Only Work Experience will Teach You These Skills

While college degrees can land you your first job, it cannot earn you the thorough knowledge required to excel and grow thereafter. There exist few things that only work experience can teach you. And here, neither I am talking about on job training procedures, or about specialization courses. These are things that you experience and learn every moment of your professional life, provided you wish to do so.Experience

So the question is, what are those things that cannot be learned from diplomas and University degrees?

However, before we get into this discussion, there is one thing you need to know. Professionalism demands for certain skills; irrespective of the job role or the degree you have acquired. These skills sometimes become more important than your theoretical knowledge. And sooner you discover and acquire those, the better it is for your career.

Lessons that only work experience can teach you:

Listed below are certain essential skills that you need to learn from your professional experiences:

Team work in real sense:

It is only when you step into your professional life, you realize for the first time, that team work has a different definition altogether.Team work

Unlike organizing college fest, accomplishing work projects within stipulated time requires greater determination, strategies and above all, combined efforts to attain the same goal. Discussing ideas with friends and graduating colleagues was easier than doing the same with team leads and other coworkers.

There you could brush off ideas that did not appeal to you. Or you could step back when things did not move according to your plans. However, on the professional front, you need to grow beyond these and learn how to lend your ears to every idea that comes from people around. Thus, you acquire the art of listening; a key requisite to excel and achieve success.

Again, initially you do not own decision making rights as you are working under a boss who gives the verdict. Many a times you may come across superiors who reject any and every proposal you make. However, you need to accept it and work to implement someone else’s idea and that too with full potential. Thus, you know how to handle rejections with a smile. A lesson not only significant in our professional lives; but also relevant for many different aspects of our lives.

Rules of negotiation:

Fresh grads looking for jobs, somehow get programmed to say “YES” for anything and everything spoken by recruiters or hiring managers. And this is natural, because college pass outs do not know much about the professional world. Their only aim is to land desired jobs.negotiation

However, a few knock out experiences instigate the “NO” button within. You learn how to work out deals at your own terms and conditions. Be it your job responsibilities, salary hikes, or core business deals; you learn to negotiate with the other side in a manner that can earn you best deals without fail. And it is possible because, now you do have relevant working experiences and thus know your worth.

Although, negotiation skills are more or less innate qualities, these remain unexplored until sufficient practical experiences are gained. Thus, your initial years serve as a platform to brush up these skills that no college degree or programs can provide.

You become a great planner:

Well, professional lives are all about targets and deadlines. You accomplish tasks on time and that earn you rewards or sometimes nothing. You fail to do so and that definitely brings severe consequences. Thus, sooner or later you learn to plan out your own work and meet deadlines.planner

However, best plans and strategies are not something that comes instantly. Good and bad experiences both work to inculcate an ability to foresee things or anticipate solutions. And slowly you become a great planner.

You learn when to quit:

Switching jobs become extremely difficult for young professionals; especially when they make themselves comfortable with everything in their workplace.

From exploring tons of newer avenues, to dealing with difficult bosses, or meeting quite impossible targets, professionals become confident and slowly get acquainted with their current professional lives.when to quit

However, remaining stagnant at one place that has nothing to give and teach you is damaging for your career growth. Thus change is inevitable and courage is important to work out this transition. Now, where do you gain this courage from?

It is only when you take those initial steps of switching jobs that you can gain courage to move forward. Once your transition decisions yield successful results, you become more confident and aware about your own skills and potential.

On the contrary, a wrong decision may prove otherwise. Nevertheless, when you are young with lesser responsibilities; taking risks and facing adverse results is not as damaging as it can be, when similar decisions are taken somewhere in the middle of your professional life.

Thus, initial job experiences introduce you to various factors that need to be considered before taking transition decisions that cannot be learned from degree programs.

Career guides, mentors and trainers can help you take some essential decisions regarding your professional lives. However, the knowledge you gain from your own experience is a no match to anything else.

The above mentioned are few things that your professional experience can teach you. However, those who remain vigilant and consider every ordeal as a means to grow, can learn everything needed to build a promising career.

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 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 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.



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 Overcome The 3 PM Slump?

Oh, its around 12:30 pm and you are going great. You are happy to realize that you are done with half of your assignments and you still have ample time; precisely, five and a half hours to complete the remaining.3 PM Slump

And out of nowhere, you suddenly feel, that your eyes are turning heavy! You are yawning quite often, your fingers are freezing on the keyboard and the monitor is staring at you. Your brain seizes to come with quick and unique ideas and you’re having repeated flashes of your cozy bed!

