It looks like the fine folks at Career Builder have run out of bananas. The chimps behind "Monk-e-Mail" have been given a pink slip and are being phased out. And nope, they're not being replaced with younger monkeys at half the pay - they are being replaced with an old timer: YOU!In order to show you how workplace stress can rapidly age you, the new "Age-o-Matic" campaign allows you to upload your photo, answer a few silly questions about your work environment, add your voice - and voila - you're aged 50 years!Check out my rapid aging here!I definitely think the campaign is clever and will receive a nice amount of buzz. However, the press release states:"Age-o-Matic instantly produces jaw-dropping, dramatically-altered photos depicting how they will look if they stay in their current positions."Yes, the fact that they are utilizing talking avatar technology is sweet. However, after testing out a few photos, it's very clear the center of your … [Read more...] about See How Work Stress Ages You!
When I started the Working Podcast back in April '05, I was psyched to jump on the podcasting train as an early adopter. Now in '07, podcasts are a dime a dozen. That means I have to work twice as hard to produce a product that is superior to our "competitors."In order to continue to deliver quality content and market it, I realized that I could no longer go at it alone. I did not have the time or energy to do all the things that need to be done to make the podcast a success. Enter, Eric: great friend and now an excellent business partner.So far, the partnership we've formed has been awesome. I'm not a fool, there might be some rocky road ahead, but that's life, no? And don't get we wrong, we're hardly making millions - but I figured, while fresh in my mind, I'll throw out the reasons why our partnership is working:Same Values. Different Skills. You want someone with similar moral convictions, but someone who can bring things to the … [Read more...] about 7 Secrets to a Solid Biz Partnership
Fictional bosses. They are often even more dreadful then their real-life counterparts. They can utter the words ‘You’re Fired!’ on a whim, cause in the fake world, wrongful termination lawsuits don’t exist.Get the Worst Boss List here. You'll find dreadful bosses such as Captain Kirk, Keyser Soze, and Willy Wonka. The list is by no means complete. Add your picks and join the debate. Leave a comment below, e-mail us at email@example.com or leave us a voice mail at 888/786-1080. We'll pick up the debate on the next few episodes of the Working Podcast. Please subscribe now! … [Read more...] about 21 Worst Fictional Bosses – Add Your Picks!
On the third Monday of every January, schools, federal offices, and banks across America close as we celebrate America's most "recent" holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But maybe you're like me and forced to work while many of your friends get the day off! If you are, give your employer the finger by giving this a Digg!It was 20 years ago that President Ronald Reagan (unwillingly) signed a bill into law making MLK Day a national holiday - one of only four days to honor an individual person. Although the day is a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is ignored by many companies. In 2006, 69% of employers did NOT get the day off.More companies are closed on Veterans Day or Columbus Day - which are also federal holidays. Why?I don't mean that as a rhetorical question. I REALLY want an answer. Why? Is it because stores haven't found a way to make money?Is it because the holiday is still "new?"Is it … [Read more...] about Stuck at Work on MLK Day? Digg This!
I know it's not a new word - but it's new to me: presenteeism (prez.un.TEE.iz.um) n. The feeling that one must show up for work even if one is too sick to be productive. My office has a serious case of presenteeism. Now thanks to my co-workers snot rockets, my throat is scratchy as all hell today. Now if I had my own business, I would never want people to show up at work just for the sake of showing up. Work is more then just being a warm body in your cube. Now what would YOU do if you had your own business? That dream of being your own boss might be closer to reality thanks to the folks at Ace Hardware. They are running a great contest - DreamAce - your chance to win your own Ace Hardware store valued at over $1 million! The cool part is that you actually have to prove you have the business chops to handle the prize. If you think you demonstrate the business and sales expertise, plus have the entrepreneurial spirit to help the store flourish - go register … [Read more...] about Win a Million Dollar Business!
