At many companies, Secret Santa has become a tradition during the holiday season. The annual tradition of randomly drawing someone’s name and then purchasing that person a holiday gift strikes fear into the hearts of many office workers each year. What if you draw someone’s name who you don’t know? Or worse, what if you draw the CEO’s name?? What if you put too much thought into it and give a gift that comes off as creepy? What if you don’t put enough thought into it and look like a slacker? For those who struggle with Secret Santa at the office every year, we have 5 tips to make this year a little easier for you:
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I was just scrolling through my Linkedin newsfeed this morning and came across a blog article that caught my eye: “The Surprising Reason to Set Extremely Short Deadlines“. I’m always looking for time management and productivity tips to share with our blog readers, so this peaked my curiosity. You would think that setting extremely short deadlines would be setting yourself up for failure, but this article makes a great point as to why short deadlines actually make more sense a lot of the time.
We’ve all heard the saying “find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. This is a great, warm and fuzzy concept… but how many people (even those who do love their job) can honestly say that they don’t “work” because they love their job that much? This saying may be on the extreme side, but loving your current job DOES have it’s benefits – to your health, your career success, and your overall happiness in life. We spend such a huge amount of our time at work, so why not make it a point to actually enjoy what we do?
Have you experienced this before? A new person starts at your company and they are so energetic and motivated and just ready to hit the ground running. They are excited to be there and ready to get to work. This eagerness and excitedness tends to fade over time, but it’s important for us to consciously think about how we can rekindle that love for our jobs that we had when were first starting out. Here are a few tips to help you rekindle that love when you’ve “lost that lovin’ feelin’”:
The stress, monotony and long hours of virtually any job can be challenging to contend with, making it vital to approach the duties of work in an efficient, systematic way. Whether your job requires a great deal of sedentary focus, on-the-go interpersonal skills, or maybe a combination of both, you will benefit from getting things more organized. Professional growth starts with consistent time management, but few may realize the mistakes they are making until the pressures of the workplace get overwhelming. Here are some common mistakes working professionals often make when it comes to managing their time:
I was in a Marketing meeting the other day and someone used the phrase “jump the shark”… a few of us didn’t know what it meant, so we looked it up online. Jump the shark is an idiom that comes from an episode of Happy Days where Fonzi literally jumped over a shark on waterskiis – it was the declining show’s desperate attempt to gain ratings. (An idiom is basically a group of words/a phrase that we don’t mean literally when we use it – it’s raining cats and dogs, etc). Since our meeting was winding down, this got us started talking about all of the different idioms we use in our language today that we don’t necessarily even know where they came from or how they originated. So I decided to do some research on some of the more common idioms heard in the workplace and where they originated. Here are some widely agreed upon origins of common sayings we’re used to hearing around the office:
These days it seems like lunch break has become more of a luxury for a lot of people instead of a regular part of the work day. It’s one of those things that you’ll do if you can pull yourself away from your work, and even when you DO take a lunch break, a lot of the time it’s just enough time for you to eat. While lunch breaks seem to have become optional luxuries for a lot of people, they should be considered an important part of the work day.
Adapting to a changing workplace can sometimes be paired with frustration, anger, fear, or anxiety – simply because we may not see a need to change something when it has been working fine, or we may just be comfortable with how we’ve always done things and are apprehensive about change. Despite this, companies are constantly seeking ways to improve a variety of their processes and operations from information technology management to production line efficiency, and this means that change is inevitable. To increase your chances of upward career advancement in the workplace, you have to be able to roll with the punches and adapt to changes, whether you agree with them or not.
Here are a few tips to help you keep up with the ever-evolving pace at the workplace, which will demonstrate to your supervisors that you are able to meet any challenge and that you are ready for career advancement opportunities that come along in the future:
Are you the person at your workplace who everyone comes to when they need something completed at the last minute, because you never tell them no, regardless of how additional work may affect your other responsibilities? Do you tend to go along with the ideas of others even if you disagree because you don’t feel comfortable speaking up? If you only accommodate the requests of your co-workers because you are aren’t comfortable speaking up, you may need to work on becoming more assertive.
Being assertive means that you are able to speak your mind in a concise and decisive manner, that you stand up for your beliefs with determination, and that you carry yourself with confidence and self-esteem in the workplace while still showing respect and courtesy to your co-workers.
Assertiveness is also a great way to manage stress on the job because it can help you maintain a manageable workload by giving you the ability to say “no” when you need to. If you are not a naturally assertive person, there are a few ways you can work toward enhancing your professional growth by adding that trait to your repertoire. Here are some tips to help you become more assertive:
There are hundreds of different kinds of coffee k-cups for Keurig machines, but if you’re not a coffee drinker your options used to be limited to tea or hot chocolate. Well now you have a few more options to mix things up a bit! Keurig/Green Mountain recently introduced a few new k-cups to add even more variety into their selection… and they are tasty!
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