Getting a promotion takes time – plus a plethora of skill and abilities and the right attitude, of course. But just because you may not be able to snag yourself a new title tomorrow doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be working today to show you’re the right gal for the job.
Why? As Karen Elizaga, executive coach and author of Find Your Sweet Spot, explains, “when you are making these promotion-worthy moves, whether motivated solely by the potential to move up, or simply to do the best job, people are watching. At this level, your superiors and even your peers know that they can rely on you, and you stand out from the rest.” Read more
Make sure you have this answer by the time you get back to your desk.
When you’re heading into your performance review, you probably come armed with a few questions. (“What am I doing well?”, “Is there anything I could do better?”, “Will I get a raise?”, etc.) It can be nerve-wracking – especially if it’s your first time getting feedback from a work superior. But one surefire way of conquering the review? Know that the transaction is surprisingly tricky for your manager, too. Read more
Millennials are now America’s biggest generation — isn’t it time we started paying more attention to the way we manage them? According to information collected by the US Census Bureau, millennials, who are categorized as being born between 1982 and 2000, now exceed 83 million, outnumbering baby boomers by more than 13 million. Read more
Imagine you’re a thirtyish mid-level employee at one of the world’s largest companies, and your billionaire CEO has made a decision you don’t support. What do you do?
For most people, the answer is not what sales and distribution manager Donna Dubinsky did in 1985: issue a challenge to the CEO — in this case, Apple’s Steve Jobs.
To cut costs, Jobs planned to eliminate Apple’s warehouses and inventory and adopt a system of “just in time” computer assembly. But Dubinsky saw big problems with the idea and gave her bosses an ultimatum: She wanted 30 days to develop an alternate plan, or she would quit. Taking a stand paid off for Dubinsky, in large part because she proved she had the company’s best interests at heart. Her proposal to revamp distribution was accepted — and she got a promotion. Read more
Start your weekend off right.
How you end your workweek will not only have a huge impact on how productive you are the following week, but also may determine how relaxed you are over the weekend. Read more
What does HR not have a hand in? They manage hiring and layoffs, contracts, health insurance plans, and retirement accounts, and they also have a hand in the day-to-day details of employee satisfaction and experience. As an employee, HR can be an invaluable resource. At the same time, certain information isn’t able to be shared – unless they have to. Know what things HR might not be disclosing to you, so you can know what types of questions to ask them, or find the answers through other channels. Read more
Monday mornings are the most critical time of the workweek — they set the stage for the day and week ahead.
“Because you’ve stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the rest of the week,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.”
“They influence your mindset in a positive or negative way, depending on what actions you decide to take,” Taylor says.
Most successful people are keenly aware of the typical Monday-morning workplace dynamic of unanticipated events, overflow of communications, and general chaos. “But after weathering hundreds of them, they realize they must gain control and stay upbeat,” Taylor explains. “They take extra steps to compensate for this busy time of the week, and apply their best management skills to ensure that the day unfolds as smoothly as possible.” Read more
Very few of us will retire from the same employer that gave us our first job out of school. While some of those job changes might be involuntary, due to a layoff or termination or other circumstances beyond our control, eventually, we’ll be the ones to say goodbye.
That means knowing when to stay and when to go – and being aware that it’s not always easy to tell the difference at first glance. Read more
I talk to job-seekers every day. Some of them have target lists of companies they’d like to learn more about, and almost all of them have lists of companies they would never work for, no matter what.
Where did they get their lists of companies they would never, ever work for? They either worked for those companies in the past or have friends who did. CEOs don’t realize that their organizations have loud, vivid brands in the talent marketplace.
People talk, and they tell their friends “No matter how badly you need a job, don’t go to work for this company and that company. It’s worse working there than being unemployed, by a mile!”
Here are ten unmistakable signs that a company you are interviewing with is not a good place to work. Read more
Most of us have probably created a “My Job Sucks, Make It Feel Better!” playlist at one point or another. There are many subtle and varied options for the discerning disaffected peon – ‘Sixteen Tons’ for the under-appreciated and prospect-less; ‘Take This Job and Shove It’ for the more assertive malcontents; and for the pacifists among us, maybe just a plaintive, ‘(Lord I) Feel Like Going Home’.
Everyone has moments of frustration, however much they may love their job – statistics indicate that the average length of a work-related moment of frustration is about forty years, so one option is to just hang in there and wait for retirement (disclaimer: this statistic may be a lie). Read more