As the director of Workforce Innovation and Advocacy at LiveOps, a company that provides work at home opportunities to individuals interested in call center type work, I found Jillian Berman’s article “Before Signing Up with Work-at-Home Firm, Check for Red Flags” a good reminder for how to avoid job scams. While Berman has many good points to share for signs of a scam, there are two generalizations made that, in my opinion, unfairly cast legitimate opportunities into the same pool as scams. (more…)
As the CEO of LiveOps, I talk a lot about the opportunity of flexibility for both companies and workers. Flexibility has become a modern day value that everyone wants.
But flexibility comes with a cost. The cost is accountability, which is necessary to gain the opportunity to work where you want, when you want, and how you want. Just as it is in pro sports (http://blogs.liveops.com/2010/06/16/meritocracy-part-1-world-cup-fever/), being managed by outcomes, maintaining an outstanding record, and doing something to get voted onto the team every day is mandatory to make our system work. (more…)
World Cup fever is here again and I’m more excited than ever — especially because this year I can catch the live games on my smartphone and laptop. The games are expected to get more online coverage than any major sporting event, and while fans across the planet are going ballistic monitoring matches, results, and statistics, I can’t help but think: why can’t work be more like this?
I’m not talking about the obvious good stuff — the energy, the teamwork, the camaraderie — I’m talking about the way the World Cup works. The event, like all athletic activities, represents a meritocracy at its finest. (more…)