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What You Can Do in One Minute To Empower Women in the Workplace

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

 

What You Can Do in One Minute To Empower Women in the Workplace

By Fairygodboss

Anytime you change jobs, there’s a lot at stake. Beyond considering whether the role will be a good fit, there are (way too many) important questions to consider: what’s the culture like? Will you be judged for leaving at 6 p.m.? Can you occasionally work from home? And will you make as much money as men at the company?

We’ve all played the guessing game before, and felt extremely lucky — or terribly unlucky — a few months into a new role. But your job satisfaction shouldn’t hinge on luck, and fortunately, it no longer has to. Fairygodboss, the leading career community for women, by women, takes the guesswork out of the job search equation.

The site, founded in 2015 by former Dow Jones execs Georgene Huang and Romy Newman, provides women with a space to anonymously review their work experiences — specifically detailing their company’s culture, whether they believe their CEO supports gender diversity, what kind of parental leave benefits they have, how much they get paid, and whether their company is an overall supportive place for women to work.

By crowdsourcing information about how companies treat women, Fairygodboss equips female job seekers with the intel they need to make informed career decisions.

The best part? Whether or not you’re currently job searching, you can empower women in just one minute. Here’s how: visit Fairygodboss and leave a free, anonymous review about your job — or places you’ve worked in the past. By sharing your experience, you’ll help women everywhere.

Women who work at ADP, for instance, have written on Fairygodboss:

"I have been able to make more money, have more flexibility, and grow more as a person at ADP than I have at any other employer."

"I've been promoted three times in six years - there is definitely opportunity here! My work is challenging, rewarding, and fun. And, I feel that ADP has valued my contributions since day one. 5 stars!"

Join the movement, and be a Fairygodboss! Review your work experience — and get the inside scoop on how women feel about their jobs and companies — today!

This content was originally published by our partners at Fairygodboss.com and can be found by going here.

Tags:  Business  Career  job  Jobs  women  WomeninBusiness  WomenSupportingWomen 

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The 1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

 The 1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring

By Annamarie Houlis

 
 

Quartz at Work recently resurrected a video of a young Steve Jobs talking about the one quality for which he looked when hiring at Apple. That one quality was passion.

Jobs believed that, instead of managing employees on how to do their work, leadership should have a vision and be able to articulate that vision so everyone else can understand it and work towards the same goal. In fact, Jobs goes on to explain that great employees shouldn't need to be managed, anyway — they should be able to manage themselves, if they're passionate and driven. And a core group of great people becomes "self policing."

That's why he promtly fired two "professional" managers Apple hired from outside the company at one point.

"It didn't work at all," he says in the video that's now making the rounds on YouTube. "Most of them were bozos. They knew how to manage, but they didn't know how to do anything."

To replace them, Jobs hired Debi Coleman, who had been working in a different department. She was an inexperienced 32-year-old who had a English literature degree. In the video, she calls the move a "big risk" and says that no one else would have given her the opportunity. Flash forward a few years and, after working as the company's manufacturing chief, Coleman went on to become Apple's CFO by age 35. 

"We wanted people that were insanely great at what they did, but were not necessarily those seasoned professionals," he explains. "But who had at the tips of their fingers and in their passion the latest understanding of where technology was and what they could do with that technology."

Watch the full video below.

 

This content was originally published by our partners at Fairygodboss.com and can be found by going here.

Tags:  Business  Career  job  leadership  WomeninBusiness 

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10 Things You Should Never Do On A Work Computer

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, April 26, 2018
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

10 Things You Should Never Do On A Work Computer

By AnnaMarie Houlis

Work computers are for one thing: Work. And anything outside of work could jeopardize your career.

While you might assume that clearing the history log in your computer is enough to get rid of any evidence that you've been shopping, tweeting or searching for new jobs, IT departments are still able to monitor computer use.

"Any personal data or behavior done on any work device can and is collected by your employer," management expert Andrew Wittman told the Business Insider. "Be mindful of every search, click and email sent, as well as any personal data or behavior, including searches, shopping, social media, emails and websites visited."

To help you be mindful, we've curated this list of 10 things you should never do on your work computer.

1. DON’T: Save personal passwords.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management, many companies have a clause in their computer, email and internet use policy that makes storing personal passwords a potentially precarious move. It reads:

“E-mail and other electronic communications transmitted by [Company Name] equipment, systems and networks are not private or confidential, and they are the property of the company. Therefore, [Company Name] reserves the right to examine, monitor and regulate e-mail and other electronic communications, directories, files and all other content, including Internet use, transmitted by or stored in its technology systems, whether onsite or offsite.”

Most of us use our work devices for eight or more hours a day. Therefore, it’s so easy to click the button when prompted to "save password in keychain." But think twice before you do it, as it may be against policy.

2. DON’T: Whine, overshare, gossip or make off-color jokes on messaging software.

Chatrooms like SlackCampfire and Google Hangout are becoming increasingly handy for team collaboration, which also means that it’s easy to use them as though you were Facebook messaging a friend. But you most certainly shouldn't be.