You silently ask yourself; “is it that part of the day?”

You look back to the monitor screen and yes the system screen displays 2:30 PM as the accurate time. No wonder you are sleepy. Well, you have already spent a couple of hours doing nothing besides dozing. The task that was so easy to complete will definitely get piled on for tomorrow.

Hey relax! You are not the only one. There are many who are suffering from this 3 pm slump. It can be termed as a growing epidemic in corporate houses. Its like come what may, we are ready to fall asleep!

Again, there exists a small population that remains energetic throughout the day. Strange and incredible! Are they having an interesting profile to handle? Is your work very monotonous and boring? Wait! You just loved this profile in the morning! Definitely there has to be something more to this mystery.

Now, how can you fight this 3PM slump? Its pretty simple. Go ahead and speak to people who are not suffering from this “syndrome.” Not a Good idea? Well, then you can read this handout that shares some effective tips of fighting back this 3PM slump.

How to overcome the 3PM slump?

Well, its not that you are destined to meet such unfortunate fate. Perhaps you’re going wrong somewhere and once these things fall in place, you too will remain vigorous and committed to your work. Below are certain suggestions you can try implementing to curb out this 3PM slump.

Personal refrigerator:

Vibrant morning turned lazy?! Don’t rush to the cafeteria. Secretly open your personal refrigerator and get some energizing “tonic.”

However, do you know what should your personal refrigerator carry? No, its not your favorite dish or chocolates alone.oranges

Oranges are said to be rich in Vitamin C and a great source of energy. So, when your body is fatigued and thus makes you feel sleepy, a gush of energy can revitalize you and thus fight sleep.

Second, nuts can work as a wake up call definitely. Let aside all nutrition and medical theories; continuous chewing movement will definitely help to remain awake for the rest of the day. Now, some might say having fries can also bring out the same result. However, the nutrition value is missing my friend!

Water Therapy:

Oh goodness! If you only knew that fighting sleep was that easy, you would have tried it long back. Isn’t it?

Water has many health benefits and some “corporate” benefits as well!Water Therapy

This sluggishness that most of us experience is largely related to dehydration. Well, all of us are working for quite some time now and perhaps we are not providing our body with exact fuel required.

And just after lunch, a couple of water sips are not at all sufficient. Thus, we all feel tired and sleepy, as our body is exhausted and needs some energizing factors. From now onwards, whenever you get this slump attack, get a glass of water and take frequent and continuous sips. This will keep you hydrated and full of energy.

Sleep then stays far away from your territory.

If not water, it’s Coffee:

Well, caffeine is not always bad. Rather, a cup of coffee at an appropriate time with an exact amount of caffeine has many benefits.CoffeeOne among the many different advantages about coffee at workplace is that, it is an excellent sleep repellent. An extremely lazy afternoon at workplace can be made surprisingly active with just a simple cup of coffee. So, sometimes when water doesn’t seem to work well, a cup of coffee will definitely work wonders.

Tune in some music:music

Banish sleep with some wake up songs. Music similar to coffee has many advantages and contributes at improving workplace performance upto a great extent. However, deciding whether music is good or bad at work is a difficult task as it depends on professionals and the type of work they do. However, it is certainly best to repel sleep while at work. So, listen to some tracks and see how you feel enthusiastic and focused.

Take a break:

Well, if all these above strategies fail to help you conquer over these afternoon slump attacks, the only resolve is to take a break. Yes, you are running short of time; moreover you’re sleepy and don’t want to walk around the campus now, you need to do it my friend if you wish to get over this thing.Take a break

Walk out of your workstation, go out and get some fresh air. Don’t sit, but keep walking until you feel a little more vibrant and lively. Next time when you return back to work, you will definitely have some quick flow of ideas and your fingers will run through the keyboard. Thus, you overcome this 3PM slum.

These were five important tips of how you can overcome this 3pm slum. Try these and see if it helps you as much as it helped me. Hopefully you will no longer lag behind in achieving targets; just because you felt sleepy.

Benefits of Having a Difficult Boss

Yes it is difficult and I know you are simply done with your cruel boss. You have decided to leave and never return back to this monstrous workplace.Difficult Boss

However, Wait! Did you just hear the word “Quitter?” You have endured so much during these months and now you just hear someone calling you a Quitter! Thats wrong and sinful, Isn’t it?

Well, no matter what you think and how bad you feel, you quit this job to “fight” your evil boss and you just frame yourself as an escapist. And in no way you emerge as a fighter. Sorry!

