The old saying, "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" is a very truthful and revealing statement. But in today's economy it might be better read as "Frugality is the Mother of Survival". During hard economic times people will resort to all sorts of ways to save money and spend less. One of the areas often targeted is the food budget. Simply buying less and therefore eating less may be a good thing for those trying to lose weight, but it can also be unnecessary. There are many ways a person can eat well without sacrificing the quality of food. Here are a few tips:1. Look For CouponsTypically, every week the major newspaper in your town will come out with all the weekly ads and coupons for local stores and businesses. Take the time each week to look through every coupon and cut out any items which you might be in need of - either at the present moment or the future. Even if there is no present need for a food item, … [Read more...] about 5 Money-Saving Tips for Your Food Budget
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Weddings usually suck, unless it's your own. Sorry ladies, that's just the way it is. But every now and then you attend a wedding that stands out from the rest. Unfortunately, it's often for all the wrong reasons. Bad food, a sh*tty DJ and horrendous service are all part of the equation, but there was one thing missing from the affair that I attended that made it a total disaster...THERE WAS NO Maître d'!That means there was no coordination; an event without a face. No one to deliver orders to the staff; no one to be held accountable. Without someone driving the bus the sequence of wedding events is broken, creating a feeling of chaos - and holy matrimony and chaos should never be uttered in the same sentence - there's a whole lifetime for that!So what does this have to do with work and your career? Today we want to tip our cap to the Maître d' and give him/her the respect that they deserve.Who is the Maître d' at your job? … [Read more...] about The Worst Wedding I've Ever Been To
This is a guest post by Ronn Torossian, president and CEO of 5WPR, one of the 20 largest independent PR firms in the U.S.Businesses are accustomed to regular employee horror stories, yet CEOs worldwide must be terrified by the recent response to JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater’s choice of how and when to resign. Many have come to his defense, stating, “It’s hard working daily with people” and “you easily get agitated by constant traveling and servicing annoyed passengers,” but did anyone ask if he still cashed his paychecks?Launching a foul-mouthed tirade on the plane's PA system, deploying the emergency chute, grabbing a beer, then jumping out onto the JFK Airport runway and shouting, "That's it, I've had it,” are the stuff movies are made of. One must wonder how many workplaces can survive if employees are made heroes for this sort of behavior. What sort of trouble are businesses in if we define workplace bravery by Slater's … [Read more...] about Job Lessons Learned From Steven Slater: How to Avoid Emergency Slides
The death of paper was announced prematurely; love 'em or hate 'em, business cards are here to stay. Business card mistakes are abound. In your quest to create an unusual business card or a green business card, be sure not to overlook these five business card tips. LOOK DIFFERENT. Basic marketing commands that your product stands out of a crowd, but at the same time, appeals to a broad audience. That's perhaps your greatest challenge when designing a business card to promote yourself. This advice is not unique; recent cards have undergone a color and size transformation. In fact, if you want to stick out, ironically, you might want to consider sporting an old school, standard-size, plain white business card! DON'T JUST SAY WHAT YOU DO. Your business card should clearly state what it is you do. (Andrew Rosen, Pro Blogger) But that's not enough. When someone is thumbing through a stack of business cards 10 months from now, there needs to be a tagline that supports what you … [Read more...] about 5 Business Card Tips
Ever Tempted to "JetBlue-Over-and-Out?"Who knew a flight attendant having a meltdown at work would draw so much media and public attention? If you’re under a rock and missed it, a JetBlue employee unleashed an expletive-ridden tirade at passengers, quit and exited via the emergency chute. This Wall Street Journal article by Sean Gardiner, "Flight Attendant Grabs Two Beers, Slides Down the Emergency Shute" describes what happened. Steve Slater, the flight attendant, was arrested on several charges and faces a possible seven-year prison sentence.What’s really interesting to me as a mental health professional is how much Steve Slater’s actions are resonating with the public - and that the reactions are weighted heavily in his favor. Here’s a sample comment on the WSJ article, “I think the only way this story could’ve been better is if the guy cracked both beers and did the Stone Cold Steve Austin pre-wraslin’ beer chug before he peaced … [Read more...] about JetBlue Meltdown: Do You Salute or Shun Steven Slater?
