Mr. Bartender and I wish you all the very best of the holiday season. For those readers who celebrate Christmas, here’s one of my favorite Christmas songs.
Holiday Cheers to All!
A couple of years ago, I officially made the switch from coffee to tea. Since then, I’ve become a total tea snob. Yes, I admit it. I have my preferred tea blends, tea equipment, and tea preparation method. My tea routine has become a little joke around the house. But there’s almost nothing that makes me happier than the perfect cup of tea in the morning. I feel so calm and productive. Ready to start the day!
Truth is…the perfect cuppa might make us feel good but we need more than that to achieve our business goals. Organizations have to build a good infrastructure with an engaging workplace culture, well-trained employees, financial resources, and both internal and external systems. Those are the pieces we absolutely need to be successful.
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We can’t lose sight of the true systems and processes that help us personally and professionally. Yes, there are things like a nice cup of tea that wake us up and get us going. But they aren’t a substitute for having a solid foundation.
In the past, readers have asked about managing employee restroom behavior. Frankly, it’s a touchy subject. Employees who spend too long in the bathroom or visit what appears to be more than a typical number of times. But what happens if an employee is using their restroom time in a productive way? Productive for the company, that is.
This actually reminds me of the days when employees would follow me into the ladies room to talk because they didn’t want to be seen by their supervisor coming into human resources. Yes, that actually happens.
In today’s business world, many of us have a blended personal and professional life. We rely upon technology greatly to get work done. Our devices are with us all the time. However, it might benefit us to remember our audience. Everybody doesn’t have to know everything. It’s okay to have a little mystery and to have maybe a couple of places that are considered off limits – like the restroom.
Next month – on Friday, October 3 – thousands of organizations will participate in one of the largest cause marketing efforts of all time. Since 1996, Lee National Denim Day has raised close to $100 million for the fight against breast cancer.
The fundraiser is simple. For a $5 donation, employees get to wear denim to work. Some companies give employees the chance to donate money. Others will make the donation on behalf of their employees. The funds that are raised help the American Cancer Society find new ways to detect, prevent, and cure breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society’s efforts have contributed to a 34% drop in breast cancer deaths. But more work is absolutely necessary. One in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
Last year, I shared with you some ideas for bringing denim day into your organization. This year, I wanted to do something a bit different. I don’t consider myself a fashionista but I do follow fashion trends. This fall appears to be all about denim.
I know sometimes we can be apprehensive to wear denim to the office because it might be perceived as less professional. Even when it’s for a worthwhile cause. So I wanted to share some great tips from Lee jeans about wearing denim to work.
Denim doesn’t have to always be pants. Not interested in wearing jean pants? Then don’t! Denim comes in all sorts of clothing. A denim shirt with dress slacks. I know lots of guys who would add a tie to the look. Or a denim jacket over a dress.
Dark denim is a classic. Save the distressed denim for the weekend. Dark colored denim gives a sophisticated look.
Shoes matter. Sneakers are not the only shoes that go with denim. Heels, sandals, dress shoes, etc. Your shoes can make the difference between professional and a little too casual.
Finish your look. Just because you’re wearing denim doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look put together. Add a classic navy blazer or a dressy cardigan. Don’t forget accessories like scarves and belts. Style your look, just like any other office day.
These tips apply to both ladies and gentlemen. It is possible to support a great cause, look professional, and have some fun at the same time. In fact, to prove the point, Lee jeans sent me some denim and has offered to send one lucky reader some too. Just in time for Denim Day. All you need to do is leave a comment on what kind of denim you’d like to wear. (I’ll select a name at random on September 3rd and post the winner in the comments.)
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I hope you will join thousands of other organizations by registering your company to participate in Lee National Denim Day on Friday, October 3, 2014. Take casual to a whole new level for a great cause.
Did you see the story about the little girl who asked Google to give her Dad a vacation day? It’s a very cute story and you can check it out here.
Today’s Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos reminds us that vacation isn’t just a time for us to relax and recharge. It’s also important for our families as well.
Sometimes vacations aren’t about where you go. They’re about the time away from the workplace and spending that precious vacation time wisely. Some of the best vacations I’ve ever had were simply doing nothing but enjoying time with family.
How are you spending your summer vacation?
I love street art. Not talking vandalism here, but the bold visual images of an artist communicating with the public. This month’s image is from a neighborhood in Miami called Wynwood that is experiencing a renaissance as a design and textile area.
This month’s quick shots are all about change. Whether it’s changing the way we live, do business, or think, change is all around us.
Students at Florida Institute of Technology studied the impact of emoticons in business communications. Will we start seeing Emoji Writing 101 classes soon?
A new way to do research for meetings. Refresh is an app that links with your calendar then searches social media to aggregate information that you can use during your next meeting. If used incorrectly, this could be pretty creepy. But think of the practical business use – sales people can use it before client appointments. Job seekers can use it before interviews.
Monitoring bathroom breaks isn’t how you build employee engagement.
A question for every manager: Would your employees walk off the job to save yours? A group of employees did just that.
This summer’s viral video: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Word Crimes. I’ve watched it more times that I care to admit. LOL!
And lastly, I’m very excited to share with you an event in London this Fall – Tucana Global’s HR Change & Transformation conference. HR Bartender readers can get a discount on registration using this code: CT14SL1.
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Have you ever been to a wine tasting? Or maybe seen one on television? The winemaker holds up the glass of wine and talks about the qualities of the wine:
“…still quite tight with flavors that are so precise that they seem to etch themselves into your palate before joining with a seamless finish that I can still taste two months later…”
“…you can only hold onto your seat through this gustatory roller-coaster…”
You get the idea. While the descriptions above might make you laugh, a great wine is the result of hard work and dedication. Today’s Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos reminded me that management has the same demand of hard work and dedication as a fine wine.
Being a good manager doesn’t happen overnight. It takes lots of practice. And desire. As a manager, we have to change our recipe for success every once in a while. Then we find exactly the right blend of tools and methods to go from being good to great.
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