National Bosses Day is Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Are you buying your boss a gift? I've always believed in shopping down. In short, I am willing to buy a gift for people who are my peers or work for me, but not for a boss. However, as I mellow (and age!) I do believe there are exceptions. Before you just go through the motions, ask yourself the following before purchasing a Bosses Day gift for the big cheese. Have they gone out of their way for me? Oftentimes, the boss is in the unique position of directly impacting your life. If they have done anything to make the job, or your life, a bit better, say thanks with a token of appreciation. For example, perhaps your boss granted you permission to work from home one day a week after having a child or made an exception for you to accommodate a personal issue. Perhaps you are simply grateful to be treated with respect. In cases like this, celebrate Bosses Day 2012 by giving a gift. Does my boss have my best interest at heart? Bosses … [Read more...] about National Bosses Day 2012: Should You Buy a Gift?
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Human resources—whether this is a manager or a department, their responsibilities are the same: to protect the company who hired them against things like staff turnover, lawsuits, low employee morale or unsafe working conditions. If you have issues or complaints as an employee and are tempted to talk to HR, you may want to think twice. Human Resources are not bound by confidentiality laws. Human Resources professionals are good with people and they are good listeners. Employees often view HR staff as a counselor of sorts—kind of like a work psychiatrist with patient confidentiality in place. This can sometimes lull you into the sense that they are your friend and that they are trustworthy. But at the end of the day, even if they are trustworthy and of good character, HR professionals have a job to do. When asked questions by your employer, they are going to answer truthfully. Even if it means sharing information that you shared with them. They may share information you share with … [Read more...] about The Top 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Share With Human Resources
If you are feeling overwhelmed at work, you will know that it isn't a nice feeling. Everyone feels overwhelmed at one time or another, but if you can't see your way out of it and can't see a light at the end of the tunnel, here are a few ideas to help you handle this tricky time: Do You Need to Delegate? Maybe you just have too much work to cope with now? You might have some personal issues that are making it more difficult to stay on top of your work than usual? Whatever the reason, if you continue to feel overwhelmed it is important to let someone know and delegate or speak to a sympathetic manager that can help you do that. Don't continue to battle on alone and ignore the issue; that won't help anyone. Have You Been Trained Properly? At times, people are thrown into jobs that they just aren't trained for. Take a step back from your situation and see if you can get a sense whether that is what has happened to. You could ask a trusted co-worker for their feedback. If you … [Read more...] about Overwhelmed at Work? How to Cope
With the first presidential debate only hours away, office watercoolers around the country are being subjected to all kinds of silly political banter. The question both the employed and unemployed have on their minds, which is NOT so silly, is what each candidate will do for the struggling economy. It's hard to imagine how people with so much money and such powerful circles can be in touch with us Average Joes. But at one point, both Barack and Mitt were just young lads suffering through college. "mtvU's Hire Learning" has a great show broadcasting today entitled "Pres-umes," a look at what both candidates undergrad resumes look like, and how recruiters would react to their applications in today's economic climate. Check out the clip below. Get More: www.mtvu.com Be sure to check out “mtvU’s Hire Learning,” a new hidden camera series that captures job interviews of current students and recent graduates, highlighting dos and don’ts … [Read more...] about Romney vs. Obama Undergrad Resumes Revealed: Who Would Get Hired for an Entry Level Job?
Dealing with unfairness in life can be tricky at the best of times, but what do we do when we are being treated unfairly in the workplace? What’s the Problem? Identify the issue(s). Is it a personality clash with your boss or do you feel that you are always overlooked for promotions or perks? We all take things personally at times and human interactions can be hard to quantify, so it’s worth drilling down and seeing what’s really going on as objectively as possible. You don’t want to make yourself more miserable at work by bringing up an issue that doesn’t really exist and alienating people at work. However, it is important not to allow unfair treatment to carry on if that’s what’s happening. If you are unsure, ask for an objective opinion from someone you trust to start with or seek legal advice on your employment situation. Keep A Record Keeping a record of your treatment is a good practice to get into if you feel you are being treated unfairly at work and will also help … [Read more...] about How to Deal with Unfairness in the Workplace
Trying to find work you love? Stuck in a rut with work and looking for some inspiration? Here are 29 quotes about work to lift you up and give you that inspiration you are looking for: Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. Booker T. Washington Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. Anne Frank Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it. Henry David Thoreau I think the person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave. Joseph Campbell There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. Henry Ford Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and … [Read more...] about 29 Inspiring Work Quotes
Is the cubicle lifestyle not something you envisioned entering daily? Is the generic office building not your style? Luckily, today's corporate infrastructure is taking a departure from cookie cutter settings, opting to repurpose structures and repurpose spaces. Throughout North America, it's not a surprise to find digital ad agencies working from the corridors of a converted paper factory. In major cities throughout the world, warehouses have been reworked and have become home to white collar workers. Here at RevZilla.com we reside in an old hat factory that is also home to a recording studio and a group of Philadelphia Mummers. We had a blast making this space our own! Here are some ideas for making a space with character reflect your corporate culture. 1. Add Some Green: Being “Green” is more of a catchphrase to some, but for others it's a lifestyle. Living Green doesn't need to end in your garden or at an organic market. Setting up a small rain forest around your workspace … [Read more...] about 5 Easy Steps Toward a More Creative Workplace