Worklife Survival

Ssshhh, Employee Napping …

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 17:37

Well if you thought afternoon naps were just for babies, kids and pets, think again. As many companies figure out ways to get creative, engage employees and truly create a work/life balance, this new take on “nap time” may just do the trick! This trend is catching fire and for those employees who want to take a little break from it all while still clocking the hours some employers may need to provide a nice cozy place to unwind. While many employers might think this is taking the work/life balance thing too far, some are rethinking this popular trend. Laws were created to protect employee’s rights at work hence the creation of the “Lactation Room” for nursing mothers returning to work. I don’t know if you have to be considered an insomniac to qualify for a nap break during the workday, but it’s nice to know it can become an option for you in the future.

As you look at jobs that interest you and places you’d really like to work, how important are the “perks” that come with the paycheck? Money, title, and benefits use to be the drivers for recruiting and retaining successful candidates. Now, free food, nap rooms, and concierge services can be a deal breaker as employees consider their career options. When all you thought you needed to worry about was how long of a commute to work you’d have to endure, companies are fighting over new and creative ways to make you jump on accepting that job offer.

It’s not just getting a big car allowance or a corner office that’s important anymore. The war on talent means you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to asking for and getting what you want. Thirty years ago you would be fired for sleeping at work, now you are being encouraged. Heck, that was probably true even ten years ago! Times are changing fast and you have nothing to do but sit back and see what comes up next for you as you consider all the options. Allowing employee’s flexibility at work no longer means working a flex schedule or leaving early on Friday during the summer. Employers need to think more creatively about how and why someone would want to come work for them and pulling out all the stops as it relates to making your workplace feel like your home is no exception. I say bring back the cocktail cart please!

As you consider all that is available to you when it comes to your career choices and your next job move, think about how you want to show up for work. How important is it to be able to spend time with your family as well as get the job done? Do you need to take a nap or a walking break or play card games at work just to break up the day? How well can you stay motivated at work if you don’t have any down time available to you?   Knowing when to stop and rest even if it’s at your desk is important to stay the course no matter how many hours you have to pull at work. After all a happy employee is a productive employee and your boss would love it if you lived at work-why do you think there is an endless array of food available to you at all times of the day? Know what you want BEFORE you sign that offer letter no matter how big the ice cream bar is.

 

 

 

 

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Acting As If …

Lisa Kaye - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 13:04

There is a strong belief that the Universe can and will bring to you what you most want and desire in the form of “law of attraction”. Call it physics, call it magic, call it wishful thinking, whatever your belief system the one thing that holds constant is if you don’t believe in yourself no one else will. The job market can and will be unforgiving. That does not mean there are not great people out there who have your best interests at stake. But generally, it’s a good idea to make things happen for your self. It’s kind of like you are a “job magnet” pulling the title, salary and company you most want towards you.

So what makes some people more successful at it then others? Simple it’s how they see themselves. It matters little how the rest of the world sees you if you think you are desiring of a particular job, position of responsibility or compensation. With the right of amount of focus and undivided attention you can and will attract that opportunity to you. Did you ever wonder why some people who have no relevant experience or even common sense yet seem to land jobs that make you scratch your head and wonder if they knew the hiring manager? It’s not that you are being conceited but maybe you should be and it might help you. It might mean however that these people see themselves in a way that gives the Universe the impression that they want it more than the rest. Now that does not mean that makes things fair, but what it does and should signal to you is that this can and should happen to you.

The Universe or law of attraction does not discriminate. It answers to the strongest of urgings. And if you are wondering why you are not able to manifest certain jobs or positions no matter how many times you interview or send your resume out it might be because you are not acting “as if”.   Pretending as a child was not only fun but it was a powerful way for you to escape whatever you wanted. You could do and be whatever you wanted. No one was judging you or getting in your way.

Well what if your job search was no different? What if you acted as if you could do and be anything you wanted? That desire is the strongest way for you to manifest what you truly want and not just in your job. If you aren’t believin’ it – it isn’t happening for you! Acting “as if” is simple just visualize yourself in the job, company, office or position you most want. Now it takes practice and it should not replace your actual job search but it should most definitely compliment your efforts. It won’t happen over night but if you believe it will most definitely happen. This practice of feeling how it feels to be where you want is a very powerful tool in helping you act as if you already have the job you want.

At the very least it’s fun and it will do little harm to you or anyone else. After all if you can’t see yourself doing the job what makes you think someone else will see you in the job. Next time you are frustrated with your lack of job progress, try this exercise for a week a few times a day 2 minutes max and see if the phone starts ringing just a bit more.

