Monday, November 24, 2014

The Importance of (Work/Life) Balance

While the economy is indeed pointing up since 2008, the job market is still quite cut-throat for those looking for an opportunity to obtain some kind of career stability. With this highly competitive aroma in the air, we might feel the pressure to do whatever it takes to climb the corporate ladder in an attempt to ensure our own success regardless of what that may mean for others. This kind of poison can, and will, dissolve teams, decrease productivity, and produce a hostile work environment.

Pressure like this can bring us to justify crazy options just to meet deadlines and stay ahead of others. Crazy things like, habitually working 6 days a week, constantly on your phone or computer "just answer some emails" while at home, and working 80 hours each week regularly.

"The real hero is already home because she figured out a faster way to get things done.”

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Google Usability: A Time For User Feedback

A wise person once told me, "Be the change you want to see in usability."

Actually, no one said that, but the message is still quite true. The best way to ensure your needs are met as a user is to make them heard by submitting user feedback and by participating in UX surveys, studies, and research.

Google has opened up their arms giving users the warm embrace of a UX survey in hopes to collect more information about the experiences that their applications offer. I, for one, would like to take that survey, and so should you.