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.

On Becoming a Better Writer

Does using text-speak erode our writing skills? There has been much debate regarding this issue. While investigating various opinions, I was surprised by the following statements at Northhampton Community College’s site:

According to a recent survey, employers would rather hire workers over 50 than those under 30. This survey indicates that respondents stated older workers are more professional and have better writing skills than their younger counterparts. 46% of respondents stated younger workers needed to improve their writing skills versus just 9% for workers over 50.

 

The slow demise of the English language is nothing new. People have been lamenting the use of poor grammar and writing skills for years. However, it seems that the use of Instant Messaging (IM) and Texting has accelerated this decline to a record pace. Is new technology to blame? There is evidence that supports that conclusion.

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Truly need 10, 11, or even 12 hours of sleep per night? By all means, try to get it!

During the course of blogging, I’ve been surprised by how often my previous post about sleep, “Why I Stay Up Late and 3 Reasons You Should Too [Satire],” which celebrates the experiences of people with late chronotypes (also known as “night owls”), has been visited. To spread awareness about another aspect of sleep-wake biorhythms, this post presents information about why it’s important for those of us who truly need 10 or more hours of sleep a night (dubbed “long sleepers”) to get the sleep we need.

Before going further, I’d like to point out that it’s important to resolve any underlying issues (sleep apnea, depression, or other medical conditions) that may be causing someone to sleep for more hours than is normal. If medical conditions have been ruled out, if the long hours of sleep have been consistent and of high quality sleep throughout life, and if the sleeper wakes feeling refreshed, this individual might be a “long sleeper” – a category that describes about 2% of the population (see here). More facts about long sleeping from the American Sleep Association follow: Continue reading

Killer Career Advice From The Women Of Game Of Thrones – Deborah Tan

Lynn Patra:

As of late, I’ve been a Game of Thrones junkie (which should explain the slowdown on my blog). However, this latest diversion hasn’t been all for naught. While perusing information about the show, I happened upon some excellent career advice, written by Deborah Tan and exemplified by the actions of the women in Game of Thrones. This is hilarious. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Material World:

Resident Game Of Thrones fan Deborah Tan reveals the important career lessons one can learn from the awe-inducing women of George R.R Martin’s epic story. Yep, even the crazed Cersei Lannister can teach us a thing about being great at our jobs!

The bloodletting, the lusting, the plotting, the scheming, and the thousand gruesome ways to kill a person … Game Of Thrones feeds our inner beast so well, Sunday nights without it will not be like Sunday nights at all. We are one episode away from the end of Season 4 and I’m already feeling the withdrawal symptoms.

While the men get plenty of air-time, Game Of Thrones rock my socks because its women are in a class of their own. They often appear helpless and deranged (yep, Cersei, you), but you won’t last long in the world of GoT if you pissed them off. On this Monday, take…

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The Path to Retirement [Infographic]

You may have heard the prognosis that we’ll be retiring later in life and that many of us can expect to work through our retirement years. Given what sounds like dour news, it may be tempting to put off thinking about the future. However, it’s critical to save and do all that you can at every stage in your life in order to better set yourself up for scaling back on work and addressing future medical costs. To this end, here is an “easy on the eyes” infographic that provides rough guidelines which include benchmarks at various stages of life for your consideration.

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Not Interested in Dating on LinkedIn?

Neither am I. Although it’s generally advised to only connect with those you already know on LinkedIn, some of us benefit from keeping more of an open door policy and giving others a chance to express why they are interested in connecting with you. During the course of networking, encountering those with a PUA (pick-up artist) mentality becomes almost inevitable and, consequently, one doesn’t have to search very hard to find people speaking out about others acting unprofessionally on LinkedIn (see hereherehere, and here). Continue reading

The Value of Impulsivity: Options and Opportunities for People with ADD/ADHD

My previous post, which called attention to research efforts directed towards education about workplace issues for people with ADD/ADHD, was not something I broadcasted at random. As it happens, I just discovered that someone I’ve been acquainted with for over a decade, and who has meant everything to me in the last several years, has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder without the hyperactivity). It’s mystifying how long it can take to see beyond the unintended facade of normalcy and understand the world from his perspective. As caffeine isn’t a huge part of our lives, it took awhile for me to come to this realization but eventually, one day, his reaction to tea tipped me off. A few cups revved me up but sedated him, compelling him to nap for quite a few hours. Now I know why he’s not a big coffee drinker. Continue reading

ADHD in the Workplace Research

Lynn Patra:

Do you or someone you know have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? If so, consider taking the survey introduced in this blog post. This survey is being administered by the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and results will be used to benefit those who have ADHD and experience workplace issues. Also check out “Truths That Will Change the Way You View ADHD.”

Originally posted on Get NutMegged ADHD:

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is conducting an online (short) survey about ADHD issues in the workplace, so I thought I’d share.  They’re hoping to get 1,000 completed surveys by June, but the more we can submit, the better.  The ADDA will use the results to create an ADHD awareness publicity campaign to help educate the general public and employers about potential ADHD workplace issues and hopefully, potential solutions.  

The survey is geared toward adults with ADHD that are (or have been) employed.  I urge you guys to take a few minutes to complete it.  I promise it won’t take long.  This is important stuff.  The more completed surveys, the better the data.  You can read a little more about the survey in this ADHD Coaches Organization Circle or jump right to the survey here.

While accommodations for those with ADD / ADHD do exist, those waters are…

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