The Reasons: Why Your Coworkers Secretly Hate You

All of us spend a maximum span of our waking hours in respective workplaces; amongst colleagues. To be very precise, we spend around forty to forty five hours every week with our coworkers and bosses.

The feeling of acceptance is therefore imperative for a peaceful and harmonious workplace and the life outside it. Now, if you can see and sense hatred or grudges your coworkers are having against you, your professional life becomes miserable and your performance level degrades.Coworkers Secretly Hate

Even though we cannot be admired and loved by everyone around; being hated is definitely not an alternative. In an exceedingly competitive workplace environment, no one will outrightly shower praises upon you; however, if you can be cordial and carry the right approach towards people; you will definitely not be hated; if not loved by all.

Professionals who are hated by their coworkers always give ample reasons to attract such ill feeling from others. And paying a little attention to their behavior towards you, you can easily make out if you are disliked and hated by your coworkers.

So, let’s find out what makes your coworker hate you and how you can know this unpleasant secret.

Why are your coworkers secretly hating you?

Noted below are some reasons that can earn you extreme dislike from your coworkers. Read them and check if you are displaying any of these behavioral attributes:

You never follow elemental official norms:

Disobeying or ignoring rules that are meant for all is not only your boss’s concern. The more you continue with a don’t care attitude, the more you get hated by others around.don't care attitude

When they are striving hard to follow and abide by all rules and regulations, you going through an easy time is evidently envious for them. And here, they are not to be blamed.

You are a great talker and that’s all you do:

Well, if you are having a misconception that your coworkers are simply loving you for the home made muffins you bring in for them quite frequently, or for the ability to converse very well with others; just hold on for a moment.great talker

Ask yourself if this is the only thing you do. Being a great charmer can only help if you can carry on similarly with the work assigned to you. However, if you are never seen working, you are somehow disliked by other employees; even when they are relishing every bit of the cookie you have for them!

You are an annoying workaholic:

Having fun all day is not something you are supposed to do on your professional front. Having said so, occasional chit chat, enjoying fun activities with coworkers, spending lunch and coffee breaks together are equally essential. Professionals who are skipping these regularly and are seen glued to their desks, are not really liked by others around.workaholic

Being disconnected with the rest of your workplace and focusing only on your work, may be considered as an effort to prove your work to be superior and most significant. So beware and think twice before you decide to skip yet another office gathering.

You present yourself as a braggart:

The only thing that I can say to all braggarts is that, the sun shining bright, does not require external illumination to make it’s presence visible to all. When the sun is present in the sky, everyone can see and feel it.good at your job

Similarly, if you are really good at your job. Perhaps, you are best in the lot and have a solution to all problems that arise. Don’t demean your expertise by continuously bragging about it. Everyone can definitely notice your caliber. However, if you are continuously bragging about your success stories; you are lighting a candle to the Sun. What a lame attempt, isn’t it?

You lack etiquettes:

Now, this involves a number of things. Be it bad email formats, to loud chewing habits; it can be anything that presents you as an unprofessional and ill mannered individual. One of my former posts on professional etiquettes can help you to identify different wrong professional etiquettes that you might showcase before coworkers.

How do you know your coworkers are hating you?

Below mentioned are few very easy to notice symptoms that your coworkers are definitely hating you.

You never receive good morning wishes or smiles:

Well, every workplace culture has professionals wishing each other every morning and at the end of working day. It showcases one’s cordial relationship with other employees. However, if you have a number of colleagues who do not wish or exchange occasional smiles; you may consider that the milk has gone sour.

You are never invited for social gatherings/informal meetings:

Many a times, colleagues and team members either arrange for meetings over coffee or lunch, Sometimes, they go out for a movie together or a brunch on weekends. However, if you never receive such invitations, probably they want you to find out the bitter truth.

You are always given monosyllable or one liner answers:

You always receive too short replies for your “how are you?” and “how was the day?” questions from colleagues sitting in the neighboring cubicle. This is a deliberate attempt by your coworker to send you a message.one liner answers

So, get it right and work to improve. Sometimes, you find the next cubicle colleague strictly communicating through emails only. This is because he/she is certainly disappointed with you and has perhaps started hating you.

Well, in a professional environment, you will never find people telling you right on your face that they hate you. Diplomacy is a necessary evil for maintaining a professional demeanor. However, observing subtle changes in behavior are just sufficient to know that you have perhaps gone wrong somewhere and thus you have people disliking you.

So, now that you know the reasons and the signs showing that your coworkers hate you secretly; working to improve strained relationships will definitely not be an impossible task to accomplish.

What do Successful People do During Their Lunch Break?

What do you do during lunch breaks? Is it something like you grab a sandwich in one hand and handle your phone with the other? Or you just swallow down a burger while working at your workstation? Or perhaps you skip these breaks frequently so as to manage your work load?Lunch Break

Well, any of these methods of spending your lunch break, bring no good to your professional life. Moreover, unhealthy food or ill timed lunch breaks will prove detrimental to your physical well being. And thus, when you slowly become weak and fragile, your work definitely suffers.

Therefore, proper utilization of lunch break is vital for your professional as well as personal growth. Now, when you come across people who have proved their worth and have reached remarkable heights of success, you will find one thing in common. They are all capable of making optimum use of their lunch hour span.

Therefore, if you are looking for some ways of making a productive use of lunch breaks; knowing about the ways and methodologies of successful individuals can prove beneficial. So without much delay, lets find out ways of spending lunch breaks perfectly that can ultimately help us in yielding desired and fruitful results.

How is lunch break utilized by successful people?

