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Did You Miss the Conversation?…

Posted by joyinhome on March 3, 2010

As part of Policy & Action Day 2010 and the Working Women Day of Action, working women and activists had a ‘Tweet Up’ for those who wanted to participate but couldn’t be at the meeting. Check out the stream at http://tweetchat.com/room/bpwf

BTW – Heather Boushey was awesome!

Follow us @WomenMisbehavin and @BPW_CEO.

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Tell Us What You Want, What You Really Really Want

Posted by 365SoulNotes on February 8, 2010

Anybody remember that old Almond Joy/Mounds ad slogan?  “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t!”

That’s how I feel about working some days.  Some days I feel it…I really, really do.  I love my job, I feel like my work matters, and the task at hand is interesting.

Other days…not so much. 

Which made me wonder, what is the difference between the days I’m engaged and the days I spend the majority of my 8-hours in the office surfing the web and updating my Facebook status?

When it comes down to it, the answer for me is…INTERACTION!

But what does that mean?  Certainly it’s not reasonable to think there will always be an exciting new project, a creative brainstorming meeting, or even constant feedback from my boss to keep me dialed into the workplace every minute of every day.

Although I know I need to motivate myself and do what my employer is paying me to do, I have noticed there are days when that task comes much easier than others.  Those days typically involve some kind of interaction within the office (or virtual environment).

When I interact with my colleagues, boss, or clients my motivation is higher to produce…especially when I feel like what I’m doing will benefit the team.  Interaction doesn’t have to be constant.  In fact, it can come in a number of forms:

  • Mentorship from people in positions from whom I aspire to learn
  • Being brought into projects and asked for my insight (because even though I might not have the most experience, my perspective is still valuable)
  • Having clear goals or deliverables from my boss (there’s nothing worse than coming into work and not being expected to produce SOMETHING by the end of the day/week/month)
  • Being told what the bigger picture is and how what I’m doing fits into it
  • Having a forum to touch base with colleagues about projects we are working on so we can share, combine or better use resources
  • Using social media tools to connect with others & gather ideas about a project I’m working on

Some people may prefer to be left alone to figure things out for themselves. Others may prefer incentive-based motivation.  Me…I like to feel like a crucial part of the team. 

What about you?  How could your employer increase your engagement at work?

  • What working environment makes you operate at your best?
  • What motivates you to produce?
  • What kind of engagement do you just WISH your employer would provide?!

You can post your musings on Young Women Misbehavin’, Facebook, Twitter or email us at kbarrett@bpwfoundation.org

Posted in Gen Yner, Q4U, Research, Social Media, Successful Workplaces, Workforce Development/HR | 2 Comments »

Cool Ways to Make Friends in Your New City

Posted by ywmguest on January 26, 2010

We love our network of working women. YWM encourages you to be brave, move across the country and talk to strangers. Today’s guest blogger is Maya Moore.

The life of a young careerist often involves moving to a new city in pursuit of a new job, life, or as a result of a career change.

Moving to a new city, can be a very exciting thing!

However, it can also pose its sets of challenges, especially in the social realm, i.e., trying to find friends! Below are some tips to help you discover and maximize your social opportunities when you’re the new kid in town.

Get involved!

Join a local organization, or take a class.  Taking a class is a great way to meet people who posses similar interests as yours. Consider taking up a totally new sport or learn something you’ve always wanted to know. Join a local club, volunteer organization, or a church. It always fun meeting people whose hearts beat for a mutual cause. People in these communities share the same interests as you and probably live in the same area.

Network with people you already know!

Co-workers, fellow neighbors, the coffee shop guy who always serves you your morning latté, let people know you are new to the area and would like some advice about the best place in town to watch theatre, play golf, or go shopping. People are generally friendly and willing to help, you just have to ask.

The net is your best friend!

(But resist the urge to be reclusive; otherwise that will defeat the purpose.) Since you are limited on your human resources, there are excellent web sites like Yelp! and Craigslist that provide a wealth of info helpful for people new in town. Yelp.com provides reviews and blogs about what’s great – and not so great – in your neighborhood and beyond, everything from cool restaurants and clubs to doctors and yoga instructors. Craigslist is a great website for classified ads for furniture, employment, rental listings and events. Meetup is a site that helps local people get together to hang, share a few drinks or try a new activity. You can use these sites to your advantage when deciding about whether to try a new place to eat, hang, or socialize.

Keep an open mind!

