I was taken aback by this opinion piece. Objectively, I understand that the message the author was trying to convey was that grade inflation has become so pervasive retail coffee chains see no issue with requiring potential hires have college degrees. She draws a line from an education system afraid to risk the displeasure of … Continue reading College Degrees Are Not An Indicator of Ability or Value
(Ed. Note: The following was written back in early July for a work project but in light of a new report on the gig economy from JPMorgan that has its own questionable methodology I felt it was a good time to publish this. Many of the same points of pushback against the BLS report also … Continue reading How Big Is Gig? Not Even the Federal Government Knows
There’s a lot of interesting information in LinkedIn’s most recent hiring report for the Chicago area, including how the city primarily draws talent from only the surrounding states but that people are leaving for the coasts. Part of the report covers the kinds of skills that are too common in the area, meaning there are … Continue reading I Have These Skills..So Where Are the Jobs?
(10/19/18 Update: I wound up contributing this post to The Freelancers Union Blog. You can now read it in full here.) It can be tempting to to let loose and share your unrestrained thoughts about the current administration on any number of topics, from the continued detention of immigrant children to the recent controversy around … Continue reading What Should Freelancers Do With Their Rage?
Big news recently as Telltale Games, the developer of popular “story” games like The Wolf Among us and The Walking Dead, suddenly closed up shop. The decision has roiled the industry as well as the larger entertainment and business press, especially since the company cut everyone loose without offering anything in the way of severance … Continue reading It’s Not Just Writers Who Should Backup and Capture Their Work
Here’s a simple tip for managers who are looking to inspire their teams to perform their best, to bring their most creative ideas and offer the best solutions: Don’t take credit when presenting those ideas or solutions to clients or others. It’s that simple. Early on in my time as a manager the realization struck … Continue reading This is How you Inspire Team Loyalty
Last week I broke one of my cardinal rules: Never try to have a nuanced argument with someone on Twitter. The inciting incident was a story about Jane Fonda and the comments she made about male abusers who are attempting comebacks after lying low for a while following minor punishments after being accused of sexual … Continue reading More on the Dignity of Work
Like the rest of you, I’ve been following the story of actor Geoffrey Owens over the last few weeks. After someone noticed him working at a Trader Joe's - a job very different from his recurring role on “The Cosby show” in the 80s and 90s - his became an interesting tale. What started out … Continue reading Work, Dignity and Doing What You Can
Last December I got a message from the staffing agency I’d been working with for a while that an opportunity was available. A financial services and consulting firm needed someone to manage their social media marketing efforts while the woman who usually handled that went out on maternity leave. The story of the interview is … Continue reading The Next Chapter
A recent Fast Company piece offers a number of tips for those who fear they aren’t fitting in with their coworkers. It’s all fine advice about making an effort to talk with other people, being careful about solitary activities and so on. Quartz pushed out a similar list aimed at remote workers who want to … Continue reading Fitting In Isn’t The Point of Work