Archives for March 2008
Joe and Stacey work next to each other. They sit no more than five feet apart. Even though they often arrive at work before the rest of the team, there's no communication between them. Only silence. No morning greeting. No acknowledgment that they are sharing the same office oxygen. Career advice experts agree that saying 'good morning' should not be difficult. Yet, there's an increasing trend, almost a rebellion, against saying these two simple words to our co-workers. It's not like we're required to salute, bow, kneel or curtsey. Even a casual nod and mumble would be a lot better than the nothing that's now occurring at far too many work sites. Don't become part of this alarming trend. Experience the power of 'good morning.' 1) It maintains the standards of basic civility that we're all entitled to at work. Like 'please' and 'thank you', these two little words also go a long way towards improving communication and the overall atmosphere. 2) ’Good morning’ … [Read more...] about 7 Reasons to Say Good Morning to Your Co-Workers
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At it's simplest form, a recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth in real Gross Domestic Product. Basically, any period with a high rate of unemployment, inflation and poor wholesale-retail sales can arguably be considered a recession. The good news is that this economic trend is a bottoming-out period, only lasting around a year. Of course, if you've been laid off, that year could feel like an eternity. Duane Morin of Commute Smarter has written Survive the Layoff - Practical Wisdom for the Unwillingly Unemployed. From gaining a better understand of the philosophy of the transition to reaching out to references, if you've been laid off or feel that you are on the verge, this eBook can be a nice starting point. Here's an excerpt. The entire thing is downloadable below. ASAP is Not An Acceptable Timeline "Naturally you’re hoping to get a new job that starts the day after your current one ends. Barring that, “as soon as possible” has a nice ring to it. But … [Read more...] about Free e-Book: Survive the Layoff
Unspoken status symbols at work don't make the employee handbook, but they do cross lines of sanity.Who knew that one day, Michael would aspire to achieve a great number of ceiling tiles? You see, at his full-time job, success is rewarded with 12" x 12" squares hanging over your head. The higher up the ladder you climb, the more ceiling tiles you are issued. For the record, we're not talking about moving someone from a cubicle to an office. We're talking about counting tiles - literally - and then pushing out your cube walls to give you more space.But wait, there's more! The size of Michael's chair counts too. Entry-level peons get a low-back seat, mid-level employees get a mid-back (arms available at your boss's discretion) and high-backs go to, you guessed it, The Suits.Without a doctor's note, there are no exceptions. Just ask Larry. The Chair Police literally wheeled away his seat when he was in the bathroom. Apparently, he inherited the chair when … [Read more...] about They Are Confiscating Office Chairs!
Sometimes I'll come across a post that I wish I would have written first! The gang at Alternative Reel have put togeter the "Top 10 Quotes Against Work."Check out some of the list below and visit their post to read the rest.#10 - AMBITION“It was true that I didn’t have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, sh*t, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”—Charles Bukowski, Factotum, Black Sparrow Press, 1975#09 - CONTEMPT"My job consists of basically masking my contempt for the as*holes in charge, and, at least once a day, retiring to the men's room so I can jerk off while I fantasize about a life that … [Read more...] about The Media Rages Against Work
One day, someone will invent a contraption that allows office workers to exercise while planted on their fannies. Burning calories while writing reports would be the ultimate in multi-tasking. The latest piece of exercise equipment to try to bridge your desk and the gym is the SpringFlex UB. Before I tell you about the bells and whistles, I feel I must disclose the fact that this piece of equipment is available for purchase in Sky Mall. Yes, the magazine that we're forced to read 10,000 feet in the air. And yes, the same magazine that sells a hot dog toaster.The SpringFlex is designed to tone your upper body, curb weight gain and keep your metabolism in motion, all while minimizing injuries associated with repeated movements. (i.e. - mouse clicking, keyboard tapping)Unlike the expensive and large WalkStation we told you about last week, the SpringFlex is reasonably sized and sells for approximately $80. Considering the cubicle Bowflex wannabe claims it can perform 120 exercises, … [Read more...] about 120 Exercises at Your Desk
Site: The Career MoleSlogan: Meet. Refer. ProgressPros: Targeted networking; receive inside informationCons: Pay per connection; Moles' motives are not made clearOne of the best ways to increase your odds of landing a job is to tailor your resume, interview responses and appearance to the company's culture. Of course, more often than not, you might not have any contacts within the organization. That leaves you at the mercy of information posted on the employer's Website. Until now.Thanks to The Career Mole you can access unfiltered and unadulterated information from people who work at companies you are targeting. Unlike many job vent Websites, the 'Moles'' goal is to deliver insight (both good and bad) and give you the inside track on job vacancies, all while preparing you for the interview process.A Mole can chat with you, look over your resume/cover letter and help you prepare your application. The major downside to this is that, in reality, you don't know much … [Read more...] about Company Insiders Help You Land Jobs
As if corporate America didn't already suffer from enough obsessions as it continually tries to make an even larger profit while pretending to be humanistic, a new neurosis has now taken root on the company psyche. That is the seemingly urgent need to label everyone in an easily-digestible capsule. What better way to force human labeling than the requirement that we all wear, and 'proudly' display, the company ID card. It beats, I suppose, bar-coding on our collective forehead. Although that may well come next, along with retinal recognition and an assortment of other biometrics.From the White House to the Big House (even prisoners get to wear ID cards), everyone's marked. It's like we've all become canned goods in the supermarket soup aisle. In a similar way, we've become effectively labeled and branded. The ID card really tells a great deal, just like Campbells Soup; content, price and, for some, expiration date. They say it's because of security, that everyone needs to be on … [Read more...] about Livestock Get Branded, We Get Company IDs
Winter is fading into spring, and I for one, am waiting with open arms. Aside from enjoying sun-drenched days from the discomfort of my cubicle, I'll also be paid a visit by some of my favorite annual guests: THE INTERNS.Wide-eyed on day one, disgruntled by the end, these college-aged kids come in for a resume boost, three credits and to get mom and dad off their back. Sometimes there's nothing like new ideas and energy to brighten up the joint!CollegeGrad.com, which specializes in entry-level jobs, has announced the Top 200 Intern Employers for 2008. That will equate to more than 46,000 interns. Walgreens alone plans to hire 7,350 interns.Read more here.Other interesting results yielded by the survey include:53% of participating companies plan to hire more interns than last year25% will be hiring fewer interns than last year2008 will have 0.52% more interns than 2007Looking for an entry-level gig? Find out which companies are filling positions in '08.While targeting … [Read more...] about Get Ready…Here Come the Interns!