The foremost thing you need to remember is that, since it’s your lunch break, proper and timely food has to be your top most priority. Once you are done with this, only then you can look forward in engaging yourself into any of the below mentioned activities:

Make a quick review of your day’s work:

Lunch breaks mark the end of your morning hours or the first half of your work day. Perhaps, you have prepared a complete nine hours work schedule and have set your daily targets. So, once you are done with your lunch, make a 10 minutes quick review of your day’s work.Time for Lunch

If you have some other immediate issues to address, make some changes in your priority list and bring about some adjustments for both existing and new tasks in hand.

Or else, if you have been a little sluggish all through the morning, these 10 minutes of self assessment will help you gear up and work efficiently to reach your targets.

Resolve issues and build connections:

Sharing a meal together provides you scope of spending some quality time with people around. Therefore, this activity is good for making optimum use of lunch time.lunch with coworkers

Perhaps, a few days back, you just had a small tiff with any of your colleagues. However, since then you did not find appropriate time to talk it out with him or her. So, in such cases, lunch breaks can provide you the required opportunity. Invite your colleague to have lunch together and then discuss the situation or do everything possible to sort the clumsy mess.

Well, if you are lucky to have no such strained relations within office, you can still use this span to connect with new people and build professional networks. Now, you already know how important and significant these professional networks can be to your own career growth and progression. So don’t miss these opportunities.

Visit the lawn outside:

After lunch, going for a walk outside office refreshes both your mind and body. Greenery is very soothing for tired and exhausted eyes. So, when you have spent a considerable time sitting in front of your monitor and had enough of brainstorming hours; spending some peaceful time with nature, effectively rejuvenates your mind and body.Visit the lawn outside

Thus, visiting the small lawn within your office premises can work out a great deal for you. Rather, this is one of the best ways of fighting afternoon sluggishness at workplace. And thus retains your productivity throughout the day.

Prepare a to do list for your personal life:

Well, you have a life outside this office and attaining a balance between professional and personal life is quintessential for your growth, prosperity and peace.to do list

So, you can use this short span of time to list out some essential duties to be performed by you; once you reach home after office. Moreover, continuously concentrating on the same task may prove monotonous and you may finally lose your interest in work.

Therefore, it’s better to use lunch breaks to give yourself a temporary break from your professional day to day tasks and use it to wrap up or organize some essential personal activities in hand.

Get hold of a daily journal:

Using your lunch hours to get connected with rest of the world is a very good practice. Successful people always try to keep themselves updated with recent developments and things going in and around the world. Therefore, once you are done with having a healthy and satisfactory lunch, use the remaining time to have a glance on the latest news and updates.

Take a 15 minutes nap:

Well, this is something that you need to practice only when you are dead tired and cannot push yourself to work for another couple of hours.nap

Find an isolated space and close your eyes and take a 15 minutes nap. When you wake up after this, you are definitely going to feel energetic and relaxed. However, if you can go on without taking this nap and get involved in other activities, it’s always better and therefore suggested.

Lastly, all successful people enjoy their lunch to the fullest. Rather, they enjoy every task they need to perform and this helps them to accomplish those whole heartedly and come out with best results. The above mentioned five ways of utilizing your lunch break efficiently can prove beneficial; only when you can enjoy a healthy and satisfactory lunch.

Therefore, never skip lunch breaks to accommodate tasks in hand, if you really aim at becoming a very successful professional in future.

How to Earn Respect at Office

What is it to be respected at workplace? Well, since there are no stereotyped definitions for this, all of us have different opinions. Below are certain assumptions about respect at work. These are opinions taken from people who have had an illustrious career in specific industries.

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Now, can you relate yourself to any of these cases?

Case 1: Is “terrorizing” your tool to earn respect?

Mr. Jerry Wilson, Senior team lead, served at a top Software Development Organization for 16 long years. He had seen this organization grow from a small scale business to one of the leading software companies in state. For all these years, he had managed numerous teams and it was his farewell meet, when he had to learn a harsh truth about his professional tenure.terrorizing

One of his coworkers while delivering a farewell speech shared at a light note, that they felt so terrified in his presence, that they would skip meals or any job of utmost priority, only to complete tasks assigned by him.

This came as a real shocker for Jerry as he always believed that people respected and liked to work with him and hence, showed highest performance or efficiency levels!

Now, its not Jerry alone who has this misconception. There are many who are of the opinion that terrorizing subordinates is the best way to earn respect and get the work done. However, this is wrong and being in Jerry’s position is the worst thing that can happen to any professional.

Case 2: If you are invisible you’re far from respect:

Lets take another instance, Miss Lucy James, is working as a Nurse in the OPD department of her hospital for the past five years.invisible

She likes her workplace as her coworkers are good with her. They laugh at her jokes, wish each other every morning, bid goodbyes at the end of the day. In addition, she is never chided by her superiors, or for that matter, never asked to make any improvement on the job front or make any contribution in decision making, despite her five years of experience.

Now, this is tricky and most of us do not realize this fact. So ask yourself if you too are working in a similar work environment? If yes, you need to know that you no longer exist in that workplace; let alone earning respect.

You are respected on the job front only when your work is counted. You are noticed by your superiors, asked for suggestions or ways of improvement. Your ideas are at least given a thought if not implemented. If all of these are missing, you need to know that perhaps your presence or absence is making no difference. And when others around sense this before you, they somehow start disrespecting you.

Case 3: Do you count high salaries to be a sign of respect?

Mentoring new joiners for around 8 years now, Miss Annie is extremely confident and content with her professional life. She believed that she was highly regarded at her workplace as she made huge contributions in developing careers of her trainees and thereby providing the company with efficient workforce.high salaries

In addition, she was probably one of the highest payed employee in her organization and that confirmed her assumptions.

However, when one of her former trainees deliberately skipped her name from the long thanksgiving note which he delivered, after he won the Best Performer award for the third consecutive time, she was seriously taken aback.

Well, if you are not being appreciated or winning praises from your coworkers, subordinates and superiors; you need to know that they do not respect you for the work you do and the contributions you make. There can be numerous reasons for this behavior from their side and you need to figure it out yourself.

Whatsoever may be the case, you need to know how to earn that respect at your workplace. However, before you learn this, you need to eliminate these above mentioned tools or opinions about respect at work.

How to earn respect at workplace?

Do not be demanding, but be deserving:

Well, it is lame when people force others to respect them. Everyone knows that respect is earned and not demanded. Again, every professional; no matter what role or designation he/she handles, is definitely entitled to be treated well and respected by everyone around.deserving respect

However, it is only when professionals become too demanding that they even loose the minimum respect they deserve. Now, if you wish to go beyond the minimum, you will again have to work for it.

Be perfect on the professional front and see how you slowly rise up to a different level where people look up to you as an inspiration and example.

However, let it be natural; for if you force people to notice and appreciate your work, you demean yourself and the work done.

Share your success with others around:

Its natural that if you want your subordinates and team members to owe their success to your efforts; you need to do the same.success share

This is a core requisite for professionals working in a team. No matter how great your contribution or how insignificant their efforts are; when you are working in a team, you need to share the success with everyone involved. And again, if you are a leader, you ought to give out the lion’s share to your team; only then you can earn their respect.

You need to prove your worth all the time:

Well, if you get stagnant with your current profile and make no efforts for advancement, you cannot have employers trust you for more responsible and significant roles.prove your worth

Therefore, continuous efforts to enhance your knowledge and skills so that you are noticed by everyone, is essential to earn respect from others. Success and talent is always respected. Therefore, when you can continuously prove your worth and appear as a treasure for your organization, you will definitely be respected.

Know how to Respect yourself:

Well, this is probably the most important of all. Someone who is not respectful of oneself, can never earn the same from others.

Being confident about your abilities, to be content and not proud of your accomplishments and keeping your own words, are signs that you respect yourself as an individual. Again, when you can empathize others around and be a patient listener to them when required, you project yourself as a good human being. Thus, respect comes naturally to you.

This was all about what is respect at workplace and how to earn it. Hope you have found this relevant to your search.

Yes!! These are Few Bosses Types

All of us at some point of our professional life, do come across bad and terrible bosses. There are number of unfortunate professionals who have completed a considerable part of their professional life without having met a single ideal boss.bosses

Working with difficult bosses is not always damaging and one of my previous articles lists different benefits of working with a difficult boss. However, you need to know how to turn the situation to your advantage. Therefore, below mentioned are different types of frustrating bosses and suggestions that can help deal with them.

The Never to be around Boss:

Every morning you are receiving work assignments from your boss through emails. You are reporting to him every working day. However, when you seriously need to discuss certain issues with your boss; you never find him around.Never to be around Boss

These are the type of bosses who always manage to remain away from office. They can do anything from playing golf to reviewing your work. However, when it comes to giving guidelines and sharing work strategies, they are simply absent or unavailable! They only make efforts to either approve or disapprove your assignments and never discuss reasons behind.

At worst cases, they may make themselves available only to scare you to death and still you receive no words of wisdom.

Well, these bosses are not always “bad.” For people who prefer working independently, these bosses come as boons. You are very confident about the task in hand and know what people are expecting of you; just get to work and yield the desired result. Your job is done.

On the other hand, professionals who are more comfortable working under guidance or need supervision and have plenty of things to confirm and reconfirm; these bosses are difficult to handle. They always remain confused and their work life becomes clumsy.

How do you deal: Being confident and precise are the only ways of handling these never to be around types. Do not bother your boss to supervise every little thing you do. Be confident about your work. And if there is an issue that you need to discuss, write a precise email mentioning the exact things you are looking for.

The omnipresent types:

With just a 180 degree flip to the previous category, these are the type of bosses who are just over the top at giving guidelines. They want to be informed about every move you make; no matter how insignificant and tiny it is. And every time they will have one or the other suggestion to share.omnipresent boss

These are the type of bosses who expect a verbal work report and seldom communicate through emails. You will always find them hovering around you and keeping account of every single minute of your work time. Their suggestions do not limit to work and very often they may tell you the number of coffee cups you have emptied and how it can effect your health and thereby your work.

Being around them feels like an old school Montessori kid. You loose your independence and your creativity dies. These are the most dangerous types of bosses who are damaging to your career growth. Thus it becomes more than important to know how you need to go about these kinds.

How do you deal: Being very obedient to your omnipresent bosses gears them up. If you think that following all his instructions will instill his faith and confidence in you; you are totally mistaken.

These are the type of bosses who never find their subordinates reliable enough, or rather they don’t want to rely on their juniors. Therefore, be a little disobedient and do not follow all his minor instructions. Start asking questions and reasons behind every advice he wants you to follow. Subtly ignoring such people can help to handle your omnipresent boss.

The I ME Mine boss:

These bosses are annoying; however, not harmful. The I ME MINE bosses are the types who are always busy narrating their stories of “valor” and potential. They overrate themselves and steal everyone else’s credit. The story may begin with varied ideas; however, all of them have a similar end – their achievements, their expertise and their awesomeness.I ME Mine bossThey are the kind of people who crave attention. And now that they have managed to land positions where they can somehow force people to acknowledge their “greatness;” they do not miss any opportunity.

However such bosses are not very harmful and since they are superior to you in position, you may even end up learning a few things from their self proclaimed great story. Nevertheless, if it still gets annoying, you can use this strategy to handle your I ME MINE boss.

How do you deal: Unless, your boss is not coming in your path of success, lending your ears to him is the best thing you could do. This is really going to keep them happy and of course working with a happy boss is essential.

The way too lucky bosses:

This is a broad classification that includes variety. The way too lucky bosses are available at every office or organization.lucky boss

Some people are extremely fortunate and land lucrative profiles with no relevant skills. They are required to supervise subordinates, who are more qualified and talented than they are. Another instance of way to lucky bosses could be superiors who are never seen working and yet receive heavy paychecks annually.

They are very much present at the workplace; however they are busy watching online videos, playing games and doing everything besides work.

How to deal: Although it’s very depressing to watch people making merry when you are drowned till neck with targets and deadlines and still earning less; it is not something impossible to conquer. Focus on your own work and try getting better everyday.

A boss who is not working himself will not be in a position to find numerous flaws with your work. And do not think that your boss is not having a watch dog. If you can prove your potential, landing your boss’s position will not be that difficult.

Lastly, everything is not bad and even though ideal bosses are rare sight to witness; they do still exist. Bosses who are supportive, good leaders, understanding and skilled can still be found. Every employee dreams of working with an ideal boss and if you are blessed to have one; a content professional life is not a distant dream.

How to Adjust at a New Workplace?

No matter how vast your professional experience is; or how many employers you’ve worked with, getting into a new job is daunting.

Yes, professionals who have been working for number of years, may feel a little more confident and prepared as compared to their less experienced counterparts. However, they just can’t deny the fact, that they too feel, a little unsettled for a couple of days. And for those who do not possess long working experiences, the situation is further difficult. Perhaps they spend few months in getting acquainted to the new environment.new workplace

However, the point is for how long can you stay unprepared?!

It’s all about portraying the best of your abilities before employers. And that starts from the first day itself. You spent a complete month in settling down and there’s your coworker ready to grab or rather snatch the spotlight that could’ve shone upon you.

So do you think that before landing a new job you need to make some preparations? The answer needs to be Yes.

Can you not just go back to the time when you were “preparing” to begin your professional life? Or the day you landed your first job? Or, the first day at work? You had “prepared” for all these, isn’t it? Then why not now?

So lets gear up and learn how to handle new jobs and their related problems.

Know how to adjust to a new job and new problems:

Well, getting into a new job definitely brings fresh problems to sort out. It is a new platform and even though you may use previous experiences to resolve many issues here; that’s not enough. You still need to learn many things and traverse through a world; completely new and unexplored. And more importantly, you need to do be quick. So an easiest way to go about it, is to read these tips below:

Prepare like its your first job ever:

New job is very similar to your first job. And if you can retain few of your traits as a fresher; you will just land yourself in your employer’s good books. Handling problems will not be that difficult.first job

You definitely remember the first day of your professional life. If not all, do maintain a similar approach now as well. After all you are a new employee in a new workplace.

Frequent visitors perhaps have read my blog entitled Things to do on the first day at work. Those who have not can still do it. Therefore, not going into much detail; some key points that you need to remember are; being punctual, keen at learning new things, never hesitate while seeking help etc. This will definitely help you to impress your new employers.

Once you have build that impression, handling problems at new workplace will not be very difficult.

Get over it:

One primary reason that professionals find adapting to a new workplace extremely strenuous is because they are unable to wrap up their previous professional life.Get over it

Perhaps, you definitely made a good position there. You had a good friend circle, a supportive boss and efficient subordinates. However, it is your past and obviously your own decision to switch.

Therefore, just get over it and start afresh. You will definitely reach the same position only if you try. And the day you start working towards it from scratch, you will definitely make it. Who knows this new workplace and job will take you to highest levels of success; much more than what you expect.

Know all your tools:

All said and done, you will need to perform well. And the sooner you showcase your skills, the better it is!know your tools

Even though you have qualified all interview sessions and thus earned this position; you will have loads to learn and adapt to. Therefore, during your initial days, try to know what else is needed to handle all responsibilities efficiently.

For this purpose, you may talk to your superiors elaborately. If you are too lucky to know that there is nothing in this list; don’t be in a hurry to celebrate. Brush up all that you know and remain focused. Remember, you will be under high supervision in the first few weeks and if you can impress all with your spell bound performance, you have nothing much to worry about!

Small and Quick wins:

Initially, do not begin with a quest of conquering the whole world. Look for small easy and quick wins.small winsSay you get started with a small project and complete it before scheduled time. Or else, if you have been assigned to manage a small team of professionals, try motivating them so that you can yield better results together. They may atleast find you better than their previous boss. And that’s definitely a small and significant win.

Now, these early achievements are not only important to create impressions. They are equally important to boost your confidence and keep you going in your new workplace.

Well, when you are trying your best to sink into a new workplace, don’t strain yourself too much. It’s just fine if it takes a little longer. New things are awkward and transitioning is definitely a process that consumes time. Only when you are not trying to justify your own decisions you may land yourself into bad water. Therefore, start from the first day itself. And trust me you will never have to look back.

Challenges are a part of life and until you are ready to take some calculated risks; you get stagnant in that old monotonous life; be it professional or personal. So now that you have walked a few miles forward; don’t look back. Things may be a little rough in the beginning; however, if you can hold on, you will definitely achieve all that you want.

