Win4Youth: Ragnar Relay Success from Madison to Chicago

The Adecco team at the finish line in 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 and exhaustion. They slept outside, in vans, on gymnasium floors, subsisting on Power Bars and Gatorade. Nothing could beat the sense of accomplishment at the finish line. Adecco will make a contribution to charity on behalf of the team, supporting education efforts in China, Morocco, Belgium and New Zealand.

The team is actively planning their next Ragnar, from Chatanooga to Nashville this November!

On a larger scale, Win4Youth will also sponsor local Tri As One events on June 21 in Austin, Detroit, Boston, Washington D.C. and Tampa. The city that accumulates the most miles during the June 21 event will select a youth charity to receive the North American donation.  The global Win4Youth team will come together in October 2012, when 65 Adecco associates will compete in an Olympic triathlon in Barcelona, Spain.

Please feel free to contact your local Adecco office if you are a candidate or client who would like to get involved in the Win4Youth effort!

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 changed).

About a year ago, I talked to a recruiter from a “Big 4″ accounting firm who said that they routinely send gift baskets to a candidate’s parents during the recruiting process. According to the recruiter, this is done because parents are so involved in their child’s selection between competing job offers. Additionally, she said that it was common for parents to call to ask questions regarding the nature of the job or to negotiate starting salaries. Looking back at that encounter, I can only imagine the look on my face. What kind of impression does that give a manager of a new graduate’s independence, maturity or critical thinking ability if they have to ask, “Can you talk to my mommy (or daddy) about this?”
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Taking on a Second Job…for Fun?

When I was in high school a few years back (okay, more than a few), I traveled to Italy with a small group of American teenagers. We stayed with families for three weeks, and then spent another three weeks visiting such cities as Venice, Florence and Milan. Our group was led a woman whom I’ll call “P,” a teacher during the school year who led programs like mine during the summer.

I recently reconnected with some of my travel mates, and we discussed how insane P must have been to have taken a group of American teenagers all the way to Italy, where they could drink, get lost at a time before cell phones were pervasive and exist without parental supervision. Or was P on to something?
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Surviving the Office: The Distress Drawer

In no particular order: cold medicine, headache medicine, lint brush, emergency kit, tissues and manicure kit.

With many people spending 40+ hours at the office every week, it almost becomes like your second home. Sometimes you need to stock up on various items to make your work life more comfortable.

When I first started working, my mom gave me a very good piece of advice that I still utilize to this day. She said, “Sammy, make sure you have a distress drawer.” Having no idea what she was talking about, I asked her to explain. Essentially, she suggested I keep one drawer in my desk full of things for potential emergencies: cold medicine, panty hose (in case you get a rip–the ladies will tell you, it happens), a lint brush, extra shoes, band-aids, etc. The list goes on.
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How Music Saved My Commute to Work

Walk to Work by Sam Holland on Grooveshark

Happy Monday faithful readers! Let’s kick off the week with something fun, shall we?

Like many of you, I am at the mercy of public transit to get to work every day. Trains, cars, buses and even pedestrian routes can be loud, smelly and fraught with equipment issues&#8212at least here in New York City. Between the commuter rail, subway and foot paths I’ve come up with a number of ways to cope with the stress of actually having to get here.

While successful methods include reading, sleeping, and playing angry birds on my phone, the biggest lifesaver is my “walk to work” playlist. I just pop in those headphones and zone out for 52 glorious minutes. Before I know it I’ve got my giant iced coffee and am happily typing away at my desk.

Check out a sample of what I’m currently listening* to and tell us how you make the trip to and from work a happy one!

*Fair warning: I have very eclectic taste.

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 Luce, 2006), published by the Harvard Business Review, 44% of high earning professionals felt the current pace of their job was “extreme”. In the six years since that study has been conducted, the percentage is likely on the rise.
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