Exactly how should you handle it when a colleague is four minutes late to a meeting, and there’s no sign they’ll show up? Why does it make a difference whether the hand lotion you store at your desk comes in a glass or plastic bottle? These, and more, are the burning workplace culture questions Francesca and Rebecca aren’t afraid to answer for you.
We’d like to think that what we wear to work doesn’t matter, but tons of research has found it does. Yes, people judge you based on your outfit choices. The right workwear can also make us feel good and enhance our performance. One study found that participants dressed in suits negotiated for more money; another showed that formal wear facilitates creative thinking. This week on Game Plan, Rebecca and Francesca learn how to dress well for work.
Companies have moved past trying to capture a workplace with the right skills. Now they also want employees with the right personalities. It has become common for employers to put prospective workers through personality tests such as the one popularized by the Myers & Briggs Foundation. The idea is that certain characteristics lend themselves to certain types of work and that a straightforward interview can’t identify them in a job candidate as well as one of these tests.
@jeffbercovici@oliverburkeman 2+ kids probably also shows you how much individual temperament matters: what works for one kid doesn't necessarily work for the next (hence the uselessness of one-size-fits-all advice).
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".