We spend around 25% of our time at work. For those of us with an office job, that's a helluva a lot of time breathing recycled air and baking under fluorescent lights.When looking for a place to live, we tend to check out several places before choosing one. It's a rare occasion when someone agrees to live somewhere without seeing the lay of the land first. Depending on our degree of thinking (or over thinking), we might even come up with a list of pros/cons on why one home is better than another. My point is that analysis is required. However, when it comes to work - a place where we spend more time than at home - we often never ask to see where we will be placed, and that could be a big factor in employee happiness and employee performance.If a job meets our salary/benefits requirements, we sign up, and don't see our workspace until day number one. Well, I believe that's a mistake. A biggie!In no way am I suggesting that it should be THE factor, but it … [Read more...] about The "Odd" Interview Question You NEED to Ask!
Making and leaving a positive impression that sits well with your boss is a sure-fire way to steadily move up within a company. Knowing your fundamental duties and acknowledging your own limitations is the ideal way of initially handling any position given to you. But how do you subtly move up the corporate ladder without ruffling too many feathers? How do you stand out in the crowd without being too overbearing? Follow these simple guidelines and you're sure to leave a lasting impression on your boss.Honesty is the best policy. Whether you're speaking to the boss about needing some extra time off work or explaining why a certain project wasn't complete on time, always be honest. Without your integrity and honesty, your credibility as a valuable and efficient employee and coworker is shot. If you can't be honest and open about the small, mundane things, how is your boss supposed to move you up trusting that you can handle larger … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Impress the Boss (Including how to say no to your boss)
Steven Slater needs to learn how to quit a job the right way. The (former) JetBlue flight attendant cursed out a plane full of passengers and exited via the inflatable emergency evacuation slideIronically, Slater was part of JetBlue's "in-flight values committee." Ha!Allegedly a passenger ignored Slater's warnings and reached for his luggage from the overhead compartment. The suitcase ended up striking Slater in the head and chaos ensued."To the passenger who called me a m---f--er, f--- you," he ranted over the intercom.Who wants to bet we'll see a "temporary insanity" claim? Perhaps the luggage struck his head and caused the outburst. Whatever the case, it's safe to say Mr. Slater is done with the friendly skies - whether he likes it or not. … [Read more...] about Angry JetBlue Worker Quits, Curses Out Passengers
Let’s say you have a co-worker with whom you don’t spend much time interacting and this person has started to pop into your cubicle often. Then you notice that you keep running into him/her in the hallway or parking lot. Would you think this odd or disturbing? It's possible it wouldn’t even register on your radar. But what if the person tried to friend you on Facebook, sent you personal emails at work or called you on your cell? Has your “Okay, that’s creepy” alarm gone off yet? Maybe not, but now you might be concerned about this co-worker’s actions.The word “stalking” is thrown around a lot these days and sometimes in a humorous tone. But stalking is a criminal offense and can be horrific for the victims. Findlaw.com defines stalking as follows...“Stalking laws in most states pertain to a relatively new crime involving a clear pattern of conduct in which the offender follows, harasses, or threatens another person, … [Read more...] about Is That Co-Worker Just Too Chummy or Stalking You?
I haven’t been on any interviews lately, but I was in a situation recently that required me to have confidence to the 10th power. It was a scary, intimidating, first-time-ever event that I dreaded for weeks. I realized that although I had no control over the circumstances, I had choices about how I approached it and how I responded.Job interviews don’t rattle me too much. I’m fairly confident about my skills, experience and how I present myself. But I know many people find interviewing very nerve-wracking. In my experience and the experts will tell you that one of the best approaches is to BE PREPARED. (That good old Girl Scout stuff pays off again.)An interview is definitely not one of those occasions where you get points for just showing up. So what are some key components of preparedness for interviewing?· Research the organization. Duh. This might seem obvious, but there are many facets to it. Looking at the … [Read more...] about Tips to Boost Your Confidence While Interviewing