Career Building http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4814/all en-US 12 Subtle Signs You'd Make a Good Boss http://www.wisebread.com/12-subtle-signs-youd-make-a-good-boss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-subtle-signs-youd-make-a-good-boss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smiling_woman_in_office.jpg" alt="Smiling woman in office" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are good managers and there are bad managers. Sadly, the people who would make really great managers often don't realize their potential to lead. These subtle signs &mdash; ones that you have either overlooked or never noticed &mdash; signal that you could be a fantastic boss. Don't let others miss out on your leadership. When you've checked off enough boxes, go get that promotion!</p> <h2>1. You give constructive feedback</h2> <p>There are several ways to give feedback on a project or idea. You could simply smile and say you like it, regardless of what you really think, in fear of hurting feelings. That helps no one, especially if you see glaring errors. You could be the naysayer: Whatever the idea, and whoever the project manager is, it's awful, try again. Even if a project really is bad, that kind of feedback can stop progress in its tracks.</p> <p>Genuine, constructive feedback includes specific action items and suggestions on ways to improve or expand the idea. If you have a gift for that, and people are often asking for your opinions, well done. You've got a great managerial skill.</p> <h2>2. You're already treated like a manager</h2> <p>Some people are just natural leaders. They're the alphas in the group, and have the ability to step up and take charge when others are disappearing into the bushes like Homer Simpson. These people are magnets for co-workers. Yes, there is a boss, and they will formally go to that boss to make sure everything is done by the book &mdash; but if they're coming to you for solutions to problems, advice on projects, or mentoring of any kind, you are the manager they really want.</p> <p>Think about how many bosses you've had that never quite seemed up to the task; they were promoted through nepotism, favoritism, family ties, or pure luck. Now think about the people working under them that had it all together. You could very well be that person in your company.</p> <h2>3. You care about performance more than titles and money</h2> <p>Both money and titles are important to a certain degree. You need money to live. Titles dictate responsibility and influence. However, if you put those things second to the performance you give, that's the sign of a great manager.</p> <p>For you, it's not about peacocking around the office, sucking up to the executives, and impressing people with your shiny new company car. No, you are there to do a job, and do it well. You want to see the company grow and you want your input to have impact. When you do that, the titles and money will come to you anyway.</p> <h2>4. You're a natural listener</h2> <p>Have you ever noticed that your co-workers are inclined to tell you their problems? For some reason, you're the go-to shoulder to cry on, or you're getting that phone call at midnight from a friend who really needs your advice before an interview. You clearly have a knack for not just listening to other people's problems, but making them feel like you really hear what they're saying. This is an excellent trait for a manager. It can defuse tense situations at work and help with team-building and employee motivation. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-soft-skills-every-employer-values?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Soft Skills Every Employer Values</a>)</p> <h2>5. You are a cheerleader more than a naysayer</h2> <p>Are you a stop sign or a green light? Do you build up ideas or cut them down? Are you generally more positive than negative? If you're nodding, you have the mindset that makes for a great manager. This isn't to say you have to agree with everything and bury your head in the sand when bad ideas are presented. But, you see potential when others don't. You can take the acorn of an idea and help it grow into a mighty oak. Your enthusiasm for the work and the initiatives will benefit your company, your employees, and your career.</p> <h2>6. You are always looking for ways to improve yourself</h2> <p>Self-improvement should never stop. Jim Rohn, a famous motivational speaker, once said, &quot;Work on yourself more than you do on your job.&quot; By following that advice, you will not only become a better person, but a better employee and a valuable contributor. If you have a manager that believes they know it all, that's a cause for concern. The greatest thinkers and entrepreneurs from history continued to learn and improve right up until the day they died. They were smart and humble enough to know that self-improvement is a proven path to success.</p> <h2>7. You show empathy for your teammates</h2> <p>Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It's important to know the difference between that and being sympathetic, which is an internal feeling and does not take into account someone else's emotions.</p> <p>If you are blessed with great empathy, you have the natural ability to understand what someone else is going through emotionally, and usually know just how to respond to make that person feel better. You listen, you engage, you react, and you leave someone in a better state than you found them. This is a fabulous skill for a manager for obvious reasons. From helping employees with difficult and stressful situations, to dealing with anger, disappointment, and even sorrow, your empathy will take you a long way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-skill-can-make-you-a-better-boss?