I'm quoted in Jacquelyn Smith's new article for Forbes on how to handle conflict in the workplace. As Smith writes, "Sometimes the hardest part of your job isn’t the work; it’s the people." She's put together a list of 10 great tips on how to approach your boss and find a resolution to get back to a peaceful and productive environment.
I love these kinds of stories! (And not just because I would love a piece of cake right now.) This British fellow did a great job of leaving his position with the Border Force to pursue his dream of focusing on his cake business - he wrote his resignation letter in icing on a cake. And he picked up a lot of press along the way!
Amid last week's disappointing news reports of slowed hiring and people dropping out of the labor force altogether, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also released info in its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) that indicates people are quitting their jobs and picking up work in a freelance capacity. This has been discussed in numerous other studies, including this recent one from Intuit that made headlines for claiming that by 2020, 40% of Americans will be freelancers. This report also pointed out 19 other demographic, economic, social, and technology trends to watch over the coming decade, including interesting comments on the reduced costs associated with starting a small business, how seniors are "unretired", and the rise of niche markets.
...which is the lowest it's been since 2008. Although it's still not a huge improvement, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the unemployment rate "has shown little movement, on net, since September 2012," there have been strong gains across the professional and business services, construction, and health care sectors, as well as in the information industry, retail trade, food and beverage services, and wholesale trade.
Although much of this blog focuses on career transitions, there's also a lot to be said regarding what to do when you have a job you like! I'm quoted in a new article on Forbes.com on how to improve your working relationships with colleagues. I discussed why it's important with Forbes staff writer Jacquelyn Smith, and went over some strategies for how to create a culture of respect and politeness and in the workplace.