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Dealing With That One Annoying Person at Work

Jul 27 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

In life, there’s always that one person. At work, it can seem worse because you see that person day in and day out. If it’s your boss, or someone you work closely with, the problem is only amplified.

If you’ve never worked with someone you couldn’t stand, consider yourself lucky.

It may be a colleague whose sole purpose in life is to make your life difficult. It could be a boss that loves to micromanage. It could be a personality, a work ethic, or a little bit of everything. Whatever it is exactly, it can result in dreading work—not because of your job, or the work itself, but because of that one person.

Before you jump ship and quit, take a step back and consider the good. If not for that one person, would you enjoy work? If so, don’t give up and walk away. Stay and fight.

Research indicates that good relationships at work equal higher rates of productivity, success, and satisfaction. So, why give up a job you enjoy because one person is holding you back. After all, another version of that person may be waiting for you at a new job. Instead, it’s in your own best interest if you stick it out and learn how to work around the problem. It’s not impossible to deal with that one annoying person at work—here’s how.

Look Beyond the Problem

When someone is abrasive or annoying, etc. you may be tempted to set up a wall and let your anger and frustration build. Instead of distancing yourself, try to get to know the person behind the persona. Chances are, you’ll find a few things in common and it will lead to a greater understanding.

Getting outside your comfort zone a little and getting to know the problem coworker can help your relationship. While it may confirm what you already believe and prove impossible, it may end up surprising you by allowing you to connect on a level that helps you look past the annoyances. At the very least, it will give you a better understanding of the person and what drives them, which will help you to equip yourself psychologically to look beyond their hang ups.

Set Some Boundaries

Another strategy for separating your work from your annoyance is to set boundaries. Distance yourself as much as possible from the negative. Sure, there will be moments that you will have to interact with this person, but it will help to set some rules.

Think about what specific behaviors and/or interactions bother you. Maybe it’s a manager that constantly comes at you with a vague to-do list. No, you can’t avoid your manager, but you can learn how to manage him or her in a way that benefits you. It’s all about communication. Don’t let the anger build, tell him or her what you need and let him know that a specific list of action items is more beneficial than vague panic.

Step Away

Sometimes there is only so much you can take. Acknowledge that and move past it. Take a break. Step away. Allow yourself to step away from the situation or person that is holding you back. Trying to simply push through it hurts not only you, but your work and essentially everyone.

At the end of the day, you only control you. You have no control over someone else. Letting go of the notion that you can do anything about the person that is bothering you will help you stop a lot of the frustration and anger you feel before it even starts.

 

 

 

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How to Choose Between Two Job Offers

Jul 20 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

So you won the job search war and found a job? Except you didn’t just find one job, you found two. Now it’s decision time. You don’t want to choose wrong for many reasons. After all, the job search can be exhausting. No one wants to be “out there” again- at least not so soon after successfully landing a job. And, if you make the wrong choice, you’ve declined a possible good fit in the process. It may not be the epitome of burning bridges, but you’re not likely to receive the same offer twice.

Here are a few things to consider if you’re stuck choosing between two job offers.

Company Culture

Think back to your interview. What did you notice about the company? Don’t simply reflect on what the company says about its culture or how it describes it, but the feeling you got being there. What did you think of the people? If you enjoyed the interactions and can envision yourself working there, this is a positive sign. If, on the other hand, you found the people dull and the workplace stale and find yourself feeling less than enthusiastic, then it may be a sign that you should take a pass.

 

Salary and Upward Mobility

Look at each job offer and review the salary offer. Identify which company is offering the higher salary, and then look at the upward mobility at each place. The last thing you want is to find yourself trapped, with no opportunity for advancement. That salary may seem advantageous in the short-term, but in the long-term, as inflation rises and your salary remains stagnant, you’ll likely find yourself back on the market. It’s much better to find a job that offers the chance of moving up, than one that will ultimately result in your moving on.