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10 Reasons Not To Marry Your Job…..

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 13:00

Making a commitment is never easy. When you say “Yes” you are declaring not only your undivided intention to something or someone for the rest of your life but you are also stating that all other options are off the table! Wow, you better really know what you want when you say you are in it for the long haul! This does not only pertain to your committed personal relationships but it also plays a role in how you show up for your professional ones as well. No one wants forever-at least not anymore. The concept of staying in any relationship until the day you die is in itself a dying fad. We all would like to believe that when you say “Yes” it means forever-but let’s get real does it really?

Your job is no different. When you are committing to a career or a company or even to work for a particular boss it does not mean that you should enter the relationship lightly. Unlike walking down the aisle with your intended, your job holds no guarantees of lasting much past your orientation period. So when it comes to making the right choice understand your options and who is going to be there for you when all else fails. Next time you think about whether to leave work to be with your friends or family, here are a few things to remember and to know whether you are committing more to your job than to your spouse:

  1. Your spouse may wait up at night for you to come home. Your job will likely keep you up at night.
  2. Your spouse will kiss you goodnight. Your boss may kiss you goodbye.
  3. Your spouse will have your back when the going gets tough. Your job will likely stab you in the back when the going gets tough.
  4. You can trust your spouse. You can’t always trust your co-workers.
  5. The coffee brewing in the kitchen is likely made just for you. The coffee in the break room was made yesterday and was intended for everyone.
  6. You may get a raise from your boss for your hard work. You will always get a raise from your spouse just because.
  7. Your spouse will pick the kids up from work. Your work will make you choose between the job and the kids.
  8. You can sit at the head of the table at dinner. You will fight for your place at the table at work.
  9. You will be called a breadwinner at home. You may be called ungrateful at work.
  10. At the end of the day you come home to your loved ones. At the end of the day you know more work will be waiting for you tomorrow.

So the next time you want to compare your level of commitment to your job vs. your personal committed relationships, think about who will really be there for you at the end of the day? You know you have choices but if you had to choose which would it be? Your job may come and go but your family and friends usually last forever.

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5 Ways To Get Noticed ….

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 14:41

It may be hard to constantly stay front and center when you are either in a job you love or fighting to get the job you want. When you work like a dog and your efforts don’t seem to be noticed or you continue to come in #2 on the endless list of job interviews you audition for, it’s time to make a mental checklist of how you need to get noticed. As they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder but if you seem to show up in a room full of other beauties how do you stand out?

Being the center of attention doesn’t mean you need to jump on the tables and become the life of the interview party. It does mean however, you need to do an honest assessment of how and why you are being overlooked when all you crave is a little attention for your efforts. In order to get noticed you need to first look at how you are coming across when and if you do show up for the job party.

  1. What’s my energy level? Are you on high octane after your 10th cup of macchiato or are you dragging yourself around like you just came out of a Zen coma. How you physically show up has more to do with your energy level, your attentiveness and your light switch being turned on then it does the shoes you decided to put on that morning.
  2. What’s my awareness? Are you engaged? Do you care about this job interview or meeting? Are you feeling it or are you just dialing it in? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself when you wonder why you are not getting call backs or noticed for the job you say you want. If you are not feeling it, trust me no one on the other side is either.
  3. Are you centered? Do you feel like you are in a calm and peaceful place when you show up? Do you exhibit confidence and a calm sense of self? If you are a nervous nelly or are not sure you should even be in the meeting, you are not going to get noticed by anyone of importance.
  4. What comes out of your mouth? How you show up is one thing but what you say is quite another. If you think you are making points by acting like the smartest person in the room just to get noticed think again. Fading into the background like the bookcase is not going to get you noticed either unless someone wants to read something during the meeting. Knowing how to speak when appropriate makes others take notice even if what you have to contribute is not the most important point you’ve ever made.
  5. Am I respectful? This does not only mean are you nice to others but do you respect what you stand for and how you show up? People sense the vibe no matter how sincere you think you are being to others and to yourself. If you don’t like what you stand for how do you expect anyone else to like you?

Having the ability to be totally self aware and transparent about who you are, what you stand for and can bring to the table means you are no longer willing to play hide and seek with your career. Stand up and get noticed the next time someone calls you for a job interview!

 

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Job Trauma & Job Drama, You Decide …

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 12:10

It might be that you are rethinking the way you live your life and how many times you think you have to go down the same road again before you learn what you need to know. If you are living through some trauma or drama caused by your job, it’s time to figure out whether you like living in the middle of a thunderstorm or are ready to move out from under the mess. Whether you are the author of your own drama or are merely an innocent bystander, understanding that you can make the necessary changes and rid yourself of the chaos causing you to lose sleep at night.

