3 Cool Summer Fashion Picks for the Office.”

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  • Conversation: Would You Prefer to Telecommute Half the Time?

    Posted on 26/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    An article from Greenbiz reports that companies who let 100 employees work from home half of the time can save $1 million each year. It also saves the employee $6800 a year. And it’s better for the environment.

    The article also reports that 80% of workers want to telecommute and 30% would take a pay cut to do so. But there are pluses and minuses — sure, telecommuting saves money, but it’s a rather solitary endeavor. What do you think?
    Also share your thoughts if you already do telecommute frequently, or if you work from home. Have you noticed a cost savings? Do you work at home in a home office, go to coffeeshops, or something else?

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  • Conversation: Quitting a Job and Moving for a Man

    Posted on 25/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist blog tackles an interesting discussion of whether a reader who sought Trunk’s advice should move for a man.

    The reader’s question, in Trunk’s words: I’m 22 years old and I have a dream job, the kind everyone hopes for right after college. I love the job. I love my boss. But I also love this guy who is in the US Virgin Islands. I am in Baltimore. He makes a lot of money and I never get to date guys who will make more money than I will. Should I relocate?
    Trunk’s advice was short and sweet:

    Move for the guy. You can always get back on your feet. I’ve moved three times for a guy, giving up a great network and great job each time. It didn’t always work out with the guy, but I always get back on track with a great career. And I never regret moving. You’re young. You have so little to lose. And being in love is so fun.

    [Then I wrote a second answer to her.]

    I hate to sound like your mom but just listen: The Virgin Islands is known for really shady business deals. Be sure he’s an honest guy. Not that any of us is totally honest, but maybe hope that he’s in the top 30%. Don’t get kidnapped. Maybe do a background check. Not kidding. I did a background check on the farmer before I went to his farm for the third date. It’s not paranoid, just practical.

    I posted a comment early on in response, saying that I didn’t agree. First, she’s 22, so it’s likely she’s still got a few relationships ahead of her (and there’s no indication that this one is heading towards marriage). If I gave up everything for the person I was with at 22… yikes. Second, if she has to ask for advice, that means she’s not sure it’s a great idea. If a part of your gut is telling you it’s not a good idea, it probably isn’t. And third, the whole thing about the guy making more money than her raises another red flag. If that’s part of the motivation in going, it’s probably not going to go well.

    But I was surprised to see that all of the other commenters agreed with Trunk’s advice. People shared examples of moving for love that worked for them and pointed out that risk-taking is part of life.

    Maybe I’m cynical, or unromantic, or boring, but it would take a lot of commitment and faith in the relationship for me to give up a great job and move to a strange environment for a guy. What does everyone else think?

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