If you’re in a line of work that forces you to stare at a screen for hours a day, glare can wear on you. To avoid headaches, eye strain and other irritations, you’ll need to take steps to eliminate glare.
It’s sadly inevitable that at some point one of your coworkers will cope with the death of a loved one. The grieving process is intensely personal and changes the dynamics and etiquette of the office.
Determining exactly what you want to be when you grow up is a process that can last years after you graduate. With trial, error and an accumulation of knowledge, you can strive to find a career that fulfills you financially and spiritually.
You can come away with something positive from just about any terrible experience you endure. That includes nightmare jobs that leave you feeling bitter and exploited.
Although just about everyone seems convinced that their jobs are the most stressful in existence, most of them are just being whiners. Real stress comes from working for ruthless bosses and clients, toiling through countless, sleep-depriving hours, and in some cases, putting your life on the line.
Your appearance may not always help you get what you want in your career, but it can certainly hold you back. Make a poor visual impression on others and they could look down on you for superficial reasons that transfer over to other aspects of the way they see you.
The promise of more money and a step up the career ladder keep you busting your hump at work. If the reward doesn’t come to you while others pass you by, it can test your professionalism and potentially send you into the downward spiral of a disgruntled worker. The way you handle the adversity will determine whether or not you ever achieve your career goals.
“I need to pack my lunch more often” is a favorite phrase of those who spend more than they should on high-calorie lunches most workdays, and continue to do so despite their inner protests. Even if serial lunch-buyers make an effort to pack their lunch for a while, they soon revert to those old ways.
It’s all too easy to sit down to “work” and do anything but. Distractions from outside and within can grind you to a halt before you even get started.
If your employer offers you a bonus with the choice between cash and company stock, you feel as though you’re on Let’s Make a Deal and don’t want to get stuck with the llama.
With some time away from the office, now is your opportunity to collect yourself and head back to cubicleville refreshed and ready to be a less annoying coworker. When you’re back at the grindstone, here are three ways to be a better cubemate:
The thrill of the hunt for a new job can obscure the reasons you want to work at the new place. Your every thought may be focused on making yourself appear to be a shoo-in for the position, but you’d do well to spend some time evaluating whether or not the company is right for you.
Working from home eliminates time you waste during a commute, can keep you comfortable and possibly make you more productive. Most importantly, it allows you to squeeze in a game of Mario Kart whenever the spirit moves you. With technological advances continuing to make telecommunication more popular, now is as good a time as any to spring a decent proposal on your boss to let you become a free range wage slave.
The longer you work the same job, the more likely it is that you’ll lack the skills to do anything else when you’re unexpectedly kicked to the curb. Everyone is a tap on the shoulder away from unemployment, so do your best to make sure you’ve got the tools it will take to claw your way back into another role.
Mishandling the job-quitting process can lead to unforeseen complications. By planning an exit strategy before you drop the resignation letter bomb, you can make the difficult process as painless as possible.
Eight state governments are forcing bosses to give low-rung workers pay raises, thanks to automatic annual raises in minimum wages. Washington state leads the way, scheduled to up its minimum wage 37 cents an hour to $9.04 next year. Burger flipping in Colorado will still only pay $7.64 in 2012, but at least that’s better than the $7.36 it pays now.
Layoffs are a sorrowful fact of life in this downsizing-obsessed economy, and the earlier you know you’re on the outs, the more time you’ll have to prepare. While it’s counterproductive to over-analyze your work environment while waiting for the inevitable “Can you step into my office?” overture from your supervisor and the HR lady, keeping your eyes open for obvious tells is a good idea.
Bosses really don’t want their employees to smoke. Not necessarily because they care about the health and well-being of their workers, but because they’d rather not spring for the expenses to cover copious sick days or hospital stays that spring from complications spawned by cancer sticks.