Oh, Those Millennials!

Of the complaints levied against Millennials, one of the most persistent one is that they need constant praise.  So let’s tackle that first, with science! First off, according to a 2016 Gallup study, only 19% of Gen Y workers get regular feedback, but there they are, adulting along with the rest of us.  Second, as…

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Are Millennials Really that Bad?

Are Millennials really that bad? In 2013, Time magazine called Millennials the “me, me, me generation,” and cited studies that seem to indicate that these young ‘uns are more narcissistic and entitled than any previous generation.  When you simply say the word “millennial,” people respond with things like “disloyal” and “special snowflake.” Well, I’m a…

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LGBTQI & the Job Search, part 2

LBGTQI+ discrimination is still a very real issue in 2019, so what can you do if you have been discriminated against because of your sexual orientation or gender identity? The good news is that some of those 26 states with weak antidiscrimination laws states are under federal circuits that interpret existing gender discrimination laws to…

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The LGBTQI Job-Search

If you identify as LGBTQI+, the world of work can be even more daunting and complex than otherwise.  What are your rights at work? Unfortunately, there’s no clear answer to that question.  Your legal protections vary by state and type of employer.  As of this writing, there are still 26 states that offer no explicit…

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Vocation versus avocation

According to Grammarist, a vocation is a calling, an occupation, or a large undertaking for which one is especially suited. It can be roughly synonymous with career or profession, though vocation connotes a seriousness or a commitment that these words don’t always bear. Keep reading at shorturl.at/nqvwT   An avocation is something done in addition to one’s…

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Hating your boss, part 2

Okay, I’ve outlined some major reasons for bad bosses, and I’m sure there are dozens more, including just the fact that some jobs are stressful and that we all have different communication styles.  But enough about that! Let’s get to some strategies to help you manage a bad manager.   First of all, it’s important…

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Turmoil

Do the holidays make you feel stressed and anxious?  You’re not alone!  Here are some tips for getting through the season. Take a few seconds to breathe. Inhale slowly and deeply, exhale slowly and deeply.  I find it most effective to do three or 4 times.  Repeat as necessary. Investigate a mindfulness practice. Some apps…

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You do you

On Tuesday, I talked about changing perceptions of acceptable professional presentation.  But while I’m certainly seeing some improvements in acceptance of self-expression some arenas, some are sadly still lacking. For instance, having hair that’s “too Black” can be a major barrier to success, particularly in more conservative fields.  (See, for example http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/04/13/what-perception-professional-hair-means-black-job-seekers/)  People who are…

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Freak Flag

Freak Flag My friend Iana has an amazing hair studio in Austin called Freakflag by Iana (seriously, if you’re in the Austin area, check it out!  https://www.freakflagbyiana.com/) and I’ve been thinking a lot about what that means in terms of the world of work.  Can you really be your artsy, quirky self at work? New…

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