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Why We're Joining The Work Revolution

I remember when I told my father I wasn't interested in becoming a corporate vice president. He was taken aback--climbing the corporate ladder and succeeding was one of his biggest successes. And it was big--for him. Success was measured in responsibility, power and titles. And there is nothing wrong with that. Plenty of workers still find value in hitting those milestones and rightly so. But change is afoot. It's not that we no longer value these things, it's that we have reevaluated the role work plays in our lives and for some of us  the way we get value from work is different. Success may be one value, but we also value things like creativity, flexibility, patience and time.  Now we have to make the case that companies need to offer these values just as much as they sell us their vision of success.

I recently joined The Work Revolution: a movement + campaign that advocates for human and meaningful work for all.  Pioneers designing radically life-giving places to work. And that's what work should do. Give you energy--not sap it all away. Give you a reason for living, a reason to get up every day and contribute in a meaningful way.

The Work Revolution asked for my take on the movement and what matters to me and to exaqueo about work:

"Human behavior has changed and yet the way we work hasn’t changed with it. We all get value from work in different ways and if organizations don’t know and can’t adapt to different degrees of value, they’ll only find success from employees who conform to their prescribed work environments and behaviors."

Read more of my interview on The Work Revolution and join. Get onboard with the way work is evolving and figure out what you value. Then set about finding it.

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exaqueo is a workforce consultancy that helps startups and high-growth companies build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact exaqueo to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to scale the right way.

 

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There's a Better Way to Quit Your Job

Another day, another viral video of a frustrated, tired employee quitting a job in a dramatic fashion.  First there was the chute-sliding JetBlue flight attendant and then the brash marching band incident followed by the forthright op-ed from the ex-Goldman Sachs employee. And now there’s the dancing video producer who’s simply had enough.

In her case she claimed the work environment in Taiwan wasn’t bearable. So why not just move on? Or better yet, look for work opportunities in countries where employment laws and work environments generally tend to be a bit more supportive of work-life balance?

If only we could all vent this way. About everything. 

Public displays of resignation are entertaining and attention-getting. But they won’t take you anywhere except on the 15-minutes-of-fame-train. Look, we’ve all been there. I’ve had bosses throw things at me, yell, and storm out in temper tantrums. But employment is free will. And if you’re quitting anyway (meaning you’re not stuck in the job to feed your family), why behave like a toddler just looking for attention? I’m all for creative and sticking-it-to-the-man when deserved, but no one looks back on a tantrum with pride.

There’s a better way to quit your job if you just can’t take it anymore.

First, assess the situation.

Is your misery project or person related, but you love much about your company and co-workers? See if there’s an opportunity to move departments. It could be that management is well aware of your difficult boss (but she brings in too much business or is too tenured to fire). Not that it makes it right to keep the boss in seat, but without sharing confidential information, management could reward you for just asking for another opportunity internally.

If it’s systematic, then you may want to leave. When the entire founding team is behaving badly, or emulating a model of work-life balance you find deplorable, that’s a sign. And if your health or family life is being affected? That’s a sure sign. But only you can decide–and define–what behavior and cultural attributes are enough to make you quit.

Second, devise a plan and a timeline.

Consider current work you don’t want to leave unfinished and aim to help provide a smooth transition.  For example, you may despise your boss, but you don’t want to leave your reliable co-workers with a difficult situation. Then start laying the ground work (confidentially) with your network to get a sense of how hard it will be to find a new job so you’re financially prepared to be unemployed for a specific period of time. It’s important to know that even if you give two weeks notice, a company could ask you to leave on the spot–always be prepared for this...

Read the rest of this post over on Tech Cocktail.

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This post originally appeared on TechCocktail written by Susan LaMotte, the founder of exaqueo. A workforce consultancy, exaqueo helps startups and high-growth companies build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to grow in the right way.

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Forget Work-Life Balance. I Mean It.

I'm pretty sick of the work-life balance argument. It's not one or the other. Or sublime balance all the time. It's flexibility how and when you want it, understanding that working less may mean earning less. But it's your choice. Read my latest Forbes post "Forget Work-Life Balance: Give Us Choices Instead."  I'd also love if you added your comments here and/or on the Forbes site--this is such an important topic for women and men.

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I'm Out Of The Office

Dear Sender, Thanks for your email. I am out of the office until January 3. That's right. I work so hard and am so important to this company that I haven't taken any vacation this year. So now it's December 22 and I have four weeks to use. Since I work 24/7,  taking the next 13 days is like taking four weeks.

You clearly don't work as hard as I do since you're sending me this email today. Procrastinator. But because you took that two weeks with your family in Orlando earlier this year, and then another week at the beach you're stuck with only a few vacation days left. Sucks to be you.

While you were sending me this email, I was using my hard earned vacation. I had about 5 months of drycleaning stacked up so that took all of this morning to take in. And now I am probably looking for my gym membership card that's somewhere in my house since I haven't been since June.

Then, I'll probably decide not to go, and sit on the couch to watch some daytime TV. Did you know there aren't many soap operas on anymore? I had no idea so many people were home during the day, but they are. And they're calling QVC and ordering things from something called the Quacker Factory.

But don't despair! While watching my tenth episode in a row of House Hunters, I'll pick up my smartphone and see your email because I can't ever concentrate on just one thing. And I'll probably reply, because I love love love love checking my email. Then I'll decide that the reply is too long to type out on my phone. So I'll boot up that awesome company-issued Lenovo PC and write you a long thoughtful response...which you won't read until January 3 because you're too busy sipping egg nog and spending actual time with your family.

I can't tell you who to contact in my absence because no one's available. Meaning, no one will admit they're available. But most of them, like me, are pretending to be on vacation, so you can email them too and they'll probably write you back while watching reruns of Battlestar Gallactica or Say Yes to the Dress.

So Happy Holidays, and I look forward to collaborating successfully with you in 2012.

Warmest regards,

The person you just emailed.

 

 

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