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Working Respectfully

There can be times in the workplace when we find ourselves forgetting our etiquette or manners. It can happen within ourselves, with colleagues or with customers. Each generation has been taught to be respectful regarding others and has ideally learnt what level of respect to expect from to others.  There are times, however, when the intensity of work demands increase and stressful environments arise, causing people to lose their temper. As added work stress conflicts with the view of the individual, they tend to lose their head, potentially at the wrong person.

This is the reality of the workplace: you are employed to perform a service, with the expectation of that service being done politely and respectfully. This ensures the customer returns and you stay employed.

If a situation arises where you feel disrespected, it’s important not to take it personally. You will eventually come across customers or co-workers that get empowered by demeaning others. In one perspective, feel sorry for that person as the level of empowerment comes from a negative place. Some people do not feel the full empathy and respect that we take for granted, causing them to lash out on the unexpected victim and gain a minimal empowerment that makes them feel better about themselves.

In another perspective, we don’t know what the beginning of their mood stemmed from: it may be the worst possible scenario imaginable. Small moments of etiquette or manners can make or break a business and hopefully change the view of the world. It’s also important to become resilient to abrupt people with a gentle smile or a kind gesture as it may assist customers and co-workers in realising the error of their ways.  No matter how rude someone is towards you in the workplace, you must remain calm and professional as you have more to lose from reacting to their bad behaviour. Talk to a manager or someone about what’s going on and always remain respectful towards others.

9 Reasons Why Keeping Your Job Is Better Than Looking For A New One

We have all been at a point where our resolution list begins with “Get a new job”. There are factors that may contribute to this decision which may include lack of job satisfaction, workplace challenges, lack of happiness at work or a need to move forward with your career goals. However, finding a new job is not a guarantee that all your job dreams will come true. Unfortunately, this decision can often turn out to be the opposite of what you expected. Here is why you should try to keep your current job rather than look for a new one.

9 Reasons why staying In your job might be better than looking for a new one

 

1.) Finding a new job is not as simple as it appears

There are many people looking to ditch their current jobs. Competition is always stiff. Unfortunately, it is very likely that your competitor in your perfect job is someone with similar skills and experiences as you. Don’t underestimate the time and effort it takes to find a new suitable job, apply for it and actually be the one who gets it.

2.) It would mean starting over

The packages that come with the new job may be enticing. The downside of this is that you will have to start over because many companies have benefits that do not kick in for a period of time. If you have been in a certain role for a period of time, you might be able to receive additional benefits or incentives from your current employer.

3.) Job switching can be stressful

A new job may require you to change locations, working hours, adjusting to a different kind of work and taking on more responsibilities. Studies show that this can be very detrimental to your health if you are not one who adept in no-time. Most importantly, one particular study showed that an employment change is a significant life stressor. Disrupting your work routine will not only affect your personal life but your social life as well.

4.) You will be the newbie

Being the newbie is not always comfortable. You will be the one that needs training and supervision to avoid making mistakes. You might think that you are valuable to the company, but the first 3 months determine whether you are a liability or an asset. Mastering a new job takes time and you may not have as much as you would like.

5.) Relationships take time

Building new relationships with your new boss, colleagues and customers takes time because you are new to the environment. Moreover, building trust can take even longer.

6.) Growth often involves stepping outside your comfort zone

Lack of growth opportunities in an organisation causes stagnation. Stagnation creates an environment of mental absenteeism at the workplace. However, growth does not mean leaving for greener pastures because the grass is always greener elsewhere. You will never grow by following this mentality. Growth comes when you are stretched beyond your comfort zone. Don’t make the mistake to think that a new job is going to fix all your workplace issues and challenges. In fact, it will only create more. The key is to work on yourself first. At Employment First Aid, we do exactly that; help you get better at facing any challenges that arise in your workplace.

7.) Building your network and references

It is easier to get a new job from your current job because you are always interacting with different people who can help you professionally. If you have been in your current job for a while, chances are you already know a whole bunch of people that can help you get to where you want to be in the future.

