Is Uber redefining the work week?

The 9-to-5 job has been out of popularity for several years. Employers who want to attract the top talent know — and they’ve known for several years — that they’ve got to offer flexible schedules as much as possible in order to retain the most in-demand workers. But the Uber business model is ushering in…

Is my salary my worth?

My name is Olivia Barrow, and I have career envy. What’s career envy? It’s kind of like entree envy — you read the menu, you think about your past experiences, and you pick your order, but as soon as the food comes, you want whatever your partner is having. It’s not that your entree isn’t…

If you can’t trust your employees, how can they trust you?

The key to any long-term relationship is trust. And as any relationship expert will tell you, the key to trust is communication. Most employers want to maintain a relationship with their best employees for a long time, even for as long as the company stands. And while most companies recognize the need for competitive benefits and…

Finding diversity in America’s most segregated city

It’s one thing to say — as a white person in the U.S. — you want to have friends who don’t look like you. I’ve been saying it for a while. It’s another thing to make it happen. Especially if you move to the No. 1 Most Segregated City in America: Milwaukee.* This post is…

How eating protein will make me a better employee in 2016

Last night I prepared 10 healthy protein-rich snacks, packed my lunch for the next day, made oatmeal for the week’s breakfasts, and planned out cheap, healthy dinners for the week to ensure I don’t eat out or make a ‘meal’ out of free leftovers at the office. Ambitious, I know. It was a prolonged session…

Loyalty has no place in the corporate world

Loyalty. It’s the holy grail of marketing and employee retention, right? If your product message and experience can create loyal customers who keep coming back, even when there’s a cheaper option, you’ve won the game. And convincing your employees to stay more than the current average of two to three years, that’s another almighty goal…

How to make an effective story pitch without ticking off a reporter

I get between 50 and 100 emails a day at work (not including the dozens of promotional email from retailers). I delete about half of them before opening them. Occasionally, I accidentally delete something that looked like a mass mailer about an irrelevant PR pitch that was actually written specifically to me by a local…

The bait-and-switch strategy of app development is doomed to fail

There’s a trend in the tech and media world right now that concerns me. If you joined Snapchat when it was first created, watched Hulu when it was blissfully ad-free, browsed Twitter when it was only genuine Tweets, or even touched a computer or smartphone in the last ten years, you’ve probably noticed it. Platform creators,…

5 ways “the real world” surprised me after graduation

Three years after graduating from college I can safely say that “the real world” is not what I’d pictured amid the frenzy of job searching during senior year. My handful of internships and interviews had left me focused on one thing: get a job, almost any job (in your field), and then you’ll be happy. College prepared…

The days of free news are numbered, and that’s a good thing

In two years, it will be almost impossible to get high-quality, niche news for free. That’s my bold prediction for my industry, and it backs up why I’m so excited about the future. Paid and unpaid subscribers of a few of the papers in the Business Journals network may have noticed a slight change in…

Averages: another way to lie with statistics

A lot of numbers got thrown around in the GOP debate last night, and candidates from both parties will continue to use numbers to support their claims for the next year of campaigning. Regardless of what side you support, it’s important to keep a keen ear out for misused statistics, both in candidates’ talking points,…