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Hello, Happy Friday! It’s time for Tidbits & Hotness Vol. 5 and heerreee weee  go!

This week the Supreme Court sided with Wal-Mart in one of the largest discrimination cases in history. Over 1.6M woman joined together to sue Wal-Mart for discrimination, and unfair labor practices.  The High Court said the cases were not related.  Hmpf; 1.6M women file a sexual discrimination case and there is no common link…OKAY.

Wal-Mart

In other retail news, it seems that a local retail union in New York is targeting Target employees.  Union avoidance is hard enough, and now with social media its darn near impossible. Better treat your folks right you may not be as lucky.

Target

Soda Pop, Soft drinks, Cola; call them what you want, but you may want to call the waist extenders…click here.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that most people do not like their jobs. Well I hate to say I told you so, but huh…just read this.

Finally, you think you get unfair treatment at work, check out this poor lady. In the end, she gets the last laugh.

That’s it folks, it’s been a great week, you guys are reading and commenting, we got 2 new subscribers, and I’ve gotten emails, texts and
phone calls.  Also you can follow me on Twitter @new_resource.  Enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading the costofwork.

There are harsh realities in life; certain truths, and no matter how you try to sugar coat it. It’s a cold world and here are some cold blooded facts of work.

Schoolhouse Rock: If you want a career and not a job, if you want to be a role model to your children, if you want a better future; you must get some type of post-secondary education. Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD. Hell! Get some certifications. You got to have something more than a High School diploma.

Sustainability: Keep learning, keep networking, and stay current. Use social media for something constructive. Reach out to old professors and see what’s new in your field. Embrace technology. Take a refresher course. Attend a conference.

Less is more: Lose weight; I heard on the Today Show that an overweight or obese person earns about 200K less in their lifetime. I’m taking my own medicine here. Just gotta do it. I have discussed the benefits of wellness programs, take advantage of them. If your job doesn’t have one, put it in the suggestion box.

The Gambler: “You got to know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em, Know when to talk away and know when to run…” Great song! Also true with work. Right now it’s a crazy market. Economic trends and workforce reductions has over half the people working hating their jobs. They are just hanging on waiting for a better opportunity. Companies are laying-off and outsourcing; average career length is declining. You have to know when to stay and when it’s time to move on. Tricky but odds are you are not going to retire from your current organization.

And finally, don’t feel sorry for yourself, no one else will. Keep looking, keep searching, keep networking, something will happen. No one said the costofwork was cheap.

Well hello, it’s volume 4 of Tidbits & Hotness. I try to keep the subject informative light and upbeat, but it’s difficult to find good stories.  However, here’s what caught my eye this week.

First up, 3 links on the tough times that we face still today.  In the words of the Academy Award Winning rap trio Three 6 Mafia, “It’s hard out here…”

25% of African Americans feel discriminated against.

More on the glass ceiling.

36 months 38%.

Next, I often write on poor leadership and its effect on the team. Here is more evidence.

Bad bosses.

Finally, she may be gone but she is still working it out. Check out this article on Oprah, and pay attention to the last statement. She is ballsy.

Oprah’s vision.

Well, that closes out the week, we talked about Ann Curry in “Benchmarking” and then the glass ceiling in “The Roof is on Fire.”  Thanks for reading and ask yourself, what’s the costofwork?

Today, we’re talking about knowing when you have hit a glass ceiling. I’ve had a lot of conversations with people who feel that they’ve accomplished all that they can in their current position. They can’t seem to get a promotion and move up in their career.  This is known as the glass ceiling effect, don’t be believe the hype, there’s a glass ceiling at your company. There is maximum position that you can achieve.  Not everyone can be CEO. For some it’s higher than others. Unfortunately, it’s not fair, but life’s not fair. Some folks create their own glass ceiling and it’s pretty low. Here’s what happens.

  1. You have a poor attitude. I said it before; no one wants to work with a jerk. No matter how talented you are, if you are not a nice person, you will not move too far.
  2. You are unprofessional, I made this separate because I’ve seen nice folks but they do not know how to behave in a professional setting. They tend to say something or do something that is off-putting or awkward.  I’ve seen this happen and the person just doesn’t know better.
  3. You feel entitled, entitlement is a killer, once you feel that you deserve anything, and shouldn’t have to work on it; career suicide.
  4. You are detached; you just don’t care. You do the minimum amount of what’s asked of you.
  5. You are a kiss up; no one likes a brown noser, a yes man/woman. You have no opinion or anything constructive to add to the situation.

