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!
Andi Fisher over at Misadventures with Andi has done it again. She’s introduced another blog post format that I just love. Here’s the first one that I wrote about. This new one focuses on how you currently spend your time. So I decided to give it a try.
Watching: Mr. Bartender and I are loving “Death in Paradise.” We just discovered the show and are watching past episodes.
I’m also excited about the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K.) Their Kickstarter campaign has reached its first goal and working on stretch goals. We enjoyed the show years ago. Can’t wait!
Reading: “No Experience Necessary” by Chef Norman Van Aken. I interviewed Chef Norman several years ago – you can check it out here. If you’re a foodie, it’s a good read about working your way up the career ladder.
Working On: A new book! Yes, I’m working on book number two. Scheduled to come out next year. Look for details in the near future…
Feeling: Excited and stressed! But it’s all good.
Planning: Oh gosh, I’m always planning something. But one thing that I’m already starting to think about is the 2016 SHRM Annual Conference & Expo in Washington D.C. It’s a great city and I need to find a good burger. If you have a suggestion, be sure to let me know. Oh and I just found out that I’m speaking!
Loving: That I splurged on the new iPad Pro. It should be here any day. While I don’t expect it to replace a laptop, I’m hoping it will come close. Maybe I’ll write a post about it.
My Favorite Photo: Mr. B and I vacationed this year in Mexico. I took this photo using Hipstamatic. I think it’s my fave vacation photo.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this post was the exercise of stopping, thinking and focusing. Life can just whiz by. I can see this as being an activity you could do on your own privately in a journal or publicly on a platform like LinkedIn. Maybe even an opportunity to share with others in a one-on-one meeting how you currently spend your time.
It’s important to take time to think about how you currently spend your time. Then ask yourself if the list is what you want to be spending your time doing?
Images courtesy of Sharlyn Lauby
Tomorrow is the Labor Day holiday in the United States. There appear to be lots of stories about how Labor Day started (you can check them out here and here.) Bottom line, Labor Day is to celebrate the American worker.
While the U.S. job market is improving – the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent – there are still many employment issues facing us. Employee engagement is in decline and employee wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. I’m thinking this Labor Day should be to celebrate everyone who has (1) been a worker, (2) is a worker, (3) wants to be a worker and (4) will be a worker in the future. Let’s make this year’s holiday about all of us and the past/present/future of work.
And if you’re looking for something delish to cook for the holiday, Here’s Alton Brown’s Burger of the Gods recipe. There’s some serious prep involved, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from AB. So enjoy the weekend and celebrate yourself. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite clips about Labor Day. Cheers!
I must admit I’m looking forward to the Internet blowing up (figuratively, not literally) on March 14, 2015. It’s Pi Day, a mathematical celebration for the ratio that allows us to compute the circumference of round objects. But this year is different. At exactly 9:26:53 a.m. – it will represent the first ten digits of Pi – 3.141592653.
The Chief Happiness Officer blog is reporting that March 31, 2015 is International Quit Your Crappy Job Day. With employee disengagement continuing to be an issue, don’t be surprised if employees just walk into the office and quit. Employee engagement is more than a business buzzword, it’s a business necessity.
While we spend a lot of time talking about employee disengagement, it’s important to note that there are millions of engaged employees in the workplace. We need to celebrate them. Like Catie Boles. Check out the latest 1 in 100 Million video from our friends at Kronos. As a hospitality professional, I enjoyed her story. Here’s a person who clearly loves her job.
Speaking of loving your job, Quantum Workplace, in partnership with Limeade, recently released a report about health and wellness benefits and their impact on employee engagement. I found it interesting that more than 70% of employees would choose stress-relief breaks as a benefit while less than 30% of employers offer it. I also liked that unlike many research pieces, this one includes best practices, tips, and a quiz for organizations to leverage.
I really enjoyed this article on Lifehacker about taking “micro-retreats” during the workday. Regardless of where you work, this could prove to be a valuable way to clear your head during stressful times.
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Lastly, stress impacts us all. We have to find effective ways to manage it. Many people are finding meditation to be helpful, especially with the introduction of meditation apps. I recently had the opportunity to weigh in about employee burnout in this Fast Company article. Hope you’ll check it out.
How do you manage workplace stress? Leave your tips in the comments.
Top image courtesy of Sharlyn Lauby
For those of you in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving!
Each of us has our own individual way of expressing thanks. You’ve seen Facebook activities where one person tags a friend and they list what they’re grateful for. Or possibly gratitude journals, whether they’re paper or an app. I found this very cool post idea for expressing thanks on a blog called “Meet Me at Mike’s”. You put together a list of what’s happening (i.e. taking stock in life).
