LinkedIn is not a Casting Network nor a Dating Site

LinkedIn request message: “Hi Gabriela, I’d like to join your LinkedIn network.” I check the profile. I am intrigued by the professional experience of the requester. “Strategic and Art director”. Curious, I read the whole description. A lot of arty, amazing and unusual artistic stuff. A fascinating job. Impressive. I accept the invite. I respond with a a friendly welcoming […]

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>My new work jargon: PTO, CR, PIT

>Ever since I joined the team of a worldwide company active in IT-telecommunication, my work related universe has completely changed. Nowadays I don’t talk about communication campaigns, online tools, branding, PR, Google Analytics or CRM. My work jargon has been completely replaced by a brand-new series of concepts. Of course, I still talk about project management, communication, planning, action plans, milestones, budgets and follow-up, but all from a different perspective.As I am still a new acquisition or a new hire, I am still able to see the differences between my colleagues that have been baptized with the corporate culture and who can’t see that there can be other ways of defining and approaching things or simply expressing himself.Below I will present some items of my new jargon (that personally I found it funny). “PTO”: Mark told to me that he was supposed to be on PTO this week. What on earth is PTO? You’ll laugh. It is just – Personal Time Off. I wonder what happened to “leave” or “holiday”. I suppose it’s more fancy to say PTO, like a some type of special activity that only some people are allowed to do.  The worst part is that people don’t even realize that in a normal English, you wouldn’t actually use – personal time off. “Site visits”: Having an online communication background, “site” for me means “website”. And site visits means nothing else than “website visits” – the number […]

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>Stepstone: Burnout looming over every fifth employee

>According to a survey conducted by StepStone:19 per cent of European specialists and executives suffer from burnout symptoms caused by stress on the job Stepstone, Duesseldorf, Mai 2007. About 19 per cent of the European specialists and executives are feeling distinct physical and mental symptoms of exhaustion which they attribute to stress at their workplace. For another 27 per cent the raised pressure is increasingly effecting them deeply. This was the result of a current survey of the European job board StepStone conducted among 21,586 visitors in eight European countries. According to the survey merely 54 per cent of the respondents are coping with their workload. The results coincide with the analysis of the German Universitätsklinikum Freiburg (University Hospital Freiburg) where the emotional exhaustion symptoms caused by job-related stress is being researched internationally for years. “When there is an increase of the workload and at the same time there is a lack of acknowledgment and given credit for the accomplished tasks there is a dramatic rise in the risk of burnout”, says Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Bauer, head of department of at the psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic medicine-center of the Universitätsklinik Freiburg. Compared internationally the German specialists and executives are the sad front-runner. Here, 24 per cent suffer from burnout syndrome while only 44 per cent are able to cope with their workload. Best prepared are the specialists and executives in Denmark where two thirds of the respondents (66 per cent) […]

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