Get outside your comfort zone. Keep a smile on your face and don’t be afraid to approach people. Don’t only approach or talk to people who look like you (or your best friend back home). Part of living in a new city is experiencing new cultures. Don’t miss out on great friendships because of pre-conceived notions, your next set of best buds could be older, younger, or of a different sex than you!

Bottom line, use every social opportunity to your advantage, ask questions, be personable and keep smiling! Maintaining a work life balance is important especially when moving to a new city. Finding new friends may be challenging but by putting yourself in various social
settings it will become easier.

Maya Moore is a young careerist living and working in the city of Los Angeles, CA.

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Misbehavin’ Notification: Gen Y Gets Some Needed Attention

Posted by YWM on December 7, 2009

Baby Boomlets … MyPod Generation … Gen Why?
Social Media Methodologies Used to Conduct Gen Y Research

The 80 million-strong ‘Y’ Generation is creating quite the buzz. By 2025, Gen Y (born between 1978-1994) will comprise nearly 75 percent of the world’s workforce. Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation’s Young Careerist (YC) research project will ask Gen Y women about their views of the workplace and share knowledge with employers looking to recruit and retain young women as well as improve their bottom line.

“This primary research gives voice to a distinct group of working women who are vital to developing a diverse and skilled workforce,” said BPW Foundation chair Roslyn Ridgeway. “Gen Y women, we want to hear from you- what do you need to be successful in the workplace? What do you want employers to understand about your generation?”

From their comfort with technology, to their multicultural perspectives, to their insatiable desire for making a difference, Gen Y is expected to revolutionize the workplace and the workforce. As this new group of employees joins the multigenerational workforce, BPW Foundation seeks input from both employers and Generation Y women to provide a framework through which to view YC career choices and challenges. Preliminary YC research has produced a Snapshot of Generation Y, an issue brief and two bibliographies.

“BPW Foundation is conducting research to transform the workplace for today’s workforce, particularly women and families,” reports BPW Foundation CEO Deborah L. Frett. ”The positive relationship between women in management and corporate financial success is well documented, but what does that mean for the next generation of women leaders and their employers?”

Understanding and addressing the needs of Generation Y women is and will be critical if employers want to maintain a competitive edge. Employers may participate in the research project by hosting a group interview or focus group of current Gen Y women employees.

The research will be conducted using a combination of social media and traditional research methods. As part of this project, BPW Foundation created the online resource YCCentral.org and social media channels, including the Young Women Misbehavin’ blog, Facebook and Twitter. Initial research via Twitter and Facebook will begin December 8; group interviews and online surveys will begin in Spring 2010.

“Gen Y women, we want to hear from you- what do you need to be successful in the workplace? What do you want employers to understand about your generation?”

Through the YC research project, BPW Foundation seeks to fill the research gap on Generation Y women.

How do Generation Y women define success?
What do Generation Y women expect from employers?
How can employers attract and retain Generation Y women?

BPW Foundation has a solid record of researching the issues and workforce practices that lead to a successful workplace. Our research provides insights to employers and policy makers on the needs and challenges of key groups of working women with a variety of skills, education and training. Such research is critical because its results can be applied to other groups of workers.

BPW Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) research and education organization that advocates on behalf of working women and families. BPW Foundation supports workforce development programs and workplace policies that recognize the diverse needs of working women, communities and businesses. To participate in the YC Research Project, contact Kara Nichols Barrett at kbarrett@bpwfoundation.org

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Want Women To Switch From Pepsi To Coke, There’s an App For That

Posted by knbarrett on October 15, 2009

I’m a big fan of the iPhone.  From the Chipotle order application that shaves 5 minutes off of my lunch run to the red laser application that ensures I always get the best deal, I appreciate the daily appearance of new applications that make my life a little easier.

pepsitackyWhat I don’t appreciate, though, is blatantly sexist apps like the new PepsiCo app – “AMP Up Before You Score.”  The goal of the new iPhone app is to help men “score” with 24 types of women. The categories of potential conquests include “cougar,” “punk girl” and “bookworm.” The app also provides a platform for men to flaunt their success through the Brag List that keeps track of names, dates and details.

The app generated such outrage online that PepsiCo responded using Twitter:

Our app tried 2 show the humorous lengths guys go 2 pick up women.  We apologize if it’s bad taste & appreciate your feedback.