You may see jerks and brown nosers get a promotion or two, and that may be enough for them however they will never make it to the pinnacle.

Now let’s say you are a good person, hard worker, difference maker, well educated, team player, but still you just can’t get over the hump. Well it happens, here are some signs you are experiencing a glass ceiling by no fault of your own.

  1. The company’s organization culture is set to where you work until retirement and then the next tenured person takes over. This happens in most government or state (public) employers.
  2. The company is having financial problems. Hiring freezes, reorganizations, buyouts, mergers, lots of confusion, work force reductions, and wage freezes.  There may be lateral movement but not too many promotions happen during this time.
  3. The boss; you just don’t see eye to eye.  You don’t have to have fights, or arguments, could just be a weird relationship. We call that fit, you just don’t fit.
  4. You’re looked over for promotions with little to no explanation. “It’s not you, we found someone who is more qualified or a better fit” Uh yeah, if this happens more than once, it may be time to go.
  5. You’re not challenged in your position and you see no career pathing. You can do the job in your sleep. You want more of a challenge, but there is not one available. Dust off the resume.

It’s tough making a decision to move forward to another company. We get so invested in our companies and out titles that we become emotionally tied to our job. Leaving is like leaving family, some compare it to a death in the family.  Remember you have to make the best decision for you and your real family. You can stay connected through social media now. So it’s not goodbye, it’s so long for now.

You may have heard, Katie Couric has left CBS, 5 years after leaving the Today Show. She has moved on to ABC and is working on a daytime talk show.  Meredith Vera, who left The View to replace Katie on the Today Show, has resigned her position as well.  Five years ago, that was major news; is Katie staying with NBC, who will replace her?  She dragged that decision out for what seemed like forever. Then she finally confirmed the rumors and moved to CBS to take over the nightly news desk left vacant by Dan Rather.  I like Katie, I really do, no buts.  She can be credible, tough, and sensitive at the same time. I like Meredith as well, I was not as familiar with her but since taking over for Couric, I’ve seen her and read stories about her.

When all this shuffling took place, CBS and NBC had some major benchmarking questions to answer.  For NBC, they were losing a major star in the news department, who could possibly jump in with Matt Lauer, and Al Roker, and keep the attention and respect of the viewers.  CBS had lost Dan Rather, under strange circumstances; remember that terrible report he backed which turned out to be false? They needed to rebound and recover from that embarrassment quickly.  As the word spread that Couric would be called upon to bring CBS back to respectability, the other networks had to react. ABC even moved Diane Sawyer to their nightly desk, after Charles Gibson stepped down.  Those moves were done way more discretely and without fan fair.  So Katie goes to CBS, Meredith goes to NBC, and Rosie O’Donnell joins the View. I won’t even talk about that one.

Surely NBC and CBS had someone that could have stepped in and took over without going outside the company.  Well…After thinking about it maybe CBS didn’t.  ABC had excellent bench marking in place, Charlie Gibson left, Diane took over, and Robin Roberts took over for her.  NBC However, they hired an externally when it seem they had a rock star waiting. We all have been there; an open position, you apply but the company brings in someone else.  Kinda tough to swallow but you have to forge ahead. Some applicants can’t recover and it dominates them. Ultimately, they quit, get fired or stay in the same position until they retire.  You can handle it that way or maintain professionalism and let the laws of nature run their course.  You know; cream rises to the top, good meat makes its own gravy, hard work and a good attitude pay off.

This week Ann Curry was named as co-host of the Today show.  Ann has always been there smiling, and taking on any assignment.  She did the physical challenges, the emotional draining, the heartbreaking, stomach turning, inspirational and uplifting stories. From the outside looking in; Ann should have been the obvious choice 5 years ago.  NBC should have done what ABC did, stay in-house.  Ann was right under their noses.  No disrespect to Meredith but Ann is a better fit.  So I say congratulations Mrs. Ann Curry, you deserve it.

HR folks should have benchmarking in place and consider the impact of external hiring on morale and productivity. And employees, if you get looked over for a job or two, remain professional.  If your current employer doesn’t see your value and worth, someone else will.  And if you don’t know, now you know.

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