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Win4Youth: Ragnar Relay Success from Madison to Chicago

Team Adecco (also known as “Random Acts of Foolishness”) successfully completed the Ragnar Relay Race for Adecco Win4Youth. The team of 12 completed the grueling 200 mile journey from Madison to Chicago in just over 30 hours, placing eighth in the Corporate Mixed Division. The team persevered through a 100 degree heat index, aches and pains […] Read Article “Win4Youth: Ragnar Relay Success from Madison to Chicago”

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Children of Helicopter Parents: How Does it Affect Their Future?

Let me preface this post by admitting that I do not have kids of my own. This gives me an interesting vantage point when it comes to how parents choose to raise their children, compared to when I was a kid (which wasn’t really that long ago – yet it seems as if a lot has […] Read Article “Children of Helicopter Parents: How Does it Affect Their Future?”

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Does Money Buy Happiness?

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  […] Read Article “Does Money Buy Happiness?”

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A Growing Problem: Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace

Nearly every employer drug tests for illegal drugs. However, if an employee has a prescription for a drug, they will still pass the drug test. With this loophole, prescription drug abuse in the workplace is on the rise. The problem tends to start on college campuses, where students seek out medications either for recreational use […] Read Article “A Growing Problem: Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace”

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Management & Job Design: How to Ensure Your Employees Actually Like Coming to Work

When I took on my new role as On-Site Manager, I inherited my very first employee-with-a-dotted-line responsibility. I’m not technically her supervisor; but she will look to me for training, guidance and new tasks.  They often say that people don’t leave jobs: they leave bosses; so I was intent on making sure that she would like […] Read Article “Management & Job Design: How to Ensure Your Employees Actually Like Coming to Work”

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The Side Effects of 24/7 Workplace Connectivity

In a time of 24/7 connectivity, do we ever really leave work? It’s a question that has been discussed more and more frequently. In the age of smartphones, iPads, text messaging, laptops, SYNC and webinars, many feel that they never really shut down. According to Extreme Jobs: The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek (Hewett and […] Read Article “The Side Effects of 24/7 Workplace Connectivity”

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What you should (and should not) ask a recruiter

When a recruiter calls you, you need to determine a few things: if you are qualified to do the job, if you’re interested in doing the job, what hoops you will need to jump through to get the job, and if there is any reason the job is open (i.e. is there an underlying problem […] Read Article “What you should (and should not) ask a recruiter”

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14 Lessons from Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want in Life

There’s a reason Ben Franklin’s face is on the $100 bill: he knew what he was talking about and if you followed his advice, you might find yourself making some hundreds of your own. I came across this article by Thea Easterby in Business Insider; it offers some inspirational advice I think you might find […] Read Article “14 Lessons from Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want in Life”

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10 Tips for Recent College Grads: Millennials in the Job Market

There has been a lot of talk about the “Millennial” generation. Ask most hiring managers, and you will hear about a sense of entitlement, lack of professionalism and the inability to stay in one job for long. Below are a few tips that I have picked up in my experience working with this population as […] Read Article “10 Tips for Recent College Grads: Millennials in the Job Market”

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Calming down an upset client: the ASAP model

Maintaining good client relationships is a huge part of our business and having a plan in place to manage those relationships is critical for success. A very accomplished colleague of mine taught me the “ASAP” customer service model below – and it WORKS.