At first it might not feel like your career has much in common with videogames. After all, you’re not a superpowered plumber or a Pokémon Master. But think about it: when you first start out, you’re level one, then you gain experience, and eventually get access to new areas and better opportunities. That sounds pretty videogame-y, right? Turns out there are plenty of career tips to glean from classic videogames. Let’s press start! (more…)
The latest episode of the On the Job podcast is now available! The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed. Season 6, Episode 4: Spreading Love Through Math Educator and software engineer Thierry Mugabo Uwilingiyamana knows what the stakes are when education isn’t allowed to flourish – so he’s dedicated his life to spreading knowledge and giving kids the tools they need to love learning.
“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” is the mantra of many high-performing leaders, but it’s not the healthiest approach to leadership and often leads to burnout and fatigue. Whether you think it will take longer to explain a task than to just do it yourself, you don’t want to be perceived as passing the buck, or are worried about overloading your team—there are many excuses leaders give to avoid delegation.
But, the rewards of successful delegation often far outweigh the risk. According to research from DDI, some of the biggest positive results include team members who are:
- 9 times more likely to produce innovative/creative outcomes
- 2 times more likely to go above their job description
- 2 times more likely to be considered high performers
- 9 times more likely to have high performance standards
So, if you’re the type of leader who has a hard time loosening your grip on projects and letting members of your team take the reins, here are a few quick tips for successful delegation. (more…)
Workplace violence can strike at any time, from a co-worker, stranger, customer, client, or personal relationship. Threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening behavior are all examples of workplace violence.
You have the right to work in a safe environment, and we want to assist you in achieving that goal. Here are some tips on how to avoid and defuse violence in the workplace.
- Be familiar with your company’s emergency communication plan as well as how to contact local authorities.
- If you think of how someone could enter your building, and if there is more than one entrance to your office, think about only having one entrance in use. Keep all other doors locked from the outside to control traffic.
- If you use an ID card key or security code to access your building or office, make sure you are not sharing it with others. It’s good practice not to allow piggybacking into the workplace. In other words, every employee should use their own card key for access. This not only controls who gets into the workplace, but it can also account for who is in the workplace if a crisis occurs.
Eating healthy at work can be tough. Prepping meals the night before is time-consuming, and it’s much easier to throw a bag of chips and a PB & J together in the morning and call it a day. Not to mention all the unhealthy food available at the office, from donuts and candy to free pizza lunches and eating out with co-workers. If you’re having trouble eating healthy at work, here are a few tips that can help. (more…)
The latest episode of the On the Job podcast is now available! The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed. Season 6, Episode 3: A Meaty Decision Scott Carey leaves his stable, decade-long career in marketing to make a risky move doing something he loves – being a butcher.
For some folks, an office job just isn’t enough. Sitting in a cubicle all day staring at a screen isn’t for them. These individuals really want to get out into the world and build or craft things with their hands. If this sounds like you, here’s a selection of jobs that let you literally have a hands-on experience. (more…)