You’ve got mail! Late-night email response is sign of society out of sync

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By Jan Risher   Ever get an email late at night from your boss? Did you read it or wait until morning? Were you aggravated at the invasion of your privacy? If you were, you are not alone. Shift Key recently conducted a survey to get a gauge on people’s attitudes toward when work emails are received/sent — and the results surprised us. According to our research, 31 percent of those surveyed ha ...[Read More]

IAITS (TIL about Internet acronyms)

Internet acronyms

If video killed the radio star, what have smart phones and texting done to the English language? Like the telephone at the turn of the century, email’s rise to popularity in the mid 1990s blurred the lines between business and personal communication. Written language started to mimic speech more closely. Email gave way to IMs (platforms like AOL Instant Messenger were among the first), which ...[Read More]

Change it up on Leap Day!

Change it up on Leap Day!

Leap Day is exceptional.  According to traditions of old, because of the day’s lack of legal status, it was a day that everything was turned on its head. Specifically, tradition holds that women were allowed to propose to men on Leap Day, rather than vice versa. Irish legend goes back to the 5th Century to say that St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick that some women waited too long for their sui ...[Read More]

5 apps to keep New Year’s resolutions on track

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The dust is just starting to settle on those well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions. Book reading lists have commenced (thanks for the lovely Amazon gift card, Secret Santa!). More parking spaces have opened up at the gym, with more to come by the end of the month. Despite our best Pinterest motivation boards, even inspirational memes have lost their glittery “New Year” luster. Resolu ...[Read More]

Lessons I learned in India and Nepal, ‘kindness and compassion’ challenge

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by Jan Risher Lessons I’ve learned through traveling have largely defined my adulthood. For two weeks in November, eight other ladies and I have traipsed around India and Nepal. I was reminded of old lessons I thought I had down pat — and learned new ones that I didn’t see coming. I love being in foreign places. I love that feeling of not really knowing what’s going on and working hard to connect ...[Read More]

4 keys to remembering names

4 keys to remembering names

by Jan Risher In celebration of Shift Key’s one-year anniversary earlier this month, we’d like to share some tips that have helped make us better people — these are also tips that should come in handy during the busiest time of year for social and holiday gatherings. Research says that one of our greatest fears is to forget a name mid introduction. I have experienced such shaming and agree that it ...[Read More]

Stacey Boyett: Building brands with writing and music

Stacey Boyett: Building brands with writing and music

What is your role at Shift Key? As Chief Content Officer, I’m usually the last person to edit and review written materials before they’re sent to the client. I also drive our internal content strategy. How did your background prepare you for this position? While working for my college newspaper, I realized I was likely a stronger editor than writer. I am all about details.  I want to know the “why ...[Read More]

25 words you may be saying incorrectly

25 words you may be saying incorrectly

“AM-blee-ance” “puhss-GEH-tee” “pee-buh-JEH-wee” These are pronunciations a toddler might use for “ambulance,” “spaghetti” and “peanut butter and jelly.” Ok, I’m talking about my toddler specifically — and yet, I know exactly what he’s referring to when he says these words. As we become more familiar with language, we learn phonics, spelling and eventually how to read — on paper and al ...[Read More]

Punctuation gets political

What is it about the number of spaces after periods, or the use or omission of the Oxford comma that can send people into an all-out political brawl? Let’s not even go there with the use of apostrophes or commas. Likely, we were taught one particular way to address each of these punctuation issues in a typing or computer class as impressionable young tikes. “That’s the way itR ...[Read More]