Dilemma of the Month: Low Salary Expectations

I’m a corporate recruiter. For candidates that progress to an HR phone screen, we ask their expected salary and share the range we have for the role. Is it appropriate to use someone’s low salary expectations as a reason for not moving forward? I’m concerned that a candidate who makes so much less won’t be a good fit. Is that the case?

Jul 12, 2018 Suzanne Lucas

New Coworking Space Cowo Campus Looks to Differentiate Itself

Outside, the new Cowo Campus is a not-so-obvious coworking space. It takes up the second floor of a bureaucratic-looking building also home to the DMV’s New Motor Vehicle Board. But inside, Cowo Campus resembles a trendy and modern workspace, with sleek offices and furniture, contemporary art and artisan coffee, among other amenities.

Jun 21, 2018 Jordan Venema

Buzzwords: Open Source

At first encounter, open source sounds like something an avid yogi might achieve en route to nirvana. In reality, it’s a reaction to a particular kind of tech-induced headache.

Mar 22, 2018 Eva Roethler

Buzzwords: Change Agent

In the entrepreneurial realm, everyone wants to be a change agent. With disruptors like Elon Musk — who brought us Tesla and the concept of terraforming Mars — raising the stakes on the definition of the word, the startup landscape is overflowing with wannabe-visionaries claiming to change the world.

But, what does the term really mean?

Jan 25, 2018 Jennifer Newman

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Navigating the freelance life into 2018

As we near the end of the year, you may find yourself checking in with your freelance business to take a look at what you’ve been up to and where you want to go in the coming New Year. (hashtag New Year Things.) Honestly, I find this time of year both inspiring and empowering when it comes to navigating the freelance life.  

Nov 10, 2017 Cherise Henry

Dilemma of the Month: Snooping on Employee Email

I have an employee who hasn’t been performing well. Last week, she was out sick again and I needed a report. I tried to call her, but she didn’t answer. So, I asked IT if I could get the report from her email, and they gave me access to her inbox. I found the report, but curiosity overcame me, and I opened a few other emails. I feel totally guilty — I snooped. Is this legal? Is it moral? What do I do with this information?

Nov 2, 2017 Suzanne Lucas

From Professional Skiing to Design Strategy

Why finding patterns has served one design professional through a varied career path

Ethan Martin didn’t take a traditional path to his position as director of user strategy for local digital creative agency Bukwild. In his younger years, he thought he’d map and maneuver challenging ski runs around a mountain town for a living. Instead, as an adult, he finds himself navigating design challenges for a digital creative agency in Old Sacramento.

Oct 25, 2017 Jennifer Newman

Dilemma of the Month: Changing the Terms of Employment

My assistant “Jane” has a reduced work week, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. I agreed to this when she was hired. However, two years later, I now need her to work more hours. I don’t need or want to hire an additional person — I just need her to work an 8-hour day. But she doesn’t want to. What can I legally do?

Oct 5, 2017 Suzanne Lucas