Posted tagged ‘Career’

Social Media in the Workplace: Yay or nay?

September 23, 2010
Yesterday, I went to an awards banquet on behalf of my company. Before the awards presentation, my CEO sat on a panel to discuss the “Advantages and Pitfalls of Social Media.” I’d like to discuss what went down.

As you probably could have figured by my tag cloud, I’m in a full-blown love affair with social media. I think there is an appropriate social media channel for literally every industry and I can’t recommend it enough in on both a personal and professional level. That being said, you can see why I’d be surprised that most of the panel discussion (driven heavily by audience questions) was centered around how social media is creating a loss of productivity in the workplace. Granted this was a human resources-related event, but neglecting to highlight the tremendous advantages social media can bring to your company by spending a majority of the conversation on the negative aspects of social media seemed wrong.

I was so overjoyed when my CEO pulled out the quote, “Treat your employees like their adults”. As long as your employees know what they have to get done by when, should you trust them to do their job? After all, YOU hired them! To me, monitoring their every move and controlling how they manage their time is just creating an angry teenager needing to rebel. In fact, I’ve actually saved time on several occasions by contacting people about work-related issues via social media outlets because I didn’t have their email addresses.

If employees are wasting their entire day on Facebook and you block it, don’t you think those employees will find other ways to waste their time at work? Think about all the sites out there made entirely to fill time. Will you nix smoke breaks? Personal phone emails and phone calls? Use of cell phones all together to prevent texting and games?

Are employers just acting out of fear because of their ignorance about all the positives that social media can bring?

What do you think?

Your passion. Your life.

September 12, 2010

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Crowdsourcing has my mark

June 29, 2010

Image Source: Tangentism

Very recently, the project of developing a 12-page brochure for work was ever-so-lightly placed on my workload dinner plate. Working at an agency, I managed hundreds of design projects, however, it’s a teeny bit different at a small tech company – your million dollar budget and design team is missing. Not only did I have to produce 12 pages worth of content, but also create 6 professionally-designed spreads on a one-time graphic design pre-req class education on a limited budget? One might think impossible.

What’s is this? Crowdsourcing, you say? Sure, I’ll try it.

Basically, I typed up a detailed PDG (ad speak for project brief) and posted it to 99designs, including my $600 “prize” of how much I wanted to spend. The whole process took me about 20 minutes.

Time well spent…

I was blown away by the amount of talent I had access to. I received about 10 submissions from 10 different designers. I was able to cut designs right away that had completely missed the mark, or offer suggestions to the designs that were oh so close to what I had envisioned.

The final design that “won” exceeded my expectations on all accounts. Not only was his work phenomenal, he was very understanding with my multiple rounds of changes and nit-picking of his work. And (maybe the best part) he was Australian, which made him that much more fun to communicate with. It’s hard to get angry at messages in your inbox as you’re walking out the door when the subject line is “Good Morning, Love!”

I absolutely still see the need for design agencies and will continue to use them for large projects, however, this brochure would have easily cost me upwards of $2,000 and a month’s time if I would have gone down that road, and I wouldn’t have been able to have such a wide range of options.

I’ve also heard that Elance and Crowdspring are other good resources to use.

I absolutely recommend trying out crowdsourcing for your design projects.

What do you think? Have you used crowdsourcing before?

Share the (blogger) love!

March 10, 2010

This just in! I’m working on a guest post for a Greek community blog to represent my company. I’ll post the link in an upcoming post, right after I muster up some inspiration from my tall nonfat chi latte.

Social Media Revolution

August 26, 2009

Via Chad Levitt’s post ‘Do You Believe in the Social Media Revolution?’  from August 24, 2009:

“Very interesting video from Erik Qualman (@equalman) over at socialnomics.com that highlights how social media is changing the ways companies do business and ultimately the world economy.”

 

Interview tips that you haven’t heard yet

May 7, 2009

First off, let me say congratulations to all graduating seniors. That being said, let the job hunting begin! No doubt you’ll receive tons of advice from friends and family (if you haven’t already from your professors) about what to do and not to do at job interviews, most of which are probably common sense. Here are my personal interview tips that may not be so obvious:

1. Spit out your gum– I, honest to God, went to my first job interview out of college with gum in my mouth because I forgot to spit it out when I pulled into the parking lot. I overheard myself referred to as “the gum chewer” as I walked out of the interview. Lesson learned.

2. Dress according to your industry– if you’re interviewing for a job in a creative industry, why would you dress in a black suit with a white shirt? Add some color! Even if it’s with accessories,  a little color can go a long way to express your creativity and make you a memorable candidate, which is the whole point, right? Just don’t go overboard.

3. Ladies, wear closed-toes shoes– …and don’t think peep-toes count. Nobody wants to see your toenails when you cross your legs. Just because your flip-flops have heels does not make them appropriate for an interview.

4. Are you sure there’s nothing in your teeth? Did you miss a button when running out so quickly this morning? When asked if you need to use the restroom before the interview, take that opportunity to do a double check… just in case.

5. Send thank you notes… to everyone– Only a third of interviewers say they receive thank-you notes from candidates, so you’re already ahead of the pack if you send any, but some interviews can be held with several different interviewers. Get everyone’s card and send them all thank-you’s, extra points if you send one to the lady at the front desk, she may be having lunch with your interviewer very soon.

Have confidence, be prepared and good luck!


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