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This One Skill Can Make You a Better Boss</a>)</p> <h2>8. You don't get stressed or shaken by sudden change</h2> <p>Turbulence is not just for flights. All businesses, large or small, are going to experience ups and downs. When you're plunged into boiling water, do you go soft like a carrot, hard like an egg, or create something wonderful, like coffee? If you're the latter, you are going to excel in any kind of working environment.</p> <p>Managers that react to sudden change with professionalism, positivity, and a can-do attitude will inspire a team, solve the problem, and come out smelling of roses. What's more, this is a skill that can be learned, strengthened, and refined. So if you currently turn to Jell-O when the pressure is on, find a mentor that can help you get better in a crisis. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-types-of-people-who-will-help-grow-your-career?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Types of People Who Will Help Grow Your Career</a>)</p> <h2>9. You don't get involved in gossip or company politics</h2> <p>That's not to say you don't understand the politics in a company. But there is a difference between knowing how to survive, and actively engaging in all the water cooler chitchat and backstabbing moves. Anyone who climbs the ladder by throwing other people off it will eventually find themselves on the receiving end of the same treatment. And in the process, they will lose the respect of their team. If you avoid all of the nonsense that is inherent in most corporations, you will be a better manager, and honestly, a better person.</p> <h2>10. You are always ready to step up and solve problems</h2> <p>It's always not easy; in fact, it can be downright intimidating or require a bunch of extra work and hassle. But, you do it anyway because you know you can help. That's the attitude of a great manager. You roll up your sleeves and you're not afraid to get dirty. You have no doubt had managers that were more like dictators; they were happy to bark orders, but never stepped up to the plate. Those people do not inspire the same kind of respect and confidence from their employees as the managers that dive in.</p> <h2>11. You put the team and the outcome before personal gain</h2> <p>It's not about you. It's about the end result. You don't feel the need to take credit for those times you swooped in to save the day. In fact, you'd much rather see one of your team members get rewarded for the work they did, even though you were right there with them every step of the way. This selfless attitude is a fantastic trait of a good manager. To be happy when the team does well, and be proud when their employees are getting results, is rare in many organizations. Sadly, a lot of managers are quite happy to take the credit when they've done nothing at all, and that creates awful morale and a loyalty problem. That will never be an issue when you're in charge.</p> <h2>12. You're doing a manager's job already</h2> <p>Take a look at your current task list. What is in your job description, and what are you actually doing day in, day out? You may have been doing way more than required for quite some time now, and that's often the case these days. As departments are downsized, some employees are required to take on more work. So much more that they have actually taken on a managerial role. If this is you, the time is ripe to sit down with your boss or human resources department and talk about a raise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-successful-as-a-first-time-manager?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Be Successful as a First-Time Manager</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F12-subtle-signs-youd-make-a-good-boss&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%2520Subtle%2520Signs%2520You%2527d%2520Make%2520a%2520Good%2520Boss.jpg&amp;description=12%20Subtle%20Signs%20You'd%20Make%20a%20Good%20Boss"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/12%20Subtle%20Signs%20You%27d%20Make%20a%20Good%20Boss.jpg" alt="12 Subtle Signs You'd Make a Good Boss" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-subtle-signs-youd-make-a-good-boss">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-successful-as-a-first-time-manager">How to Be Successful as a First-Time Manager</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-skill-can-make-you-a-better-boss">This One Skill Can Make You a Better Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-types-of-people-who-will-help-grow-your-career">7 Types of People Who Will Help Grow Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-soft-skills-every-employer-values">15 Soft Skills Every Employer Values</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-your-boss-wishes-youd-tell-them">7 Things Your Boss Wishes You&#039;d Tell Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building bosses empathy feedback hidden signs leadership listening managers personality traits soft skills Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:00:07 +0000 Paul Michael 2122920 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Set Career Goals When You Lack Direction http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-set-career-goals-when-you-lack-direction <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-set-career-goals-when-you-lack-direction" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_standing_in_front_of_chalk_drawn_arrows.jpg" alt="Woman standing in front of chalk drawn arrows" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You're long past the age where people ask you what you want to be when you grow up &mdash; but you're still trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up. Maybe you're in a dead-end job, or maybe you're out of work. You know that you need to make some positive moves, but you just can't figure out what you want in a career.