Maybe you hop out of bed on Monday mornings with a song in your heart and a to-do list already coalescing in your brain. If so, don't be hurt if your co-workers avoid you until they've had their second cup of coffee. For many of us, the transition back into the work week is rough, to say the least. Whether the weekend was full of chores or fun, switching back to office mode is a challenge. Sometimes, the only answer is to play little tricks on ourselves, in order to make work happen.
Discussing money might be the only real conversational taboo left in America. We've recognized, over time, that sharing our ideas and even our fears with trusted friends and family only builds our understanding and makes our lives better. These days, it's okay to talk about the troubles we're having with our children or even our marriages. We can talk about race, religion, identity, etc., outside of work. But, do we talk with each other about our salaries? Oh goodness, absolutely not. That's way too personal, and it's a conversation fraught with danger. But, what if this is a mistake? There may be some real upsides to loosening up our conversations about money.
There are two types of professionals in the world: those who make mistakes in their careers and learn from them, and those who don't. For the latter, the odds always seem to be against them and life never seems to give them the break they need. Maybe – just maybe – it's not life that's to blame for their misfortunes, but rather the bad decisions these good, capable professionals keep making that are the culprit. Let's take a look at three reasons why good professionals make not-so-good decisions that end up costing them the career success they truly deserve.
Some people are lucky enough to feel that they have a real calling toward one particular job or career field. Nurses tend to be these kinds of people. If you know someone with a profound desire to help others and a fierce work ethic and intellect to match, they just might work in nursing. But, while the job can be quite fulfilling, it's far from an easy career path. Let's get real about what it's like to work as a nurse in 2016. Here are a few things you should know.
Recruiters do not care about you. OK, that sounds harsh. A better way of putting it might be, "Recruiters care about finding stellar candidates, which may or may not include you." The goal when you're buffing up your LinkedIn profile is to make sure that it's driving recruiters toward you, and not toward your friends and colleagues. In this week's roundup, we look at expert advice that will help you tighten up the leaks in your Linkedin, plus how to deal with a toxic work environment, and which questions to ask in order to start off a new job on the right foot.
Our resumes and online professional profiles are chock full of pieces of evidence chosen to support and justify our qualifications. But, it turns out that our emotional intelligence (a trait rarely highlighted during the job search process) could be one of the greatest determinants of our professional success. Emotional intelligence is more important that most folks realize. Here's how it helps you at work.
When was the last time you regularly used pen and paper? Was it for cursive practice in the third grade? Doodling on handouts in high school while you daydreamed through that lecture on Hamlet? Is it possible that you're starting to get bored with taking down all of your mental notes in that ever-convenient-yet-one-dimensional "notes" app on your phone? Maybe it's time to give old paper a second chance.
Remembering birthdays, planning the holiday party, showing a new team member around the office and where the best nearby coffee shop is: these are all examples of emotional labor at work. While many happy employees would like to think of themselves as completely willing to take on these seemingly small tasks, more often than not, they fall on female workers. Just as at home, the majority of this type of care and support in the workplace is expected of women in ways it might not be from their male co-workers. What's the impact of such expectation?
Flashy office perks like ping-pong tables, free backrubs, and unlimited snack foods might help keep you in the office, but do they make you better at your job? Not necessarily. If you're wondering why your creative work environment isn't sparking more innovation, those fancy perks could be to blame. Here's how your cool office could be killing your creativity.
Few things are sweeter than Pay Day. Whether it's every other week, the first and 15th, or every Friday, you've got that day more carefully locked in your head than your Mom's birthday. It's how you gauge whether to get that second happy-hour drink, or whether it's going to keep you from making rent. But wouldn't it be lovely if we didn't always have to live paycheck to paycheck? You may dream of that day when you're making celebrity money and don't have to do that — but maybe it's possible right now.
Although it doesn't always feel this way, job interviews are a two-way street. When you're interviewing for a job, it's not just about what the company thinks about you – it's also how you feel about the company. A good cultural fit can mean the difference between skipping off to work with a song in your heart and dragging yourself to the office like you're headed to the DMV. Not a seasoned interviewer? Never fear. You can learn to recognize the red flags that indicate this job isn't for you – during the interview process and before you take that job offer.
Forget music; Taylor Swift's biggest accomplishment might be inspiring her young, female fans not only to achieve their dreams, but to take credit for their accomplishments – and ignore the haters who try to diminish their success. Last night at the Grammys, Swift delivered perhaps the best response to Kanye West's claim that he "made that [insert sexist slur here] famous" by asserting her right to be recognized for her achievements ... and not even mentioning Yeezy by name.