Category Archive for: Careers

sabattical

Taking a Pause on Sabbatical

I hate March. After suffering through months of endless darkness and cold, you are greeted each day with a wonderful mix of mud, dirt and ice. In 2018 all of that changed – I went on my first sabbatical. I have been working since I was 12 years-old and can honestly say that I have…

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SHIFT communications

Looking Back on 15 Years of SHIFT Communications

Fifteen years ago this week, within the brick-and-beam “elegance” of a bankrupt candy factory, in space shared with a now-long-gone software firm, SHIFT Communications hung its cardboard shingle and opened its doors to what we knew would be the start of something huuuuge. Our blurry eyed optimism convinced us that it would only be a…

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work life

Business Growth & Personal Well-being: A complex chemistry

When you decide to own a business, it’s a given that your personal life completely changes. The struggle comes down to keeping a healthy balance between work and life, with a good mix, it can ultimately make your company extremely successful. So it’s important to keep your personal life in check when taking on the…

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company culture

Embracing Company Culture and Values

One thing I have learned in the short time I have been a member of the PR world is that this world is fast and furious – part of the appeal for me. With all the happenings for clients, prospects and internal agency work, it is rare to find a unique way outside of the…

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Company culture

How Your Company Culture Can Become a Marketing Tool

Companies use marketing to attract new customers, retain current customers and to study what works and what doesn’t. There seems to be a new marketing strategy popping up: the idea that a business needs to market themselves and their company culture. Company culture, as defined by Andrew Hartley, director of alternative board at Bradford West,…

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Quality of sleep

Link Between Quality of Sleep and Personal Excellence

According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, almost one-third of American employees revealed that daytime sleepiness interferes with their daily work activities at least a few days each month. On top of that, the line between work and home is blurring. Employees are spending an average of nearly 4.5 hours each week doing additional work…

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Women at work

Seeking Advice as a Woman at Work? HBR’s New Podcast Has Got You Covered

I’ve been listening to NPR for more than 20 years, so when Podcasts started to become a trend, I was in heaven. From the early days of This American Life, I’ve always loved to listen to stories aloud. But for years I looked to podcasts as just a form of entertainment to pass the time…

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Pop The Champagne! Exciting SHIFT News (x2!)

Announcing some exciting news out of not one, but two SHIFT offices: Alan Marcus (NYC) has been promoted to Managing Director and Jennifer Purcell has been hired as Vice President to lead the SHIFT Austin office — congrats, both! Alan will continue to lead and grow the New York office while expanding his strategic council even more…

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work/life balance

Achieving a (Successful) Work/Life Balance

It’s been another restless night at the Coates Mather house. My husband and I stumble down the stairs, into the kitchen, kids in tow, spilling cheerios, milk and half brewed coffee all over the place. Its 6:20am, go time is 7:20am. We debate about who should get ready first as we side glance at unanswered…

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Professional image

4 Easy Steps to Upgrade Your Professional Image

Whether you’re an employer or an employee, chances are you’ve heard the theory that you only have a seven second window to make a good impression when you meet someone for the first time. While a great first impression will certainly boost your chances of getting a new job, the same technique does not necessarily…

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