Music at work : Is It Good or Bad?

Being a music lover myself, I definitely have no reasons of cornering music as a distraction at work. Rather, when I am at work, it acts as a therapy. But don’t worry, this post is not biased and states facts!

Now, you must be thinking what made me get into such research and write this post, when I don’t consider music to be a reason for declining workplace productivity. Well, there is again a personal interest behind this and I am delighted to share it with you.music at work

I have this friend of mine who has exactly the same taste of food as I have. We share our choices of novels, movies cafeterias and even the taste of coffee – its coffee with lots of sugar and milk!

Well, there is just one thing at which we differ. And you earn no scores in having made that right guess! Yes, it is music; precisely, music and work combo.

While music works as a therapy for me; it is a source of distraction, hindrance or interference for him. No, its not that he is not interested in music or hates it in any manner. Instead, he has a soft corner for Acid Jazz. However still, it is only during work when he hates it.

This made me think; how do two individuals, who have very similar likes and dislikes can stand poles apart in this context?!

Thus I got into thorough research and here I have few interesting results. You are going to love this, I bet!

However, in a nutshell, I will mention that the type of work, your levels of concentration, the type of music you are listening to, play important roles in making you productive or unproductive at work.

Music can help you concentrate better at a noisy workplace:

Well, for the type of work I do, very often I need to disconnect from the existing situation and go far beyond the present; just to think and visualize different situations. The slightest of distraction – may be a cell phone kept on a vibration mode can be annoying.noisy workplace

Therefore, plugging my ears to listen few selected tracks, grossly helps me to concentrate better. Thus, I become more productive at work.

However, I have noticed that when I change the play list to the one other than my usual folder – I get distracted. Strange? Not really..

Lyrics play a silent role:

Well, before I got into this research, I was really surprised to realize that there are only two music folders in my entire collection that help me concentrate better.Lyrics

Is there a magical spell behind?!

No, not at all. There is a lot of scientific stuff to explain this.

The easiest answer is, when you already know what the singer is trying to say and when the beats come to play, you have nothing left to explore and concentrate. So, you better concentrate on your monitor screen to complete the task in hand. Simultaneously, you escape the noisy environment. Just as in my case.

However, a more scientific approach takes an example of a new born baby. You perhaps have noticed mothers and grand mothers singing lullaby to their young ones. These lullabies are repetitive and have no variations. The baby gets used to these humming sounds and his/ her mind knows that it is time to sleep. The same works with us; with a difference that we don’t fall asleep when we don’t wish to!

Listening to the same track while working, tells your subconscious mind that it is time to work. It is like you are “hallucinated” and get captivated in an environment where you hear and see no one besides yourself. The familiar sound reminds your subconscious mind that it is time to work.

However, if you change this sound, it is evident that you get distracted. You try concentrating on the lyrics and the new sound has no control over your mind.

Therefore, if you want to have new concentration boosters, listen to those tracks several times before using them during work. Slowly, it will learn to have control over your mind. Otherwise, it can make you highly unproductive on the job front.

Music and the type of work you do:

Music is best for professionals having repetitive tasks to manage. Or, for people who need huge levels of concentration at work. Lets take some illustrations.Music-at-work

A painter needs isolation. He needs some space to bring his thought process on board. That is, he needs high levels of concentration to work. The same holds true for coders or designers. They need isolation to have creative ideas flowing seamlessly.

You perhaps have noticed those IT professionals who have their ears plugged for the entire day and can still write those codes. Thus, listening to music is definitely a productivity optimizer for them.

On the other hand, HR administrators or any marketing professional may not be happy if their ears are plugged with earphones. These professions deal with the mass and getting detached with people around has no meaning from their perspective.

HR professionals need to meet different people at a time, go through several different mails and are required to resolve a variety of issues each day. Thus, music becomes a hindrance for such professions. Now, I know why my friend is not a music lover when at work!

Music and Dopamine:

Well do you know what is a dopamine?

Dopamine is a “pleasure chemical” released in the human body at moments of pleasure. When you suddenly receive a surprise gift or taste your favorite ice cream, you feel happy and have a desire of having more. Well its dopamine behind this greed of wanting to have more, more and more…Music and Dopamine

Research says that listening to your favorite music makes you feel happy and releases dopamine. Thus, you have a strong desire of listening to the same track again and again. It makes you to like the present situation and therefore you want to continue being in that situation for long hours.

So if you are working and your are happy; you are definitely more productive. Nevertheless, people who don’t listen to music at work can also be happy at work and have their own moments of pleasures with pleasure chemical flowing.

Thus, this was all about music at work. Hope you have enjoyed this section.

How to Spread Holiday Spirit at Office

When everyone around is busy making holiday plans for Christmas, employers and managers are having a difficult time motivating their employees to remain focused at the job front. Managers may warn employees about tough consequences for being inefficient at the job front. However, that does not help; as employees feel free to quit jobs after receiving their yearly bonus – leaving vacant positions! In addition, you may not have a crowd of applicants during these festive seasons, who can refill these positions immediately.Holiday Spirit at Office

A sufficiently difficult situation..You cannot let seasonal changes hamper your business. What next?

There is one very easy and effective solution, that works well in such scenarios. When you cannot allow your workers to take a week off, to have fun with their friends and family;help them enjoy the holiday span in the office instead. Thereby, you make them happy and have some work done in return.

