One of the origins of this phrase- mind your p’s and q’s- states that it came from a rule of thumb for bartenders to watch their patrons (p) and the quarts (q) of alcohol that they consume. So in other words, look out for those around you. Even though alcohol doesn’t come into play at the work place (well for most of us), being cognizant of those around us should always be part of the professional demeanor we don. What do I mean by that? Refill the coffee pot, empty the shred bin, and don’t steal lunches out of the fridge- not even coffee creamer. Office consideration is an underplayed asset in the arsenal we carry around. Most focus on completing their work; kissing up to their boss; and getting home. So many folks forget the basics: manners! Getting ahead at work has to do with the whole package. Your employees respect you not just for the quality of work you produce, but based on the type of person you are. If the word gets out that … [Read more...] about Mind Your P’s and Q’s At Work
Archives for July 2008
After selling my apartment and relocating to a temporary residence, I'm pleased to report that I am back in the saddle here at Jobacle. The home selling/buying experience put me in touch with more service professionals than ever before: lawyers, bankers, real estate agents, movers, etc. And just when I was beginning to think that we've all been programmed on auto-pilot to do our jobs and get home, I was pleasantly surprised. The individuals who shined (and there were several of them) all shared a common theme: passion. I love people who love what they do. It sounds like a canned statement that you're expect to slip out of the corner on an HR lifer's mouth, but I've never felt stronger about that sentiment.Let's take the case of the two home inspectors...HOME INSEPCTOR A: Arrived on time. Spent approximately 70 minutes surveying the exterior and interior of the home. If it was within his range of vision, he gave it a cursory look. A man of few words, getting him to explain things I … [Read more...] about I Love People Who Love What They Do
For those of you who work in an office environment, you will of course be aware of the concept of boredom. Me, myself, my imaginary friend Barry the horse, and George the office-plant are becoming more and more stir crazy by the boredom that exists in the realm of the office. If this boredom is allowed to persist, it will inevitably lead to a fully fledged psychosis, in which everything and anything becomes possible. Due to this fact we have taken it upon ourselves to stand up to this tyrannical concept, and come up with ways to overcome it. Here they are: IKEA: Browse through the new improved IKEA website. Those Swedes have come up with some fantastic home decorative concepts that have left their furniture rivals weak at the knees with squirting orgasmic jealously, and throbbing blue veined temple region anger. Recently I bought a toaster from them. It’s lovely. Buy a Pet: Animals are cute, and my dog always cheers me up. It doesn’t matter if its been 10 … [Read more...] about Things to Do at Work When You’re Bored
Whether you are physically carrying the baby or an expecting father, your work life will change when welcoming a child to the family. Everyone understands that; everyone expects that. However, enter a new policy by your company that allows you to bring your children to work, and you're looking at not only a change to your work environment, but a change to your fellow employees’ work environment as well. What?! How unfair, right?In an effort to become more “family-friendly” and promote “work-life balance,” non-traditional companies are allowing people to bring their babies into work. I’m not talking about a soundproof daycare center located on the first floor either. This is in the next cubicle over. The next desk over. The next office over.The real quandary is how does this affect the productivity of the parent bringing the baby in, and the cubicle neighbors of that parent? Don’t get me wrong; I’m … [Read more...] about Babies at Work: Work-Life Balance Overload?
Jobacle is an integral part of my life, and a project am I 100% committed to. Rarely do I miss weekday postings. However, the craziness of moving has thrown me off my game. Who knew how stressful this would be (and how much crap I had accumulated!)?Thanks to everyone who noticed my absence and checked in.I'm pleased to report I am alive and well and that things are beginning to get back to normal. Regular posting is not far behind...Thanks for your patience. Together, we will continue to make work better.P.S. - You can always follow me on Twitter for a quick fix. … [Read more...] about Unannounced Hiatus. I Apologize.
Over the past six months, I’ve flown on roughly 10 roundtrip flights. Excuse me for the ranting that is about to occur, but my last flight was the worst of them all. Out of all 20 flights, only two came in on time and without any problems. I couldn’t help but think, “What would I do if I was required to travel this way for my job?” If your job requires you to travel, bite the bullet otherwise known as rising gas prices and DRIVE. At least that’s the conclusion I drew. It used to be that we flew for convenience, relaxation, and to get us to our destination quickly. Well those days are over. The airlines lead us to believe that the majority of delays are due to occurrences out of their control, such as weather conditions. However, taking a look at the year-to-date numbers (January - April 2008) from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, it shows a very different story. Out of the total number of … [Read more...] about Park the Plane. Drive Your Car.