I know it's not a new word - but it's new to me: presenteeism (prez.un.TEE.iz.um) n. The feeling that one must show up for work even if one is too sick to be productive. My office has a serious case of presenteeism. Now thanks to my co-workers snot rockets, my throat is scratchy as all hell today. Now if I had my own business, I would never want people to show up at work just for the sake of showing up. Work is more then just being a warm body in your cube. Now what would YOU do if you had your own business? That dream of being your own boss might be closer to reality thanks to the folks at Ace Hardware. They are running a great contest - DreamAce - your chance to win your own Ace Hardware store valued at over $1 million! The cool part is that you actually have to prove you have the business chops to handle the prize. If you think you demonstrate the business and sales expertise, plus have the entrepreneurial spirit to help the store flourish - go register … [Read more...] about Win a Million Dollar Business!
Catharsis is a form of emotional cleansing first defined by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. But Aristotle didn't work in a cube. This Sunday we'll be releasing episode #54 of the Working Podcast and one segment on the show has an interview with Craig of JobVent.com - a neat site where employees can anonymously rate their company. So many career sites seem to be focused on casual rants and raves - and it got me thinking - is all of this venting a good or bad thing? I'm a positive guy, but let's be honest, you guys want the cons first!CONS:*Venting is short-term relief. You will be tricked into thinking you solved the problem. In reality you just exhaust yourself. Once your energy rebuilds, so will the anger from the root of the issue.*Venting, whether verbal of physical, allows you to rehearse negative behavior. In order to become a happier person you should be doing the opposite - rehearsing positive behavior.*Venting causes you to … [Read more...] about Angry at Work? The Right Way to Vent…
I can see the headlines now: "Dentists Drill Way to "Greensboro"; "Optometrists See Their Way to Ohio!"; "PR Managers to CT" Check out Biz Journals' What 20 Top Jobs Pay. "The study refutes the stereotype that high-paying jobs are concentrated in the nation's largest metropolitan areas." It's yet another reminder that cost of living is everything. Eric, who you know from the podcast, recently relocated from Jersey to Carolina. I gotta pick his brain on what REALLY costs less. Cause aside from real estate (which is a big deal) I never see a big difference on everyday items such as milk, magazines, beer, gas, etc. At least not one that seems like it's worth the jump. Stay tuned for more... … [Read more...] about Big City Doesn't Mean Big Pay
When you walk down the produce aisle and look for the perfect orange you will look for one that is rich, vibrant and drenched in color. The thinking is, the more orange the peel, the better the orange. As you've probably learned the hard way, the peel has zero correlation to sweetness, juiciness or overall flavor.Looking for a job can be like shopping for an orange. Four thoughts:- Most oranges are actually green when picked. This means that the farmer (it is farmers that grow oranges, no?) had no idea what the quality of the orange was when picked. The same goes for that new job you are considering. The hiring manager might tell you about the amazing growth potential you will experience. Or how you'll be working with some of the most talented folks in the biz. But until you roll up your sleeves and actually work there for a few weeks, you have no clue what it's going to be like. During the interview, make it your business to … [Read more...] about Secrets of an Orange Job Hunt
FORTUNE Magazine is always "wowing" us with their "100 Best Companies to Work For." As far as we're concerned, work pretty much sucks no matter where you are. Are you telling me no one has a crappy, passive-aggressive, nightmare-of-a-boss at Google? C'mon! In honor of their list, we have one of our own. Jobacle.com Presents the 100 Best FICTIONAL Companies to Work For. Since they're not real companies, work can't suck as bad! We need your help to complete the list! Please leave a comment below with the fictional company you'd wanna work for and why. 100 Best FICTIONAL Places to Work Arcade Flower Shop, Three's Company: Never any misunderstandings. Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions, Harry Potter: Diagon Alley's finest. Victoria's Circuit, Futurama: Lingerie for robots. Hot! 33¢ Store, The Simpsons: No employee discount. El Banco Corrupto, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: Fill your pockets. Silver Shamrock, Halloween III: Free masks (and snakes!) Stay Puft … [Read more...] about 100 Best FICTIONAL Companies to Work For
