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Would You Let Your Employer Play Matchmaker?

Canadian accounting firm Freshbooks is getting fresh in the workplace by encouraging blind dates between co-workers. Who needs a mother meddling in your love life when you have a manager?

First, a blizzard update. Our power stayed on (yay!). We spent yesterday alongside our neighbors shoveling more than two feet of snow, and it was nice to see a community-wide effort. Nobody is driving to work today unless they absolutely must, schools are closed, and I'm quickly losing track of time. Today is Monday, right?

I'll get back to today's topic now that I've gained your enduring trust as a professional workplace blogger: dating our coworkers, and with the boss's help and blessing! Surveys show that we like dating our work colleagues even if it doesn't always work out, because who has the time after a long work day to find someone to love? That's a lot of work!

But what if your boss wanted to give you a helpful assist? That's what is happening, apparently, at …

Chilling Out In the Eye of the D.C. Snow Storm

I had planned to post a few days ago. Instead, my time has been spent making sure we're ready for today's historic blizzard. Let it snow, indeed.

I thought I'd beat the stampede by getting an early start on my Snowmageddon grocery shopping, only to find out everyone else in town had the same idea. Tensions were running high in the aisles between the Eggos and the eggs as everyone, en masse, tried to beat the crowds. If we're going to be stuck inside for days, then we're all going to need new mayonnaise.

The D.C. area received two inches of snow on Wednesday night, and it took some employees up to eight hours to get home from work. Even President Obama's motorcade did the slip and slide down icy roads back to The White House. Our subway system, the Metro, has announced that it's shutting down later today and it won't reopen until Monday. The good news? Congress says it's okay for kids to sled down Capitol Hill.


It's been a long, hard slog to writ…

It's Time To Talk About Hiring Women Over 50

Did you see the report last week that says U.S. employers added 292,000 employees to their job rolls in December? That's awesome, but there's something missing. If you manage to get out of the office during the work day to run a few errands, take a look around as you stand in line. One group you might notice are stressed-out mothers of young children. They'll probably draw your attention pretty quickly as they work hard (and it is work!) to keep their kids in line -- sometimes quite literally in line. But take another look around. Notice anything else? If not, I'll give you a hint: The startling number of women you'll see who seem to have reached, ahem, a certain age. You'll see them out and about in weekend clothes during the work day. They're shopping, running errands, maybe having coffee with a friend. Maybe it's their day off from work after putting in a ton of hours over the past week? Perhaps they work part-time, are self-employed, or took ear…

Facebook Thinks the Phone Number Is Going Away

Here's something to think about as you struggle to remember your phone number at the same time Facebook keeps asking for it: Do we even need phone numbers anymore? You've already ditched your landline, so why not your cell number, too? The phone companies would respond with a resounding "YES!" to keeping our phone numbers. Facebook, however, has put the basic phone number on notice. So why does Facebook keep asking for our phone numbers again? Facebook VP of Messaging Products David Marcus wrote a blog post that signaled the age of the disappearing phone number:First let's set some context. Think about it: SMS and texting came to the fore in the time of flip phones. Now, many of us can do so much more on our phones; we went from just making phone calls and sending basic text-only messages to having computers in our pockets. And just like the flip phone is disappearing, old communication styles are disappearing too. With Messenger, we offer all the things that m…

5 Work Lessons We Can Learn From David Bowie

With the passing of the incredible David Bowie, the world has lost a true creative force. It doesn't seem like we'll see someone like him again. I've been reading tributes to him, which include various people's impressions of working with him. At the end of the day, David Bowie was a working professional. A very famous and highly successful one in the music industry to be sure, but a working professional all the same. He had to negotiate, collaborate and, no doubt, deal with his fair share of business-related headaches over many decades. David Bowie was a rock star -- the coolest guy in the room, really -- and, on the surface, it would seem impossible to relate anything about his work life to the rest of us who simply whistle along to his song catalog while we work. However, I think there are a few things to be learned from his work example, especially for anyone in entrepreneurship, or management. So what can David Bowie teach us about workplace collaboration, ment…