You don’t need to take drastic steps like quit your job and live in a monastery the rest of your life to avoid trauma/drama. You do however, need to adopt some safe steps to rid yourself of this career chaos and guard against those people and situations that put you in harms way. How you define job trauma from job drama is simple:

  1. Job Trauma is something that usually happens to you and is created by outside situations. Examples would be a layoff, a death of a co-worker, the company filing for bankruptcy. Situations and people that may inadvertently cause you to feel some level of trauma in your life and not necessarily from anything you may have directly or indirectly caused.

 

  1. Job Drama is just that, any situation that is created by you or including you that has created some level of chaos or has directly or indirectly aggravated a situation. Examples of job drama would include office gossip, escalating a minor situation into a world war or divulging confidential information. Any situation or persons including you that have an uncanny ability to stir the pot or cause some level of unrest in the workplace constitutes job drama.

Whether you have experienced one or both or if you are honest with yourself have contributed to part of the drama it’s time to stop the self-sabotaging behavior and snap your career back into place. Finding fault with people or systems is not uncommon, your reaction to it however can and should be controlled. If there is a pipeline for communication to escalate an issue in the workplace even if it includes your boss, use it. It’s always better to take the high road and deal with a situation in a professional and above board manner as opposed to spreading your disgust through gossip and innuendo.

Knowing how to handle a difficult situation at work takes patience, trust and a tremendous amount of tact. You may not always find the right words to express how you feel but choosing any of the alternatives sets you and the person you may be trying to deal with in a potentially compromising position.

Understanding your rights and knowing where you stand in a situation forces you to take an honest and unfiltered look at who you are and who you want to be as a professional. You have a choice on how you behave, don’t fall victim to peer pressure especially if the fight is not even yours to battle. Save the job trauma and job drama for Netflix!

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5 Things You Don’t Say To A Job Candidate

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 09:28

Some of you may not always be in the interview seat and may actually be the one interviewing a prospective candidate. Whether you are doing it as a favor to a friend or are a recruiter, or someone asked you to keep an applicant company while they are being shuffled from one interview to another, remember to put yourself in the candidate’s place and act “as if”. We all know how nervous and intimidating the interview process can be. Understanding that is the first step in making a candidate feel comfortable and less awkward during the rigorous interview process.

Here are some topics or actions that will likely make an already nervous job applicant see “red” or worse, run in fear before the interview even gets started. Next time you are in front of a prospective candidate consider avoiding the following:

“You are sitting in my chair!” Claiming your space during an interview may seem like a natural step for you but marking your territory with an unsuspecting candidate is likely to have them feel like they just stepped in a pile before they even sit down. Physical and personal boundaries are important when meeting new people but rearranging people like furniture is not going to win you any high marks and will likely set the stage for a very tense first impression.
“So, you’ve been married before?” Finding ways to break the ice when meeting someone for the first time is an important first step in establishing a good rapport. Delving into their personal life and inquiring about their marital status or how often they date is not. Finding the boundaries between “social” and “sociopath” will help you know just how close is too close for comfort.
“When was the last time you had sex?” There is probably no “good” conversation where this phrase is appropriate unless of course you are auditioning for a scene in “Masters of Sex.” Inquiring about someone’s sexual activity is not appropriate topic of conversation for the office or in any professional setting.
“How late do you like to work?” It’s nice to know the work ethic of the prospective candidate, but inquiring as to their work preferences implies you may have a set of standards that are hard to match. You can discuss work expectations but watch out when you want to know what time this person likes to go home and have dinner with the family. At that point, it’s really none of your business.
“Excuse me …” It’s good to feel comfortable in your own skin, but when you are feeling a little to at ease you may miss the line between appropriate and crude. Controlling your physical urges in front of a candidate who is not your family member will help you set a good example not to mention maintain self-control during the meeting.
We all want to make a good first impression and knowing that you are representing your employer when you meet someone new for a job means you should act as if your boss were in the room with you. Your personal comments and actions during an interview are as important to a prospective candidate as what you may find on their resume. It’s always good to try and make someone feel relaxed but remember making someone feel “at home” should not be taken literally.

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How To Become A Stealth Job Seeker?

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 15:17

As of June the current unemployment rate in the US is 5.5%. That is a marked improvement from two years ago. So what does that actually mean to you? If you are just graduating, ready to make a job change or just kicking the tires to see what’s out there, the good news is there are plenty-o-jobs! You might be struggling to find the right job for you but that does not mean that your options, choices and opportunities are limited. What it does mean however is that it’s time to not take any job that is offered to you but know how to become the stealth job candidate and choose the job that is right for you.

You might ask okay how do I know which job is the right one for me? Well doing your homework about the company you are considering is a no brainer. But how many of you actual dig deeper? When it’s time to narrow down your short list of potential employers you’d consider working for, think not only about the company but the person you’d be working for as well. Many of us think that if we get an interview let alone an offer from a company we’ve been courting for a while that we have got it made. Our curiosity about the company may stop with the benefits package or the 401k match. But it shouldn’t. Your sleuthing should just begin when you have honed in on the company and the job you are considering.

How do you go about being a stealth candidate? Well the process starts with coming up with a few key questions and the digging does not stop there. You not only need your Q&A list but you better start working your network of contacts and of course the internet to do some serious digging about not just the place you will be working but the people you will be working with.

Stealth Job Seeker Q&A List:

  1. How long did the last person stay in the job you are applying for and why did they leave?
  2. What reputation does the person you’ll be working for have in the company and outside the industry?
  3. How many people have been promoted under his/her leadership?
  4. Did you check out glassceiling or Google the name of the person you’d be working for?
  5. What reviews do the employee’s give this person?
  6. Have you asked to speak to any internal direct reports before taking the job?
  7. What type of communication style does this person have?
  8. Did s/he ask any inappropriate questions during the interview that make you nervous?
  9. Is this someone you think you can learn from or someone who will likely suck the life out of you?
  10. What does your gut tell you about this person?

Considering and accepting a job before you do the really hard work might save you time and years of aggravation if you make a choice that is not right for you. Don’t be afraid to ask some serious questions before you accept your next job offer. It’s neither inappropriate nor unprofessional if you dig as deep as you can before you start the onboarding process. Hey if they don’t like your line of inquiry, then you know it’s not the right company for you.

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Work Harder For Less?

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 07/12/2015 - 15:53

Maybe the concept of work no longer has the same appeal as it did when you walked down the aisle to accept that ribbon glad diploma. You may still dream of the day when you land the job of your dreams or can start your own business where the thought of work still excites you. You may not do it for the paycheck or the corner office or even for all of the perks that come with the job. You may be into it for the creative process, the idea you can still create something and that you can and will make a meaningful contribution.

Whether you feel you are in the right place in your career or you feel you are still struggling to get ahead, you never imagined for a minute that you might actually have to work harder to get less than you thought? No one in school ever mentioned that! The work landscape continues to evolve, jobs may ebb and flow and the opportunities are abundant no matter where you turn. Still, why are there times when you feel that no matter how hard you work, or give it your all and you think that someone is paying attention to your efforts, but in actuality you are not getting any further than you did when you accepted your first job.

You maybe working harder for less money, for less recognition or for less upward mobility but yet, you continue to work-after all what choice do you have? If you have been in your career and excelled in your profession for awhile there is a time where you may need to step back in order to move forward. I know it seems counter intuitive but just like you have to pay more in taxes when you earn more in income, there is always a consequence to every action, good, bad or indifferent.

Not to make matters worse but working harder for less may be the new American dream. Lowering your level of expectation means you have to realize there is a reason you are where you are in your life and sometimes you need to make a choice or pick another path of action in order to get ahead. I’m not meaning to discourage or tell you to forget about going after what you want but knowing that you may need to put a bit more into it if you really, really, really want what you are after is the real truth. The good news is there is no limit to the opportunities that are available to you but the reality is you are not alone in your quest for the dream job. Line up with all the others pursuing the same dreams. What does that mean to you? It means you better get going in the race to get ahead and understand that you do have to work harder for the privilege of just being able to stand in line to submit your resume or land an interview let alone get a job offer. That is the true prize.

Not everyone is made of hard work, sweat and tears. Most give up before they even try but if you are not a quitter and you are passionate and believe in yourself there are no limits to where you can go from here no matter how little you get paid. We all started somewhere the ones that are further ahead in their careers are the ones who did not give up when the going got tough. Which type are you?

 

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10 Over Used Resume Phrases …

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:57

If it’s times to update the resume because you are getting call after call to audition for your next big job, you might want to give some meaningful thought into the words you choose to express yourself. It might feel great when you get the call and they want to set you up for an interview but do you ask yourself how you even got that far? It may have been through an introduction or it may just have been the compelling words on your resume whatever the reason knowing what terms or phrases to avoid on your resume might help you get one step closer to landing the perfect job.