Bad taste, seriously? This is not simply a tacky marketing move. This is a gender exploitative marketing strategy.  Gender stereotypes are manipulated in pursuit of economic outcomes – increased sales for AMP Energy Drink. As Robert Jensen, professor at the University of Texas-Austin, said:

For Pepsi to frame their apology as a matter of bad taste is to ignore the systematic objective and sexual exploitation of women in contemporary culture.

As you can tell, this really “amps” me up. I don’t even drink carbonated beverages and I’m ready to grab a coke.

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Tweets Today

Posted by gansie on September 21, 2009

twitter_bird_follow_meSometimes a slow blog day means we were busy twittering. Catch the same YWM sass over on twitter.com/WomenMisbehavin.

Here’s what we’re tweeting today:

twitter ruling the world RT @MotherJones Holy cow. RT @Slate Twitter now drives 10 percent of NYT.com traffic http://bit.ly/Mccdcabout

RT @BlackWomen Help uplift someone today. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless” Mother Theresa

awesome social media advice from @SocialFishFood @maddiegrant and thanks for the shout out! http://tinyurl.com/oh8lmr

#hcr RT @SenSherrodBrown At town hall a father talks about his son – a student with serious health care issues. Worried about medical bills

Women gain as men lose jobs…is this really a “gain” for anyone? http://tinyurl.com/nzq5jw

And PS
In case you’re new to the twitter lingo, here’s a few tips:

RT = ReTweet. This is similar to forwarding an email. If YWM likes what someone else tweeted, we pass the message on. Retweets fufill a few different purposes: passes important messages on to larger, different audiences, shows good will to twitter “followers,” (the originator of the message can tell who ReTweets their message and hey, who doesn’t like a little attention in the twitterverse!) and provides easily generated content to “followers.”

#hrc. #, or hashtag, is used as a way to organize tweets around topics. #hrc catalouges information on heath care reform. There can be hashtags on anything, from the #emmys to #musicmondays.

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by joyinhome on September 17, 2009

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Helping workers with financial problems improves employee morale and productivity. [KPTH]

The Big Five: What’s at Stake for Women and the Nation. [NCRW blog]

15th anniversary of Violence Against Women Act. [U.S. Dept. of Justice]

Green Career Institute and Underwriters Lab offer solar job training in San Francisco [Web Wire]

Two day summit on Women’s issues scheduled in Philly Oct 2010. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Women’s groups say Obama administration supportive of their issues. [UPI]

“Norma Rae” famous woman union organizer has died from cancer. [Arcamax Publishing]

Sebelius pledges no abortion funding in Health Care Reform bill. [McClatchy Newspapers]

New Facebook tags like twitter. [CNET]

5 ways to boost your blog… [Duct Tape Marketing]

Do social networks endanger the workplace? [eChannel Line]

Lupus Foundation increases donations via Facebook. [SmartBlog]

Posted in Advocacy, BPW, Career Advancement, Economy, Families, Feminism, green, Health, Link Love, Social Media, Successful Workplaces, Uncategorized, Workforce Development/HR | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by gansie on September 3, 2009

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Finally, another woman to watch during dinner. Gibson retires. Sawyer takes over. [Washington Post]

Understanding the Y worker [SmartBlog on Workforce]

Does the nation need a career development policy [Punk Rock HR]

New Jersey lends a hand (and loan assistance!) to women veteran entrepreneurs [NJ.com]

Should the NFL get rid of cheerleaders? [Washington Post]

Landing a green job [MSNBC.com]

Are employees getting taxed too much for partner benefits [Human Rights Campaign]

Successful twittering for your company [Social Media Today]

Will there be any more abortion doctors [Womenstake.org]

Forbes, are you serious?!?! A response to Forbes’ article that implies women sabotage themselves at work [Jezebel] [Forbes]

Greening the Middle: Kansas City YWCA hosting Green Jobs Forum [Kansas City Kansan]

Posted in Career Advancement, green, Health, Link Love, Social Media, Sustainability | 2 Comments »

News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by gansie on August 31, 2009

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Maternity care is important [Women’s eNews]

New trial for pregnancy firing [Times-Republic / Central Iowa]

It has been a rough time for Marriott and women: Woman wins ageism lawsuit [Columbus Dispatch]

Health Fracas Slows Pro-Woman Changes by Obama [Women’s eNews]

How greening your company also works as an employee moral booster [Harvard Business]

How to get your blogs noticed [Smart Blog on Social Media]

Posted in Career Advancement, Families, green, Link Love, Social Media, Successful Workplaces, Sustainability | 1 Comment »