75% Of Toyota's Employees Might Move To Texas

Your employer is relocating to another state, and asks if you'd be willing to move there. Will you stay, or will you go? Toyota, which is relocating major operations to Texas, recently put this very question to 4,000 employees currently based in southern California, Kentucky and New York, and here's what they said. A whopping 75% said they'd be willing to relocate to the company's 2-million-square-foot headquarters being built in the Dallas area. Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, reportedly finds the positive employee response encouraging. As The Dallas Morning Newsreports:"We had a planning number of around 60 percent [participation], so if this holds up, it could mean we would have 3,000 people moving here and another 1,000 new jobs," Lentz said from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Lentz has said the open jobs from the move will probably be filled by workers from North Texas. Whether or not to relocate for a job is a classic…

Surprise, Modern Office Design Favors Extroverts

Are you an introvert working in an open office environment? If you feel like you need to step away from your hot desk every so often to mentally recharge, then you might be interested in a new report that finds the modern office is designed for extroverts. Your extroverted co-workers not only get the promotions, they also receive modern office space designed especially with them in mind! A new online study of more than 300 employees by business psychologists OPP finds that our personality type impacts the type of office environment we prefer. What did the researchers learn? As Workplaceinsight.net reports:Extroverts were significantly happier at work and had higher levels of job satisfaction. Personality differences were also shown to be behind areas of conflict in the office, such as people's reactions to the idea of a clear desk policy. Some features were desired by almost everyone, such as having your own desk and working area, having well-designed workplaces and having ‘q…

How To Have A Team Meeting With Millennials

Meetings. For many of us, they're just a waste of valuable work time. A new survey, however, finds the Millennials love their staff meetings! Millennials participating in a new Igloo Software survey of 1,000 office workers see meetings as largely productive. Meetings are not a waste of time; they're an opportunity for employees to group-think from every conceivable angle until they schedule a follow-up meeting because they couldn't reach a decision. The Igloo survey tells us that more than half (56%) of Millennials see team meetings as very productive. On the flip side, more than half (54%) of employees aged 35 and older see most meetings as tedious exercises resulting in few, if any, actionable results. In fact, the age of 35 is when it dawns on the typical employee just how useless most meetings really are. Can we wrap this up? I have work to do. This evolution in thinking makes sense when you think about it. Before the age of 35, we want to debate anything and every…

When Your "Quitting" Co-worker Won't Actually Quit

Your co-worker keeps talking about leaving for greener pastures, but never leaves. It's clear this co-worker is all talk, and no action, as far as actually quitting is concerned. Let's kick off the new year by talking about the perpetually-quitting co-worker who won't actually quit! This work peer told you last June that she would be moving on by the end of the year, and now it's January. What happened? You thought she was finally, mercifully, going to move on since this workplace makes her so miserable. Her stories of greener pastures are many, and you've heard them all, more than once. What you've heard most of all, however, is how she's going to be leaving the company. Very soon. She's been saying this for two years. Working alongside the co-worker who always talks about quitting -- but never does -- can be a frustrating situation when you're trying to get the work done so you can leave by quitting time. You may feel mixed emotions about the …

These Social Media Mistakes Are Hurting Job Applicants

Ah, social media. The virtual downfall of people everywhere. But which social media mistakes are the most likely to hurt a job search? A new survey offers a few insights into what not to write!OfficeTeam asked more than 300 HR managers to hashtag the most common social media mistakes job seekers make, and let's just say that you might want to withhold your most sarcastic, from-mind-to-keyboard criticisms if you're looking for a job. More than four in 10 HR managers (45%) put "negative or inappropriate comments" first on their list of social media snafus that will disqualify a job applicant up front. Oops, was it something we said? Slightly more than one in three HR managers (35%) said that "questionable" photos, or being tagged in one, would disqualify a job applicant from consideration. Well, pictures do say a 1,000 words, right? Meanwhile, 17% of HR managers surveyed said an incomplete social media footprint -- as in, not updating frequently, not looki…

Happy New Year From The Workplace Diva!

Happy 2016! 

Before I jump back into the swing of things, I want to wish everyone who reads The Workplace Diva blog a belated happy holidays. 

I hope the holidays were everything you wanted them to be, whether that means navigating the party circuit or sitting at home alone binge watching television while sending callers to voice mail. The "happy" in happy holidays has a different meaning for all of us.

As for me, it's time to get back to work after a few weeks off to make the holidays happen. I will now shift, alt, control, and then mistakenly delete, my way to another year of quirky blog posts about the modern workplace. I hope you'll join me in this adventure. There's always something to say about today's global workplace, isn't there? It's never short of material to work with, and if I get bored I can always write another "how-to" article, or complain about the Millennials again. Thanks in advance for ignoring my typos.

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