We’re hearing so much these days about needing to strike a healthy balance between our work and personal lives. It’s starting to sound like that “Far Side” cartoon where the dog hears his master’s voice as “blah, blah, blah.” Do you really know anyone who pulls off the life/work balance thing successfully?As a corporate-world escapee, artist, psychotherapist and freelance writer, I’d love to tell you that I’ve achieved this balance. Well, kind of. Has it been from years of diverse work experience, clinical training and vast amounts of self-help/biz-book reading? Nah, I’ve picked it up from watching too much TV - not brainy PBS-type TV, but sitcoms, reality shows, etc. Here’s what I’ve learned...1. Have a definite demarcation between your work day and downtime. Let’s look at “Father Knows Best,” an ancient show about working Dad and stay-at-home Mom. Kind of like “Mad Men” without all … [Read more...] about 4 Work/Life Balance Lessons We Can Learn from TV
Archives for August 2009
I'm just not that into sprinklers.It's not the fixed pattern or series of spray heads that rubs me the wrong way. Rather, it's the zen of watering my own lawn, by hand, that really fills my heart with joy.Those who set these irrigation devices and walk away are not the type of employee I want working for me. It's not all about how green the lawn is, but sometimes it's the road you took to get it there.Listen below to find out why. … [Read more...] about Hire People Who Do NOT Use Sprinklers
One of my favorite things about Jobacle is the creativity displayed by our readers. You guys are out in full force during our quest to find the best haiku about work. GET MORE DETAILS or ENTER HEREHere are several of the poems we have received so far. If you haven;t entered yet, what are you waiting for? Get writing! Not only is it theraputic, but you can win cool stuff.You guys are a funny, sarcastic, and sometimes ironic bunch. Keep up the great work! passing in the hallMy boss: "I volunteered you"Me: [biting my tongue]- ChristopherThe queues of joblessLured to work or worked to rule...And they were fired.-Tanjamy first cubicledecorated it myselflooks like IKEA...-JenniferThey say it's a hardjob, but I got to do itfor my paycheck.-Brittnybroken lights flickerrelief is a paper cutthis defines my life-SherryThe computer screenScrolls the road to dreams fulfilledI awake with drool-TamiTrapped in the officeWarm summer breeze at the beachReality bites-JenniferAmbiguityChaotic … [Read more...] about Haikus About Work: Poem Group #1
Whether you call it emo or screamo or just good solid post-punk rock (whatever that means!), the fact is that the band Thursday kicks some serious ass. If you've ever felt the repitious grind of being anchored to your desk, we suggest you turn the speakers up, kick down those cubicle walls and enjoy 3 minutes and 16 seconds of freedom. "For the Workforce, Drowning" by ThursdayFalling from the top floor your lungsfill like parachuteswindows go rushing by.People inside,dressed for the funeral in black and white.These ties strangle our necks, hanging in the closet,trapped in the cubicle;without a name, just numbers, on the resume stored in the mainframe, marked for delete.Please take these handsthrow them in the river,wash away the things they never heldplease take these hands,throw me in the river,don’t let me drown before the workday ends.9 to 5! 9 to 5!And we're up to our necks,drowning in the seconds,ingesting the morning commutelost in a dead subway sleepwe lie … [Read more...] about Work Lyrics: "these ties strangle our necks"
If it sounds too good to be true, it is! From: SHARLENE TamerE-mail: email@example.comHello. We have a vacant position for You.Description:Part-time Service Manager - 20 hours a week (9am-2pm, four days a week).If you are interested in working with a strong leadership team, evolving our products and a team that feels more like a family than co-workers than this is the place for you! You will enjoy a business casual work environment, with fun and rewarding career advancement opportunities. Flexible scheduling possible.Requirements:High School required. PC and Internet, MS Office or compatible. Must have strong writing and communication skills.SALARY: 3,000.00 USD - 4,500.00 USD per month percent after each transaction.If you are interested, please reply to : firstname.lastname@example.orgRegards,HR ManagerDaniel Moreno … [Read more...] about Fake Job Post of the Week
The lazy days of summer are here. As you strategically plan those vacation days, push the office dress code to its limit and spend an inordinate amount of time pretending to work, we kindly ask for your HAIKUS ABOUT WORK.At stake, watercooler bragging rights and some truly awesome prizes.- $100 Visa Gift Card - Superhero Action Figure: Your choice of one real-life superhero action firgure: BossMan, SuperMom, MoneyMan, or GeekMan. (provided by HappyWorker.com) - Cube Guard "Door" for Your Cubicle: Add a "door" to your cube in seconds and they'll never invade your personal space again. (provided by CubeGuard.com) - Career Books: Choose from great titles, including Adversity Paradox, The Fearless Fish Out of Water, Undress for Success, and more. Need a reminder of what constitutes a haiku? The key is the 5, 7, 5 Syllable/beat/measure. Here are a few we Jobaclites have come up with to help get you started.CreativityStifled in my cube to dieSetting like the sunHired and … [Read more...] about Contest: Haikus About Work
A quick audio note thanking all of the freelance bloggers who have applied to write for Jobacle via our job posting on ProBlogger.net. … [Read more...] about Thank You, Dear Freelance Blogger
Work-related stress is on the rise in North America and with it has come an unprecedented spike in disease, disorders and discontent. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions, heart disease is soaring, divorce rates are mounting and "me" time is becoming obsolete.Depressed yet?According to WorkStress.net, some of the primary causes of workplace discontent are...- long hours;- incompetent leadership;- conflicting demands; and- lack of recognition.I'm sure you can sympathize with most of these things. Many of us have buckled under the pressures of strict deadlines, zero communication and bureaucratic red tape. Throw into the mix the bumper-to-bumper traffic that commuters are forced to endure and it's a wonder we're still standing, let alone reporting to the office.Forced to take on too many projects? Unable to move forward because you're busy fixing other people's mistakes? You’re not alone. These things wear us down eventually, that's for sure, but oftentimes it's the little … [Read more...] about Work-Related Stress Starts With You. Yeah, You.
Recently, I tweeted about how my last employer had a weird idea of employee appreciation. Once a year, we had an “Employee Appreciation Week.” During that week, the company had several types of activities that were supposed to show us how much they appreciated their slaves workers. Want to hear some of the fun stuff? We had to take some of our paid leave to go to the activities. We basically had to pay for our own recognition program. Yippee. Well, recently I had the opportunity to speak with Cori from Baudville. They are turning employee recognition on its ear, and I couldn't be happier to hear it. Instead of those silly “appreciation weeks” or something done whenever the manager happens to remember the workers, Baudville promotes small, continuous feedback. And they don’t just want to provide the little signs of appreciation and feedback, but they also want to “introduce some levity that the workplace desperately needs right now.” I … [Read more...] about Baudville – Making Work Better Since 1983
I have long admired the free-wheeling minimalist approach to life that Chris McCandless embraced. The wondering genius, whom which the book and movie Into the Wild is about, gave up all of his material belongings after college and trekked to Alaska to see how he would fare living off the land. As you probably know, the story doesn't end well, but it is still a beautiful journey, one that holds valuable career advice.WHAT CHRIS DID WELLTook Risks - Anyone who is willing to walk out on a ledge without a safety net can tell you that taking risks is the ultimate rush. However, when you roll the dice at work, you are only rewarded when things turn out well, and that is a major reason why many organizations do not like to rattle the cage of the status quo. Overall, Jobacle believes that putting yourself on the line at work has a much greater upside. Sure, you can end up with egg on your face (or even out of a job!), but the personal growth that ensues is priceless. And the stakeholders who … [Read more...] about Are You INTO THE WILD at Work?