So spread the holiday spirit at office. This is how you can go about it:

Exchanging gifts:

Well, after paying handsome Christmas bonus to all your employees, I certainly don’t suggest you to send gift items to employees, just to keep them motivated.Exchanging gifts

However, you can atleast have your HR managers to host such events for your employees, where they can exchange gifts with each other. As gifts are an important part of Christmas plans, this will help them to keep up with the holiday mood.

This practice also has an added advantage. Huge corporate houses, having millions of employees, fail to knit a close professional bonding between all their workers. People mostly remain connected to others working in the same or related departments and remain complete strangers to others working in different profiles.

When employees exchange gifts amongst all employees within the organization, they get a chance of initiating conversations with people they have not been very familiar with.

Gift your office with a new look:Gift your office

That does not necessarily mean renovation. Well all of us decorate our apartments during Christmas and New year. Having perfumed candles, X mas trees, ribbons and balloons to beautify our homes is a part of our holiday activities. Therefore, you can get your employees to start decorating their work stations a week before the big day. However, make sure that they don’t spend half the time decorating.

Have some fun filled activities:

Since everyone is in a merry making mood, the work environment needs to be slightly less stressful and relaxing. Therefore, in between regular tasks, assignments and targets, you can spare some time to enjoy some fun filled activities with your employees.fun

In addition, these activities can work as a platform for workers to display their hidden talents. And who knows, you can also benefit out of these talents someday.

Themed food:christmas food

Your office canteen has some regular food items and beverages available for employees. However, since holidays are all about chocolates, cakes and muffins, make some changes in your office canteen menu. Take suggestions from your employees to add some new dishes and beverages in the menu. Work to make the most delicious sweet dishes easily available for your employees. You can even extend the break timings by a couple of minutes or so, to allow them to relish all new and exciting delicacies available.

Play some music:Office-Christmas-music

Music is always relaxing and since it is important to have all your employees relaxed during this period; as this is how they can be kept motivated, you can play some soft holiday music within office premises. You can also divide employees in small groups who can take charge of selecting tracks and playing them throughout the day.

Work out a perfect deal:

What about a deal that talks business? A deal that is beneficial for both ends. Think about making some changes in the work policy. Perhaps, paying slight incentives for working during holidays or perks; such as, paid leaves can help you get the work done. Yes it involves little investment from your side. However, if few dollars can get work done worth millions – you ought to work out the deal.

Have a small Christmas Party:christmas-office-party

After all said and done, nothing can replace a Christmas party and therefore, don’t skip this from your list. Arrange a party with the DJ and a giant Christmas cake with a free flow of wine. Take this opportunity to thank your employees who diligently work for you. Choose this day to announce best performers and other annual rewards for your employees.

Spread this cheer beyond office:

Happiness begets happiness. Therefore, it is a wonderful idea to do some good that expands your happiness and can make this Christmas much more meaningful. You can plan some donation for help homes or anything similar that can help the society at large. When you see people happy and content for something very small you have done for them, your happiness grows and multiplies like never before. Just Try it!beyond office

Well, when you are not in a position to change the situation, its better that you change your approach towards the scenario. Yes, it is difficult for your employees to focus and retain their levels of performance, when everyone around them is busy making merry and enjoying themselves to the fullest.

Thus, when strict work policies and corporate environment does not serve the purpose, just get a little flexible and see how things just fall into place. The above mentioned ideas are some ways you can spread festive cheer in office and have nearly all your employees, attending office during this festive season. Moreover, when you are spending some cheer moments with your workers, you are in a position of generating an office family environment!

How to Cancel a Resignation Letter?

Now, this is difficult – not impossible. No matter how benevolent and supportive your employer is, everyone gets a little offended on receiving resignation letters from employees. And if the employee has been a great performer; the situation is further painful. This is analogous to a situation when you get rejected for any desired job role. So, now you know how your employer feels on receiving resignation letters!Cancel a Resignation

However, you have already mailed your resignation letter; your employers are offended by now and suddenly you are having some second thoughts about your decision! This is miserable. How can you ask for the same job you have already rejected?

It is evident for your employers to infer that you found another job more promising and rewarding than your current profile. Therefore, expressing your newly developed interest on your previously rejected job is an awkward situation. You need to handle this situation tactfully. Perhaps, this situation is more complex than any other situation you come across in your professional life.

As it has been already mentioned that this situation is difficult not impossible to handle, we are moving ahead to describe techniques that can assist you to cope with this scenario.

Steps to retract your resignation letter:

To call off your resignation, you need to give a written application before anything else. And for this purpose, you are required to write a Retraction letter. So, let us first get a brief idea about retraction letters.

What is a retraction letter?

Retraction letters are written in professional format to pull back your resignation. They are used to express your interest and reasons to stay back in your current company handling the assigned responsibilities associated with your profile.retraction letter

Retraction letters serve two purposes. Apart from canceling resignations, these also serve to reject promotion offers, when professionals are not in a position to accept the same.

How to write a retraction letter?

Mentioned below are very simple steps of writing retraction letters that can prove beneficial and effective for the purpose.

Letter initiation:

This format for retraction letters is not very different from any business letter formats. The letter needs to be short and precise. Similar to any professional letter, this also has three different sections – salutation, body and closure. While writing the letter, it is advisable that you address the concerned person directly. Start your letter, with correct salutation and designation of concerned person.

Formatting the body of your letter is most essential. It is here that you express your intent and therefore it needs to be convincing. So moving ahead to prepare the next section.

Letter body:

The body of your letter needs to be short; preferably comprising of two small paragraphs. This section starts with a request to cancel your resignation . While doing so, make a quick reference to your previous mail that was drafted to express your resignation. Mention the date on which you had sent your resignation letter and the last working day mentioned. This section needs to be short; including only two sentences at the most.

