Archive for ◊ December, 2011 ◊

• Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Employee of the Month

It’s time to recognize the hard-working, innovative, and dedicated employees in the metropolitan Washington, DC area! Beginning in January 2012, my new article series, Employee of the Month on, will sing the praises of employees who work tirelessly to contribute to their workplaces. In order to do that, we need your help.


Nominate an Employee of the Month!

Nominate a deserving employee to be featured in our new article series on Examiner.comEmployee of the Month. Anyone is eligible to nominate an Employee of the Month, based on two criteria:

1. The employee works in the metropolitan Washington, DC area (i.e. the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia – Fairfax County, Prince William County;  Montgomery County, MD; Prince George’s County; Howard County, MD)

2.   The nominee can work for a corporate or nonprofit organization, be support staff, a manager, executive director, administrator, intern, or anyone who works there, and be a part-time or full-time worker

Employee of the Month Nominations

Nominations open on January 1, 2012. To view the nomination guidelines and submission process, visit beginning December 30, 2011.

Winners will be featured in an upcoming article on, and on our affiliated social media pages, blogs, and in our publications.

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• Wednesday, December 07th, 2011

Your gift choices will give you away every time.


In Washington, DC, the land of political correctness, the ability to act without offending extends to the workplace, especially during the holiday gift-giving season. No matter how cool you are with your company execs and fellow entrepreneurs, discretion – and serious consideration – should dictate the holiday gifts you exchange.

Sure, maybe you and your supervisor secretly share a penchant for Maxim magazine, but giving a yearly subscription to the risqué magazine is completely unprofessional. Okay, maybe that gift-giving gaffe is obvious to you; but, if you need tips for finding the perfect gift for your office mates, not to worry. Here is my list of the top five gift suggestions for 2011.



Great gift ideas

  1. Books that highlight the recipient’s areas of interest, such as biographies, golf, knitting, or the latest publication by his favorite novelist
  2. Technology-related gift cards including the iTunes store, Best Buy,, or the recipient’s cell phone carrier
  3. Gift cards that promote healthy living such as a visit to a local day spa, a salon to get a relaxing manicure or pedicure, or a yoga class
  4. Magazine subscriptions are a great idea for coworkers who prefer to read publications in hand rather than scroll through content online, such as Entrepreneur or Inc. Magazine; professional membership subscriptions are also a great idea, especially for budding young professionals who may not be able to afford to join the Society for Human Resource Management or the American Marketing Association

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Have gift ideas? Comment below to share your picks for the best holiday 2011 gifts.

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