What does your resume really say about you?   If you ever wondered what works and what does not work when it comes to impressing someone you don’t even know here are a few “overused” words and phrases that you might consider eliminating from your resume if you want even a fighting chance at nailing the next job interview:

  1. Thought Leader: When it comes to describing your leadership qualities and those you may admire in others, using this phrase to highlight your ability to be both thoughtful and a leader in one phrase seems over reaching and not a great way to explain how you truly think, feel and lead.
  2. Thinking Outside The Box: Depending on whose box you are thinking “in” or “out” of may not be to your advantage when you are trying to explain how “creative” a thinker you really are. Best to think of another way that bests describe your ability to be innovative by citing a few key business examples rather than overusing a phrase that really isn’t very original to begin with.
  3. Strategic Thinker: Much like being a thought leader being strategic is not something you need to think too much about if you are truly “strategic”. Showing someone how strategic you are is always about highlighting your professional results and not merely declaring you are able to think or act strategically. You need to prove it in order to convince someone else that you are strategic.
  4. Results Oriented: Your orientation towards results is a given if you are good at what you do. Stating that fact is one thing but highlighting your accomplishments and the way your results increased profitability for the company is another. Show me the money and we’ll show you results.
  5. Highly Motivated: You may be motivated by your work and your ambition to succeed but telling someone you don’t know in your resume about your motivations is not necessarily going to win you any extra points. Let’s put it this way, one would hope you are motivated, no need to pronounce it as some professional revelation.
  6. Change Agent: Not everyone likes change. Change for change sake is not necessarily something you need to brag about. Being an agent of change implies you can make things happen. Just be careful that your agent status does not make you seem like you are a security breach or a career operative.
  7. Dynamic: Being a dynamo is great when you are setting up a dating profile but describing yourself that way in a work situation is not necessarily the way to get the support of others. Describing yourself as “dynamic” is great if you are trying out for a professional soccer league.
  8. Bottom Line: When describing your skills like a balance sheet be careful not to make yourself appear to be so goal oriented that you miss the big picture. Being able to relate to the people in your professional circle the way you can manage your departmental budget takes more skill than being a bottom line bouncer.
  9. Best in Class: This might work for entry into a “dog show” competition but not when you are trying to explain how great you are as it relates to your professional skills. Save the “best in” for a beauty contest and not your resume.
  10. Team Player: This phrase may have meaning when watching the World Cup but when you talk about how well you play with others in the workplace, it’s not necessary to let everyone know you can and will play nicely with other employees if your job depended on it.

Making sure you represent yourself in person as well as you do on your resume should not be considered an art form, but should take more than just common sense when you make an effort to stand out.

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Setting Job Expectations …

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 13:30

Like anything you want or try out for the first time, setting your expectations might help you stave off any disappointment in the future. It’s not like you have to lower the bar or anything, to get what you want. But realizing that you may not always get what you want WHEN you want it does not mean you should stop trying or shut down. Your career life much like your personal life will be filled with ups and downs and a few sideways. Just because the path to your corner office is not paved in money and big titles, should not deter you to give up on your dream.

Setting your job expectations means you need to know what you will do for yourself and not what you are expecting others to do for you. It was nice when you lived at home and could expect your laundry to be neatly folded and your meals waiting for you on the table. If you think your job will hold that level of comfort and security think again. You don’t need to struggle in order to get ahead, but you do need to be realistic about what you can expect from others if you are not realistic about what you can set for yourself.

Having a good foundation helps you to manage your goals and makes it easier for you to become less disappointed if opportunities don’t always present themselves in the way you might expect. Your grandparents did not decide to hop back on the boat that brought them to this country just because it was too hard or they were not able to survive. You might not have the same struggles as your grandparents but throwing the towel in before you have even tried is not the right answer either. Making your way may pose its own set of challenges then wondering whether you are going to have running hot and cold water. You might not like where you work or who you work for but like your ancestors, you have to look at where you are at this moment as an opportunity for something better and nothing more.

When it comes to setting your expectations of what you want in your job here are a few things you should keep in mind before you start blaming the world:

  1. Don’t expect everyone to love you-it’s never really that easy.
  2. Stop judging yourself and others based on what you can and can’t do.
  3. No one cares if you are popular or not. It’s not about liking you but respecting you.
  4. Don’t rely on anyone else to tell you how to do your job or get ahead.
  5. Stop trying to impress the boss or your co-workers.
  6. If you don’t like what you do chances are you won’t be any good at it.
  7. Climbing the career ladder does not mean you get to step on everyone else.
  8. Looking for a role model is a gift not a right of passage.
  9. Don’t hate your boss just because you are assigned to do something you don’t like. Suck it up and learn.
  10. There are no free rides, learn to figure it out and be grateful for every little thing that is offered to you-as your grandma would say, “It’s an opportunity!”

