#Nextchat: Helping Employees with ‘Option B’

first_imgWhat’s a Twitter Chat? Three Tools for Twitter Chats We all know that employees do not leave their personal selves at the workplace door. The experiences we have outside of work inform who we are at work.That is why we spend so much effort–or we should–on helping develop a culture that makes it easier for employees to manage work and life. But, there is one part of life that is often left out:  death.That brings me to Option B by Facebook COO and author of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, and her friend and psychologist, Adam Grant, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Originals. A fantastic collaboration, Option B is based on Sheryl’s loss of her husband, Dave, and her painful but inspirational journey forward.Option A is the employee’s life with the loved one. Option B is surviving without him or her.On a personal level, when I lost my dad, I felt like Sheryl: I would never be fully happy again. The hole in my heart was too wide and raw. The hole is still there—it always will be—but I am fully happy again, as my dad would want me to be.I miss my dad every day, but feel his love and presence as much as I miss him. It was not just family and friends but also colleagues (who also are friends) who have helped me develop the resilience I needed to accept the unacceptable. We all become members of this club that no one wants to join. We hopefully become more empathic souls as a result. Option B is a clarion call for those of us who can do more to do just that.This #Nextchat will focus on how HR can help employees deal with Option B.Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on May 31 for #Nextchat with special guest Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law).  We’ll chat about the ways HR and managers can support grieving employees. Q1. Why is it important that HR provide support to grieving employees?Q2. Why do you think many colleagues avoid providing support to grieving employees?Q3. What are some ways you can show an employee who has lost a loved one that you care?Q4. What are some well-intended expressions that may make the employee feel worse and/or belie your good intent?Q5. How do you minimize the legal risks of caring and when should you avoid showing support for a grieving employee?Q6. How does the FMLA potentially apply beyond an employer’s bereavement leave policy?Q7. How much bereavement leave should be offered?  Do you think employers offer enough? Q8. What final thoughts or advice can you offer to make employees’ Option B more bearable?last_img read more


Your Klout Score Now Factors in Foursquare Data

first_imgUsers of the social influence ranking service Klout can now see how their local checkins impact their overall social reach, thanks to an integration with Foursquare. This marks the first time Klout has used explicitly location-focused data as a factor in its social influence scoring system. Previously, only data from your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts were used to calculate your Klout Score. With this update, users can get an idea of what their social media influence is in and around the places they frequent in the real world, rather than just on the social Web at large. There are several different Foursquare data points that could theoretically have an impact on one’s score, including number of friends, total badges and frequency of their check-ins. To start, Klout seems to be focusing on the tips that users leave at different venues on Foursquare. “The importance of tips for a venue cannot be underestimated, as the data shows, tips are loved by users and change what customers want,” reads a post on the Klout company blog. More than 80% of active Foursquare users have left a tip at a location at one point and over 2/3 of them post them regularly, according to Klout. Starting today, those tips will play a role in people’s scores, which Klout has said are not at risk of decreasing when people connect their Foursquare accounts. In other words, people won’t be penalized if they’re not particularly established Foursquare users, but connecting their account to Klout can help raise their overall score. Integration with Foursquare can currently be turned on from the Klout dashboard, but the company says it will take up to 72 hours for that data to be reflected in one’s score. Users can also now connect their YouTube accounts to Klout and Google Plus integration is in the works. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification john paul titlow A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Location#NYT#Social Web#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more


New York designer sculpts African Wildlife storm trooper helmets

first_imgBlank William has reinterpreted the familiar features of star wars stormtroopers as a series of wild animal armor. Image Credit: Blank William Advertisement New york-based designer Blank William has reinterpreted the familiar features of star wars stormtroopers as a series of wild animal armor. Three species — a rhino, hippopotamus and elephant — have each been sculpted with the same aesthetic qualities as the fictional film soldiers, characterized by glossy surfaces and gilded gold details. ‘the new order’ collection has been realized in two versions, white and black, each which see animals’ facial features warp and distort to suit the style of stormtroopers’ distinctive plastoid body armor. for the ‘black’ set, elephant tusks, the rhino horn and hippo ears are wrapped in a glistening golden hue; in the ‘white’ series, these same parts are coated in a cool chrome finish.Image Credit: BlankWilliamImage Credit: BlankWilliamImage Credit: BlankWilliamImage Credit: BlankWilliamImage Credit: BlankWilliam[DesignBoom]last_img read more