The second paragraph needs to state reasons of canceling resignation. Your employers, while reading this section, needs to get convinced with your stated decisions; so much that they instantly decide on accepting your resignation retraction. As there are no legal laws that can force your employers to accept retraction, your letter needs to be very effective to serve the purpose.

Besides, if you had negotiated with your employers, that influenced your decision to retract, mention the same in your letter. If you have been offered a higher pay package or designation or any other reward that served as a satisfactory reason to stay back, mention those in detail. It will be nice if you achieved those things in written from your employers to make an attachment file with your retraction letter.

Remember the conclusion section also needs to be very impressive enough. Express your gratitude towards your employers who have read your letter. Tell them how happy you will feel if your retraction gets accepted and how you wish to continue with them. Make a small note to express your apology for the inconvenience caused and end your letter.

A letter alone may not serve the purpose:

Once you have emailed your resignation retract letter, you need to meet your employers in person. Now, this is not to pressurize them to take their decision, Rather, it is to avoid some consequences following your resignation, that you seriously want to avoid.meet employer

No employer wants to leave a position vacant for long duration. Therefore, once they receive resignations, they start hunting for new applicants. And now that you want to stay back, you seriously want your employers to know about your plans, before they land on some potential applicant.

Therefore, take permission to fix a short meeting with concerned professionals. Carry your resignation as well as retraction letter along with you, in case your employers are unaware about your recent retraction letter.

While in conversation, be confident to share the same specific reasons you had mentioned in your letter. Be humble while accepting the inconvenience caused by you. However, don’t present yourself as someone who has no other option left. This will be harmful for your job growth prospects in future. If negotiation with them led to your change of plan, things are a little more easier to handle.

Be thankful and get back to work:

Well, you have done the required and now you only need to wait for a response from their side, that may take some time. So, do not think of consequences and show the best of your efficiencies. You perhaps have a month or so before you resign, therefore do everything possible to showcase your intention to stay back.Back to work

It may happen that your letter or a short discussion with employers could not pave the way. However, if you stand strong on your job front, you will surely walk the desired path. This is something that can influence your employers to a great extent. So put in your best!

These were few techniques that can help you retract your resignation. Hope you have found this informative and useful for your search.

Things to Consider on First Day at Work

The first day stories are always very special. Don’t we remain ever excited listening to our “first day at school stories?” And of course, “first day at college stories” are way different from that of the school. While school stories are filled with innocence; college days are spiced up with class bunks, romance, and a number of career options that confuse us.First Day at Work

However, eventually we decide on choosing specific career paths and work to land desired job roles. Now, landing on your own feet is not as easy as you may presume it to be on your first day at college. It takes huge efforts to build a promising career. Scoring high grades, building crystal clear concepts, working on soft skills and of course framing good resumes are all part of your preparation. You are done with these and still find loads to work on and improve.

And then one fine day, you are just there with an offer letter that reads out your name. All your career goals now seem to have a proper direction. You have taken your first step on your corporate ladder. However, every end marks the beginning of another story. Just as an offer letter in hand marks the end of your journey towards landing your first job, it initiates a new journey – preparation to sustain on the job front and reach greater heights of success.

Pleasant beginnings lead to pleasant endings. This is something true in every phase of our lives. Building perfect first impressions may not be of great significance in our school; however, they are extremely important for our professional lives. Be it your first day of professional life, or your first day at a new organization, you need to set great first impressions.

Therefore, today our discussion revolves around things we need to do on our first day at work. And here you go:

Reach early:

While you are always expected to reach at the workplace on time, you need to be before time on your first day at the office. Just the day before you join a new organization, spend your time exploring different routes that lead to your workplace. If you are unfamiliar with the route, it is advised that you may even commute to the place during peak hours. This will help you to estimate the exact time you will require to reach the place next day.Reach early

Now, once you are there at your office premises, check your watch. If you are too early, that is you reach 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled time, do not be in a hurry to be the first one in the office. Wait for others to arrive, and then you may proceed towards the entrance along with your coworkers. This has an added advantage. What is that? It gives you an opportunity to introduce yourself to new colleagues in a slightly informal manner.

Preparing a formal speech for an informal introduction:

Now, you may have the first glance of your colleagues in the parking zones, elevators or just at the front gate. Your impression building session starts there and then. Your coworkers are meeting you for the first time and therefore, these short meetings need to be pleasant as well as impressive.informal introduction

Therefore, have a brief idea about things you would share with coworkers for the first time. Take initiative to introduce yourself. Mention your name along with the designation for which you have been hired. Wear a smile and be confident. Be attentive if they introduce themselves. And be very quick to catch up with the names of your colleagues. Do not give them a chance where they will need to reintroduce themselves. If you do, you have enrolled your name in their bad books.

Again, some of your coworkers may take an interest in knowing about your previous job roles or organizations. Be prepared to provide a short, clear, and crisp description of the previous job role that you have handled.

Do not be shy and seek help when needed:

On your initial days at work, you are not expected to be a leader. Rather, you need to be a quick learner and an obedient follower. Therefore, do not be shy in seeking help from others. Feel free to ask questions when you are not very sure about few things explained. This shows your eagerness to learn and achieve perfection. However, just to prove your interest, do not put forth too lame questions that your recruiter may have a second thought on his/her decisions of choosing you from the lot.seek help when needed

The HR personnel are going to conduct an orientation session on your first day at work. This session is to introduce you to the company work culture and its motto. You will be told about the work ethics, and company norms and regulations. Be very alert while you are informed about these. If necessary, you can even make notes during the orientation session and never fail to attend the session even if it may appear to be a little repetitive.