Setting realistic expectations means you have to rely on yourself more than you expect others to deliver for you. If you learn to deliver for yourself the rest will follow.

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Your Job Inside Out….

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 12:31

When you feel like your emotions are getting the better of you and the voices inside your head are screaming, “Stay in Your Job” or “Get Out Now!” you may start to feel like one of those imaginary characters in the Disney/Pixar movie “Inside Out.” It’s not that the voices in your head are keeping you up at night but it sure doesn’t help your situation any when you are not sure which character in your head you should be paying any attention to?

Your job like any relationship in your life needs time and attention if you want it to last. There are times when you love the job you are in and other times when you think counseling will not even patch this bad relationship. You are giving it your all but unfortunately there are too many players in the room telling you what you need to do and how you need to behave. Getting a divorce may be inevitable but you’d like to give it one more shot even if it were for the sake of the benefits. When you are feeling inside out and you have nowhere to turn, here are a few things to remember before you give it up for good:

  1. Was It Ever Good? If you can recall a time in your job where you could not get to work fast enough and were the first to raise your hand when a new project was being assigned or the first thought of when you woke up was what new idea you could bring to the table then you knew you were in the right place. Instead, if you are waking to a knot in your stomach and you hit the snooze button just one more time, maybe it’s time to rethink your next move. No point in trying to rekindle a cold, wet flame.
  2. How Does Your Job Make You Feel? Just like a much anticipated first date or those feelings of butterflies when you are about to try something new, your job should still possess some of the fresh magic you experienced when you showed up for work your first day. If you ‘ve tried but have lost that loving feeling for good, then you know it’s time to revisit the past and savor the good memories and move on to make new ones.
  3. Are You Scared Senseless? If you wake up knowing that you will face another day in hell and cold sweats seem to take over before you can even jump in the shower, it’s time to make a change no matter how afraid of the unknown you are. Facing the reality that it’s over in your job takes a lot of courage and strength. But if you feel you’ve put in the time and you’ve done all that you can do then it’s time to move on no matter how painful.

Whether you feel inside out or outside in or upside down making a change is important to your career sanity. When your job makes you feel afraid of your own career destiny it’s time to face your fears, wipe away the tears and jump in with all you got!

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Jurassic Job

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:15

Bigger than life, older than dirt, running for the hills these may be themes that define your prehistoric job history. Looking for your next big adventure may be as simple as moving your desk to a different corner of the room. But for some us, finding a way out of the primordial landscape that has become your daily job is impossible. When you find yourself preferring being trampled by a dinosaur over attending one more meaningless meeting with a boss you’d like to stomp, always know there is a way out even if you have to take a drastic BIG step!

You may have to walk through fire before you get to the other side of your Jurassic Job, but knowing that you can escape your frustrations is a first step to making the change you so necessarily need. Whether you are trying to define your role in the organization, compete with a co-worker for a coveted promotion, or score some points with the new executive, navigating your job is as difficult as trying to wrangle a pre-historic animal to the ground. If there is nothing new for you to learn at work figure out a need in the company and just start doing it. Have an impossible relationship with a supervisor? Learn to take a risk and ask him/her out to lunch. Know you will be passed up for the promotion yet again? Re-define your role with a new job description and beat your superiors to the punch.

Having faith in your abilities is one thing, but knowing how to leverage your options and take out of this world risks is another. You are not suppose to have the answer to every question that you face at your job, but it would be nice to have some idea where your going even if no one around you seems to notice. Getting the answers you need may be important in knowing where you fit in the grand scheme of things. But if those answers are not readily available are you ready to make up your own solutions no matter how drastic they may seem?

Sometimes in your job you have to be bold and do things that they don’t teach you in school. It’s okay to be a little different, a little out of the ordinary to break years of tradition and doing things the old fashioned way. Just because your boss is a dinosaur does not mean you have to become one too. They hired you for your skills but now it’s up to you to show them how to be innovative and be daring despite the tried and true methods of yester-year.

It’s okay to honor what has come before you in the way of tradition, but doing things just because that’s been the only way is living in the dark ages. It’s up to you to break with tradition and forge a new path towards creating your job history lest you become one of the rotting relics in the field of bones known as your career.

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Job Depression…

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 06/07/2015 - 13:53

Your job may have you feeling down and out these days, making you question the thought of even getting out of bed in the morning. It’s not that you are opposed to work, well, let’s be honest if you didn’t have to work would you really? But when you are wondering how you got here in the first place it might be time to take the blinders off and really dig deep before job depression sets in. You are not likely to make a break so how do you psyche yourself into believing you really love your job despite its obvious pitfalls.

