🎉 So tell me what you want 🎵

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Good Morning Party People! 🎉

It’s Tuesday morning. Your boss is microwaving fish in the office, your coworker forgot to unmute themselves on Zoom (again), and you’re reminiscing about this past weekend.

Don’t worry. We’re here to spice things up and bring the FUN!

Here’s what we got today:

🤌 Tell me what you want, what you really really want

👩‍💼 Hire some former Crunchbase employees

🤓 Harvard says work boredom is good?

🚶‍♂️ How to take better breaks

And, of course, MEMES!

MOTD (Meme of The Day)

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So Tell Me What You Want

It turns out that job seekers don’t want pizza parties. They don’t care too much for kombucha on tap and Halloween costume contests.

A case study by Talent.com examined the factors most important to job seekers. And guess what? Job seekers want to know about pay. In fact, 98% of respondents stated that it’s important to know the salary before applying.

Can’t blame ‘em. Candidates don’t want to take the time to apply for jobs, only to find out in interview 3 that the salary is $20,000 less than what they’re looking for.

Other factors are important too. Job seekers want:

  • Good benefits

  • Flexible work conditions

  • An inspiring work environment

Want to attract better candidates? Post the salary. Want to retain employees? Be transparent with pay.

Read the case study here.

List of Former Crunchbase Employees

Crunchbase, the business information company, just laid off 50+ employees. And they did something that cool companies do. They compiled a list of the employees, job functions, and LinkedIn profiles and published it. Companies that help laid-off employees find new jobs get an A+ rating from The Office Party.

Given that this newsletter is read by Hiring Managers, HR Leaders, Recruiters, Founders, CEOs, and more, we thought we’d share the list here.

Titles of laid-off employees include:

  • SDR

  • Account Executive

  • Recruiter

  • Data Analyst

  • Customer Success

And more. Crunchbase is a great company with strong employees.

The list is free. Check out the laid-off Crunchbase employees below.

Party Snacks (Weekly Resources)

 Remoteok.com - RemoteOk is a remote job board used by over 2,000,000 job seekers. There are thousands of remote jobs at both startups and large companies listed on the site.

Talent Edge Weekly - Join thousands of HR and business professionals who get smarter, faster each week about the world of work, the workplace, and the workforce in just 10 minutes, every Sunday, 6 PM EST!

Blind - Blind is a place where 8M+ professionals worldwide share advice, provide honest perspectives, discuss company culture and discover relevant career information. Professionals anonymously communicate in private company channels and openly with users across industries.

Harvard Says Work Boredom is a Good Thing, How ‘Bout Them Apples

According to an article by Harvard Business Review, boredom at work might not actually be so bad. Maybe not the boredom where you’re listening to a coworker ramble on and on about their bizarre hobbies, though.

Boredom is always looked at as a bad thing. It’s linked to bad risk-taking, fatigue, procrastination, and even “cyberloafing” (we think this just means scrolling TikTok).

But research now suggests that work boredom has some benefits.

“While boredom can be an unpleasant feeling, it can also be an opportunity to reflect on your interests, values, and goals. By recognizing the type of boredom you’re experiencing and identifying the underlying causes, you can take steps to address them and find new ways to engage with the world around you. Working with your boredom can also help you develop creativity, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new situations” (HBR)

Here’s how the folks over at Haaaavad suggest you combat your work boredom:

  1. Notice. Avoid acting on it right away. Don’t make rash decisions to avoid boredom.

  2. Decipher. Figure out what you’re bored with. Determine what creates the feeling of boredom. Could be the job. Could be your current project. Etc, etc.

  3. Decide. Before you jump ship, determine what you can do about it. “All roles have certain elements that are monotonous, frustrating, or simply boring, and sometimes these tasks must be done to get to the “good stuff” (HBR)

  4. Cultivate. Mindful boredom can be a positive. It can spark creativity, offer some peace, and allow you to come up with new ideas.

  5. Make memes. Just kidding we added that.

Everyone is going to be a little bored at work from time to time. After all, it is called “work”.

Bored? Read more here.

Siesta Fiesta: How to Take Better Breaks

In a rut at work? Everyone says to take a lil’ break. But what does that mean? Wander around the office aimlessly? Hang out in the break room? Jump in your bed? (if you’re working remotely)

Nah. Here’s what the research says about taking effective breaks:

Longer breaks do not equal better breaks. Short breaks (aka “micro-breaks”) can be effective for boosting performance and recharging.

Location. Location. Location. “Our review demonstrates that taking a break outdoors and enjoying the green space is far better for recharging workers’ resources than simply staying at a desk” (HBR)

Move your body. “Smartphone breaks” also known as “TikTok breaks” aren’t that effective. Sure, you may get some good laughs, but you’ll be cryin’ when 30 minutes quickly pass and it’s back to work! Try going for a walk around the block.

Pets can help? There’s actually some research on this. But we’re here to tell you - this will help. Trust us, we’re scientists.

More than half of employees (59%) report feeling burnout according to a recent survey from Aflac

Be sure to schedule yourself some break time. Do a little walk around the block. Pet your good boy/girl. And stop doom-scrolling the socials when you could be recharging!

Take a break and read the rest of the findings here.

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