“Why it’s tough to trust Personal Branding Experts” From Wordpost.org
Love this post for one, the author uses critical thinking skills. As an student of economics I can relate to this mindset of question conventional wisdom, because that’s what I’ve bee taught for a long time. Second I subscribe to the thinking that if one is so concerned that a future employer won’t hire because of something they say online through facebook, twitter or whatever, then that employer is not worth working for.
“Hiring Gen Y Makes Dollars and Sense” from Under 30 CEO
Love this post at Under30CEO.com for two reasons: it shows the benefits of hiring Gen Y and I am Gen Y trying to get a job now that I’m graduating. Right now is a great time for employers to hire Gen Y too. Recession=not as much money as before, and not as much money as before=can’t afford experienced talent, and can’t afford experienced talent=get a great bargain hire Gen Y/College graduates.
One thing I would add to the list of benefits of hiring Gen Y is that we are idealistic in many respects. This idealism can be a great tool for employers to motivate and harness Gen Y’s potential to produce great results. If you make us care about what we do at work, we will deliver for you (the employer) like no one else.
What are your thoughts about hiring Gen Y or recent college graduates in general? What does Gen Y need to work on and what do they do well? Do you see any trends in Gen Y employment?
“The Way I Work: Jason Fried of 37 Signals” from Inc.com
This article from Inc.com is about Jason Fried, founder of software company 37 signals. It is how he works and runs his company. This is a great read and hopefully a realization that the 40-hour workweek potentially decreases productivity, creativity and employee happiness. Included below are a few of my favorite parts of the article:
“Employees come to the office if and when they feel like it, or else they work from home. I don’t believe in the 40-hour workweek, so we cut all that BS about being somewhere for a certain number of hours. I have no idea how many hours my employees work — I just know they get the work done”
“I hate it when businesses treat their employees like children. They block Facebook or YouTube because they want their employees to work eight hours a day. But instead of getting more productivity, you’re getting frustration. What’s the point? As long as the work gets done, I don’t care what people do all day.”
“What’s Wrong With Being Mediocre?” from Leap Walking
This post struck a cord with me (i guess if a post is my weekly endorsement it has to stick a cord with me). The title is pretty self explanatory, but the post is partly about information overload and being pressured into being special and remarkable.
“Unshackling Employees” from Gary Hamel’s Management 2.0
Great post from one of the many great Wall Street Journal blogs. Its a tale FREEDOM and INFORMATION, showing the wonders employees can creates when the shackles are removed.
Love this quote:
“What everyone learned,” says Blair, “is that when you treat people like adults, they act like adults.”
The Internet has created a generation of great writers
Penelope Trunk wrote this last week about how the internet is creating a generation of great writers. And she’s right. My generation writes constantly aside from schoolwork. She explains how the amount of writing done and the kind of writing done is hugely beneficial to creating great writers. I feel that I am a good example of what she is writing about. I never enjoyed writing in school and thus was never very good at it. But since all this social media stuff has came along, facebook, twitter, blogging, I genuinely love to write. I don’t know exactly how it happened but I like it and liking something is the first step toward becoming really good.
I’m hoping to make this an every-friday thing, so stay tuned.
This weeks endorsement is more for Seattle residents but is entertaining regardless of geography. This article is from The Stranger, “Seattle’s Only Newspaper.” The article pitches Mike McGinn, The Stranger’s choice for Mayor of Seattle. After you read this you will be glad you live in Seattle or think about moving.