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Dinr L8R PLZ XOXO ;) – Is it Appropriate to Send Personal Texts at Work?

With Valentine's Day looming, many young lawyers and law students may feel panic motivating them to start upping their text game to lock down that compulsory romantic February 14th date (or going radio silent to avoid the impending awkward allusions to dinner plans). I can only assume this exchange will be conducted via text, because I don't think cell phones have the capability to actually make calls anymore. Read More >

CEO Tweets of the Week: Branson, Gross, Musk, and Allen

It's too bad that JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon isn't among the increasing number of CEOs who tweet, because I would've loved to have read his 140-character blast after he received an $8.5 million raise last week for his 2013 efforts (a/k/a cutting deals with the Feds, keeping his options in the money, etc.). In any case, below is a handful of other prominent CEOs who posted prominent tweets in the past week.  1. Read More >

Jobs and the SOTU: Does the President's Agenda Have a Chance?

President Obama's State of the Union speech last night focused to a large degree on jobs and, specifically, on two key planks related to labor: the need to create more jobs, and raising wages for those at the bottom of the compensation ladder. Here are the main takeaways from the speech on those issues:   Setting the scene  No State of the Union speech would be complete without a progress check. Read More >

A Day in the Life: Provider Administration Manager, Humana

Karen Ball is a Provider Administration Manager for the South Florida Network Management team at Humana. Here, she shares her experiences of a typical day in her life on the job. Working at Humana for nearly five years has proven to be an exciting journey. When I first joined the organization as a Provider Contracting Representative for Medicare Service Operations, in October of 2008, I felt blessed to be part of a company that was so close to my heart. Read More >

Challenge Yourself to Mindfulness at Work

It's midday Monday. Your coffee buzz is either just kicking in or it's already wearing off. Your inbox is filling up faster than you can say, "Is it the weekend yet?" The to-do list you had been so intent on plowing through is now your last priority after unexpected "emergencies" have come across your desk. Never mind Friday's deadline-you won't be able to think about that until at least Wednesday. Read More >

Take Vault’s Office Romance Survey!

As Valentine's Day approaches, are longer hours turning into late night trysts? Have you ever had an office fling? Or a crush on a co-worker? Did you meet your significant other at work? Should office romances be prohibited, or encouraged? Take five minutes to tell us your thoughts! Vault's Office Romance Survey is our most popular study, and previous installments have been featured in prominent outlets including Forbes, the Daily News, The Takeaway, Newsweek and NBC. Read More >

The Power of Workplace Diversity

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." When Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote these words he lived in a society that struggled to embrace and encourage differences. Indeed, Dr. King had a vision of inclusion that's taken several decades to become a part of America, including the American workplace. Read More >

Finding Happiness and Practicing Law are Not Mutually Exclusive

I showed up for my first day of law school with my shiny new case books and 50 pages of perfectly typed notes in hand. I was eager, ready to espouse all of my knowledge about Vosburg v. Putney and, apparently, doomed. Rather than kicking off the class with a rousing discussion of 19th century shin injuries, the professor climbed on top of his soap box and proceeded to launch into a speech detailing the perils of a career as an attorney. I learned that (1. Read More >

The Revolution Against Open-Office Plans Has Begun

Although 70 percent of the American workforce now works shoulder-to-shoulder in football-field sized rooms without anything as much as an iPhone-thin wall separating their desks, studies continue to show that open-office plans are detrimental to employees' concentration, productivity, creativity, stress level, and job satisfaction, not to mention their health. Read More >

The Werewolf of Wall Street

The greed is unimaginable. The hubris is pornographic. And the smug, arrogant mask on the main character's face will make you clench your fists and grit your teeth with rage. No, I'm not talking about the latest Scorcese-DiCaprio collaboration but the latest PBS Frontline documentary, "To Catch a Trader," which follows the U.S. government's insider trading investigation of self-proclaimed Hedge Fund King Steven A. Cohen and his eponymous billion-dollar hedge fund empire. Read More >

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