You are tired. We all get tired but the first sign you might be heading into job depression is your inability to focus on what you were hired to do. It’s not like you’d rather stand around the Keurig coffee maker and discuss last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” but you may actually start feeling like a “White Walker” before the day is through. Finding the energy to make it through to lunch has got you questioning why you even took this job in the first place and how on earth you are ever going to get out. Staying focus is key if you want to avoid the dark night of the soul that defines your job.

Your job should not make you feel like you were just given a prison sentence of 25 to life. Actually that might actually be preferred over yet another meeting with your boss talking about the same project that you know will never get off the ground. Or like an episode of “Happyish” you are waiting frantically by the conference room window for the space ship to beam you up and take you home to the planet where you really belong.

Work is a bad four-letter word but feeling depressed about it will not help you rid yourself of the work-all-day blues. But here’s what will. Get up and move. Focus on one small task at a time. If you hate your boss, quit or be reassigned. Make an effort. Don’t take everything anyone says personally. Create boundaries in your job. Make room for activities that are fun and that bring you joy. Practice on getting clear about what you want. Remember to laugh at anything or anyone. Know you have options. You are not trapped and you can get out of there whenever you want. You are creating something beautiful even when you feel like a spoke in a wheel.

Never mind that your boss has a hard on for you and your co-workers don’t invite you to lunch. You don’t need a job that makes you feel less than who you are. Get deep with your feelings about what makes you happy and follow your path. It’s not going to be easy but finding meaning in life outside of work will help you prioritize what’s important to you and what truly makes you happy. When you doubt who you are and what you can accomplish you allow the dark thoughts of depression to creep into your mind. If you only had one shot at getting it right, would you waste it on the job you are doing today? If the answer is no, then start to convince yourself that you are better than what you are doing now and make a plan to move out. Whatever you do, sitting around harboring negative thoughts about yourself is one way to relinquish control over your own job depression. Fighting job depression is a fight you can win but you need to physically move out of the comfort of your bed in order to make some progress.

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Your Job-5 Simple Truths

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 05/31/2015 - 13:08

You may not think that you are doing what you want when it comes to your career. You may have taken the first job that was offered to you in the hopes you would find your way towards doing something you loved. You may have gotten a job and been so successful making great money but woke up one day to discover that you really can’t stand all of the corporate politics you’ve had to put up with over the years. It may be that you have been doing the same job for so long you forgot what really made you happy and engaged in your work? When it comes to digging deep into your career choices, there are a few simple truths that you need to explore in order to ensure you are on the right path for you.

  1. Am I happy? First question you should ask yourself is if you are happy going to work every day and if so, make an inventory of what it is that makes you happy about your job. If the answer is that you are not happy, make the same list of items that are challenges for you in your job and see how you might be able to reflect on why those particular issues are coming up for you now.
  2. Do I feel like I am making a difference? Whether you are just starting out in your career or are a senior leader in an organization, there comes a time in anyone’s career where you wonder whether all of your hard work can make an impact on you, your company and the people you support. When your work no longer holds meaning and you can no longer make a difference, then it’s time to re-examine just what you want from your job.
  3. Am I motivated by my work? You may be motivated by the paycheck, or the year-end bonus or just being part of the creative and collaborative process at work that you don’t need much else to get you going. Whatever motivates you in your job, take stock in it and be honest about your intentions. It’s okay if money is your motivator. No one is judging you. Being honest about what drives you at work and this simple truth will help you achieve happiness in your job.
  4. Do I care what others think? Making sure you are picking a job and sticking with it based on what you feel is important for you and not what your spouse, parent, sibling or peer thinks is crucial if you are wondering whether you are in the right place. Doing anything because you are doing it for someone else denies you the happiness you seek if what you are doing is not what you love.
  5. What will I want my career tombstone to read? When it’s all said and done, how would you like your career epithet to read? Does it read, “Great worker, always showed up to work on time and was responsible” or, should it read, “Great innovator who followed his/her dreams through creativity and joy.” Remember how you write the end of your story has as much to do with how you will live the rest of your career life and how you will be remembered for your accomplishments long after your career is over.

We all have truths we live by but knowing how to use them to help guide you and keep in you check about your career choices is taking the next step towards being honest with yourself.

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Are You SFW?

