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December 27, 2007

Join me for Happy Hour

Welcome back everyone -- hope you had a great holiday season!  Things over here have been pretty busy.  Spent some time with the family, and then traveled up to the Big Apple last night for an appearance on FOX Business’s Happy Hour.

Over cocktails at the Bull and Bear at the Waldorf Astoria (well, we didn’t actually drink), I talked with host Rebecca Gomez about what you should be doing in 2008 to land a new job.

Here’s the YouTube clip -- take a look and let me know how I did!

Posted by Jim L.

August 27, 2007

Starving for lunch hour freedom

Lunchtime. It's the adult recess. The one hour where we unlock ourselves from our desks and run to the nearest meadow to frolic. Or, in my case, pick up a sandwich and run to the cleaners.

But the noonday ritual might disappear soon, according to MSNBC Career columnist Eve Tahmincioglu. The latest trend: companies making employees eat at their desks and multi-task smaller jobs. Ostensibly, this approach doesn't interrupt the workday, keeps workers in the groove, and increases productivity.

Maybe it's just my growling stomach talking, but I question the thinking behind this. Unless employers hire bionic people, everyone needs to recharge their batteries during the day.

Without the break, workers will be more susceptible to stress, exhaustion, and illness. And frazzled, sick employees won’t help achieve higher productivity or profits. This is particularly true in tech fields, where fuzzy heads and bad attitudes can stifle attention to detail and problem-solving abilities.

Granted, the American business model couldn't withstand the three-hour siestas enjoyed in Spain or Greece. But there's no need for such a dramatic shift. In exchange for one unstructured hour, employees will give you seven full of energy, creativity, and hard work. Now that's what I call a good trade.

Posted by Roseanne D.

June 28, 2007

Beers for Careers

I just saw a fun (and encouraging) article on that actually talks about how Hitting Happy Hour Can Help Your Career. If you ever needed justification for your post-work visits to the local pub, this article is it!

The article talks about how happy hours and other social functions are great ways to get to know the people, including execs, you work with—and for them to get to know you. Attendance at these events shows you’re a team player and are committed to the company. Plus, they’re great opportunities to network and learn more about your business. You’ll find that people rarely leave “work at work” and important industry information can be revealed over a few beers on a Friday night.

So next time you get a happy hour eMail, don’t be so quick to delete it. You should take advantage of these career-advancing opportunities. Go out, socialize with your tech coworkers and have fun. But be careful! Sharing too many drinks or too much personal information may offset any points you scored by showing up in the first place.

Posted by Christy H.