Do not pretend and be relaxed:

Although the entire discussion illustrates particular ways of projecting yourself in the best possible manner, do not over stress to inculcate things that actually do not relate to your inner self. Good mannerism, enthusiasm, positive energies are things that come from within. You cannot pretend; however, you can try to inculcate these qualities within yourself, only when you believe that they are significant. Be relaxed and be yourself. Your coworkers should not see you as a completely different person after a month’s time.

Leave office a little late:

As you need to show up early in the office on your initial days at work, you also need to leave a little later. Be the last one to leave the office, so that you get some additional time to spend with your colleagues as you proceed to the parking slot together. Here is where you can somehow get to know about their impression about you. You also get a better feel of the office culture.Leave office a little late

Apart from these above-mentioned tips, dressing in a professional attire, appreciating other employees who had extended their help are all good professional etiquettes to follow. Make your first day a memorable and cherished moment of your life. These were some suggestions that can help you make some great impressions of your first day. You can also come up with your own techniques that you can implement on your first day. As they say, a journey begins only when the first step is taken. And if that is taken in the right direction, you can be assured about having a pleasant journey.

How to Grab a New Job Opportunity with Your Current Company

Well, you have spent a couple of years reporting to the same boss, amongst the same colleagues, handling the same job profile. What next?? You continue working in the same profile and your career growth gets stagnant for a life time. Perhaps it will collapse, if you do not look for something new, something more challenging.

However, the thought of a new job instigates slight discomfort within, Isn’t it?? New job implies new work environment, new colleagues, a new boss- who may not be that supportive, Scary Indeed….Thinking about new jobSo, will you just continue in the same profile just because you are scared of the change? Certainly not.

What if you get a new job in the same office? Sounds interesting.

Landing a new job does not necessarily mean a new workplace. Employers also prefer spinning amongst existing employees; rather than recruiting new ones. Of course if is definitely easier for them. They know you already, they know your talents, they know your limits. Therefore, they can use the whole of it to the benefit of the organization.

However, there is a way to curve out the desired path. You just cannot demand for a job role change when you are already experienced and doing well in your current profile. Again, your employers may desire to drive out some extra work with the same or slightly hiked salary offers. Therefore, before you approach your boss for a job role change, make sure you know how to go about it.

To aide you with this, this article aims to suggest measures of grabbing new job opportunities with your current company. Lets know how:

Am I a perfect fit for the desired job role:

Before you announce your secret desires, make sure you are capable enough and will be equally efficient while handling new job responsibilities.

Now how do you know that?? Try finding out the exact job role from team members of particular department, you want to be a part of. Preferably, speak to the team lead. If you have really built a good rapport with everyone at workplace, you will definitely get a close picture.Discussing about job

Once you are done with your research, question yourself a thousand times if you can really be efficient in this job role. Your employers while recruiting new employees may not have such high standards of selection. However, when they are trying to figure out ex employees handling new job role, they really need to scrutinize sharply. And it is important, as slightest of inaccuracy can impact both job roles. Thus, hampering company growth.

Know What your boss thinks of you:

Again, you have one more reason that screams out the need of having a good relationship with your boss. If you have really worked hard to have impressed your boss, to an extent that you can even discuss your disinterest in the current profile; talking to your boss can be of great help.talking to boss

He/ she can pave out the path for you. Your boss can arrange an interview for you in desired departments just through a phone call. Your probable team lead or new boss can acquire every detail of your relevant proficiency, directly from you boss. And this serves to be of utmost importance.

On the contrary, if you do not really have such good rapport with your boss; never let him/ her know about your secret plans. This is damaging more than what you can even think of.

You may suddenly have someone to assist you in your current responsibilities and gradually this new comer can snatch all the limelight, that was exclusively meant for you. You may stop receiving appreciation despite of your good work and so on and so forth.

Place your sincere suggestion:

Well if you have really worked to add value to your department and organization as a whole, your team mates and even your boss may be slightly upset with your decision.sincere suggestion

Don’t present yourself as someone who is least bothered, as now you are all set to leave. Rather, place your sincere suggestions before the team. You may suggest names of colleagues or newbies, whom you see of great potential. If you feel they can handle additional job tasks and can take the entire department to greater heights of success, let your team lead or boss know about it.

In addition, you can also extend your help for some period of time, until the entire department stabilizes and recovers from the great loss of one very efficient employee. Tell them that it was a career driven decision and you will always remain connected to your former team mates.

Fighting all odds:

Now, you need to know that your performance will undergo a microscopic scrutiny and therefore you will need to be prepared for every scenario – good or bad.Fighting all odds

Everything is not simple. Today we may find 10 people to point fingers and not even one to pat your back. It is frustrating to know this fact, that you will have your former team mates, who can spoil your reputation with your present team mates. They can present your weaknesses in the most magnified manner. There is nothing much you can do about it. You only need to keep trying to be better than the best.

Again, you cannot expect yourself to show hundred percent efficiency, right from your first day. And you cannot compare the comfort level you had at your previous job role to the one you have just started with. You will need to have patience and retain self confidence.

If you loose your calm now, you loose the winning game forever. Take some time to get acquainted with your new job role and then work hard to push your limits.

Now that you are almost at the end of this article, landing a new job, just across the next cubicle or the opposite hall does not seem to be a distant dream isn’t it??

The above mentioned were few essential tips to make a successful transition from one job role to other; while you continuing being at the same workplace, with your colleagues and exchanging occasional Hellos with your former boss.