Work

When you ask people if they like what they do for work, most people (70% by some polls) – dislike their jobs. And a large portion actively hate their job! Common complaints include not feeling appreciated, or not having enough time to complete the work they are given. Many people cite that they wish they had more flexibility in where or when they work. As American workplaces are evolving, an emphasis on enjoyment of work is starting to take shape. More companies are realizing that in order to have the “best place to work” they have to provide more than just an … Continue reading “Work”

Silence

A few weeks ago I found myself annoyed with noise–the noise of the road, the hum of the electricity in the house, the wind aggressively hitting the wind chime… the noise of other people. And it got me to thinking about all the “noise” we deal with on a daily basis. I am no luddite. In fact, I love technology – I embrace the conveniences it brings. I make my living from bringing technology into other people’s lives. Yet, I think we have forgotten how to be silent. I forget sometimes at least. And I need to be reminded that … Continue reading “Silence”

11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day – Commentary

From time to time LocalDirective team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day an article from Huffington Post, written by Alena Hall   If you are like the millions of people who are looking for ways to grow and improve themselves, you probably have already figured out you don’t need to look very far. Two minutes on the internet is proof of this. Anyone looking to improve their lives doesn’t have to look far. But did you know that … Continue reading “11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day – Commentary”

Grande Double-Whip Work

This question was posed the other day and I wanted to try to answer it. You see, I work from home almost every day, but there have been times when my office really was a table at the local Starbucks – a quiet place I would go daily while my sitter sat with my young son in my home.

Exceptional Teams and the Argument for Diversity

Organizations are increasingly dependent on diverse teams for developing innovative products, making important decisions, and improving efficiency. As companies enjoy a more equitable, global and virtual footprint, diversity factors are playing a larger part in almost every organization. To those forward-thinking leaders, this is a welcome change, and the success of a collaborative team in creating and managing today’s increasingly complex products and services depends not only on the combined skill sets of the team members but also on their personalities and ways of approaching and solving problems. When creating a group or team in the workplace, smart managers realize … Continue reading “Exceptional Teams and the Argument for Diversity”

How to Achieve a Good Work-Life Balance

In 1938 the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed to make a typical workday more tolerable. Prior to that, a typical workday was 11-16 hours long. The FLSA made the eight-hour work day and 40-hour work week the standard. In addition, economists predicted time spent with work would continue to decrease. They were right. Initially. From the 1940s through to the 50s, work weeks continued to shrink. In 1958 many economists and futurists predicted our work week would be just a few, short days by the 21st century. And, if we did happen to continue to work 40 to 50 … Continue reading “How to Achieve a Good Work-Life Balance”

Notable Character and Qualities of a Great Leader

A lot of content has been written about various skillsets good leaders possess. The Internet is chocked full of opinions from just about everyone. Millions of dollars have been made from the sales of hundreds of thousands of books on this topic. Briefly, a few online opinions I stumbled upon include: be fearless and inspirational, use vision and values, create the right culture, listen, remain visible, be authentic and transparent, learn from failure, etc. In preparation for this blog, I knew I did not want to follow the pack and add to the litany of titles, such as 9 Characteristics … Continue reading “Notable Character and Qualities of a Great Leader”