Whine about your needy boss, your slacking coworkers or the broken coffee machine when you get home to your friends and family. Don't whine at work, especially via a messaging software from your computer. For one, your complaints will be in writing, which means they can be shared. For two, even if no one actually passes them along, your employer can still see what you're doing on your computer — and you don't want to be caught doing that. If you have an issue, perhaps it's something you need to take up with HR instead.

The same goes for oversharing and gossiping. While you don't need to be a closed book at work, you don't want to be the center of drama either. You will be viewed as unprofessional and rumors that you spread could hurt team productivity.

As for off-color jokes, you shouldn't be telling them in the workplace to begin with, but you definitely shouldn't be putting them in writing. Someone can share or find them, and you can and probably will get fired for certain things you say (read: sexist, racist or homophobic messages). 

3. DON’T: Access free public Wi-Fi.

A report on telecommuting in the United States from FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce, found that 3.9 million U.S. employees who make up 2.9 percent of the total U.S. workforce work remotely at least half of the time. For many of them, it can be tempting to log into free public Wi-Fi if they're working from somewhere like a coffee shop, an airport, a hotel or some place else.

But places that offer free Wi-Fi can open you up to fraud. Con artists set up fake networks that often look like the real thing but aren't, which means those networks are not secure. Because of that, you can accidentally be sharing your company's sensitive information stored on your computer with just about anyone. In fact, software technology company Check Point conducted a survey of over 700 IT professionals that revealed that nearly two-thirds of IT professionals believe recent high-profile breaches were caused by employee carelessness.

4. DON’T: Shop.

Maybe it's Cyber Monday or maybe your inbox got inundated with sale emails from Macy's, but you really shouldn't be spending your time at work online shopping — and you definitely shouldn't be getting those orders delivered to the office either.

For one, you should be working. For two, you don't want to be storing your credit card information on your work computer anyway — others have access to it.

5. DON’T: Work on your side hustle.

Since so many jobs are remote these days, a lot of people are picking up second and third gigs they can do during after-work hours from their computers. There's just one problem: after-work hours are spilling into work hours, and people are starting to do two jobs during one.

Don't blur the lines when you're on the company dime. It's not only unprofessional, but it'll also mean that the work you can be doing to get ahead and prove yourself as a valuable employee (who maybe even deserves a raise down the line), is being neglected. You don't want to do sub par work for any of your jobs, so commit 100 percent to the present job and leave the side hustle for the side.

6. DON'T: Look for a new job.

This one might be obvious, but it still happens. A survey from staffing firm Accountemps found that about three in 10 workers would be likely to do things like search for a position online or take a call from a recruiter while they are at work.

Here's the thing: Never use your work computer to look for a new job. Ever.

First of all, you could get fired before you even quit, and then you'll have to explain that to prospective employers in interviews. Second, if you're researching competitor jobs, you might face more serious issues with security, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements.

7. DON'T: Store your personal photos.

You shouldn't be storing your personal photos on your work computer for a number of reasons. First, you're consuming valuable storage space and putting your device at risk for viruses. Second, you're putting your personal life out there and, depending on what the photographs are of, doing so could pose problems with your workplace — if you're drinking alcohol, wearing a bikini or doing something else that might be totally fine out of the office but inapprorpriate in the office, it shouldn't be in the office even virtually. Third, you could lose them altogether if you're let go and have to leave immediately.

8. DON'T: Do your banking.

Unless you want your IT department and possibly your boss to know how much money you have or don't have, you don't want to be doing your banking on your work computer. You simply just have no privacy.

9. DON'T: Play games.

Unless you work for a video game company, it's definitely not a good idea to be playing games on your computer. If someone were to find games on your computer, they might assume that you're slacking at work to beat your high scores instead. And many games that are downloaded could spread viruses.

10. DON'T: Spend all your time on social media.

A lot of companies actually ban the use of social media while at work, because all too many of us get distracted and sucked in. If you have access to social media, you should really only be using it to check the news or if you have to use it for work purposes. You shouldn't be messaging friends, sending tweets about your crazy coworkers or posting Instagrams of your weekend.

Why? A Proofpoint Survey found that 20 percent of surveyed employers disciplined employees for improper use of blogs or message boards, 14 percent for social network violations and 11 percent for improper use of media sharing sites. You don't want to be part of that percentage.

This content was originally posted by our partners at Fairygodboss.com and can be found by going here.

Tags:  Career  CyberSecurity  job 

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Bad Job Interview? Here Are The Six Signs That You Aren't Getting The Job

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, April 19, 2018
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

Bad Job Interview? Here Are The Six Signs That You Aren't Getting The Job

By Michele Mavi

Ever left an interview somewhat confused about how it went? Whether you recognize it in the moment or it slowly dawns on you after you’ve replayed it in your head, at some point in your career, you’ll have experienced a bad interview. The reasons may vary but the signs are pretty stable. Here are the top ways to know you’ve had a bad interview.

1. It got cut short.

A shorter interview is not always a reason for concern. But if you were supposed to meet the team and end up leaving after the first person, it’s usually an indication that the first person made an executive decision that you’re just not the right fit.

