After seven years, I am saying good-bye to my corporate job. Life is supposed to go a certain way right? Work for a paycheck. Buy the house with the white picketed fence and have the family (2.5 kids to be exact). Earn your retirement. Then, retire. Continue reading
Pamela Slim sure was. I read her 2010 book Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur a couple times.
The cover with the people looking over the cube walls is pretty funny and so are her references to the corporate satire Office Space, a great movie to see if you are a cube dweller.
Pamela’s book provides the aspiring entrepreneur with a healthy dose of reality as he or she dreams about taking that leap from the corporate to entrepreneurship. Continue reading
Balance was far from the way I would have described the craze last week. It was the first week of the quarter at work. We had many deliverables that came to deadline at the same time. At home, it was even more busy, but I was able to squeeze in an overnight with my hubby and a much needed break!
People are still arguing whether or not to use the word balance because of the blurred lines between professional and personal time these days. However you describe it, below are 5 tips that may help it feel less like a grind and more like a flow. Continue reading
With unemployment remaining at a sustained high and the state of the economy, how is an employee’s sense of value in the workplace? Research has shown the less value an employee feels may result in reduced engagement at work and lack of motivation.
When you look around your office, does anyone stand out? Could it be you?
Gauging an employee’s sense of value can be tricky because we all place value on different things, especially when we are employees. Some companies go to great lengths, even in this economy, to show employees they are valued as people, not just company assets. Continue reading
In business, the “80/20 rule” is a common way to describe the theory that a small percentage of your clients comprise a large amount of your sales. Simply put, 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients.
From Wikipedia: “The principle was suggested by management thinker Joseph M. Juran. It was named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who observed that 80% of income in Italy was received by 20% of the Italian population. The assumption is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes.”
Whether or not you believe in this theory when it comes to business, we can apply the conecpt to other areas in our lives. Continue reading
Are your problem solving skills used at work also helpful at home? I think we all use problem solving skills between work and home without even realizing it. We just take a different approach depending on the audience.
I wrote about dealing with a difficult manager a few weeks ago, which was really a problem solving post. I added a bit of kid flare to it for this week’s post. Really, much of the problem solving we practice at work can be applied at home. While every situation is different, these tips include ways to maneuver the difficult personalities at work and possibly at home. Continue reading
10 Ways to Plan Your Return to Work and Reduce the Stress
You’ve been on maternity for three months and the dreaded return date is near. How you transition back into work can have so many variables and a huge impact on your outlook as a working mom. Sometimes the anticipation of the return can be much worse than the act of actually going back to work. Of course everyone is different.
A planned transition will lessen your stress and help ease you back into work more smoothly. Consider the suggestions below and practice the steps that will work for you and your family as you begin to plan your return. You will be glad you did it in the end. Continue reading
Depending on your organizational structure, the leadership hierarchy may be very flat or may have several tiers. Either way, how managers, directors and vice presidents interact with their employees has a direct impact on morale and productivity.
Trust plays a major role in the corporate culture. It’s built over time and is very fragile in the workplace. Over the last decade, studies have shown workplace trust diminishing.
If you are standing on the corporate ladder in a management position, you can lead your team to success by building and maintaining their trust by engaging in 5 essential behaviors. Continue reading
The thought that business is strictly business and not personal is an interesting one. We are such emotional beings whether man or woman that to remain business only and all the time is a stretch at best. Some people handle the personal, what I will call the emotional side of the coin better than others.
Remember the movie Jerry McGuire (from 1996) and the moment Jerry walks off the job? I suppose some people may view the Jerry McGuire moment as an opportunity to get on your office soapbox.
You have the attention of your co-workers (and management) and can tell them really what you think. In addition, you offer a lucky person to feel as liberated by walking out with you, goldfish in hand. You can relive the Jerry McGuire moment on YouTube.
What will that get you? A moment of gratification, perhaps. Surely it will buy you a ticket to the unemployment line which is a long one these days. Continue reading
Corporate. It’s a word that means many things to many people. It’s a part of the American culture. If you’re a working mom in the corporate world, it’s a part of you, too.
I’m sure you, like me, may have your buttons pushed every now and then. Over the last two weeks, I’ve had the buttons pushed repeatedly for various reasons. Rather than practice my own techniques of positive self-talk, using my corporate armor or simply walking away from it, I engaged.
Yep, I voiced my frustration in meetings. I vented in cube land with a co-worker. I went out for drinks after hours to “discuss” work. In all these instances, it was the same thing. Complaining. Continue reading