8.) You have a sense of purpose in your current job

When your work is fulfilling, it gives you structure and peace of mind. It keeps you sharp in a manner that your emotions and mental state are positively influenced and balanced. If, however, you are unfulfilled in your current job or face challenges you don’t quite know how to deal with, have a chat with our friendly team. We team of trained professionals can help you overcome any obstacles that may arise in your current job.

9.) The problem might be you

You may have valid reasons to quit your job. But if it is a pattern then there is an underlying problem with you besides a bad boss or bad working conditions.

Every job has its own set of workplace challenges but that should not be reason enough to quit.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? Employment First Aid is a free service with the goal to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools that empower them to do their best work, communicate better and increase job satisfaction. We are here to listen and help you get more out of your job, and your life.

Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime, on 1800 118 008.

7 Reasons You Hate Your Job (And How to Fix It)

Our society today has a proliferation of millenials who do not like their jobs. This might be due to workplace challenges or challenges in your personal life. Whichever the case, this probably means you are currently lacking job satisfaction and happiness at work.

The million dollar question is, why don’t you like your job? Here are a few reasons that might be true for you:

1. You Don’t Receive The Respect You Deserve

As an employee you are viewed as a production unit rather than as a valued collaborator which can cause a prevalent lack of respect for your person or the work you do. This can cause you to hate your job.

2. You’re Workplace Is Lacking The Tools & Equipment You Need To Do A Great Job

Workplace challenges exacerbated by the lack of the right tools and equipment can cause you to hate your job. Sometimes, you may even have asked for an upgrade or additional tools but never heard back. This can be pretty frustrating, too.

3. Your Personal Life Is Completely Disregarded

As an employee you might expect your employer to understand and respect the fact that you have obligations outside work. When your personal life is utterly disregarded, it is inevitable that you will not derive a significant level of happiness at work.

4. Your Supervisor Is A Tyrant

In many cases, you may find that your immediate supervisor is tyrant or maybe even lacks the proper qualification to be a supervisor. When this happens, there is bound to be a clash between you and your supervisor due to a breakdown in communication. Furthermore, a harsh supervisor can make your work even more difficult because they are unnecessarily oppressive.

5. You Have No Clear Path For The Future In Your Company

As an employee, your role in the organisation should be aligned to the larger company’s vision. However, this may not always be the case. You may be working in a company that has no idea of its future or has no clear plans for the future at all. Your confidence in the leadership wanes and in the end you begin to hate your job.

6. Workplace Politics Get In The Way

Every organisation has workplace challenges. Unfortunately, most of these challenges arise from differences between employees and unnecessary office politics. If you have fallen victim to such politics which hurt your image or motivation, a dislike for your job begins to creep in.

7. You Feel Underpaid and Overworked

Some companies have a problem when it comes to working overtime. Moreover, when a company has only a few employees, some employees have to do more jobs than they get paid for. You may have fallen victim to this kind of scenario. You are overworked yet underpaid. Clearly, how will you love such a job?

Workplace challenges that cause you to hate your job should not mean the end of your career. Be aware of what makes you tick and take steps to address those issues in order to regain your job satisfaction and happiness at work. If you have difficulty finding excitement in a job you once loved, there are ways to handle the situation. Truth is, all of the above circumstances are merely external factors. When we get unhappy, it’s easy to fall into the rap of blaming everything around us, rather than taking responsibility. By doing so, however, you are also giving away your power of finding fulfilment in your workplace. So, rather than blaming everything else, here are some things you can do instead to take matters into your own hands again and gain control over your happiness.

