5 Applause-Worthy Professionals...Who Makes Your List?

By J.T. O'Donnell Anyone who has been on Twitter for a while knows about #followfriday phenomenon. (For those of you who don't use, or dislike Twitter, please hear me out.) #followfriday is when a person opts to tweet the names of their favorite people to follow on Twitter, and of course, they do it on Friday. It's a quick, focused and highly effective way to recognize and share the work of people you admire. It's also a way to learn about other people you should be following on Twitter. Honestly, the idea is simplistic yet brilliant (and aren't those the best kind?). It's no surprise the concept took off like wildfire. Everyone wins with #followfriday. As I was pulling my own #followfriday list together for this week, I realized as professionals, we should all be consistently doing a similar form of career reciprocity OUTSIDE of Twitter. I mean, how hard is it to pick one day/week, and carve out 15-20 minutes of our time to identify people we admire and respect professionally and share their strengths with others? Actually, it's pretty darn simple.... For example, on LinkedIn, you can recommend anyone you are linked with. Simply open your account, find a colleague's profile and complete a recommendation - all in less than 5 minutes time. Just imagine how you would feel if you suddenly found out a colleague (past or present) voluntarily, and without request, took the time to recommend you online so your professional credibility would be improved? Or, what about sending someone you admire an e-mail or making a quick phone call with the intention of giving them a professional compliment? We are talking about a simple act of kindness that A) not only makes someone we know feel good about themselves, but B) makes us feel better for doing a good deed. AND YET, taking the time to do the things I have suggested above seems to elude us all. Days, weeks and even months pass and we just can't seem to find the time to do this sort of career maintenance. Well today, I'm going to make it really easy for CAREEREALISM readers to do get it done. It's time to give 5 professionals you know a round of applause! I'm challenging you to bestow 5 people with the ultimate compliment. It couldn't be any easier to participate. Simply list in the comment section below 5 AWPs (Applause-Worth Professionals) you admire. They can be current or past co-workers, managers, clients, vendors, etc. Anyone you've worked with. List them and provide one sentence why they deserve AWP status. Then, shoot each person you chose an e-mail letting them know about their AWP status and include this post as a link. We'll be tweeting the post all day to help your 5 AWP list get maximum exposure, giving everyone's choices the recognition they deserve. Don't delay and no excuses! Get your list posted below and out of the way. Think of how great you'll feel the rest of the day for doing such a good professional deed.

When most people think of Nike, they think of shoes, retail stores, and, of course, athletes. That's all true, but there's more. Behind Nike's walls, you'll find the doers and thinkers who design, create, and innovate every day. There are also data scientists who discover and leverage athlete insights to create the future of sport.

You might be surprised to learn about the impact you can have in Data & Analytics at Nike versus at a major tech giant. Nike employees get to work on a wide array of challenges, so if you're obsessed with math, science, computers, and/or data, and you love sport, these stories may inspire you to work at Nike.

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Employee loyalty is something every company longs for. It's estimated employee turnover costs as much as 130-200% of an employee's salary. When a talented, knowledgeable, trained employee leaves, it's bad for business. And, when lots of them leave, it can be the kiss of death.

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All work and no play can create a tense and unwelcoming environment. Studies have shown that employers that offer additional perks have employees that are happier and more loyal to their place of employment. If you are looking for an employer that acknowledges how important it is to give its employees a place to de-stress and bond with their co-workers, check out these companies!

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if you worked for an owner who micro-manages you my watching you work on camera and reading through your company emails.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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