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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Black Tuesday, 1929

black tuesdayToday is the anniversary of Black Tuesday, when the U.S. stock market crashed to begin the Great Depression. Four days earlier, President Herbert Hoover had said, “The fundamental business of the country…. is based on a sound and prosperous basis.” On Black Tuesday, a day of panic selling on Wall Street, 16,410,030 shares were dumped – m ore than what was thought would be the worst day of the crash, Oct. 24, when 12,894,600 shares were dumped – and the Dow Jones industrial average lost 11 percent of its value.

Two years later, on the same day, Will Rogers declared, “We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poorhouse in an automobile.”

TIP TUESDAY: What’s More Important in a Candidate – Motivation or Qualifications?

One-third of nearly 500 executives surveyed in August 2015 said a candidate’s motivations and drivers are the most important factor when sourcing for open positions. Respondents chose a candidate’s skill set as the next most important factor (27 percent), followed by past experiences (24 percent), and then traits such as assertiveness and confidence (16 percent). The survey also found that

  • More than two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents said their best candidates typically are active job seekers.
  • About half (52 percent) use their own professional network first when sourcing candidates.
  • Only 6 percent said they rely on internal referrals.

Read more about the survey at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Office Fashions in the 1960s

60s office wear womenIn the 1960’s, as more women entered the workforce and took on 9-5s, comfort became top priority. Fashions in the early years of the decade reflected the elegance of the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. The once- billowy silhouettes became more streamlined and tailored. Typical attire usually consisted of A-lined shift dresses, knee-length skirts (the minis were for after hours) and simple blouses. Formal pants were now considered acceptable as everyday wear to the office and many of the styles of the era were somewhat androgynous.

Elegant suit sets, usually in pastel colors, were often paired with vests, short boxy jackets or full-length coats. Collars and cuffs were often trimmed with mink or other plush materials. Outerwear consisted of swing coats and dyed fake-furs. Footwear included low-heeled sandals and kitten-heeled pumps. Ornate buttons, pillbox hats and gloves accessorized the outfit.

60s office wear menThe Classic Men’s Suit

The staple of the working man’s wardrobe was the classic American suit, popularized in the 1950s and 1960s by companies like Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers: soft and thick in the shoulders and chest, but tapered at the waist to give a more V-shaped silhouette. He wore his coat cut a touch long at the bottom.

His lapels were notched and on the slimmer side, a very characteristic look for Madison Avenue of the early 1960s. The overall natural shape of the suit made it aggressively “masculine,” emphasizing the shoulders with a soft drape over them and the chest with a clean V-shape in the front.

In their dress shirt selection, a single color dominated: white. The blue pinpoint shirt of business-casual fame had yet to make it into the business etiquette in the ’60s — those garments were still “blue collar,” inappropriate for a corporate environment such as Mad Men’s Sterling Cooper.

Wednesday Workfact: Social Media Usage, 2005-2015

Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005 and representing a nearly 10-fold increase . Pew Research reports have documented in great detail how the rise of social media has affected such things as work, politics, communication patterns around the world, as well as how people get and share information on a host of subjects.

Read the entire article here. It’s very informative, as well as interesting, and will provide you with helpful information as you plan your social media marketing strategies.

TIP TUESDAY: How to Be Happier at Work

There’s a reason minute rice is a thing–we love instant gratification. So if you’re unhappy at work, how can you instantly change how you feel about it?

Start by shifting your perspective: focus on what you’re learning anhappy workd how it’s helping you now and for your future dream job.

Another easy thing to do is to focus your day on the positives of the office. Whether it’s a certain task you enjoy or fun co-workers, construct a better day around the parts that are good.

And, if you haven’t already, you should seriously consider taking a vacation. You’re more likely to burn out and be less productive if you take less than 25% of your earned vacation time. Get some much needed R&R and reenergize!

Read the complete article, with more ideas about how to be happier at work, from Fast Company online here.