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pink-collar adj
  • Of or pertaining to employees in predominately female service industries.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Are you concerned about whether your job is traditionally associated with your gender or not? Why?

Art Prompt: Pink collar worker

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

monday workplace

Have you ever considered how two people’s perceptions of a workplace can be entirely different?
While Jane perceives the workplace as open and inclusive, John in the next office feels that he is never heard, and he notices that Fatima, in particular, is not included.

How can the same workplace be perceived so differently?

…The goal for people seeking power is to gain influence, control, social status and prestige. It is natural for such people to demand what they consider to be their rightful place. They will try to gain influence within processes and get resources for themselves. They will feel that they are heard and taken seriously and, therefore, perceive the situation as just. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving workplace conflict.

Journaling Prompt: How do you perceive your workplace?

Art Prompt: Workplace

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how their perception of their workplace may reveal what they are hoping to gain from working there.

Photo Credit: Carsten Kraus on Flickr

A man, living alone, without money troubles to worry him, sinks inevitably into a routine. Fatted ease is good for no one. It sucks the soul out of a man. –The Coming of Bill by P. G. Wodehouse

Fiction Writing Prompt: Tell the story of a man who is losing his soul to fatted ease.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel if you have too much time on your hands?

Art Prompt: Fatted ease

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the importance of purpose and work in their lives.

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Nodding to Alex at the security desk, Quinter stepped on the elevator and punched the number of his floor. When the elevator door opened on seven, he was startled by a cry coming from the direction of his office at the end of the hall. Unnerved, he broke into a trot down the narrow corridor. When he was within feet of the opened door to his office, he noticed the broken lock. –Quinter by C. Reynolds Keller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a quick scene describing what Quinter discovers.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you at work.

Art Prompt: Elevator 

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about workplace violence and give them tips for spotting the warning signs.

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Work at Bekopaka, par Franck Vervial

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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Resource1 - Bullying in the Workplace

Lead investigator Crystal Farh said supervisors who belittle and ridicule workers not only negatively affect those workers’ attitudes and behaviors, but also cause team members to act in a similar hostile manner toward one another.
“That’s the most disturbing finding,” Farh said, “because it’s not just about individual victims now, it’s about creating a context where everybody suffers, regardless of whether you were individually abused or not.”
…”Teams characterized by relationship conflict,” Farh said, “are hostile toward other members, mistreat them, speak to them rudely and experience negative emotions toward them.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about a boss who bullies his employees.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your most difficult boss. What was the hardest thing for you to deal with?

Art Prompt: Bully boss

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about bullying in the workplace and how they can take steps to stop it.

Photo Credit: Deb Nystrom on Flickr

businessman with a cup of coffee

Some of the main findings in the study about the habits of internet use at work:
  • Younger employees use social media for private purposes more than older employees do.
  • Men browse the internet more for private purposes than women do during working hours.
  • People with higher education are the most active social media users.
  • Singles are more active on social media than those in relationships.
  • Extrovert and nervous people are more active online.
  • People who are structured/reliable/organised/prompt personalities, spend less time on social media compared to their counterparts.
    Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: How does your protagonist use the Internet at work? What are the motivations? What do his or her most frequently visited sites and searches reveal?

Journaling Prompt: How do you use the Internet at work?

Art Prompt: The Internet at work

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how they can be responsible in their use of the Internet on work time.

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Pretty specific job description!

Some things don’t show up on a job description. You might not always know what is expected of you. –Employment Unknown by Russ Bickerstaff

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something that you had to do that wasn’t on your job description.

Art Prompt: Strange job description

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about the strangest job you’ve ever had.

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“We’ve been taught that ignoring someone is socially preferable — if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” says Sauder Professor Sandra Robinson, who co-authored the study. “But ostracism actually leads people to feel more helpless, like they’re not worthy of any attention at all.”…
… people who claimed to have experienced ostracism were significantly more likely to report a degraded sense of workplace belonging and commitment, a stronger intention to quit their job, and a larger proportion of health problems. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene from the POV of someone experiencing ostracism.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever felt ostracized? Write about how that felt. Does that stop you from sometimes ostracizing others?

Art Prompt: Ostracized

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the long-lasting and pervasive effects of ostracism.

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Police Boy.

On January 24, 2009, at 1:30 in the afternoon, Vincent Richardson reported for duty on his first day with District 03 (Grand Crossing) of the Chicago Police Department. His mother would later tell the press that he always wanted to be a cop, and this had potential to be an important day in his life. He showed up in uniform, as one would expect, but no one knew why he was there. He explained that he was regularly assigned to another district but, for reasons untold, was to serve with this district for the time being. He was given a partner and assigned to traffic duty. On the way to his designated beat, he signed out a police radio and ticket-writing notebook. For the next five and a half hours — one full shift — he and his new partner did whatever traffic cops do, without any particular fanfare or troubles.And then, Vincent Richardson was arrested. It turned out that he wasn’t actually a police officer.

But Richardson wasn’t destined for incarceration — not yet, at least. He was, however, sent to a different institution — middle school. That’s because as of January 24, 2009, Vincent Richardson was a 14 year-old eighth grader. –Dan Lewis

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a child who goes to work at an adult job.

Journaling Prompt: When you were nine, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

Art Prompt: Rookie cop

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about what you wanted to be when you grew up and the journey that you took to get where you are today.

Photo Credit: Jonas Seaman on Flickr