About Lynn Patra

Lynn Patra’s independent research work involves keeping up on the latest, cutting-edge trends and changes in the world of work in the Information Age. She also works as a Research Analyst and Consultant at Better Collaboration. Lynn has been a lifelong learner in the field of psychology since age 11 culminating in a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and some doctoral-level coursework in Social Psychology. For the past several years after formal education, she has devoted herself to the study of the genetic roots of personality and, more recently, how this relates to the need for finding suitable work roles and working conditions.

How to Land a Job Working From Home (or Telecommuting)

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Clear, straightforward advice from Jason Morwick for job-hunters seeking employment opportunities that will allow them to work from home. This post covers considerations that should be made, how to go about the search, as well as links to relevant websites and resources!

Originally posted on thevirtualleader:

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I often get asked how a job seeker can find a job working from home or at least telecommuting part-time. The truth is, there is no magic formula. Job seekers should be leery of advertisements on the internet offering you 100% flexibility and the ability to work from home fulltime. Most of those ads are scams and will not lead you anywhere. So how do you do it? Here are my tips:

  1. Understand your own needs and objectives. What is it you really want? I have friends that say they want to work from home but they really just want better work-life balance or more flexibility. Do you want a more flexible work schedule to balance family commitments? Do you live in the exoburbs and want to reduce your commute? Do you just hate the office environment and feel more productive working from home? Would you be willing to commute…

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Why I’m Not on Facebook and Other Musings by a “Non-Joiner”

Young people without Facebook accounts are regarded as suspicious by a number of employers, their human resources departments, and some psychologists. Might this group of resisters have something sinister to hide, and even be psychopathic? This issue has been reported on herehere, and here (from 2012). The fact that it’s taken me so long to notice that non-joiners are regarded as strange in a negative way shows my limited interest in Facebook. Now that I’ve received the memo though, I’ll say I’m not surprised that people are wondering, “What’s different about the non-joiners?” and then coming up with hunches that have a negative spin.

Life has dealt me a strange hand such that I find myself (1) a non-participant when it comes to a number of activities that most enjoy and (2) having to vociferously defend my preferences. As a result, I’ve come to notice how consistently people assume non-joiners to have character flaws. Observe: Continue reading

Remote Work – Challenges and Best Practices

Better CollaborationIntroducing the next Better Collaboration video conferencing event! The information that will be presented is specifically geared towards organization leaders who’re interested in learning about the best practices for virtual collaboration. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Standard Time/11:00am-12:00pm Pacific Standard Time. To register, please visit the Better Collaboration Meetup site. Details follow: Continue reading

How Automattic Runs Their Distributed Company [Infographic]

The following image provides facts and figures related to how WordPress/Automattic operates as a distributed company. How’s this as an example of a company that has figured out how to go virtual? Continue reading

Team Nature or Team Nurture? Disillusionment with the Great Debate

Many of you have no doubt experienced times where you’ve reevaluated educational or career decisions and reconsidered what you hoped to have gained through your devotion to a particular field in hindsight. For me, this time came – a principle reason why I’ve slowed down on the blogging and why this post will be a bit different. Having spent time thinking about my own decisions and what I’d hoped to gain by acquiring a professional degree and training in psychology, I’ll address the problems with the “specialist” model of work, team vs. team mentality, and professional culture-fit in this field. Hence, what I have to share may especially be of value to those who’re considering the field of psychology. I hope that aspiring professionals can help change the troubling trends I’ll describe. Continue reading

10 Shocking Stats About Employee Engagement [Infographic]

Are these percentages shocking? Perhaps not to those of us who’re very intimately acquainted with the typical work scene. Likewise, perhaps not to those of us who’ve been following the issue of work engagement for a long while and are familiar with what studies have been saying. However, it’s important for leaders and managers to familiarize themselves with the concept of engagement, its implications, and what may be the reality at their organization. Take a look at this infographic, see if this describes the scenario at your organization, and share! Continue reading

Finding the right coach or mentor

Lynn Patra:

As we seek out ways to gain advantages in today’s world of work, enlisting the guidance of a coach or mentor has been one that has been important to many professionals. It’s critical, however, to know how to evaluate potential coaches and mentors. Check out the following invaluable tips and insights with regard to selecting an appropriate coach or mentor.

Originally posted on CATS 3000:

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In recent years, a vast number of people have become coaches, mentors, therapists. personal trainers – you name it, there’s now a helper for it.

Some of these people are highly “qualified” and have taken formal routes through universities and colleges to get qualifications that are recognised by professional bodies. Others have gained various kinds of certificates from more commercially focused training providers. Some of these are bogus, some are affiliated to “proper” institutions. Some simply require you to attend a weekend course, while others demand a certain number of “completed hours”.

Getting a university degree or professional certificate does not necessarily make someone a good therapist. Equally, someone who has completed a weekend course in Life Coaching and then printed some business cards, might just a danger to themself and to you.

Finding the right coach or mentor requires a bit of research – checking that credentials are authentic…

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Social Media Burnout and the Value of Time Spent Unplugged

Looking back on over a year’s worth of blogging and social media networking, I’m grateful for all the opportunities that have opened up to me through actively engaging in these activities. I’ve met interesting people and made some valuable connections, and I continue to look forward to more of this! Blogging has also been a fun way to develop my thinking and writing skills. However, I’ve also learned how challenging it is to frequently and consistently develop original content. I’ve followed a number of bloggers who have done so and applaud them all! Continue reading

The brain science of sleep (or the trouble with the snooze button)

Lynn Patra:

Not feeling “on the ball” on workday mornings? There’s a reason for this. According to the brain science of sleep, it takes more hours to become alert and ready to work than generally believed. Despite appearances, we really aren’t all that productive during our first hours awake as Maria Konnikova explains in this post.

Originally posted on Brainwaves For Leaders:

Since this is the last post before the neuresourcegroup offices close for the holidays—and especially because we all plan to catch up on lost sleep—we thought we’d reprint this intriguing article by Maria Konnikova on the importance of maintaining a natural sleep cycle and the high cost of ignoring it.

Also, since we’ve just announced that our next working breakfast will feature Australian nap advocate Thea O’Connor on ways to manage fatigue (28 March 2014 in Brisbane), it’s not only an appropriate way to end a great year but a perfect way to set the scene for the next.  Happy, restful holidays to all!

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On a typical workday morning, if you’re like most people, you don’t wake up naturally. Instead, the ring of an alarm clock probably jerks you out of sleep. Depending on when you went to bed, what day of the week it is, and…

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Making Virtual Work a Success for Employer and Employee

Better CollaborationThe next Better Collaboration video conferencing event on strategies for driving virtual workers’ productivity is coming up! The information that will be presented is geared towards organization leaders who’re interested in learning about the best tools and practices for virtual work arrangements. This event will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Standard Time/11:00am-12:00pm Pacific Standard Time. To register, please visit the Better Collaboration Meetup site. Details regarding this event follow: Continue reading