Catharsis is a form of emotional cleansing first defined by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. But Aristotle didn't work in a cube. This Sunday we'll be releasing episode #54 of the Working Podcast and one segment on the show has an interview with Craig of JobVent.com - a neat site where employees can anonymously rate their company. So many career sites seem to be focused on casual rants and raves - and it got me thinking - is all of this venting a good or bad thing? I'm a positive guy, but let's be honest, you guys want the cons first!CONS:*Venting is short-term relief. You will be tricked into thinking you solved the problem. In reality you just exhaust yourself. Once your energy rebuilds, so will the anger from the root of the issue.*Venting, whether verbal of physical, allows you to rehearse negative behavior. In order to become a happier person you should be doing the opposite - rehearsing positive behavior.*Venting causes you to … [Read more...] about Angry at Work? The Right Way to Vent…
I can see the headlines now: "Dentists Drill Way to "Greensboro"; "Optometrists See Their Way to Ohio!"; "PR Managers to CT" Check out Biz Journals' What 20 Top Jobs Pay. "The study refutes the stereotype that high-paying jobs are concentrated in the nation's largest metropolitan areas." It's yet another reminder that cost of living is everything. Eric, who you know from the podcast, recently relocated from Jersey to Carolina. I gotta pick his brain on what REALLY costs less. Cause aside from real estate (which is a big deal) I never see a big difference on everyday items such as milk, magazines, beer, gas, etc. At least not one that seems like it's worth the jump. Stay tuned for more... … [Read more...] about Big City Doesn't Mean Big Pay
I really enjoyed speaking with Alexander Kjerulf on Show #53 about being happy at work. It IS possible - and probably even easier to make a reality then you think. But it also got me thinking that sometimes it's simply impossible. It's my feeling that once you can't smile at work - or at least feel good about what you do - it might be time to move on. Making the decision to quit a job can be tough. Several years back I put in my two weeks notice WITHOUT having another job lined up. Some people said I was crazy (I had just gotten married and was carrying a mortgage), others thought it showed courage (nah, just big balls). In hindsight it was 100% the right decision to make. Sometimes you just gotta know when to fold 'em. While I don't pretend to be an expert, I figured I'd share a few things that I made sure I did before I quit. The road wasn't perfect, but this stuff can help pave it a bit better. - Quit today? Every single morning I'd tell myself 'today is the day.' My … [Read more...] about Quitting W/O Another Job Lined Up
Please check out the relaunch of the Working Podcast and send us your thoughts/comments/feedback. E-mail us, call the 888 #, or leave a comment below. Our goal is to give you the show that YOU want. You can listen to the show using the audio player on the home page. On this episode you'll hear from Chief Happiness Officer Alexander Kjerulf on why "Happy Hour is 9 to 5." Get tips that can make you happy while on the clock. Career coaches Jen Zobel-Bieber and Christine Cookman, owners of Make the Leap, share 5 FRESH career resolutions for 2007. Our resident expert The Voice of Reason answers your workplace queries.If you like what you hear please tell a friend and subscribe to the podcast feed here.I'm really excited to hear what you think! … [Read more...] about #1 Career Podcast Relaunches
I started writing a WorkHack blog entry on remembering names. In fact, it was pretty much done. Then I Googled it and saw how thoroughly exhausted the topic is. We've made a commitment to our readers and listeners to offer a unique take on all things work related. That being said, I literally just hit delete on the whole piece.You already know you need to make an effort to "catch" their name, repeat it immediately, sprinkle it in throughout the conversation and say it again at the end.You probably also know that it's useful to ask people how it is spelled or what variation they prefer to help you recall it later on. Andrew? Andy? Drew?I always try to draw a parallel between the name and a famous person or band or song. Whatever. Enough about that.Eric and I are almost done with the Working Podcast #53 - our first show back after an extended hiatus. I can't even begin to tell you how excited we are to be back on this … [Read more...] about Blog Entry Deleted for Lameness