The author encourages readers to put together their own “Taking Stock” lists and I couldn’t think of a better day to run it or a nicer group of people to share it with. I will forewarn you…if you try this for yourself, it’s not as easy as it looks. Making the activity all the more worthwhile.
Making: A beaded necklace to take with me on vacation.
Cooking: Only side dishes. We bought a smoked turkey this year.
Drinking: Love Lady Gray tea. It may be even better than Earl Gray.
Reading: “Tourist Season” by Carl Hiassen
Wanting: To take another photo safari tour. Maybe in Miami.
Looking: At the Twitter hashtag for my MBTI type. Interesting.
Playing: “Joy” by Apollo 100
Deciding: Should I cut my hair?
Wishing: Weekends were longer.
Waiting: For the Apple watch…are you?
Wondering: Which is better – Pandora, Spotify, or iTunes Radio?
Pondering: My next blog post
Considering: Starting a personal blog. Your thoughts?
Watching: Football. My fantasy team is doing pretty well this year.
Hoping: To take more walks
Marveling: At how much is already on my 2015 calendar. Exciting!
Needing: A new bag to hold tech stuff (i.e. cords, chargers, etc.)
Smelling: Vanilla – my favorite scent (Bacon is second).
Wearing: Thanksgiving is about pajamas – all day.
Noticing: How wellness and wearables are changing our lives.
Knowing: I’ll share details about my first book soon. Promise!
Thinking: I’m fortunate for HR Bartender readers.
Feeling: Grateful for my health
Admiring: circa app for news. Very clean design. Do you use it?
Sorting: All the camera apps I’ve downloaded (too many!)
Buying: “The Pizza Bible” by Tony Gemignani
Getting: A new roof this year.
Bookmarking: Places to visit during SHRM 2015 in Las Vegas
Disliking: Resealable pouches that don’t reseal
Opening: Birthday cards (mine was last week).
Snacking: Almonds with sea salt
Coveting: My morning routine (tea, news, jazz in the background)
Wishing: Autumn actually happened in South Florida.
Helping: Entrepreneurs make their ideas reality with Indiegogo.
Hearing: Quiet is bliss.
Have you taken stock in your life lately? What would your list look like? If you decide to do this activity, share your thoughts in the comments.
Mr. Bartender and I thank you for your support and wish you nothing but the best for the holiday season. Cheers!
Image courtesy of HR Bartender
Earlier this month, I attended the KronosWorks Conference. I’m looking forward to sharing with you all of my takeaways in the weeks ahead. One experience I wanted to share from my time in Las Vegas was some photos from the Zappos Tour. I’ve written about Zappos before. Hope you enjoy the pictures. The images are:
(Top) The Zappos C-Suite
(Bottom left) Human Resources
(Bottom right) Dedicated room for employees to set goals with a personal coach
This is the time of year when I’m focused on time. Whether that’s “Yikes! It’s November already!” or “I don’t have enough time to enjoy the holidays.” I really enjoyed this post from Alexandra Levit on “Does Your Time Need to be Rescued?” Harvard Business Review offered some great tips in this post, “Stop People from Wasting Your Time”.
For most of my professional career, I’ve worn nametags. So It makes me a bit rebellious when I go to events. I have to be reminded to put my nametag on – even though I know they’re important. Ever wonder what side you’re supposed to wear your nametag? Here’s an article that shares the answer (and the reason why). And this one tells you which side you should wear a lapel pin.
Oh, and later this week in the U.S., we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for a last minute stuffing recipe, be sure to check this one out. I keep saying that one day I’m going to make this just out of curiosity.
Have a wonderful week! Cheers!
Image courtesy of HR Bartender
(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by Kronos, the global leader is delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Kronos recently launched an online video series titled, “1 in One Hundred Million” that tells the personal stories of people who bring passion and skills to their jobs. You can check out the series here. Enjoy the post!)
You guys know I’m a Fantasy Football fan. One of the reasons I enjoy playing is the challenge. To do well, I have to look at player stats and analyze data. The analysis helps me decide who’s going to start and who will sit the bench.
Organizations today have a ton of great data to help their business performance. The challenge is using the right data at the right time. It’s also knowing how to read it to make those good decisions. Being able to gather, review, and analyze data is an essential skill. Using the data to make good decisions and implement an action plan will make you a high-performer.
The question is: what are you doing to learn how to find and evaluate your data?