Now, sit back and think. You have already gone through so much. And now, are you just going to give up like this, without gaining anything out of it? Aren’t there ways of optimizing this current situation?

Well when you can’t change the situation – change yourself. And of course, sometimes, the worst terrains lead to best destinations. Therefore, when you have been dealing with a bad and tough boss now, there is no question about running away for momentary peace. Rather, use this opportunity to explore all possibilities within.

Yes it is very contradictory; especially, for people who are currently dealing with miserable bosses. However, just hold on to your patience for a while and learn how a difficult boss can be worked on to your advantage. This article throws light on benefits of having a difficult boss.

Know how a difficult boss is in fact good for you:

Below are few areas where your bad boss helps to bring out the best in you.

Perfection becomes your habit:

Well, you put in all your efforts to impress your boss and he is still ready to find loopholes; no matter how insignificant and invisible they are. Yes, this shatters your motivation and everything around seems futile.Perfection

However, can you not push yourself a bit and work to eliminate these foibles? As it is you are already working to yield best results; being a little more observant and alert may help you become a perfectionist. Perhaps your boss will still not find enough reasons to appreciate you. However, there will be many, who would crave to reach your levels of accuracy. And one fine day, your boss will silently acknowledge your efforts.

Challenges are no longer “CHALLENGES” for you:

Completing a month’s task in a day is a challenge for you? And you say No. Well, completing the same with a pitch perfect accuracy is definitely a challenge for you. And you still say No!Challenge

It is perhaps a magical spell cast on you by your bad boss. And it is good!

Well, someone who is constantly preparing for worst scenarios is no longer afraid of crisis situations. Rather, you are somehow ready to accept any obstacle; without a single crease on your forehead. Isn’t that wonderful?!
And in future, when you decide to switch jobs, this is something you can put on your resume. No not your boss’s story, but your capabilities of dealing with challenges. And it does not become cliché. When time comes, you will prove it before them, Isn’t it?

All zones become Comfort Zones:

None of us can master all traits. However, all of us are good at something or the other. And there are people who are simply unbeatable at particular areas of expertise. They do things so perfectly that others can just dream of reaching their levels of accuracy. And for them, it just becomes a child’s play.Comfort

This is known as comfort zone. We work only to yield best results and that too, we don’t require additional efforts for such impressive outcomes.

Now, when you are working with a boss who demands flawless performance at anything you do; you are left with no other choice, besides being perfect and flawless at everything. Yes, you will be required to handle many responsibilities that are not related to your profile. However, no learning experience is ever a waste of time. Don’t you think so?

Therefore take it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Thus, even though you struggle during your initial days, you learn the art of mastery. Very soon you become the best at anything you do. And trust me this is quite an achievement. Irrespective of whether it pleases your boss or not, you definitely earn a great advantage in future job prospects.

You definitely get noticed:

It is not only your boss who is running your organization. There are a lot of people around – your colleagues, other superiors and of course your boss’s boss.get noticed

You are perhaps new in this workplace and it is your first time that you have come across such a miserable person. And unfortunately this person is your boss. However, others who have spent longer working period here, are definitely aware about your boss’s behavior with subordinates. Many perhaps have fled this place fearing that person solely.

Now, when you stand strong and confident working with this very person; you are definitely noticed by others around. People start respecting you for your endeavor, work spirit and courage to carry on at worst scenarios.

And who knows, very soon your boss’s boss may find you more eligible for some other profile, where you will be reporting to someone else and thus get rid of your arrogant and discouraging boss. This time you don’t quit, but fight and win over your difficult boss.

An entry to the “real” world:

Truth, however bitter it is, needs to be unveiled at the earliest. Although many of us work to make this world a better and beautiful place to live, in reality it is not.entryYour bad boss is an epitome of this real bad world. And every bitter experience is a teaching lesson for you. No, everything is not bad and the world still has many things to rejoice. However, when you prepare for the worst and instead receive pleasant experiences later, your happiness quotient expands.

Your boss is not the last thing happening with you and life will definitely bring cross roads in future as well. However, if you can somehow overcome this situation and come out with flying colors, life will definitely be easier later; as you will have the required experience to turn out bad situations to good.

This was all about benefits of working with a bad boss. However, as a closing note, I would like to share a word of caution with you. Never let bitter experiences change your inner soul. Remember, these are experiences and will fade away someday. And if you can see and drive out the best things from worst situations, they become the greatest teachers of our lives. And no matter how bad your boss is to you, never tyrant your subordinates when you will be in your boss’s shoes.

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 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 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.

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 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.