Nobody likes working with grumpy, miserable people. Yes, we know that the office isn’t always a laugh a minute—and sometimes it can be a huge headache—but having a sense of humor can make things much better for you and everyone else in your office.
As working professionals, we constantly hear about the importance of work-life balance. And many employers now brag about their work-life benefits and family-friendly policies. But for many of us, trying to find the perfect way to juggle these roles can seem nearly impossible.
Childcare—and the lack of affordable, quality childcare—is a big challenge for working parents. There’s a growing movement pushing for more affordable childcare programs, subsidized by employers and/or the government. But if you’re a working professional who doesn’t need childcare, you might think this doesn’t concern you. Plus, you may feel resentful that you might end up shouldering some of the cost for these programs.
In reality, though, some experts say that everyone benefits from affordable childcare programs, even if they personally won’t use the services.
Office professionals know how difficult it can be to get along with coworkers. Some are just plain weird or strange or annoying, but this doesn’t mean they don’t add value to the workforce. In fact, many of our oddest colleagues happen to be excellent employees though they are substandard coworkers.
Unhealthy habits can be costly, financially speaking, in many ways. Smoking, for example, can be very expensive since a pack of cigarettes now cost a small fortune.
But an unhealthy lifestyle can also involve a lot of added medical costs. If you are covered by an employer’s insurance plan, these costs can result in higher premiums for the employer. As a result, many companies are in turn passing these costs on to the workers.
They say you should never discuss politics or religion on a first date, and the same advice would be a good rule of thumb for the office. Since we’re in the middle of an election campaign that (at least on some days) dominates the news, it can be tempting to work that info office conversation. But experts warn that this can almost surely end up causing problems.
Meetings may be a necessary part of office life—but they are also perhaps one of the most dreaded. Few people really enjoy meetings, and even those who find them useful in general will usually admit that they tend to take way more time than they should.
What do you want to do with your life? Most of us have a dream project or a goal we are passionate about—but we figure it will only become a reality if we win the lottery or otherwise become financially comfortable enough to leave a reliable paycheck behind.
Well, life is short and (let’s face it) the odds of hitting that jackpot are pretty slim. So maybe it’s time to reconsider whether there’s any way to make that dream a reality. If you are toiling away at a job you hate, this should give you extra motivation to come up with a plan to follow your passion.
Whether your recognize it or not, your office has a culture. It has a certain way of doing things, of perceiving its mission and carrying out its vision. There are certain types of people who are an excellent cultural fit, and there are those who aren’t. Introverted people, for example, probably aren’t a good fit on the floor of the stock exchange. It’s nothing personal. It’s just the way business works.
It’s here: Valentine’s Day. The Great American Shakedown. And it’s unstoppable. Office professionals across the country dread this day as both men and woman are stuffed full of manufactured expectations like Thanksgiving (a real holiday) turkeys. But there is no escaping the madness; the best one can hope to do is survive it. Here’s how: