Author: Brandon Smith

Why Young College Grads Can’t Find Work

Brandon on GPB – Why Young College Grads Can’t Find Work If you have a “5” in front of your age, our Working guy says you’re in trouble when it comes time to find a job. An avalanche of data is starting to show that having a “1” or a “2” in front of your age might not be so great either. Nearly 21 percent of young people aged 16 to 24 are unemployed in Georgia, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, the rate is just over 14 percent. Part of the problem is...

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Signs you’ve got a problem direct report

I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but I hear a lot of stuff. I guess it comes with the profession. Joys, frustrations, worries, opinions, rants, you name it and I’ve probably heard it. When the person across from me happens to be a manager, the conversation almost always finds its way to the topic of direct reports.  Often there is one particular direct report that represents the thorn in the manager’s side. Sometimes, the issue is that the direct report that just can’t seem to “get it.” Other times, the direct report has become the manager’s nemesis....

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Making Weekends Work Doesn’t Mean Working On The Weekends

Brandon on GPB – Making Weekends Work Doesn’t Mean Working On The Weekends What makes successful people, well, successful? Certainly it’s a combination of lots of different habits, skills and approaches. But authors and career coaches have found in talking to high-achievers that the way they handle their weekends is one element. Most aren’t using those days to cram in more work. Instead, they’re using them for what is, ostensibly, their intended purpose: recharging, resetting and relaxing. “[Successful people] know that they need that day or two to reset and to nurture the other components in their life,” said...

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Good Buddies, Good Business Partners?

Brandon on GPB – Good Buddies, Good Business Partners? Lots of professionals are now supplementing their income as freelancers or striking out on their own altogether. A study last fall from the consultants at MBO Partners found nearly 18 million independent workers nationwide. No doubt some of those people are running businesses with their friends, even though that can be fraught with challenges. “It requires so much up-front hygiene to do it well,” said Brandon Smith, a workplace consultant who teaches about workplace culture and communication at Emory and Georgia State universities. “It can be done well, and then...

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“My direct report is dysfunctional”

It was my fourth call with Theresa in a week and I was beginning to feel like I was in the movie “Groundhog Day.”  Theresa’s direct report, Steven, had been causing her headache after massive headache.  “Steven just doesn’t get it,” she blurted.  “What’s the latest this time?” I asked.  Like each of our recent calls, Theresa would open by rattling off a laundry list of “doesn’t get it” items that would make any manager cry.  From failing to participate during leadership team meetings (Steven preferred to slouch in his chair with his arms crossed) to passive aggressively sabotaging...

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Therapist, professor, consultant and radio host, Brandon Smith brings an upbeat, witty approach to the challenges of workplace health and dysfunction. Read More »

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