To put it bluntly, your job is to make your boss look good. This may seem like a terrible way to describe what you do for a living, but stop being so sensitive. This is reality for most office professionals, and it’s the way successful companies operate. You are part of a team of people who have various talents and responsibilities, but all who share a bond with each other—success, which offers financial benefits, job security and peace of mind. So when those above you and around you fall short, be there to support them and navigate tough times.
Things you already know: The economy stinks, unemployment is high, people are worried, and money is tight. But here is something you may not know: Americans are voluntarily quitting their jobs. Yes, it’s true.
You know how important sleep is. In fact, knowing how important sleep is can become a reason to stress out as you lie in bed becoming angry over the fact that you can’t sleep. Though there are many reasons behind your insomnia, most likely one of the major contributors is your professional life—especially for women trying to balance their work and personal lives.
We’re all told this is America, where with the right amount of hard work anyone’s dreams can come true. So many people go for it, and this is a good thing. You only live once, so you should try to achieve your greatest potential, which means making a living by doing something you love. For many entrepreneurs, however, those dreams often end up as nightmares because they lack the acumen or knowledge necessary to compete in a tough economic climate.
Do what you love. You’ve heard this piece of advice a hundred times. And it is good advice on many levels, including a new one that you may have not previously considered. Let’s begin with a quote from this article, "A quarter of middle-class Americans are now so pessimistic about their savings that they are planning to delay retirement until they are at least 80 years old -- two years longer than the average person is even expected to live… It sounds depressing, but for many it's a necessity.
We’ve been told about the importance of saying no, yet we continually find it hard to do. This is because telling someone "no" goes against everything we’ve been taught in life about being a good, helpful and responsible person—and office professional. Diligent employees never turn down additional work because it provides us with the opportunity to show just how great of an asset we are. Or does it?
You’ve had it. Your boss is a jerk who cheats on his wife. Your cubicle neighbor smells like onions and sweat. Your clients want you to respond to their emails sent at 10:30pm. You’ve been at the same job for four years and haven’t been given a reasonable raise or even a token promotion. Deep down, you wish you’d pursued your dream of being a rock climbing instructor. You’ve sold your soul for a steady paycheck, and now you’re full of regret. You’re unhappiness, however, isn’t your own.
Let’s face it: Most people who get into the finance industry are motivated people—by one force or another. Some want a challenge. Some want money. Others want the buzz of playing the odds or taking risks. However, when it comes to office professionals in the finance industry, women feel as though their objectives are not being met, and they’re finding themselves unfulfilled with their career decisions.
It’s easy to kick someone when they’re down; it’s even easier to kick a generation when they’re down. Such is the ease and power of stereotyping. However, office professional issues must be addressed and explored, and perhaps the most pressing dilemma facing the workplace today is the prospects for young workers who are part of the Millennial generation. Let’s face it: Graduating into the current economy isn’t the best environment in which to launch one’s career.