For many of us, work/life balance continues to be as much of a challenge—and a priority—as ever. But while the rank-and-file staff may consider that a high priority (especially as they see their workday creeping into their personal time with growing frequency), a recent study indicates it isn’t such a high priority for those at the top of the corporate ladder.
If you don’t work from home, you probably wish you could and envy those who do. And if you do work from home, you have no doubt encountered some envious co-workers. Part of the problem is there are some common misconceptions about what it’s like to telecommute. People picture their telecommuting co-workers sitting around in their pajamas and watching soap operas when they’re supposed to be working.
There are lots of outside forces that can affect your career: the economy, new technologies, industry trends and many other things. But there is one big internal factor that can stop your career dead in its tracks: fear.
The professional world can be a scary place, and there are a long list of things that might make us afraid. That’s why even if we’re not particular happy with where we are in our careers and we’d really like to move up, we stay where we are because it feels safe and comfortable.
Salary negotiations are an important aspect of career (and financial) success. If you are about to start a new job—or have been at your existing job for a while and think it’s time your compensation was adjusted based on your results—you need to engage in salary negotiations.
However,, women are notoriously reluctant to negotiate in this way—and tend to stumble through the process when they do try it.
You probably know why office politics can be so tricky, and most likely you make an effort to avoid them. The problem is, sometimes that can be almost impossible. And, according to some experts, you shouldn’t even try. Instead, you should learn how to navigate the office politics scene wisely.
These days, you might feel like just having a job is enough of an accomplishment. But don’t allow yourself to be lulled into a sense of security that keeps you from maintaining momentum in your career. Your situation could change at any time, and it’s a lot harder to get “back in the game” if you’ve been keeping a low-profile and have let your networking skills get rusty.
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.