  • Resist spreading negativity. This will only result in more negativity.
  • Know it’s not just you. Everyone is trying to get by and live a fulfilled life. Practice compassion towards your co-workers.
  • Don’t just quit. It’s often when we face the biggest challenges in life that we make the biggest progress as individuals. You can find valuable lessons in every challenge you face. Quitting won’t help you grow and you will probably face the same problems again at a later stage or job.
  • Don’t hesitate to speak openly about any challenges you are facing in your job. If you feel like you can’t talk to anyone at work about them, know that you can get advice and mentorship from organisations like Employment First Aid.

 

Employment First Aid is a FREE service to help young people like you stay in work by giving you the necessary skills and tools you need to do your best work, communicate better and be happier at work. If you would like to learn more or even just want to have a chat about some challenges you’re facing at work, we’d love to hear from you! You can chat with us on Facebook Messenger, send us an email or simply give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

TED Talks Every Unhappy Employee Should Watch

6 TED Talks That EVERY Unhappy Employee Should Watch

It is inevitable to have unhappy employees in a company or, at some stage,  to become one of those unhappy employees. However, this should not trouble an employer or employee for long because there are ways to encourage and motivate such individuals. If you aren’t excited about going to work anymore, or worse, if the thought about going to work makes you feel anxious or depressed, it might be time for a little motivation.

 

Here are 6 TED Talks you definitely need to watch if you are lacking excitement at work.

 

1. Happiness inspires productivity by Shawn Achor

The core of his message is happiness. According to Shawn, our brains are 31% more productive when we are happy than when our brains are stressed or in a negative state. Happiness is a person’s advantage because when we are happy our intelligence, creativity and energy rises. Choosing happiness drastically decreases your chances of burnout, work-related anxiety and depression.  Your happiness is more beneficial to you than your employer. And ones your learn how to master your own happiness, nothing can stop you.

 

2. How to live before you die by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs lived out this principle before he passed on. He was a college drop out before he decided to go back to college only to pursue the classes that interested him. He was able to follow his passion by learning calligraphy and eventually starting his own company, Apple. As an employee, choosing to live before you die, is a great principle to live by. This means exploring what makes you happy. Involve your employer in your journey of self-discovery and ask them to give you the freedom to exploit the aspects of your job that you really love. This way you will be able to rekindle your happiness at work.

 

3. The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink

Sometimes, as an employee you may be unhappy because you expect more compensation for the work you do. Furthermore, you may feel as though you are not being appreciated enough. However, Dan Pink explains that the ‘carrot and stick’ method of motivation is much too basic. An increase in your salary or compensation does not necessarily mean improved productivity or increased happiness in the long-term. On the contrary, factors such as mastery and purpose are what increase motivation and your ultimate happiness at work.

 

4. What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work by Dan Ariely

Your work as an employee does not need to be because of the money you receive at the end of the month. Having meaning, identity and pride in what you do is what keeps you going to your workplace every morning. Don’t look to your salary to make you happy about your job. Find meaning and purpose and happiness will find its way to you.

 

5. The Power of Time off by Stefan Sagmeister

It is interesting that Stefan Sagmeister takes a whole year off after seven years of work. Time to relax is as important as time to work. Sometimes, unhappiness is a result of overworking and not taking enough time for ourselves to recharge, reflect and re-evaluate where we want to go in life. This talk will motivate you to be more conscious about taking time off at work. The work will still be there when you get back.

 

6. Smash Fear, Learn Anything by Tim Ferriss

Frustrations due to workplace challenges can cause a great deal of unhappiness. It is important to understand the power of failure. When you are not afraid of being wrong, you have an array of possibilities. Don’t sweat the small stuff and let failure drag you down. Focus on the lessons and growth that come out of it and let these be your motivation to become better at what you do.

We hope that these TED Talks will remind you that you have the power to change your circumstances and create an environment at work that you will love to come back to day after day.

Employment First Aid is a FREE service to help young people like you stay in work by giving you the necessary skills and tools you need to do your best work, communicate better and be happier at work. If you would like to learn more or even just want to have a chat about some challenges you’re facing at work, we’d love to hear from you! You can chat with us on Facebook Messenger, send us an email or simply give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.