I never thought my boss would leave… Of course, I understand that he’s human and has ambitions of his own but I just never conceived of it and didn’t want to, until it happened. It was downright shocking and I felt at a loss, to put it mildly. Here was the captain of our ship, parking it in like it was just another day...
Professionals need to protect their minds. We need to protect the essence of who we are. We learn everyday and sometimes have to go through temporary trials to win battles down the line. It is ok to lose small battles from time to time so that you can win when it matters. It gives you a sense of progression.
Getting promoted, though a sign that your work is appreciated, can easily become a stressful experience, if not properly managed. You will have new expectations of yourself and so will everyone else. From a position of being responsible for an outcome, you move to managing those actually doing to the work. It gets even more complicated when you are promoted to a position of managing colleagues that were previously your peers.
Excessive workload, few opportunities for growth and unchallenging work are just some examples of what can cause a professional to feel stressed at work. Feeling stressed for a protracted period of time however, can lead to a decline in work performance and physical health challenges.
You may often wonder what it takes to be good at one’s job. I mean, really good. You see them everyday. They have their numbers at hand - Ask them anything, and they have the facts right at their fingertips. People who are really good at their jobs often cut the picture of confident, articulate and gutsy.
The art of compartmentalising can be very useful in deciding where to focus your energy during the course of a stressful day. Let’s assume you just finished a meeting with colleagues in which you couldn’t reach an agreement... Compartmentalising is the skill that allows you to move on to the next meeting without the previous meeting weighing on your mind and affecting your performance.
You received a job offer from Company A and indicated your acceptance. Company B comes along, makes you an offer you can’t resist and after weighing all the pros and cons, you decide to renege on the job offer from Company A. How do you go about it?
Embarrassments can range from the minor to the professionally damaging. Did you slip down the office stairs and land on your head? Did you cry in front of your boss or perhaps you just let out a loud fart in an elevator full of your colleagues. Whatever the case is, there is no need to take your life :). Here are some truths that will help you overcome that embarrassment and live to see another day.
You’ve written your resignation letter. You’re mentally prepared to take up the challenge of a new job and face the future with a new employer. You’ve signed your resignation letter and are ready to have the much-dreaded conversation with your boss about your plans to leave. You inform your boss and the incredible happens. He tries to keep you with a counteroffer. He emotionally declares how excellent you are to work with, how it would be a big shame to have you leave the team at such a critical time…
The path to self-fulfilment is not an easy one. With the number of years that I’ve worked in industry, I can admit that finding one’s professional calling or what most professionals call a career path is never straightforward.
What do you do when you have only 24 hours to prepare for an interview? Even candidates with sufficient notice before the day have to put in significant effort to perform well. You’re probably wondering how much of a chance you’ve got. Fret not. The fact that you have got only 24 hours to prepare does not completely eliminate your chances of doing well. The limited time you have will force you to focus on what’s necessary.
Employees change jobs for different reasons. While having a bad day at work is not a good enough reason to go job scouting, there are valid reasons why people decide to change jobs. Whatever the reason behind the change, it is not an easy decision to make and should not be taken lightly.
At one point or another, you may have considered switching from one career to another. Perhaps your current career path is a dead end or you no longer have any interest in what you do. Changing careers can give you new enthusiasm and fulfilment if you take the right steps in the right direction. Changing careers is never an easy decision and should not be rushed. Ensure that you have the resources and capabilities you need to make it happen.
We all have those moments when we question ourselves and think we can’t handle a situation. When faced with unfamiliar situations, we are filled with self-doubt and constantly have to talk ourselves through those situations. Confidence is an important ingredient in the workplace and very few people can go far without it.
To improve your level of self-confidence and help you reach the peak of your career, keep these tips in mind.
Coping with a new boss is not always straightforward. When you’re used to working with one boss and suddenly have to cope with a new one, the rules change for everyone. Doubts, fears and questions are bound to crawl through your mind.
Working from home in Canada can be a dream come true, especially if it means you get to escape the 9 to 5 rat race, embrace the independence that comes with it and spend more time doing what you love, whether it’s hanging out with the kids, pursuing your dream business or a combination of both.
Immigrating to Canada to start a new life may sound like a viable option for some professionals. Thankfully, The Government of Canada has made it feasible through its well-defined immigration routes. The route that most qualified professionals are eligible to take at the moment is the Federal Skilled Workers Programme (Express Entry).
For a start, let’s establish the difference between management and leadership. According to Professor Warren G. Bennis, “Leaders are people who do the right thing” while “Managers are people who do things right.” Leadership is basically inspiring people to do things while management can often be about dictating what people should do.
Apart from those already high up the career ladder with nowhere else to go, the rest of us have to work very hard for a promotion. The terms for promoting an employee across organizations are not always clear or uniform. In some cases, promotions are done through a combination of performance evaluation and promotion examination. For others, it may be a combination of different factors
Preparing adequately for your Interview is the key to acing it. Part of that preparation involves understanding what to expect and having adequate practice before the big day. There are numerous sites online with courses and practice sessions on how to excel at an interview. Explore this list for websites that can help you get started.
If running the rat race starts getting harder to do, you might want to consider taking a break. A career break can be taken for a variety of reasons. You may want to write a novel, study a subject/language or even travel the world. Before you pack up your desk, it's very important to understand what a career break is all about.