If you’re like a lot of professionals, you start your career with a roar right out of college, full of energy and willing to put work first. But after several years -- and perhaps several different jobs, or promotions, or career changes -- your priorities shift. How does one strike an increasingly important balance between work life and personal life? Workplace flexibility, whether in your current position or a new one, is essential to find that balance. Five steps can help you achieve that goal.
Trying to find a new job after college can be daunting in this economy. Trying to find one in another country is even trickier. But sometimes we need a shake-up or a kick-start, and once we go down that road, there is no telling where we will end up. If you are contemplating hopping over the pond to have a go at living in a country with a long standing Queen, there are a few things you should know.
From data-entry clerks to sign spinners, opportunities exist to find less than fulfilling employment. Long days spent watching the clock plague everyone at some time or another in their working lives. Such frustrating moments can make your job feel meaningless, but those lulls are typically offset during busy periods. Yet some jobs lack those peaks that make work fulfilling, which makes them some of the most menial, obsolete and downright useless jobs in the working world.
Everyone among us has heard the phrase: “woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” This colloquialism crystallizes a feeling we all have sometime. To wake up on the wrong side of the bed is to spend the day in a funk that was destined from the start. Of course, there are factors out of our control that can ruin a day. Bad news happens. But plenty of ruts are self-perpetuated. You Snooze, You Lose
A bad mood can strike at any moment. One minute you’re fine, when suddenly a trigger is pulled. Without much notice you can find yourself in a slump -- perhaps even a sinkhole. Bad moods are not considerate, either. They can come at the start of your day or even a few minutes before a big presentation. Follow the tips to below to combat bad moods, reverse your attitude and recharge for the work day. Freshen Up
You spend the better part of your day at work. You want to enjoy it. You want to love it. But what if your current job is "just a job"? And what if, for one reason or another, you need to stay in that job for a while? Are you doomed to being miserable in the meantime? The good news is -- nope! As Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young did not sing, if you can't have the job you love, love the job you have. Here's how:
Needless paper work, endless unproductive committee meetings, quarterly reports that no one reads: these are some of the mind-numbingly boring activities many of us are faced with in the workplace. Is it you or is something happening in the American workplace that heaps boring and unnecessary activities on us?
By now, most of us know the signs of burnout: loss of motivation for the job, minor illness, listlessness and feeling down, a bad attitude toward work, needless squabbles with coworkers and bosses, and a feeling that every day we go to work is another miserable, boring day closer to retirement.