work hours

is there a time limit?

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I thought it was a silly question to ask if there was a time limit on working hours, until yesterday. France is making it possible to enforce non-working hours. What a concept, eh? French labor unions have signed a law requiring employees to shut off their smartphones at exactly 6PM, preventing bosses from hounding workers after they have fulfilled the hours they are responsible for.

Out of the country’s total workforce of about 40 million, the agreement currently affects only 1 million workers, including those working in the French arms of Google, Facebook, Deloitte and PwC. But those who favor the law say that the model can be extended to other sectors as well.

It’s pretty interesting to see how France works so differently than the United States. Currently, working for a French company, maybe this will change the impact of my company, too.

What are your thoughts on clocking out at 6PM and really meaning it?

working on a deadline

Under pressure, under a deadline, under the gun- all of these phrases are encompassing the feeling I have when I am facing a deadline. Some people work better and deliver their best results when they are facing a deadline. More often than not, I do not fall into that category. Working under pressure can make you anxious, and bring out nerves that you didn’t even think were possible, but it can also make you see in a different light, make you focus and work ten times harder. Everyone has their own way to work. Matt tells us about his experience with working on deadlines and why that is invigorating to him.

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time’s up

guest blog presented by: Matthew D. Shalbrack
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As a journalist, working on a deadline has been engrained into my mind since Day 1. I do everything on a deadline. It’s actually funny that I’m writing this blog because Kendal Ann asked me to write this over a month ago so I’m past my deadline when it comes to writing about deadlines. Irony at its finest my friends.

Anyways, back to being on deadline. For me, I love having a deadline. It gives me an idea of what I need to get done and when I need to get it done by. It also allows me to procrastinate on things until the end when I know they really need to be done. Working on a deadline doesn’t make me nervous as it can do to other people; it makes me focus even harder on the task at hand. Working on a deadline makes it easier for me to get the job done correctly the first time without having to worry about little mistakes that pop up along the way.

Even though this blog took me longer to write, I still feel like writing on a deadline isn’t just an important thing to respect in my career, it’s an important thing to respect in life as well. Being on time is such a good habit to have. It’s something that I’m known for. I hate being late. If I show up on time, I feel like I am late, so more than likely, I’m 15 minutes early for everything. It’s just a habit that I’ve developed. My Mom is the same way. I probably got that from her.

In my mind, working on a deadline and being on time go hand-in-hand. Both are not only important career guidelines but also important life guidelines as well. So next time you have a meeting, leave a little bit earlier so you can show up and make a statement instead of just being average and being on time. Set deadlines for yourself with little things around the house and work your way up to setting bigger deadlines to follow once you accomplish the little deadlines. You’ll enjoy life a lot more, I’ll tell you that.

telecommuting

womp

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Telecommuting is both a blessing and a curse. As you may know, most telecommuters work from home while others use mobile telecommunications technology to work from coffee shops or other locations.  Reuters recently released a poll stating, “approximately one in five workers around the globe, particularly employees in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, telecommute frequently and nearly 10 percent work from home every day”. That is a mind blowing statistic.

Lately, I’ve had many opportunities to work remotely and I’ve taken them with a happy heart. Telecommuting always seems like a novel idea in the hype, but honestly it is not all the rage. When it comes to telecommuting, I have the worst time focusing, like a college kid trying to write a 20-page paper–the work is always left to the last minute, but on a positive note, working under pressure is a key ingredient in allowing me to accomplish many tasks.

I commend others who are able to do work from home or a coffee shop. Give me a few tips and tricks–how do you set yourself up for success when you aren’t in an office? Without a work atmosphere, terrible drip coffee and face-to-face interaction, my production level plummets. Shoot some ideas over to me so I can turn these next two weeks into a huge success.

worth noting

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I opened an email this morning that was entitled: Meet 3 successful women in fields dominated by men. That alone made me want to read this article. I had so many questions: who are these women, what fields did they work in, and what made them successful? Check it out, it’s well worth the read. Let me leave you with the opening lines, if this doesn’t make you want to read this– nothing will.

Following a dream often takes a healthy dose of courage—and a giant leap of faith. These three women have broken down barriers and rattled glass ceilings in fields typically run by the boys. They have a secret to share: You can do it, too!

title discrimination

young professional

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I am part of a listserv that often time posts jobs. Today, a job was posted that stated the following: “This position offers a young professional the opportunity to work for a growing  firm.” Alright, I thought nothing of it. Later, I see an email that turns into a mass chain email exchange about the words “young professional”. As a young professional, I never thought of these words as discrimination or derogatory. Personally, I use the fact that I am a young professional to my advantage. This allows me to share a fresh perspective and innovative ideas.

Most organizations and universities have a disclaimer that reads: The XXXXX is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in the provision of its educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits.
Now I understand that It is against the law to discriminate against any job candidate based on age. Now, I learned from the email exchange this discrimination of age (and I am assuming: ace, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, or veteran status) not only applies to the hiring practices as well as job announcements. This person went on to say:  When I see ‘young professional’ I understand it to mean ‘someone we can pay less.’ I don’t believe that to be the case at all.
Allow me to argue that the phrase “young professional” is used all the time. This is a phrase I am proud of because I am a young professional.  Essentially, saying young professional is stating the job is an entry level or just reaching a mid-level position; however, it doesn’t reflect any type of age discrimination or bias.  Generally, it is used because this type of position is meant for someone new to that particular sector and offers them a chance to learn, grow, and move up into roles with higher responsibility.
I am proud to be a young professional. The words young professional defines me just like the word veteran or seasoned defines someone who has been in the work-force or a profession longer. These defining phrases don’t need to define us. These phrases allow for the best person to enter a position.
I am interested in knowing your thoughts. Young professionals weigh in on this subject, do you think this is considered discrimination?