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Are You Too Rigid?

WSJ Careers - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 19:58
Every office has someone who makes the trains run on time, but when does rigor cross over into rigidity?

Are You SFW?

Lisa Kaye - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:05


When you think about your job and how you show up each day for work, do you consider yourself SFW? For those of you who are not familiar with the abbreviation, SFW stands for “Safe For Work.” It’s an ever-changing world out there. What once was norm, (take the staff in “Mad Men” for example), drinking, smoking and having sex in the office was probably not condoned but it certainly was encouraged. It’s indeed a different time and a different place. With mandatory sexual harassment training, non-violence in the workplace seminars, and adopting “safe” work habits, it’s no wonder more people choose to work from home!

For most of you your job defines how you choose to spend your life. For some, it is something you need to do in order to survive. Your career may take many shapes over the years as you grow, learn and develop new skills and a higher level of experience. One thing does not change however are the expectations of how you need to behave and perform when you physically show up for work. You may have some control over who you work for, what projects you get assigned and how much money you earn. You do not however have much control over the way in which you are expected to act at work.

Examples of work habits that would deem you not-SFW might include:

  1. Inappropriate pictures, photos or desktop screen savers
  2. Twitting for the sake of twitting
  3. Binge watching ANYTHING
  4. Surfing the net
  5. Online shopping or auctions on eBay
  6. Video games
  7. Habitual posts and friending folks on Facebook
  8. Checking out who viewed your LinkedIn profile
  9. Overuse of bitly
  10. Fantasy-anything

Showing up for work does not mean you are about to do a life-sentence. You are expected to be engaged even if the mood or the work does not particularly suit you. Knowing what you can and can’t get away with at work will help you know your limits and boundaries. Some workplaces have a more relaxed approach to being able to do any of those things listed above. Others have strict firewalls that will alert the IT department if you are meandering in a restricted area when you should be working.

It’s not that you wanted to work for Big Brother but today companies are expected not only to protect their employees but also the company’s bottom line when it comes to work productivity and accountability. If you are tired of being held to a different standard and feel that your work environment is too restrictive for your creative soul then maybe it’s time to find a way to work from home or find another career that affords you more flexibility. No one wants to feel trapped or tied to a desk but knowing what is expected of you will help you define what work environment is right for you. Knowing how to be SFW before you say yes to your next job offer might make you love to show up for work each day and not open you up for a legal nightmare if you just can’t seem to follow the rules.

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For Alcoholics in Recovery, a Sober Friend for Hire

WSJ Careers - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:06
How does a former mechanic from Queens make $1,000 a day? Tommy McAlinden earns his enviable rate playing golf, dining out and watching TV. He’s a sober companion—a friend-for-hire catering to alcoholics and other addicts in early recovery.

Can You Sue the Boss for Making You Answer Late-Night Email?

WSJ Careers - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:38
Company-issued smartphones have obliterated the line between the workday and off hours. For employers and workers, 8 p.m. emails from the boss aren’t just disrupting home life, they’re raising legal questions, too.

Who Is Your Uber Driver (and What Does He Want?)

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:34
A study sheds light on the universe of on-demand workers.

Europe Struggles to Foster Startups

WSJ Careers - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:04
Valuing prudence over risk-taking has made it tough for European countries to develop rivals to U.S. technology giants.

Are You Happyish?

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:44

There are degrees to every ones level of happiness when it comes to appreciating their job. In the HBO series, “Happyish” they refer to it as a “joy ceiling” – the highest level of happy you can possibly expect to achieve. Some people have high and low “joy ceilings” based on how they choose to deal with the ups and downs life throws at them. So, what’s your joy ceiling? When you describe your relationship with your job would you use words such as joyous, jubilant or jovial? Or are you just “happish”?

They say it doesn’t matter what you do in life so long as you are happy. Some say it’s the passion in your work that should drive you and make you content no matter how much you get paid, where you work or whom you work with. Maybe that works for some people but does it work for you? When you think about all the options and career choices you could have made, did you choose wisely or just fall into your career? It doesn’t really matter how you got there. What matters is what you do when you show up.

You can make the best and worst of any situation based on your “joy ceiling.” You can embrace change at work as a new opportunity, a challenge or a just another piece of BS you have to deal with to get your lousy paycheck at the end of the week. So many people work because they have to not because they want to. Name the last person you spoke to who said they worked because “they loved what they did” not because they needed to make a living and you probably have met the only person in the Universe with a high enough joy ceiling to not give a crap about what others think.

It’s hard to imagine what your life could be like if you were truly happy in your job? Do you ever fantasize what that might feel like just for fun? The next time you are having a day from hell, allow yourself to meander awhile in the fields of fantasy and just think about anything other than what you are doing. Here are a few steps to help you along the way:

  1. Close Your Eyes & Breathe: When you are having a particularly bad day take yourself someplace quiet, close your eyes and take a few deep belly breathes to center yourself. When you’ve had enough air not to feel faint, start to imagine that you are in your “happy” place wherever that is and see what comes up for you. It might be you are on a beach, on top of a mountain, or at home. Wherever you land just imagine if everyday at work looked something like this how much better would your work-life experience be?
  2. What Are You Doing? If you had nothing but time what would you love to do? Would you binge on Netflix or would you write, create art, put a business plan together or build a car? If you had the luxury of doing what made you happy-what would you be doing?
  3. Come back: Now that you’ve spent a few minutes imagining your perfect, happy existence-does it give you any insight into what you might try your hand at if you had nothing but your giddy, happy self to deal with?