Baker Institute conference to look at role of advertisements in subway culture

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduBaker Institute conference to look at role of advertisements in ‘subway culture’Twelve years of research on advertisements in subway stations in China and other countries will be presented at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy during a daylong conference Oct. 18 on the use of public spaces in cities for advertising. Every day, hundreds of millions of commuters pass through subway and railway stations where they encounter advertisements from local, national and transnational groups, governments and corporations, said conference organizer Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute. The conference will examine such questions as: What are these advertisements promoting? What do commuters think about the ad presence in these new spaces? Are subways considered to be public spaces or private spaces? Do subway stations and their advertisements contribute to civic, national or transnational identity? Or do they isolate the people who pass through them?One of the most important forces in globalization is advertising, Lewis said. Speaking in local languages, marketers hawk many of the same products and services on television, in print and from billboards around the world. Local governments, national governments and nongovernmental organizations also put out public service ads that ask people to save energy, conserve water, clean the environment, prevent diseases and contribute to disaster relief.Lewis will share his analysis of images that he and colleagues have collected from subway ads in China during the past 12 years. This year he and his fellow researchers began broadening their study this year to include surveys of ads in subway systems from all continents: from Cairo to Helsinki, from Paris to Munich, from Ankara to Kuala Lumpur, from Buenos Aires to Mexico City and from Beijing to Tokyo and Seoul. Lewis said this is the first time scholars have collected a global sample of advertisements that are seen by hundreds of millions of commuters every day. In addition to Lewis, other speakers at the conference include Anru Lee, a professor of anthropology at City University of New York, who will discuss her research on the norms and practices of commuters in the subway systems of Taipei, Taiwan; Hongmei Li, a professor of advertising at Georgia State University, who studies local and national appeals in specific outdoor advertising campaigns in Chinese cities; Tani Barlow, director of Rice’s Chao Center, an expert on the history of advertising culture in Shanghai from the Republican period; Megan Ferry, a professor at Union College, whose talk will focus on the transnational circulation of Chinese posters and visual imagery during the Cultural Revolution and more recently; and Geneva Henry, director of the Center for Digital Scholarship at Rice’s Fondren Library, who will speak on how technological advancements have enabled new forms of remote scholar-to-scholar collective archiving of digital images of advertising.Zoe Shen, director of international development at Horizon Survey Research in Beijing, will present the results of a pioneering survey of subway commuters in March 2010 in Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai. The survey asked commuters about their perceptions of the social norms and practices of commuters in these public spaces, and their views on the role that public service and commercial advertisements play in influencing themselves and their fellow commuters.“Although this conference might seem a little out of place in Houston, a city without a subway system, I think it is very relevant to the future of Houston,” said Lewis, who is also associate director of Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies. He pointed out that the research deals with Houston’s competitors — the global cities and frequent economic partners in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore and other major cities. “Our research looks at the commercial and public service ads that hundreds of millions of middle-class and working-class commuters in these cities see every day on their way to work. Our unique collection of images of ads from these subway systems — started in 1998 — helps us understand how corporations, governments and nongovernmental organizations are all trying to influence this very influential population, asking them to think of themselves as local, national and global citizens.” Lewis added that all of the material is also collected in a new digital image archive built with the help of Fondren Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship and the support of the Henry Luce Foundation of New York. “Because we have collected thousands of images of these advertisements, we are able to do what commuters and policymakers cannot do. We can look at long-term and short-term trends, and compare how these ads are different across cities and even different societies,” he said.Titled “Subway Culture and Advertising Culture,” the event will begin at 9 a.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm.For more on the conference, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/events/subway-culture-and-advertising-culture.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more