If you don’t like your job, you aren’t alone. In fact, two out of three working Americans do not feel engaged at work, according to a Gallup survey. And many of these people spend more of their waking time working than doing anything else.
As a psychology professor at a business school, I have chatted with many unhappy employees. I have found that one big reason people are unhappy at work is that when they choose a job or a project, they are not aware of what will truly matter to them once they are in the midst of it.
People send résumés and go to interviews thinking that they care only about salaries and promotions. These are important, yes, but they are not enough. To identify a satisfying job, people should be thinking about office morale and doing work that is interesting and fun. Read more
How do we as humans make purchase decisions? In large part, we make them based on social proof.
What do others say about this product or that? Does someone we admire and trust rave on and on about it? Think for a moment about Yelp. How many times have you gone right over to Yelp.com — not company websites — before trying out a restaurant, a new hair stylist, or a resume writer?
My guess is plenty. You do this because you want to see what others are saying, and you’re going to base your decisions, at least in part, on these reviews. Read more
Read this LinkedIn headline and tell me what you think:
Creative problem solver with a committed heart currently seeking a position with a company where I can make a difference!
Personally, I probably wouldn’t click that profile.
Often, people struggle with knowing where on their profile to tell the world they are “seeking a position.”
If you are an active career changer, I’m sure you’ve thought about it too. If you do it wrong, you will not only scare away every recruiter who reads your profile, you will probably have a hard time building your network as well. Read more
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
It’s canned, not can’t-ed.
In 2008, I got laid off from my first-ever job. I was crushed, to say the least.
I grew up watching Almost Famous, fantasized about moving to New York, and managed to get hired at Rolling Stone, covering my favorite artists (David Bowie, The Eagles, Jay Z). So when my boss called me into his office on a Monday morning to break the news, I remember thinking: How could they be letting me go? I still haven’t interviewed Fergie! (It was 2008, remember?)
Fast-forward eight years, and I now run my own writing business, with a client list that includes Forbes, Food Network, and Dell. I’ve learned a lot of lessons from my fateful layoff, but here are my top five. Read more
I’ve given notice at my job, and I’m leaving in six weeks. No one is upset; in fact, everyone is being supportive of my move. The issue is that I’m finding it hard to be motivated and worried that these six weeks are going to drag on. Because I work quite quickly, I’ll have nothing to do for the last few weeks. How do I keep myself going and not give up mentally?
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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
Q. You’ve just graduated from college and are entering a tough job market. What kind of interview preparation will help you stand out?