The class went "oooh" and "ahhh" when the note came down from above."Andrew G.R., please report to the principal's office."Busted.The blood rushed from my face as I journeyed to meet my maker. I walked down the narrow, fluorescent-lit corridor with my mind racing. How did he find out?"Andrew," Principal Schulman said, sternly. "We have a problem."Fighting tears (this was fourth grade!), I stared down at my feet, unable to fill the silence with anything worthwhile. "It appears that you have next Friday off because of a family trip."Where is he going with this? I wondered."That is the day of the class trip to Yankee Stadium. And because I know they are your favorite team, we have decided to move the trip up a day. So, you will be able to attend, after all."What?! All of that buildup for good news?! And here I thought he knew about that incident in the girls' bathroom....The feeling of anxiety that often accompanies being called to the principal's office never leaves your side. The … [Read more...] about Why Bosses Call Us In to Their Offices
Archives for November 2008
Working Podcast Episode #82:Office Courtesy
Episode #82 of the Working Podcast brings you free career advice, employment news and the hottest job Websites:- 7 courtesy violations happening in your office.- Punk rock song about work.- Learn about StrongResume, WorkVent and StreetSmartJobz. Direct Download … [Read more...] about Working Podcast Episode #82:Office Courtesy
What's Your Employer Really Up To?
After the banking bailout (and now potentially the auto industry bailout), the bitterness is tangible for abuse of power and greed by corporate companies. One Web site, KnowMore.org, is fighting back against corporate abuse by raising awareness on five different issues: business ethics, worker’s-rights abuse, human-rights abuse, political influence, and environmental concerns.The wiki-style Web site allows users to post information and issues on corporate abuse that fit into the previously mentioned categories. The topics range from exposure on environmental concerns for the Dow chemical company to unethical sweatshop conditions at the Kuk Dong factory in central Mexico.Although all content can be altered by anyone, the site contends that it is accurate because so many users continue to update the information. Further, the team of editors and staff manage the content and assign a rating to each company.Go to KnowMore.org to find out what your purchase power supports. You might be … [Read more...] about What's Your Employer Really Up To?
Bulletproof Your Job: Be a Volcano
Wouldn't it be nice if you could anchor yourself so deep into the fabric of the organization that you work for that you become immobile? It's no easy task, and there will always be elements out of your control. However, by learning from one of my favorite geological wonders, the volcano, we can give ourselves better odds to hang on to our gig. Here's how to be like a volcano. ACT LIKE LAVA Lava flows until it fills every crack. When it comes to your company, you should be identifying voids and doing your best to fill them. This will help you become "one" with the organization, hence laying the foundation for the future - just like hot molten lava. BIG & POWERFUL You can chop down trees, relocate entire houses and tear down stadiums. But one thing you've probably never seen is anyone taking down a volcano. No one f*cks with the volcano because they can't. You want to put yourself in a similar spot, and since growing another few feet isn't an option (even with advanced … [Read more...] about Bulletproof Your Job: Be a Volcano
Zolio: Crossroads Between Facebook and LinkedIn?
A growing Web site, Zolio.com, provides solutions for both job seekers and employers. Their Web site states that the reason for starting the site was “to create your professional identity after Facebook and before LinkedIn.” Essentially, this site was designed to help new job seekers (right out of high school or college) to build their resume and professional identity on the Internet. However, the Web site proves to be beneficial for entry-level employees, experienced workers, and employers alike.The free site allows job seekers to build a resume by focusing on the content without worrying about the format. It also allows job hunters to upload documents, videos, or other items to impress employers.Zolio takes it a step further by offering a personal URL to add to an email signature or a job application. If that isn’t enough, add the “Z” icon to your website or your social networking page for interested employers to click on and link back to your zolio … [Read more...] about Zolio: Crossroads Between Facebook and LinkedIn?
Empathy Can Bring Back 'Lost' Employees
You are giving an update, doing a presentation, or even just observing your associates in their work environment. Yawns, texting, and computer screens displaying non-work activities (unless you work for Facebook) have all infiltrated your work space.How do you wake them up and regain their focus and attention?It is not an easy task, and consequently, there is no easy answer. Among many things, the solution depends on the primary age group, their personalities, and your culture at work. However, here are some questions to start asking yourself about your employees. 1. The most important question of all is the most obvious: why are they unfocused?- Do they have personal troubles going on in their life (i.e. a break-up, divorce, death in the family, money troubles, etc)? If you know the answer, this is a good start. They felt comfortable enough to share the problems going on in their life which likely means you have a decent working relationship.- Are they under or over challenged in … [Read more...] about Empathy Can Bring Back 'Lost' Employees
Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love
For anyone seeking a change in career, or post-retirement options for that matter, the new book by Samuel Greengard, 'Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love', is a veritable treasure trove of everything one might ever want or need in pursuing such a life sea-change.This is a highly readable book that offers a broad array of interesting facts, figures and case studies about career change. The author, who describes his own journeys along the personal self reinvention trail, is truthful and helpful. Unlike similar books, this author achieves his objectives without an iota of pretension. Given the many, many books already published that deal with this subject matter, Greengard is to be commended for both his candor and ability to distill and simplify the many complex issues entailed in such an endeavor. The number of people reinventing themselves at age 45 and beyond is growing into nothing less than a tidal surge, and AARP, armed with their wealth of knowledge and resources on second … [Read more...] about Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love
Do You Have a 5-Year Plan?
I have always been on a "path." First I was on the straight A’s through middle school, graduating with honors from high school, playing all the typical sports to show my team spirit path. Then I was on the joining all the right clubs and volunteer organizations, finding the right college, picking a flexible degree, completing the required internships, and finding the perfect job to prove my hard work after college path.I’m exhausted just thinking back on it.I'll be completely honest and open: over the past year, I LOST THE PATH.As 2009 rapidly approaches, it has struck me that I need to get back on a plan. It used to bother me when people asked me where I saw myself in five years; now I understand it was because I never could quite picture anything after college.It truly is such a simple concept. If you want to lose 20 pounds, do you make a plan to do it? Of course you do! Making obtainable goals and reaching them gives us the motivation to keep going and hopefully to … [Read more...] about Do You Have a 5-Year Plan?
Working Podcast: Episode #81
Episode #81 of the Working Podcast brings you free career advice, employment news and the hottest job Websites:- 6 questions to ask a professional resume writer before you hire one. - A song about having an office job in a time of war.- Learn about the Layoff Tracker, JobRadio.fm and HowCast. Direct Download … [Read more...] about Working Podcast: Episode #81
Walk Through Work With TrekDesk
Health benefits at work just took on a whole new meaning with the TrekDesk. This new workstation with a built-in treadmill is garnering interest- and controversy. Let’s start with the positives of TrekDesk. *This helps Americans reach the Surgeon General set goal of 10,000 steps per day; which coincidentally, is equivalent to 3 hours of walking on the TrekDesk. *Recent research has come out reporting that there is a correlation to sedentary lifestyles and weight gain. WHAT??! I know this is mind-blowing news, but the supposed latest information is that sitting actually “switches” off the employee’s ability to burn fat properly. Let’s continue on to the potential problems with TrekDesk. *While this machine alleges to allow employees to walk without sweating, how true is this claim? This could cause some serious stink issues in the workplace. *Have you ever actually tried to read while on a treadmill? Some of us lack … [Read more...] about Walk Through Work With TrekDesk