• The Future of Work Part 2: Reinventing Your Company for the Networked Era






    Welcome to Part 2 of our two part series on the Future of Work: Reinventing Your Company for the Networked Era by Les Martel and Jeff Loher. In Part 1 you learned what the “Networked Era” is and what it means to you and your companies survival. The authors introduced you to the “Organizational Fitness Lens”; a handy tool to asses your company as it prepares for the coming evolution/revolution of “work”, employment and corporate structure. In Part 2 you will learn how to use the “Organizational Fitness Lens” to assess your company’s survival in the coming evolution/revolution of “work”,

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  • The Future of Work Part 1: Reinventing Your Company for the Networked Era






    Welcome to Part 1 of our two part series on the Future of Work: Reinventing Your Company for the Networked Era by Les Martel and Jeff Loher. In Part 1 you will learn what the “Networked Era” is and what it means to you and your companies survival. The authors introduce you to the “Organizational Fitness Lens”; a handy tool to asses your company as it prepares for the coming evolution/revolution of “work”, employment and corporate structure. In Part 1 you will learn how to use the “Organizational Fitness Lens” to assess your company’s survival in the coming evolution/revolution of

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  • Do Home Workers Pull Their Weight?






    More than 10% of the U.S. work force now works from home, and that number is increasing. Business owners are always looking for ways to curb expenses, and home workers are proving their value. Some large corporations now encourage employees to work from home at least several days a week. Internet-driven office communications, cloud computing and mobile technology have decreased the importance of physical presence in colleague and client interactions. Savings in time and travel are just part of the picture. Employee happiness and productivity tend to increase when employees have the option to work from home. Small business owners

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  • How to Adjust Your Interview Skills to Get Virtual Jobs






    Interviewing for virtual jobs isn’t that much different than getting a job the traditional way, but you do have to tweak your interview skills if you want to be successful. As we noted in our previous post, if you’re selling your services on Zoondy (click the link to find out how Zoondy works), you should be prepared to treat every new contact with a potential client, either by phone or online, as a job interview. To put your best foot forward and make a good impression, use the following tips to transfer your interview skills to the virtual employment arena (see our

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  • Skills Needed to Compete in the Virtual Workplace






    The workplace is evolving. You might say it’s going “free range.” Traditional 9-to-5 cubicle jobs that require workers to report to an office every day are giving way to virtual jobs that can be performed by any worker with a laptop computer anywhere in the world. As reported by The Daily Beast, an Ernst & Young survey of 12,000 professional and white-collar workers found that about 50% expect contract workers to outnumber full-time employees. That 40% of those surveyed expect businesses to stop offering traditional full-time employment with benefits was even more indicative of the push toward a virtual workplace.

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  • Overcome Poor Employment Conditions with Zoondy






    The country’s lethargic employment-population ration (see our previous post) is cause for concern and points to a less rosy economic recovery than the soothing platitudes emanating from the Washington beltway would have us believe. How can we as a nation overcome poor employment conditions.  As Annalyn Kurtz pointed out in an article on CNN Money: “Forget the unemployment rate. The employment rate — the percentage of adult Americans who hold a job — has barely budged in the past three years. It’s hovering near its lowest level in three decades, and it’s unlikely to improve.” The biggest drag on economic recovery

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  • US Employment Rates: Still Stuck at 30-Year Low






    With the US employment rates still at a 30-year low, what are unemployed and other job seekers to do?    Newscasters breathlessly report every quiver in unemployment statistics, staring with serious faces into the camera as they announce the latest decimal point change in the U.S. unemployment rate. But the fact of the matter is that the true measure of the health of America’s work force is not the unemployment rate, but the employment rate. Since the Great Recession sent the U.S. economy into free-fall, the unemployment rate has been affected more by how many laid-off workers have given up

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  • How Breadwinner Moms Are Changing Society






    As noted in a previous post, the Great Recession stood America’s job market on its head. With construction and manufacturing industries which traditionally employ more male than female workers handing out pink slips by the truckloads, many American women found themselves the primary breadwinners for their families. Even though male jobs are bouncing back, jobs traditionally held by women, which did not suffer appreciably during the recession, remain strong and a growing number of wives in married households now out-earn their husbands. Many feel the change in the balance of financial power will be good for society, hopefully banishing glass

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  • Working Moms Take Over as Family Bread Winners






    In 1960, at the beginning of the modern women’s liberation movement, women were certainly not new to the workforce, but just 11% of working moms were the primary supporters of their families. Today, working mothers are the primary breadwinners in 40% of U.S. households with children. It’s a paradigm shift that many American women hope will finally smash the glass ceiling once and for all and create true financial equality in the workplace. The new statistics arose from the latest Pew Research Center study on the influence of breadwinner moms on the economy and the implications for American families. While the

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  • American Entrepreneurs Will Drive Future Job Creation






    We may have to be “back to the future” to jump-start a new era of job creation in the U.S. We were once a country of entrepreneurs, individuals pursuing their dreams with their own two hands and skills learned from experience. Mom and pop stores dotted the economic landscape only rarely expanding outside the family when additional hands were needed. Gradually, success grew into stores, factories and corporations, moving job creation into the hands of fewer people. But despite changes in how Americans define “work,” the Horatio Alger story is alive and well. Websites like Etsy, Zoondy  and Kickstarter give testament to the

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