Knowing that you can make any situation bearable is one thing, but realizing that it is possible to be truly, deliciously, deliriously happy is quite another. Next time your job makes you want to plunge yourself deep into a depressed state, take a minute, breathe it in and go to your happy place for inspiration.

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Use Stress to Your Advantage

WSJ Careers - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 23:43
To perform under pressure, research finds that welcoming anxiety is more helpful than calming down.

Rent a Desk, or Bathroom, in New York City With an App

WSJ Careers - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 20:54
A slew of innovative app-based services help New Yorkers instantly book short stints at the smallest of city spaces—a bathroom, a living room, an office. Need a pit stop? Try Airpnp.

At 102, Woman to Get Doctorate After Nazi Injustice

WSJ Careers - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:25
Ingeborg Rapoport will become the world’s oldest recipient of a doctorate after a Nazi injustice of almost eight decades ago is righted.

Percentage of African-American Police Officers Flat Since 2007

WSJ Careers - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:32
The percentage of African-Americans in U.S. police departments has remained flat since before the recession, even as police hiring of other minorities has increased, according to a new survey.

Firms Tell Gay Couples: Wed or Lose Your Benefits

WSJ Careers - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:08
With same-sex unions legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia, some employers are telling gay workers they must marry to maintain health coverage for their partners.

Facebook Presses More Pay for Janitors, Cooks

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 13:41
Facebook is pushing its vendors to improve pay and benefits for their workers, including wages of at least $15 an hour.

Employees Pay a Price to Retain Right to Sue

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 09:54
The U.S. arm of German pharmaceuticals firm Boehringer Ingelheim barred employees from receiving sales commissions if they didn't agree to pursue complaints against it in arbitration, rather than in court.

Independent Truckers Try New Mobile Apps

WSJ Careers - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:23
U.S. trucking business has remained stubbornly low-tech—but this may be starting to change.

How Much Is Too Much?

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:51

Do you possess a good sense of self? Do you have a filter and understand when a boundary has been crossed? When it comes to your job search, the interview process and negotiating a job offer, how much is too much and do you know where you need to draw the line before you are considered unreasonable? When it comes to knowing what you want or don’t want from your next job, knowing how to show up without sabotaging your efforts is a good first step to ensure you are not blowing it before you get your foot in the door.

You may have only one shot at getting the job you want. Knowing how to work your job contacts without becoming an imposition is a crucial part of the job search equation. You may have been referred by someone you trust for a job you are interested in or you may want to reach out to someone through your LinkedIn network but are afraid to make a move. You don’t need to be a great networker but you do need to know whom to ask for help and when. Using the “three times a charm” rule means you can reach out to follow up and send an inquiry when there is 1) a job you are interested in applying for, 2) a follow up is required after a job interview or 3) you are negotiating the final details of your job offer. When it comes to managing your job search and offer there here is a fine line between being assertive and being annoying.

As it relates to the job interview process, having at least three shots to follow up on a job you’ve interviewed for is not unreasonable. If it is radio silent after you’ve applied to a job or you have gotten the message that they like you but are interviewing other candidates, waiting awhile to follow up in a positive way is acceptable. Asking permission to follow up in a specific time frame is reasonable even if it’s considered your third and final shot. You should make sure you ask for feedback if further time is needed and be polite about any necessary attempts to reach out again. Following up works both ways. If you are not interested in a job or you find out information about the position that no longer makes you a viable candidate best to cut yourself loose and not drag out the process. Being courtesy will go a long way when it comes to accepting your next job.

If you are at the final stages of the interview process and get a job offer that is less than what you want, it’s okay to ask for more as long as you are clear and you manage your expectations accordingly. If you ask for double the offer you are probably not going to get it. Knowing how much is reasonable based on doing some homework in advance understanding your worth in the market place is an important part of the negotiation.

Knowing how much is too much in any negotiation is vital for your success and ability to ask for and get what you want. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want as it will be given! You just need to be aware that asking is not the issue but setting your expectations on appropriateness is and as long as are aware of your boundaries you should be in good shape.

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College Majors Figure Big in Earnings

WSJ Careers - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:52
A study finds that while college pays, some majors pay much more, with median annual earnings in engineering three times that for education.

J.P. Morgan's Barista-Turned-Banker Sees Good Things Brewing

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:48
Ivette Agosto’s years of serving coffee to J.P. Morgan bankers got the Starbucks worker noticed—and hired.

When Your Best Mentor Is ... Mom

WSJ Careers - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:03
More women take on the role of professional mentor to their daughters.

The New Bookkeeper Is a Robot

WSJ Careers - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 13:59
Robots—basically software—are taking over corporate finance departments, replacing armies of people. Jobs vulnerable to automation include accounts-payable and accounts-receivable clerks and analysts.