2. You’re not being sold on the job or the company.

Yes, you’re the one selling yourself to be selected for the role. But that doesn’t mean the interviewer doesn’t have a responsibility to sell you on the job or the company. After all, you may have choices and they have to ensure they’re doing their best to have you accept an offer should you receive one!

3. You feel no real connection to the interviewer.

Even if you’re not the best at building rapport you need to make a connection with the interviewer to get to the next level. But the burden of connection isn’t doesn’t lie solely on your shoulders. Interviewers should try to make candidates comfortable so that they really get to know them. If the interviewer didn’t try to make a connection or you felt you just kept getting your wires crossed, it’s certainly not a good sign.

4. Questions are asked and answered — and that's it.

A good interview feels like a conversation. It’s not an interrogation or a fact collecting session. Interviews should be a give and take that flow naturally and where follow-up questions arise from what is actually being said. If your interviewer is just firing away questions and moving to the next after each answer, they are probably just going through the motions until they can find a reasonable moment to end the interview.

5. Salary and availability don’t come up.

While salary is often discussed in detail as you get closer to the offer stage, an initial interview should touch upon your salary expectations. The same goes for your availability. Once these are established there’s no reason to worry if no one brings it up again in your subsequent interviews. Just remember, if you’re in a state that has passed a salary history ban, you don’t have to divulge your current salary, only what you’re looking for!

6. You just know.

Ok, the truth is, many people have had what they thought were bad interviews only to be called in for the next round. But if you’ve had a seriously bad meeting, you just know. Trust yourself and listen to your gut. If you can salvage it in anyway through your follow up, it’s always worth a shot. At this point you’ve got nothing to lose by putting yourself out there, acknowledging that it didn’t go as well as you had hoped and asking for a do-over or sending materials that support your request.

This content was originally posted by our partners at Fairygodboss.com and can be found by going here.

Tags:  Career  job  Jobs  WomeninBusiness 

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5 Things No One Tells You About Relocating For A Job

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

 

5 Things No One Tells You About Relocating For A Job

Congratulations! You've been offered a job with a company in a new city or state — or perhaps even a new country. You've gone through the grueling process of multiple phone screens, traveled for in-person interviews, and you're now considering the offer package.

But before you take the plunge, consider these five things that no one tells you about before relocating for a job. 

1. Think through the cost of living. This seems like an obvious one, but when faced with the decision to move to a new city or state, you will need to scrutinize your cost of living. It does not simply mean being able to pay rent. You'll also need to consider personal expenses like the cost of groceries, fuel costs (if you have a car), auto insurance costs (often variable by city/state), personal grooming services (hair salon, manicure/pedicure costs, waxing, or otherwise.)

Make a list of all of the regular expenses you currently have in your life and run an analysis. Are you at a loss for how to gather service costs? You can access most service providers and their rates through sites like Yelp

2. Get Referrals. Finding reliable doctors, dentists, optometrists or other health professionals can be tricky. While you can find referrals through your medical plan directory, you may have better results asking the specialists you have now. By leveraging the networks of health professionals you already know, you can save the time and avoid headaches. Depending on the size of the city, you may use an app like ZocDoc to find healthcare specialists. It's an easy-to-use app that provides ratings.

3. Consider the Climate. Some states like California and Arizona have consistent and reliable weather. But places like New York or the Pacific Northwest can have severe weather that often makes you feel like you've worn the wrong outfit. Before you decide to move, consider the outdoor activities that you enjoy and determine if you will be able to continue pursuing these hobbies in your new climate.

4. Think about your diet. Are you a vegetarian? Are you a vegan? Or do you eat gluten-free? If you are moving to a remote location that does not support your dietary restrictions, you may struggle. For example, if you're a vegan, and you're considering a job in Memphis, Tennessee, you'll likely need to make time to cook at home more often. If that's the case, be sure to scout out the local grocery stores catering to your plant-based diet. One great resource is https://www.happycow.net/.

5. Dig into your potential employer's relocation package. If you're not familiar with company relocation services, gather as much information as possible from your potential employer. Many companies offer a full relocation package or partial assistance when you move.

Larger companies like Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft will provide home or apartment finding assistance, provide temporary housing, keep your belongings in storage while you're looking for a place, and assign you a realtor to help you on your search. Best of all, they hire movers who come to your old home and pack up everything for shipment. They also provide an unpacking service once you find the perfect place so you don't have to lift a finger. These two companies also cover costs associated with moving: fees to set up your internet access and other utilities, rental security deposits, or the cost to transfer your driver's license. Since you're relocating for the company, they help you make the transition as smooth as possible so you can focus on getting up to speed at your new job.

Relocating for a job can be stressful, so preparation is key. You don't want to end up in a new city or state and have to drastically change the way you live. After all, you moved for a job but it doesn't mean you have to give up the other parts of your life that are important to you. Think about these tips, do some research, and seek out that new adventure!

This content was originally posted by our partners at Fairygodboss.com

Tags:  Career  job 

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