Topic: corporate culture

Corporate Culture Guru Susan Conwell Says The Key To Asking For Job Flexibility Is Confidence

Corporate Culture Guru Susan Conwell Says The Key To Asking For Job Flexibility Is Confidence

Susan Conwell is very concerned with your job satisfaction. In fact, her entire company is formed around the premise that everyone should love their place of employment. Susan is the Global and US CEO of Great Place To Work, a consulting company that helps big and small companies create a positive corporate culture and happy, productive employees. Her company has been helping make the work world better for over 20 years and in more than 40 different countries.

So we sat down with Susan to talk about the aspects of a great company, how you can help make your business work with your life, and the growing concern of the 24/7 work culture. More »

Businesses Are Bowing To The Demanding Gen Y Workforce

Businesses Are Bowing To The Demanding Gen Y Workforce

Back in May, I looked at surveys and research calling Gen Y employees demanding. These crazy kids have high expectations, want lots of perks and feel like their superior educations should guarantee them respect in the office from the very start. When I heard about all these bossy, needy Milliennials, I couldn’t help but think that it might be good for corporate America. And you know what? Those demanding kids are already making a difference! More »

I Decided To Give Up The 24/7 Work Culture – And It Helped My Career

I Decided To Give Up The 24/7 Work Culture - And It Helped My Career

For a very brief time that I look back on with amazement, I worked a full-time day job, went back to school for an advanced degree, wrote freelance and raised a toddler. I still can’t understand where my stamina was coming from. In my mind, I had to be going on all cylinders at all times to get ahead. My personal philosophy was dominated by the idea that if I worked as hard as possible, my career would flourish.

It wasn’t until a personal tragedy forced me to slow down that I realized my career would do better without the demands of 24/7 work culture. More »

Companies Should Follow BuzzFeed’s Lead And Tell Consumers Their Strategy

Companies Should Follow BuzzFeed's Lead And Tell Consumers Their Strategy

I’ve spent a year working online. I’ve read a whole lot of stories about almost every topic imaginable. It’s hard to say that I’ve seen it all at the ripe old age of 26, but sometimes I wonder if the internet can really shock me anymore. Then, this morning, I caught wind of a long, in-depth, internal memo from BuzzFeed‘s CEO Jonah Peretti that I found pretty incredible. More »

Single & Childfree: The Best Indicators Of A Happy Employee

Single & Childfree: The Best Indicators Of A Happy Employee

We’ve all seen how major life events have a way of interfering in your normal 9 – 5. Planning a wedding has become an all-encompassing task that can seriously distract you from your work. Maternity leave is just as hotly debated as ever, and still not a realistic financial option for many new parents, forcing them to return to work before they’re ready. Now, the logical conclusion to all these realities has been proven by science, getting married and having a family makes you less happy with your work. More »

New Book Says Sheryl Sandberg Put A Stop To Facebook’s ‘Frat Boy’ Culture

New Book Says Sheryl Sandberg Put A Stop To Facebook's 'Frat Boy' Culture

Facebook’s 51st employee, and one of its very first females, is opening up about her experience with the social media giant. Katherine Losse, who joined the company in 2005 as a customer service rep and ended in 2010 as CEO Mark Zuckerberg‘s speech writer, just released the book, The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social NetworkThe Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network. In it, not only does she call out the young founders’ immaturity, she lets everyone know who cleaned the company up: Sheryl Sandberg. More »

The Important Lesson Your Company Can Learn From Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Bankruptcy

The Important Lesson Your Company Can Learn From Dewey & LeBoeuf's Bankruptcy

Business analysts and legal professors will be talking about the downfall of Dewey & LeBoeuf for years to come. In case you missed this weekend’s news, the powerhouse law firm, an institution in Manhattan, filed for bankruptcy and will be liquidating all its assets. Its enormous staff of lawyers and legal aids are all scrambling to find new jobs, many of them being picked up by other legal conglomerates.

Personally, I’m not a lawyer. I’ve never been involved in the legal profession or worked for a law firm. I’m not going to give some fresh insight into the dismantling of this historic company. But there was one part of the story that I found interesting, and increasingly applicable to businesses of all kinds. More »

4 Small Employee Issues That Signify Serious Office Problems

4 Small Employee Issues That Signify Serious Office Problems

Creating a comfortable and positive office culture is one of the most important parts of running a business. Hiring talented workers isn’t enough, you have to choose employees that fit into your business scheme, that work well with your managers and team leaders. A company that can come together and support each other has the extra edge that’s necessary to succeed in a competitive market.

Establishing that type of supportive community sets companies apart. And it’s not as simple as hiring “nice” employees.

Can you tell in the first week if a new employee will fit into your office culture? Yes. And here are four warning signs to look out for. More »