Depending on your perspective, April Fools' Day is either the highlight of the year -- or a great day to work from home. Even if you're totally anti the entire concept of April Fools', you have to admit that some pranks function as a kind of team-building exercise: something funny happens, everyone has a laugh and blows off steam, and hopefully, co-workers feel closer. Unfortunately, when pranks go wrong, they go really wrong, leaving a trail of hurt feelings and dented career prospects in their wake.
Hollywood would like us to believe that everyone goes to school, works hard, and quickly winds up in their dream job. From pauper to Wall Street, shy guy to leading man, or mailroom clerk to CEO, it's all about that fairytale ending. Now brush the popcorn from your lap and let your eyes readjust to the light, because the movie's over and we're heading back to reality.
Sometimes, the conventional ways of trying to boost your brainpower just don't cut it, and you need some clever, one-off tricks to smack yourself back in the groove and on your way to productivity heaven. Here are five bizarre, yet effective ways to help you have a more productive, less monotonous workday.
Mobile technology was supposed to set us free from the tyranny of the 9-to-5, allowing workers to escape the office and plug in wherever they happened to be, and work when inspiration struck. Instead, studies show, improvements in technology have blurred the boundaries between work-time and personal-time, and changed managers' expectations of the managed. In short, many bosses and employers now expect workers to check their email at night, on the weekends, even on vacation. The result? Workers are getting mad, and getting less done.
Sometimes, workplace social events feel like a chore. Management may not want to "waste" time sponsoring fun during the workday, and not all employees are thrilled about spending their free time on the weekend at the company picnic. However, that social time among staff can boost productivity and increase morale and quality of life at work. Here is why you should encourage social events at your workplace.
One of the NBA's most acclaimed and tenured players announced his retirement this past week. Nash had a respected and decorated career in the NBA, but it didn’t come without its fair share of adversity. We'll take a look at a few ways Nash's hard-earned success can be applied off the court and inspire professionals to be MVPs in their careers.
If a female executive retreats to her car to scream because her promotion was (again) awarded to her male colleague, does anyone hear her scream … or even care? Probably not. Unfortunately, this happens countless times a day as working women continue to get passed over, neglected, and discriminated against in their careers. What's worse is that this epidemic isn't isolated to lower-ranking women, it's consistent all the way up the corporate ladder where female executives continue to chip away at the glass ceiling.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994 is a federal statute that protects veterans and servicemembers from being discriminated against due to their military status in the civilian employment arena. This statute typically protects two groups of people: (1) reservists who have military responsibilities and a civilian job and (2) veterans who have entered or are trying to enter the civilian workforce after their military service is complete. While the law itself is long and complicated, these are four things servicemembers and veterans should be aware of regarding their rights.
It's a common dilemma, really. You're gainfully employed, but you also can't help but think that there are greener pastures with another employer. However, your current job isn't that bad, so you're not really an active job seeker -- it'd just be nice to know what career options are available. If this is you, then read on to see why you are a recruiter's dream come true. Here's why.
When you're evaluating a job offer, it's almost always smart to ask for more money. After all, if you don't ask, most of the time, you won't get. That said, occasionally you'll run into hiring managers who choose to see even a perfectly reasonable request as a personal affront. This week's roundup includes expert advice on dealing with that situation, plus tips on how to build your personal brand and avoid the pitfalls of crafting a college essay.
Would you think twice about sharing a mindless "I'm so bored" post on social media if you knew that research shows that people who do so experience higher rates of heart attacks and strokes? What's worse, research that ties social media use to emotional stability/instability is making its way into the hands of people that you probably don't want to be privy to such information: recruiters, hiring managers, and employers. Here's what you need to know about what your social media sharing is saying about you.
You polished your resume and got a job interview. You researched the company. You practiced answering questions about your experiences in front of a mirror. You really want this job, and you do possess the qualifications necessary to do it. But you still can't shake that feeling of nervousness or get rid of the butterflies in your stomach. You are not alone; many of us feel anxiety before interviews, especially in today's competitive job market. Here are ways you can alleviate your anxiety and have a good interview.