On the Job Podcast S6:E8: Laddering Up to a New Livelihood

The Final episode of Season 6 of the On the Job podcast is now available! The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed. Season 6, Episode 8: Laddering Up to a New Livelihood Jessica Rowland started her own painting business without really knowing it. A champion of the gig economy, her new venture thrived during the pandemic and shows no signs of stopping.

On the Job Podcast S6:E7: A Ship Stuck in the Suez

The latest episode of the On the Job podcast is now available! The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed. Season 6, Episode 7: A Ship Stuck in the Suez In March of 2021, the shipping freighter Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal for six days and captivated the world. In this episode, we dive into what the event says about our economy, and what it says about us.

On the Job Podcast S6:E6: Secure The Bits

The latest episode of the On the Job podcast is now available!

The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed.

Season 6, Episode 6: Secure The Bits

Spencer Lanning lost his job during COVID, and is one of many people who were forced to face their demons in the isolation of the pandemic. Coming out the other side, he now protects Vermonters from hackers in his job as a cyber security analyst. (more…)

On the Job Podcast S6:E5 – On the Range, In Yonkers

The latest episode of the On the Job podcast is now available! The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed. Season 6, Episode 5: On the Range, In Yonkers Marcellie Bellinger cleaned up the streets of Yonkers, NY—literally. He takes his job as a Ranger seriously and brings his infectiously optimistic work ethic everywhere he goes.

Career Tips from Classic Videogames

At first it might not feel like your career has much in common with videogames. After all, you’re not a superpowered plumber or a Pokémon Master.  But think about it: when you first start out, you’re level one, then you gain experience, and eventually get access to new areas and better opportunities. That sounds pretty videogame-y, right? Turns out there are plenty of career tips to glean from classic videogames. Let’s press start! (more…)

On the Job Podcast S6:E4 – Spreading Love Through Math

The latest episode of the On the Job podcast is now available! The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed. Season 6, Episode 4: Spreading Love Through Math Educator and software engineer Thierry Mugabo Uwilingiyamana knows what the stakes are when education isn’t allowed to flourish – so he’s dedicated his life to spreading knowledge and giving kids the tools they need to love learning.

Being a Leader: Quick Tips for Successful Delegation

“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” is the mantra of many high-performing leaders, but it’s not the healthiest approach to leadership and often leads to burnout and fatigue. Whether you think it will take longer to explain a task than to just do it yourself, you don’t want to be perceived as passing the buck, or are worried about overloading your team—there are many excuses leaders give to avoid delegation.

But, the rewards of successful delegation often far outweigh the risk. According to research from DDI, some of the biggest positive results include team members who are:

  • 9 times more likely to produce innovative/creative outcomes
  • 2 times more likely to go above their job description
  • 2 times more likely to be considered high performers
  • 9 times more likely to have high performance standards

So, if you’re the type of leader who has a hard time loosening your grip on projects and letting members of your team take the reins, here are a few quick tips for successful delegation. (more…)