Lisa Kaye - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:05

 

When you think about your job and how you show up each day for work, do you consider yourself SFW? For those of you who are not familiar with the abbreviation, SFW stands for “Safe For Work.” It’s an ever-changing world out there. What once was norm, (take the staff in “Mad Men” for example), drinking, smoking and having sex in the office was probably not condoned but it certainly was encouraged. It’s indeed a different time and a different place. With mandatory sexual harassment training, non-violence in the workplace seminars, and adopting “safe” work habits, it’s no wonder more people choose to work from home!

For most of you your job defines how you choose to spend your life. For some, it is something you need to do in order to survive. Your career may take many shapes over the years as you grow, learn and develop new skills and a higher level of experience. One thing does not change however are the expectations of how you need to behave and perform when you physically show up for work. You may have some control over who you work for, what projects you get assigned and how much money you earn. You do not however have much control over the way in which you are expected to act at work.

Examples of work habits that would deem you not-SFW might include:

  1. Inappropriate pictures, photos or desktop screen savers
  2. Twitting for the sake of twitting
  3. Binge watching ANYTHING
  4. Surfing the net
  5. Online shopping or auctions on eBay
  6. Video games
  7. Habitual posts and friending folks on Facebook
  8. Checking out who viewed your LinkedIn profile
  9. Overuse of bitly
  10. Fantasy-anything

Showing up for work does not mean you are about to do a life-sentence. You are expected to be engaged even if the mood or the work does not particularly suit you. Knowing what you can and can’t get away with at work will help you know your limits and boundaries. Some workplaces have a more relaxed approach to being able to do any of those things listed above. Others have strict firewalls that will alert the IT department if you are meandering in a restricted area when you should be working.

It’s not that you wanted to work for Big Brother but today companies are expected not only to protect their employees but also the company’s bottom line when it comes to work productivity and accountability. If you are tired of being held to a different standard and feel that your work environment is too restrictive for your creative soul then maybe it’s time to find a way to work from home or find another career that affords you more flexibility. No one wants to feel trapped or tied to a desk but knowing what is expected of you will help you define what work environment is right for you. Knowing how to be SFW before you say yes to your next job offer might make you love to show up for work each day and not open you up for a legal nightmare if you just can’t seem to follow the rules.

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Are You Happyish?

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:44

There are degrees to every ones level of happiness when it comes to appreciating their job. In the HBO series, “Happyish” they refer to it as a “joy ceiling” – the highest level of happy you can possibly expect to achieve. Some people have high and low “joy ceilings” based on how they choose to deal with the ups and downs life throws at them. So, what’s your joy ceiling? When you describe your relationship with your job would you use words such as joyous, jubilant or jovial? Or are you just “happish”?

They say it doesn’t matter what you do in life so long as you are happy. Some say it’s the passion in your work that should drive you and make you content no matter how much you get paid, where you work or whom you work with. Maybe that works for some people but does it work for you? When you think about all the options and career choices you could have made, did you choose wisely or just fall into your career? It doesn’t really matter how you got there. What matters is what you do when you show up.

You can make the best and worst of any situation based on your “joy ceiling.” You can embrace change at work as a new opportunity, a challenge or a just another piece of BS you have to deal with to get your lousy paycheck at the end of the week. So many people work because they have to not because they want to. Name the last person you spoke to who said they worked because “they loved what they did” not because they needed to make a living and you probably have met the only person in the Universe with a high enough joy ceiling to not give a crap about what others think.

It’s hard to imagine what your life could be like if you were truly happy in your job? Do you ever fantasize what that might feel like just for fun? The next time you are having a day from hell, allow yourself to meander awhile in the fields of fantasy and just think about anything other than what you are doing. Here are a few steps to help you along the way:

  1. Close Your Eyes & Breathe: When you are having a particularly bad day take yourself someplace quiet, close your eyes and take a few deep belly breathes to center yourself. When you’ve had enough air not to feel faint, start to imagine that you are in your “happy” place wherever that is and see what comes up for you. It might be you are on a beach, on top of a mountain, or at home. Wherever you land just imagine if everyday at work looked something like this how much better would your work-life experience be?
  2. What Are You Doing? If you had nothing but time what would you love to do? Would you binge on Netflix or would you write, create art, put a business plan together or build a car? If you had the luxury of doing what made you happy-what would you be doing?
  3. Come back: Now that you’ve spent a few minutes imagining your perfect, happy existence-does it give you any insight into what you might try your hand at if you had nothing but your giddy, happy self to deal with?

Knowing that you can make any situation bearable is one thing, but realizing that it is possible to be truly, deliciously, deliriously happy is quite another. Next time your job makes you want to plunge yourself deep into a depressed state, take a minute, breathe it in and go to your happy place for inspiration.

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