In times of career crisis – when you're unemployed, or facing major upheaval on the org chart – you probably long to be bored. Then things settle down, and you get into a routine, and boredom doesn't seem that great after all. The problem, of course, is that once you're feeling meh about your job or your career, it's hard to motivate to do anything about it. Taking a class or setting up networking coffees seems like an awful lot of work. It'd be easier to just put in your time at the old desk and then go home and start methodically working your way through your Netflix queue.
Sometimes, having really difficult conversations is part of our job. And, even worse, sometimes those talks are with our boss. So, if you have some bad news you need to deliver to your employer, first take a deep breath, and then consider these tips. They might come in handy.
If you're interested in work-life balance issues, you've probably read your fair share of articles exhorting you to live in the moment and be here now and so on. There's just one problem: professional life demands that we live in the moment, and also live in next week, and also in six months from now. Take, for example, the problem of planning vacation time. To get it approved and not irritate your co-workers, you have to submit your request for summer fun while snow's still on the ground. Of course, even if you do that, there's no guarantee that you'll get what you asked for. For instance, your evil co-worker might get in ahead of you and scoop up all the good days. In this week's roundup, we look at advice for coping with that situation, plus job search tools you're probably overlooking, and how to grow your professional network without ignoring your personal life.
The recent controversy caused by a tip sheet for prospective cheerleaders at the University of Washington doesn't just show bad taste, it's more evidence that colleges aren't focusing on what really matters in appealing to students: whether or not they'll get a job after graduation.
Sometimes, the very innovations that we hope will simplify our lives actually end up complicating them. Technology makes our world smaller by speeding up the rate of our communication, but that doesn't necessarily make our work-lives easier or less stressful. Email is exactly this kind of double-edged sword. It comes with both benefits and drawbacks. But, through building better awareness of how email habits impact our lives, we can maximize the positive effects.
If you use Slack at your office, you're already familiar with joy that comes from sending your co-workers gif after gif (or jif after jif). What you might not know is that there is an incredible goldmine of add-ons in Slack that you can use that will make your workday significantly better. From CatFacts to Kanye West, there's an add-on for that. Check them out here.
Wouldn't it be nice if your boss handed you a million-dollar bonus in the form of company stock? On Tuesday, Chobani Yogurt Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya may have done just that.