If you're stuck in a holiday shopping frenzy, it's time to reel it back like so many tiny reindeer. This time of year, mere moments before Christmas, lots of us get in the "OMG, I need to buy … something for ______." And then you start impulse-buying glitter photo frames in the grocery store checkout line and things start to get weird. Before you go all nuts at the Pepperidge Farm kiosk in the mall, read about some things that your co-workers really want this year.
Depending on your situation, it could be frustrating or liberating to work with a remote manager. While on the one hand, you don't have her hovering around your desk and sneaking up on you, on the other hand, you do not have easy access to her whenever you need. You're also probably not her first choice when she has a project to assign to her team, just because of the sheer logistics. But, there are a few ways you can have an effective remote reporting relationship.
Even with global warming, your cube is somehow the coldest point on the planet. And since you can't just start a fire in your trashcan (it's frowned upon), you're going to have to figure out a way to stay warm and happy at work this winter. Before you go ask Mr. Scrooge if you can put another lump of coal on the brazier, try one of these quick tips.
The definition of "office" has changed over the past decade or so, thanks to the rise of telecommuting and virtual offices. Those of us in the non-traditional workplace do not have much 3D interaction with our colleagues. If the way we work and where we work is changing, do we still need friends "at the office"?
We've all seen it: the trainwreck of a work event when you mix co-workers, booze, and an encouragement to "let your hair down." If you don't want to spend the holidays looking for a new job, nip these mistakes in the bud before that party gets started.
It's the season of giving, or so the television says, but should you always or never give something to your co-workers, or your boss? We weigh the options for keeping yourself on the Nice List and out of trouble with HR — way more important than staying on Santa's good side when you're a grownup with a job.
If you're a manager, you may be spending quite a bit of time right now evaluating goals for your team in the coming year. How do you create goals in alignment with the organization's priorities, set your team up for success, and most of all, make sure that your goals will be met? It is often an intense process, but done right, it can have spectacular results.
In an ideal scenario, you go into your year-end review prepared, after 12 months of regularly meeting with your boss and getting her feedback as she observes your behavior on the job. You know what you're going to get and you're ready for it. But quite often, this is not the case – your manager hardly has any time to stop, you're caught up between projects and putting out fires, and you're lucky if you can catch a breather. So what do you do when you're having your performance review discussion with your manager and it isn't really going so well?
Call it Secret Santa, or White Elephant, or Yankee Swap: no matter how your office structures its annual holiday gift-giving ritual, it's a potential opportunity to make enemies among your soon-to-be erstwhile office friends and resentful co-workers. Think we're being overly negative? Consider these horrible office holiday gifts, culled from Facebook users who will never cheerfully draw a name from a Santa hat again.
It's 5 o'clock. You've got your computer open, phone sitting next to it, and somehow an iPad has managed to find its way onto your desk. You're simultaneously trying to update your project manager, respond to three different slack chats, and make happy hour plans — which three hours from now you'll have to cancel because you'll still be in the office. Maybe it's time to re-prioritize your schedule.
The words "workplace" and "office" don't conjure up simple imagery quite the way they used to. Some people work for startups that grow and change faster than employees can adjust. Other folks are freelancers or work from home for their companies. Still others are working full-time while also pursuing degrees, and trying to find a way to make it all work. No matter the case, the office life of today is very different than it used to be. And, no matter which work situation you find yourself in, that particular environment has its benefits and its drawbacks. Let's take a closer look at a few of the nontraditional employment situations available to today's workers. There may be more to these arrangements than meets the eye.