I really enjoyed speaking with Alexander Kjerulf on Show #53 about being happy at work. It IS possible - and probably even easier to make a reality then you think. But it also got me thinking that sometimes it's simply impossible. It's my feeling that once you can't smile at work - or at least feel good about what you do - it might be time to move on. Making the decision to quit a job can be tough. Several years back I put in my two weeks notice WITHOUT having another job lined up. Some people said I was crazy (I had just gotten married and was carrying a mortgage), others thought it showed courage (nah, just big balls). In hindsight it was 100% the right decision to make. Sometimes you just gotta know when to fold 'em. While I don't pretend to be an expert, I figured I'd share a few things that I made sure I did before I quit. The road wasn't perfect, but this stuff can help pave it a bit better. - Quit today? Every single morning I'd tell myself 'today is the day.' My … [Read more...] about Quitting W/O Another Job Lined Up
Please check out the relaunch of the Working Podcast and send us your thoughts/comments/feedback. E-mail us, call the 888 #, or leave a comment below. Our goal is to give you the show that YOU want. You can listen to the show using the audio player on the home page. On this episode you'll hear from Chief Happiness Officer Alexander Kjerulf on why "Happy Hour is 9 to 5." Get tips that can make you happy while on the clock. Career coaches Jen Zobel-Bieber and Christine Cookman, owners of Make the Leap, share 5 FRESH career resolutions for 2007. Our resident expert The Voice of Reason answers your workplace queries.If you like what you hear please tell a friend and subscribe to the podcast feed here.I'm really excited to hear what you think! … [Read more...] about #1 Career Podcast Relaunches
I started writing a WorkHack blog entry on remembering names. In fact, it was pretty much done. Then I Googled it and saw how thoroughly exhausted the topic is. We've made a commitment to our readers and listeners to offer a unique take on all things work related. That being said, I literally just hit delete on the whole piece.You already know you need to make an effort to "catch" their name, repeat it immediately, sprinkle it in throughout the conversation and say it again at the end.You probably also know that it's useful to ask people how it is spelled or what variation they prefer to help you recall it later on. Andrew? Andy? Drew?I always try to draw a parallel between the name and a famous person or band or song. Whatever. Enough about that.Eric and I are almost done with the Working Podcast #53 - our first show back after an extended hiatus. I can't even begin to tell you how excited we are to be back on this … [Read more...] about Blog Entry Deleted for Lameness
I recently was scanning my bookshelf and stumbled back onto an oldie but a goodie, "The Games People Play" by Dr. Eric Berne. While it's not a career book, if you've ever felt that each day at work repeats like a vicious cycle, the book will give you some interesting insight into how people interact. At the very least, you'll know you're not alone!Today I'm gonna talk about "strokes." I will resist any temptation I have to be punny. In the world of Transactional Analysis (also known as TA, and sounds much scarier than it it) a stroke is the fundamental unit of a social transaction. The underlining theme is that all of us need recognition from other people - even though we spend a lot of time trying to convince ourselves otherwise. These strokes can all add up to a ritual, many of which we have EVERY freakin' morning!ME: "Hey Bob."CO-WORKER: "Hey Andrew."ME: "Can't believe it's winter, eh?"CO-WORKER: … [Read more...] about Stroking Each Other At Work
Sitting at my desk. Minding my own business. And then it hit. A smell that was like no other. Fortunately, I've never smelled a dead body in my life. But I imagine it smelling something like this.Apparently, it's called natto. And it got the whole office talking. In fact, I don't think that poor Asian girl I work with is ever coming back.A Google search turned up that natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. Man, I like soy - but this stuff is rancid. Seriously, we're all so distracted now that it's impossible to work.Granted, if our bastard employers gave us the lunch hour we deserve, eating at your desk would be a non-issue.Do you think certain foods should be banned from the office? I've got my list below (by no means complete!) and I'd love to hear from you. Visit the message board to join the conversation.Natto (a new reason to bring up an old topic!)EggsTunaSalamiAny type of nuked … [Read more...] about Should Offices Ban Smelly Foods?