Author: RJH

Three Work From Home Tips

Three Work From Home Tips

Everyone is doing posts with work from home tips, it seems. So instead of repeating much of the advice that’s already out there, I figured I’d share three tips regarding working from home. Two of these are things I found helpful when I transitioned to working from home full time. The last one is relevant to being a remote employee, but moreso right now, because I’m seeing it a lot with more members of the workforce being pushed out of their offices and into their homes.

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How Your Company Handles a Pandemic Speaks Volumes

How Your Company Handles a Pandemic Speaks Volumes

In my last post I talked about the fact that people are starting to pay more attention to how companies of all kinds treat their employees. I said:

They’re starting to make note of sick leave and work-from-home policies. They’re asking if workers are being provided with things to help keep them safe, regardless of whether or not they come into contact with customers. People are questioning when companies deem themselves “essential” and they don’t seem like they are. They’re noticing companies who have shifted production to things we need now: hand sanitizer, masks, and ventilators. People are starting to reconsider whether-or-not they should be supporting companies who aren’t taking this pandemic seriously and aren’t treating their employees right during it. And that’s going to, no doubt, have lasting effects on all companies after this is over.

And it’s true. But people aren’t just evaluating a company’s response to this pandemic as consumers. They’re looking at those things as current employees, and will no doubt be evaluating them as potential employees when that time comes for them. Continue reading “How Your Company Handles a Pandemic Speaks Volumes”

Let’s Talk Coronavirus & Marketing

Let’s Talk Coronavirus & Marketing

Shoot, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Close to two years, actually… and a lot has happened since then. We moved from Knoxville, TN to Phoenix, AZ because my husband got promoted. Then eight months later we moved to Nashville, TN because he was offered an opportunity he couldn’t refuse. During that time I transitioned from being a standard office employee to being a full-time remote one and because of that I’ve not wanted to spend much additional time in front of my computer.

Now that there’s a pandemic, taking some time to sit in front of the computer longer than I usually do doesn’t really seem to be that big of a deal. I’ve got nowhere to go and nothing else to do (except laundry… there’s always laundry). March was a wild ride, kicking off with a tornado causing catastrophic damage just blocks from our new place, displacing us for four days and leaving us with an empty fridge. And now COVID-19. Continue reading “Let’s Talk Coronavirus & Marketing”

Stop Marketing Using Someone Else’s Tagline

Stop Marketing Using Someone Else’s Tagline

Just last week, while I was browsing LinkedIn, I saw it: a red hat featuring a familiar slogan. You know the one, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two-ish years. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a refresher:

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Yup, that’s the one.

But this wasn’t the rare political post on LinkedIn. I did a double-take and was surprised that it was clearly a marketing ploy by a company that I’ll keep to myself. I was a little surprised. It wasn’t a spoof hat, like “Make America Love Again” or something. This one said, “Make America Great Again with [company].” Continue reading “Stop Marketing Using Someone Else’s Tagline”

The Four Types of Critique

The Four Types of Critique

I wrote this post way back in 2011 after a group of colleagues and I had a conversation about critiquing. Back then, I published it on a blog that applied to modeling and photography. I am reviving it here with some minor modifications, since it applies just as well to being a creative and working in general. Enjoy!

As I see it, there are four different types of critiques: the “Unhelpful”, the “Unicorns and Rainbows”, the “I’ll Do Your Job For You”, and the “Constructive”. I have been at the receiving end of all four of these kinds of critiques, from the time I was a kid taking art classes after school and well throughout my career. I’ve also been on the delivering end of most of them. As a creative, critique is unavoidable, but I think as a working adult it’s unavoidable as well. Learning about these four types of critiques can help more than just the creative person you happen to work with, and you’ll realize you likely criticize more than just a designer’s work. Continue reading “The Four Types of Critique”

Five Ways to Beat the Cold Office Blues

Five Ways to Beat the Cold Office Blues

As I mentioned last week, I have long battled the office thermostat, and have learned that there’s really nothing an individual can do to change things “globally”. Instead, the easiest way to make yourself more comfortable in an office where you’re freezing is to take matters into your own hands. Over the past 12 years, I have discovered quite a few things that work, and many that don’t. These are my favorite things for keeping warm in a frigid office.* Continue reading “Five Ways to Beat the Cold Office Blues”

The Battle for Control Over the Office Thermostat

The Battle for Control Over the Office Thermostat

Offices are known for being cold. The cold office has been a subject on notably credible websites like CNN and the New York Times, to trendier sites like Bustle and Mental Floss. Most of these articles say the same thing:

Offices are too cold for women… and yet thermostats are stuck in the 60’s, literally.

Most women I know that work in an office are cold. Office thermostats are often set to the high 60’s, and a lot of research points to this number being decided upon decades ago, when offices were full of men wearing suits all the time. Nowadays, with workforces mixed and dress codes more lax, office spaces are shared by men and women who are wearing less layers and lighter fabrics.

Of course, I can’t forget to mention that in some cases, HVAC systems are set to move air through offices that are full. Every cubicle has a vent blasting air down into it, but not every cubicle has a body and electronics warming it. That heating/cooling system is working overtime to make sure that non-existent employee is “comfortable”, while half of the actual workforce is huddled around space heaters or wrapped in blankets. Continue reading “The Battle for Control Over the Office Thermostat”

Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Job Hunting

Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Job Hunting

Every one of us has been on both ends of the job hunting story: looking or know someone who is looking. And no doubt every one of us has received well-meaning advice from someone who hears we are looking. Having begun searching myself not too long ago, I was on the receiving end of quite a bit of advice, tips, suggestions, and more. Some of it was helpful in one way or another, but other commentary proved to just frustrate me further. So I decided to put together a list of five things you should avoid saying to someone who’s looking for a new job. Continue reading “Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Job Hunting”

Five Desk Drawer Must-Haves for Creatives

Five Desk Drawer Must-Haves for Creatives

Over the years, I have curated a fine collection of office supplies and other random things that I’ve found I cannot live without at work. Among these things are items that make me smile, keep me motivated, help me be efficient when it comes to doing my job, and inspire me. Many of these things come with me from job to job, and some have even followed me from college. Of everything I have collected, I find a water bottle, a ruler, a stress ball, a stash of non-digital inspiration, and colored pencils.

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Post Share: Going Business Casual on a Budget

Post Share: Going Business Casual on a Budget

I mentioned that I fed a lot of my creative energy into style blogging, and I did for quite a few years. One of my favorite posts was based on a real-life scenario a friend dealt with at work. With a single day’s notice in the form of an email, her office went from yoga-pants-and-sneakers casual to strict business casual. Not an easy task for someone who’s spent years in a casual environment.

She reached out to me for both a sympathetic ear and some ideas on how to quickly and cheaply snag some key pieces to start transitioning her wardrobe so that it was a better fit for the new dress code. I gave her my ideas and then started thinking about taking what I told her and making it into a blog post. After months of working on it, I was able to publish Going Business Casual on a Budget. Continue reading “Post Share: Going Business Casual on a Budget”

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