Benefits

What kind of benefits a company is offering cannot be understated. Review each company’s benefits package. Dental, retirement and 401k plans, stock options, health insurance and flexible spending plans are huge incentives. While some smaller companies may not be able to offer robust benefits packages, but the presence of a benefits package can point to stability and market strength, something that is definitely important when making a decision.

 

In the end, above all trust your instincts. Spend some time daydreaming. Imagine yourself at each company. If something seems off or odd, don’t dismiss it. Your future happiness may depend on it. Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Manage the Micromanager

Jul 13 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

Few people, if any, like to be micromanaged. It’s counterproductive. It’s rage inducing. It’s annoying.

But in the workplace, the micromanager seems unavoidable. At some point in your career, you will encounter the micromanager- whether in a traditional or virtual office environment.

Here are a few tips on how to deal with and work with a micromanager.

Share & Communicate

Often, those that micromanage desire control. It’s not so much that they want to micromanage, it’s just a bad habit that they can’t quite break. It’s not so much about you and your work ethic. It’s about them and the need to be in the loop.

Keep them in the loop. Let them know where you’ll be and when you’ll be there. Make a calendar and share it. Put any meetings and tasks. Be transparent. This lets your boss know what you are doing and when, which will hopefully help quell the urge to check in every 15 minutes. Think of it as your way of being proactive.

Detail Productivity

The micromanager doesn’t just want to know where you are and what your plans are, he wants to know what you are doing and what you have done. He wants to know tasks are done. He wants to know you’ve done the things he’s asked of you.

Make it easy for him. Download an activity time tracker app. Send end of day reports. Let him know what you worked on and for how long. Micromanaging yourself is less bothersome and helps you see what you’re doing and keep on task as well.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

At the end of the day, your boss probably has valid reasons for his neuroses. Maybe it was a bad experience or simply how he was taught to manage. Your boss is just a person doing what he feels needs to be done to get things done.

Let him know you respect him and his requests. Resist the “it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission” mentality.

As you respect him through communication and openness, and demonstrate your own work ethic, you’ll earn his respect as well. Chances are, you’ll both learn a little something from each other along the way.

 

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How to Get out of a Career Rut

Jul 06 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

A career rut can happen to the best of us. It doesn’t matter if you love your job or not, eventually the honeymoon is over and the thrill is gone. It’s not that you no longer care about your job, you have just lost that spark, that passion, that drive. It’s been replaced by complacency and you find that you’re just going through the motions.

Should you quit?

While only you can answer that, a career rut is much like a mid-life crisis in career form. It’s not your job; it’s you. So before you decide to throw in the towel and look for greener pastures, try these tips to dig yourself out.

Take a Vacation

Sometimes all you need is a little perspective. With this in mind, take a vacation and practice mindfulness along the way. Think about what you don’t like and how you got where you are in your career. Identify the obstacles you feel are keeping you from becoming the enthusiastic, driven person of your dreams.

Whether it’s a full-length vacation or a few days off, come back to work with a clean slate and a new outlook.

Create New Habits

If going through the motions is driving you insane, stop and change your motions. Mix up your routine. Ask for new projects. Set new goals. Talk to different departments. Wake up earlier. Drink less coffee. Read more. Talk more. Work out. Eat Healthy.

Change at least one thing. Create at least one new habit. Sometimes one small deviation from the monotony of life can have a big impact.

Learn Something New

Do you have a bucket list? Ever wish you could do that one thing? Learn it. Do it. Strike passion in other areas of your life and your outlook may change drastically as a whole. Sometimes a career rut is merely a symptom, but the problem lies elsewhere.

Network Beyond the Office

Sometimes we spend too much time in the office, so take your networking skills beyond the company walls. Talk to other professionals and get inspired. An external perspective on life and work can prove helpful in truly evaluating your own.

In the end you may find it really isn’t you, but before you scream “I QUIT” from the rooftops, explore these alternatives. You may surprise yourself.

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