By Caroline Ceniza-Levine
If you have a premium account on LinkedIn, you can see who looks at your profile, and if you haven’t heard from that person, you might assume that they saw something in your profile that made them decide not to reach out. If you see multiple views from different recruiters and no outreach, you might start to worry that there is an outright turn-off on your profile. What do you need to fix to improve your chances?
Your marketing — whether it’s your LinkedIn profile, your resume, your networking pitch or something else — can always be improved. You should always review your marketing as your interests change, you gain more experience or update your skill set or as market conditions change and you want to appeal to different types of companies or industries. …
By Dan Pontefract
“Have you got 30 minutes; I’d like to pick your brain?”
It’s a phrase uttered one billion times a month. I may be rounding up, and it may not be scientific, but that’s at least my hypothesis.
As much as I strongly advocate being a coach, mentor and giver of knowledge to others, I have difficulty accepting requests to “pick my brain” just because someone needs my input.
While that may sound ironic and even harsh, given I have written four books about being a good person and leader, let’s break down the problem with the issue and outline what could be done differently. …
By Aline Holzwarth
Human beings are simplifiers. We are cognitive misers, exerting the least amount of mental effort that we can in making decisions. We rely on heuristics, or mental shortcuts, to take the fastest route from A to B. And we are categorizers.
The tendency to conceive of the world around us in categories is a strategy that is often adaptive, but has at least one unfortunate byproduct: the bias that results from associations we make with different categories. And while there is no getting rid of bias, we can design systems to correct for these errors.
Categorizing is critical to survival. It enables you to efficiently move through the world, managing the stream of stimuli that you encounter from millisecond to millisecond. It allows you to be comfortable handing a letter to the mail carrier and be assured that the supermarket clerk will give back your credit card after you’ve paid for your groceries. …
By Jack Kelly
The unrelenting, brutal Covid-19 job market has pushed millions of people out of work — many of whom have been unemployed for months. Some found themselves in between jobs for over six months. There are lots of long-term unemployed people who’ve been searching for over a year.
They lost their job over the holidays in 2019, expecting the usual cycle of hiring would take place in mid-January and everything would be fine. Lo and behold, it wasn’t. We ran smack into the pandemic and everything went on hold. Before you realized it, three to six months had passed. …
By Ali Shahbaz
On Wednesday, Apple unveiled the latest round of projects as part of its $100M Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, originally announced last year. ‘We’ve always drawn strength from diversity,’ said Apple CEO, Tim Cook in a statement against the backdrop of George Floyd’s killing in May 2020.
‘But we must do more,’ Cook said.
Today, however, the company’s approach to confront its diversity problem is insufficient. Because external donations cannot be a substitute for internal inequities at tech giants like Apple.
The company’s first round under the $100M initiative includes three projects. …
By Mark Murphy
Being a nice and empathic leader is, generally speaking, a great attribute. Listening, being empathic, and responding well when employees have problems are all incredibly powerful leadership techniques.
For example, in the study The Risks Of Ignoring Employee Feedback, we discovered that if someone says their leader always responds constructively when they share their work problems, they’re about 12 times more likely to recommend the company as a great employer. Being nice and empathic isn’t just the right thing to do; it actually has business impact.
But being nice and empathic is not without limits. For example, imagine we’ve got an employee who takes advantage of our good nature and asks us to carry their workload, bend the rules, or reveal confidential information. Or we employ a blamer who, when something goes wrong, deflects the responsibility for the issue onto somebody else. And we’ve all been in those meetings where most people are trying to do something positive and constructive, but there’s that one difficult personality who keeps sniping and oozing negativity over every good idea. …
By Caroline Castrillon
The world witnessed a historic shift in the 2020 job market due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some companies used to offer the ability to work from home as a perk, it has now become the norm for most businesses. By 2025, an estimated 70% of the workforce will be working remotely at least five days a month. While 2020 may be considered the year of remote work, it is just the beginning as we see the trend continuing in 2021.
The percentage of workers permanently working from home is expected to double in 2021, according to a survey from Enterprise Technology Research (ETR). “The productivity metric is proving that remote work is working,” said Erik Bradley, chief engagement strategist at ETR. “So, we all thought that there would be some increase in permanent remote work, but we didn’t expect that to double from pre-pandemic levels.” Another recent Gartner CFO survey revealed that over two-thirds (74%) plan to permanently shift employees to remote work after the Covid-19 crisis ends. As expected, Big Tech companies are paving the way. Twitter, based in San Francisco, told employees in May that they could work from home indefinitely. Square, which is also led by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, adopted a similar policy around the same time and will allow employees to work from home indefinitely, even after offices reopen. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees in late May that many would work remotely indefinitely and plans to keep staff remote through 2020. …
By Stephanie Sarkis
If you feel like you have lived several years in the past few weeks, you are not alone. You may not be able to stop scrolling through the news — looking at an app for the latest updates, or searching aggregate news sources. You may have the news running in the background during the day, or while you are eating dinner.
You may feel you are just doing your job as a citizen by keeping informed. However, there is a difference between reading or listening to the news to keep updated, and getting hooked on every update.
While you may feel you need a constant stream of news, it may not be good for your mental health. If you feel a compulsion to check the news, it may be interfering with your daily life activities. …
By Cecile Alper-Leroux, Forbes Human Resources Council
While few people could have predicted the conditions that made shifting to remote work necessary and pervasive, it’s clear remote work is here to stay for many. As a result, organization leaders who may have never considered allowing employees to work from home must now evolve their thinking about what it means to be productive, and how to measure and manage productivity from afar.
Before Covid-19 forced a rapid shift toward remote work, many organizations were skeptical about employees who wanted to work from home due to concerns about employee productivity. In Ultimate Software’s 2019 remote work survey, 42% of managers listed monitoring remote employee productivity as a top challenge, outpacing concerns around communication and interpersonal connection. When we conducted that survey, just over one-fifth of the U.S. workforce worked remotely at least some of the time. Today, nearly half (42%) of the U.S. …
By Rebecca Zucker
According to a recent Career Builder survey, two-thirds of employees say they’ve accepted a job and then realized it’s a bad fit, and 50% of them ended up quitting within six months. For those in this situation who stick around, not only is the lack of alignment around culture likely to make them miserable, chances are that it will also impede their success in the organization, which will not only exacerbate the aforementioned misery, but may even eventually result in their dismissal.
The idea of culture “fit” is fraught with bias. Many companies now try to ensure that the hiring process effectively screens for people who would enhance the organization’s culture. But you are also interviewing them. As a job candidate, you’ll want to understand if you bring new ideas to the team, how open to something different will they be? Likewise, if you’ve already accepted the job, and have asked some cursory culture questions during the interview process to give you initial comfort, you now have a chance to dive deeper to understand potential landmines to avoid and what approaches that will allow you to achieve some quick wins and be successful. …