Workplace Roundup: Who Needs Proper Spelling Anyway?

New Year’s has come and gone, and things are already in full swing here — I’m sure they are in your neck of the woods too. In this week’s Workplace Roundup, we look at a new approach to management, a rethinking of etiquette around email and workplace communication, and other fascinating topics. Without further ado …

Tx But No Tx

In a post on LinkedIn, New York Magazine writer Kevin Rose makes the argument for “strategic sloppiness,” or intentionally disregarding proper spelling and good grammar. He points out that business leaders rarely have to abide by these rules and actually benefit by ignoring them. Those lower on the food chain can sometimes reap the same rewards — namely, increased productivity and a subtle display of power — in certain well-timed circumstances.

I’m not sure I fully agree with the argument here. After all, there are many downsides to sloppy spelling and grammar, including potential damage to your credibility and professional image. But I do admit there is one big advantage: I could ignore all those squiggly red lines that continually mock me in Word.

Have You Heard of Holacracy?

Get out your dictionary. The word of the day is holacracy. OK, I’ll save you the trouble of looking it up. Holacracy is newfangled management style that does away with job titles. Holacratic companies are organized around tasks and responsibilities. Wired explains how Zappos has recently embraced holacracy.

Proponents say holacracy reduces power plays and office politics. But holacracy has only been used by a few companies, so a lot of questions still exist. At Zappos, one is who has the authority to hire, fire and set employee pay? Another is will Tony Hsieh still be called CEO?

Get Out Your Pen!

Turns out, I have something in common with JFK. We’re both word doodlers. What the heck’s a word doodler? Someone who writes a word or phrase, then traces it again and again when deep in thought. Writing in Fast Company, Nolan Feeney explains how doodling (word-related or otherwise) can help unleash creativity and productivity.

Personally, I find doodling helps me focus my thoughts and listen more intently. And I know several other accomplished professionals whose notebooks are full of scribbles and lines. So, the next time you find yourself drawing stick figures and smiley faces, keep at it!

Misery Loves Company

More than one-third of recent graduates are “underemployed,” or working in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. The good/not so good news: That’s been the case for 20 years. Amy Scott, reporting for Marketplace, looks at this trend.

If you’re searching for your first post-college job, these tips for writing your first resume may help you get a leg up on the competition. Good luck!