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The long and short of projecting power as a petite working woman

Have you seen The Photo of actress Eva Longoria standing next to The Soup host Joel McHale? My first reaction was, "Wow! Eva Longoria looks so little!" Then I realized that she and I are about the same height. Oh, no. At 6'4", McHale towers over 5'2"* Longoria. Sure, she's a bit hunched over in bare feet, and they do seem to be standing on a slight, grassy incline. The difference in height, however, is still rather startling, like she's his kid sister or a petite poodle. But as a rather diminutive lady myself, I say power to the little people. Flash that great smile of yours, Eva, and stand tall, my friend. Somebody call 9-1-1, because there's a shawty fire burning on the grass floor.A petite woman, which I'll define as a woman 5'3" or shorter, usually knows from a fairly young age that she's never going to be among the tallest, strongest people in the room. Or at least, she's figured it out by the time puberty is winding do…
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2019 workplace trends: The pedal desk

In 2018, the sitting desk became the standing desk. But what does 2019 hold in store for our rather sedentary workplaces? Hint: get ready to pedal while you work.

A recent pilot study by kinesiologists at UMass Amherst looked at "pedal desks" (think desk on top, at-home stationary bicycle down below) and found that light-intensity pedaling at work improved people's insulin responses to a test meal. Pedal desks can level up our fitness levels.

With so many health-conscious workplaces, we know exactly where this is going. Now we can literally feel like we're pedaling to nowhere at work!

I'm only kidding. Hey, many of us want to exercise and reap the physical rewards of a decent workout, so why not pedal in place while we prepare a PowerPoint for tomorrow's meeting? Pedal bikes are not widespread yet, but they're a trend that could be just up around the bend, as far as 2019 workplace trends go.

I have an exercise bike at home, and I've tried to read and…

When a coworker feels sorry for you at Thanksgiving (but they don't need to)

Thanksgiving is almost here, and your family lives far away. You have decided to stay here this year, and curl up with a movie and maybe a box of KFC. You're totally fine with it. So why is a coworker making you feel all kinds of bad about it?

The modern workforce is highly mobile, and our jobs can take us to the other side of the country -- or even to the other side of the world. We keep up with family through technology, but what about turkey day?

Luckily, your employer has given you Thanksgiving and Black Friday off in addition to the weekend, so theoretically you could catch a flight home for Thanksgiving. But you've decided to stay put this time. You have your reasons.

Welcome to the downside of working far away from family. Nobody likes making the decision whether or not to travel at Thanksgiving, and many people struggle with it every year.

When Turkey Day Is Personal Downtime
Quietly, you're actually looking forward to the Thanksgiving break. You'll be able to …

Hey, Amazon: Welcome to Washington DC, you will fit right in

It's official. Amazon is moving one of its two additional headquarters to Northern Virginia. The move is expected to bring thousands of jobs to the area. Bummer.

I'm only kidding. I, for one, will never complain about job creation. But the influx of 25,000 new jobs won't stop the locals from complaining about the impending traffic nightmares and the inevitable swarm of lanyard-wearing tech bros walking...well, where are they walking to, anyway?

The Tech Bros Are Coming!
My home-owning friends in NOVA (Northern Virginia) are very excited about the favorable effect Amazon could have on home prices. But otherwise, they worry that Amazon's HQ2 arrival will add only more chaos to an area already beset by a troubled infrastructure and a very high cost of living.

In the spirit of Amazon Prime, commutes from NOVA into DC will now take two days.— neontaster (@neontaster) November 13, 2018
I've been following the online comments for weeks, and the Amazon work ethos seems to h…

Email? Generation Z doesn't use it, and doesn't want it

The other day, I told my teenager that somebody we know had sent her an email. "What? Email? I never check email," she said. "People still use it?" Um, yes.

It dawned on me that I might as well have told her to check her Myspace account or Facebook page. Her generation uses neither, and scoffs at both. But email is the work tool of the masses that is still widely used in the business world. Isn't it? Yes, at least until my child's generation arrives in the workplace en masse in the next few years.

"Can't they just text it to me instead?" she asked. "I never check email. I mean, I know you do, Mom..."

I told her that she really needs to check her email this one time, because that message is waiting for a response that may be already running almost a day late. "Okay," she said. "I'll go figure it out. I never check email."

Email Is For Old People
I assumed that I was the only parent having this discussi…

Does your company have an E-scooter use policy yet? It should

You need to run a work-related errand. Instead of driving, you hop on an electric scooter. You sure look cool, but who will be liable if you get into an accident or break local E-scooter laws?

Like a tween bopping around the neighborhood on an E-scooter, local laws are all over the place regarding their use. These motorized scooters are sleek, they're fun, and who in the heck doesn't want one? Depending on where you are, however, local ordinances may ban electric scooters on sidewalks and restrict them to bike lanes. Or vice versa. Or neither. Or both.

Zooming right to the point: Do you know the local laws regarding E-scooter use?

People are getting hurt, as well: a recent Washington Post article revealed a rise in emergency room visits resulting from E-scooter use. These scooters can go fast. That means they can be dangerous if not handled appropriately.

Here in Washington, D.C., E-scooters are everywhere. Employees are commuting to work on them, using them for wo…

Have we been oversold on our expectations of the workplace?

Feel like you're going through the motions at work? You are not alone: a new study finds that even highly-skilled knowledge workers feel largely underwhelmed by their own work load!

A new Conversica poll of 1,000 knowledge workers reveals the drudgery that can be found even in the most sought-after jobs. More than three-fourths (80%) of survey participants admitted that some aspects of their jobs are below their skill level, while verging on two-thirds (62%) said their work involves a "significant amount" of drudgery.

Meanwhile, more than four in ten knowledge workers (42%) report spending 30 minutes of every work hour taking care of "busy work".

Is this surprising? No, but perhaps not for the reasons we expect. As a society, we have managed to build an entire mythology around the culture of white collar work. Television shows, movies and magazine articles constantly send us the message that our careers are supposed to be exhilarating, and never boring. Our jo…

Need your office to look busy? Hire some seat fillers

Between telecommuting and remote work, today's workplaces might sometimes run short on warm bodies at desks. Working in a mostly-empty office isn't a problem, unless a big, potential client wants to stop by later this week for an in-person meeting. Oh, no!

Suddenly, the mostly-empty, 21st-Century office space can seem filled with perceived promotional pitfalls. Will the client think that we look too small to take on a big project? Will they wonder where everyone is? Will we lose the deal because we look like a dinky, fly-by-night operation? You need help looking bigger, and busier, stat.

Or maybe a company just has too much space, and many employees who work remotely. Instead of bringing them back to the office -- which could hurt morale -- the company looks for other ways to fill the space.

Space Fillers For Hire
Innovative staffing firms such as Desk Camping and LiquidSpace are able to match freelancers with employers that have a lot of empty space to fill. Like extras on a f…