Facebook: Are Your Friends Trusted Sources or Naggy Noisemakers?

People have been worrying for a long time about mixing business and pleasure on Facebook. Much of the conversation centers around how much of their personal lives people want to reveal to colleagues and bosses. But lately I’ve been interested in the flip side of this. How and how much should people talk about their businesses, their work, or their causes on Facebook or other social networking sites?

The answer depends on how interesting your work, your business and your causes are to your friends. If what you post is interesting or useful, your friends will view you as a trusted source, someone they turn to for inside information, much like a personal news service. But if it’s all self-promotional blather, your friends will vote with their mice by either silencing you (using the handy Facebook “hide” feature), or worse, hitting the “unfriend” button on the bottom left of the page.

It’s one thing to see friends promoting their own interests, but now companies are paying people with large social networks to tout their brands on Twitter. {Read the rest on Yahoo!}


A Peek at the Future of Work

A conversation with the author and consultant, Patricia Martin, about a new set of values that is shaping the workplace.

Playing With Employee Perks

Perks at work -- which ones matter so much that you'd leave if you couldn't have them?

More on Legal Issues After Layoffs

Taking another look at employees who blog disparagingly about former employers or start businesses in the face of non-compete agreements.

When Ex-Employees Vent, or Reinvent

People may attract the wrath of a former employer for a variety of reasons, but how easy is it for a company to succeed in a legal challenge against a former employee?

Read the entire column.


Diversity at the Office: Policy vs. Reality

A discussion about how employers can create and sustain diversity in the workplace.


Is Gen Y the Slash Generation?

This month’s Fortune magazine has a good story, “Manage Us? Puh-Leeze” on the work habits of Gen Y and how employers need to embrace them (hint: get used to seeing employee’s bringing their moms to the first day of work.) Throughout the story were references to Gen Y workers and their whole-life mentality. Here’s a taste.

. . . Butler chose accounting after graduating from Howard University because he wanted “transferable skills.” At KPMG he’s getting them — and more: The firm has let him arrange his schedule to train for a bodybuilding competition, and he’s on its tennis team.

When people ask me whether there are generational implications for the “slash” concept, I usually say that anyone above 35 needs permission to have a life with slashes so there’s some reeducation that has to happen. Gen Y doesn’t need any reeducation. They can’t imagine a life that doesn’t have room for all their slashes. And they can’t imagine a workplace that doesn’t let them express themselves fully. Whether companies will figure out how to deliver it is another question.


Heymarci @ Google!

I don’t like to play favorites, but this Friday, I have a speaking gig that I am more than a little excited about. I’ll be doing the Authors@Google series (Visit the site at your own risk. You may never return).

I’ll be sharing the stage with Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Work Week, whose Amazon rank has been hovering at around #10 for more than a week now (I bet I check as much as he does!)

I am a little nervous people might not show because apparently it’s a busy day at the Googleplex. John McCain is also speaking (after us). And everyone is going to see the new Spiderman movie as a company field trip. But a friend told me that maybe it’s good McCain is speaking as it will bring some of the telecommuters onto campus.

There’s a touch of irony about giving a talk about improving your work/life mix on a day when the potential audience is struggling with these kinds of stressful decisions:

1) Should I go to work today?
2) Should I see John Mccain speak?
3) What time should I do the Spiderman field trip?

A typical work day when you work for a company that’s always showing up at the top of those “best companies to work for” lists.

Google posts all author talks at YouTube, so you can watch it here.


Day Job Seeking Artist

D.E. Shaws wins my prize for employer actively seeking “slashes.” No need to be in the closet about your other life when the classified ad is titled “Day Job Seeks Artist.”

Here’s the ad:

Day Job Seeks Artists Posted Mar 23
D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P., New York, NY

The D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm, seeks a meticulous, intelligent, and extremely skilled MS Office power-user to help update and format a wide range of paper and online documents using preexisting templates. The successful candidate will be a capable project organizer with an obsessive concern for detail. Master instructor-level knowledge of Office, including in-depth fluency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formatting functions, is a prerequisite. Proofreading skills are a strong plus. Basic knowledge of HTML and/or Quark is a plus, but if the successful candidate lacks knowledge in those areas, we will train him or her. No financial-industry experience required. The firm offers full benefits and a friendly, jeans-and-sneakers working environment. “Other agenda” candidates welcome. Please send resume and cover letter including standardized test scores, broken down when applicable, to Gawker-DPS@career.deshaw.com.

Members of the D. E. Shaw group do not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.

Here’s the original — I found it on Gawker.com.


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