WORKHAPPY WRAP: #JeffGoins gets happy, #AspenIdeasFestival, #CollegePerks and more news from another busy work week.

by Jennifer Sigler | July 10, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Jeff Goins’ best seller Real Artists Don’t Starve will leave you hungry for freelance success.

Hello, hello! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and was able to get away from the office — for at least a little while — to engage in some quality personal time.

As you finish up your work week, here is a little light reading of things you might have missed — but definitely shouldn’t: Here is your weekly wrap of all things jobs in the news this week.

Slow and steady wins the race:  Kelsey Humphries interviews Jeff Goins, author of five books, including national bestseller The Art of Work and Wall Street Journal best seller, Real Artists Don’t Starve — which is exactly what he teaches people to do. Goins left his own personally unfulfilling position as a marketing director to write full time. He is now the founder of Tribe Writers, and runs a successful website. He talks with Humphries on how he made his side hustle (and dream job) a reality. If you are a sucker for a good WorkHappy story, this interview is a must! 

Construction Zone: U.S. Economy: Capitalism is in need of some serious renovations. This was a heavy topic at the Aspen Ideas Festival — a week-long conference focused on knowledge sharing on global and social issues that is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia stated that both the government and private sector are not adapting or reinventing policies to ensure the success of workers.

While some companies are adopting flexible workplace policies, they still remain the minority in an economy where workers don’t hold the same types of jobs their parents did before them. Are “portable benefits” part of the answer? Perhaps, but Warner advocated for more than that — he also called for continuing education and professional development for workers, to give them the tools they need to move forward. We like the sound of that.

Be seen — and heard: More coverage from the Aspen Ideas Festival! In this piece, Megan Garber collects advice on “getting heard” in professional meetings from a highly remarkable group of women ­— including Jean Case, Gillian Tett, Rabia Chaundry, Joanne Lipman, Arati Prabhakar, Rochelle Keyhan, and Sandra Phillips Rogers.

These women shared stories of success, and the accompanying challenges that come with it. Powerful advice, indeed.

Perks of college life: It’s not breaking news that corporate culture is of the utmost importance to contemporary job applicants. As a guest writer for Entrepreneur, Donovan Roche – also the VP of strategic services at Havas Formula – offers a fresh perspective: Co-opting the college environment.

Roche argues that key features of college life could drastically improve the workplace. Think: Challenging learning, “extracurriculars,” and opportunities for advancement. Employees want to be challenged and to know that the structure to advance their career is in place. This is not news.

What is interesting is the idea of getting creative with employee engagement. Burnout is a growing issue, and Roche’s suggestions for work culture enhancements are worth more than a passing consideration.

Jennifer Sigler is a Senior Writer with The UpWrite Group. Send a message to services@TheUpWriteGroup.com to see how she can help enhance your corporate or personal brand.

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