</p> <p>It's time to block out some time in your calendar to sit down with yourself and make a plan. Here are some things that can help point you in the right direction of your perfect career.</p> <h2>Mark the day when you will quit your job on the calendar</h2> <p>You're about to embark on a journey of self-exploration, and just like a vacation, this journey will have a hard end date. A deadline gives you the urgency you need to figure this all out. Don't feel guilty when you come to work each day knowing that this job has a set ending point. Remember that company loyalty is rarely reciprocated; if it didn't need you anymore, the company would most likely discard you at the drop of a hat.</p> <p>Don't worry about how long you've been on the job. If you have financial reasons to stay, such as union seniority or a pension vesting, certainly take those into consideration. But do not let yourself be stuck in place out of a feeling of obligation. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-its-never-too-late-for-a-career-change?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Reasons It's Never Too Late for a Career Change</a>)</p> <h2>Look for self-improvement opportunities at work</h2> <p>Before you leave your current job, explore every benefit your employer offers. If they pay for education, take a class. If they allow telecommuting, set up a day a week that you work from home to arrange your work schedule around job interviews if the need arises. If they have a mentorship program, sign up. Take advantage of every resource at your disposal while you still have them. Don't feel guilty about using these resources when you're planning to leave. Of course, you also shouldn't be slacking off or searching for a new job while on company time, either.</p> <h2>Reach out to your network</h2> <p>At work, in your neighborhood, or among college or high school alumni, ask everyone you know and trust about their workplace and their job. What do they love about it? What kind of staff can they never find enough of? What could they imagine you doing there? Can they give you a tour of their workplace?</p> <p>After college, my husband didn't know what he wanted to do with his art degree. But he met some friends who had a startup video game company, and he started visiting this company after his regular job, offering some of his skills for free and just hanging out. Once he realized how much he liked the work, he ended up pursuing a career as a game artist.</p> <p>When you ask friends and family for career advice, accept that you will get plenty of unrealistic suggestions. These people may not have researched the jobs they're suggesting, so they might not know, for example, how long it takes to start making money as a hair stylist or how long you have to study to become a veterinarian. Pass up the fluff and push people to share their firsthand knowledge about their own jobs and workplaces.</p> <h2>Assess yourself</h2> <p>Take a career aptitude test. It can help you identify what your skills and preferences are and make suggestions on what careers might be within your skill set. You may even learn about a career you didn't know existed.</p> <h2>Try volunteering</h2> <p>For obvious reasons, a volunteer job is a lot easier to get than a paid job, and the commitment tends to be low. So it can be a good opportunity to try out new roles and to uncover passions you didn't know you had. Through volunteering during the cookie sale with my daughters' Girl Scout troops, for example, I learned that I love inventory management, a career path that I never would have imagined for myself.</p> <p>Find out if your company offers paid volunteer time during the weekday, or carve out some evening or weekend time for volunteer jobs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-college-courses-that-will-boost-your-career?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 College Courses That Will Boost Your Career</a>)</p> <h2>Make a list of what you're passionate about</h2> <p>If you've already tried the first few steps on this list, you've had the opportunity to explore your interests. Now have a meeting with yourself where you list those things. Rank them. You only have one life. Is it most important to you that you spend it in a career that helps children, or is it more important that you get to use your organizational skills? Once you have a short, well-edited list, post it in a place that forces you to look at it every day.</p> <h2>Look for opportunities to pursue your passions in your current job</h2> <p>Once I had a relatively boring copy editing job, but I really wanted to write. I let this desire be known in my company. I brought it up in performance reviews, and I posted a freelance article I'd published on my cubicle wall. After a few months, when a manager needed someone to write something for the company's internal website, she called upon me. It wasn't the journalistic writing I later progressed to, but it was writing, and the task helped push me to look for a real journalism job, which I soon found. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-rekindle-passion-for-your-job?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Ways to Rekindle Passion for Your Job</a>)</p> <h2>Remember that you're more than your job</h2> <p>Look beyond your current job description when you assess what you have to offer. Consider every positive goal and outcome you've contributed to at work, and how you helped achieve them. Keep those successes in mind &mdash; whether or not they're part of your official job title &mdash; when assessing what abilities you could bring to your next job.</p> <h2>Go back to school</h2> <p>Before you've identified your new career goal, taking a class can help you explore your interests and skills. After you've identified a career goal, taking a class can help you get there. It could be a whole new degree, but it could also be a certification in a software program, a public speaking class, or a professional training program. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-college-courses-that-will-boost-your-career?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 College Courses That Will Boost Your Career</a>)</p> <h2>Lay the groundwork for change</h2> <p>Figuring out your passions and how to use them may take time. During that time, work to prepare your landing pad for the leap you will eventually take. Set aside some money each week for an emergency fund, in case you end up quitting your job before you find a new one. Deal with any personal situation that is taking up too much of your time and energy, whether it's an unhealthy relationship or a nagging health problem.</p> <p>At the same time, don't fall into the trap of believing that conditions must be perfect before you can make your move. Remember that date on the calendar? Work every day toward being prepared when that date comes, but don't push Quitting Day back just because you don't have every single duck in a row.</p> <h2>Invest in yourself</h2> <p>Spend 3 percent of your income on professional development. Attend professional conferences even if your company won't pay for your plane ticket. Read career books. Treat potential mentors to lunch or coffee. Take courses, as mentioned above. All of these activities can help you find or hone those career goals and get you closer to reaching them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-spending-3-on-you-will-advance-your-career?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's How Spending 3% On You Will Advance Your Career</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-set-career-goals-when-you-lack-direction&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Set%2520Career%2520Goals%2520When%2520You%2520Lack%2520Direction.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Set%20Career%20Goals%20When%20You%20Lack%20Direction"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Set%20Career%20Goals%20When%20You%20Lack%20Direction.jpg" alt="How to Set Career Goals When You Lack Direction" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-set-career-goals-when-you-lack-direction">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving">How to Ask for Your Old Job Back After Leaving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-an-annual-self-review-can-boost-your-career">9 Ways an Annual Self Review Can Boost Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review">10 Things to Bring Up With Your Boss at Your Annual Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-networking-tips-for-people-under-40">The 10 Best Networking Tips for People Under 40</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career goals classes direction networking passions quitting self reflection volunteering Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:30:14 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2123013 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Quick Ways to Retrain for a New Career http://www.wisebread.com/6-quick-ways-to-retrain-for-a-new-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-quick-ways-to-retrain-for-a-new-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/i_have_made_my_tablet_a_mini_workstation.jpg" alt="I have made my tablet a mini workstation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You need more than an entry-level job to pay the bills, but you don't have the time or funds to get a four-year college degree. Or maybe you already have a college degree, but it's not helping you find work. You could be a stay-at-home parent re-entering the workforce, or a midlevel manager who's sick of your industry and wants to start fresh.</p> <p>If this sounds familiar, you could soon be one of the most in-demand types of workers in America: the &quot;middle skill&quot; worker. More than half of all available jobs fall into this category. These are jobs that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a college degree &mdash; whether it's a certificate program, an apprenticeship, or on-the-job training.</p> <p>If you're ready to switch gears and retrain for a new gig, there are some fast and affordable ways to do that.</p> <h2>1. Pinpoint your target job</h2> <p>Even if you need to get retrained quickly, that doesn't mean you should skip the planning stage. <em>Do not </em>enroll in a training program without knowing what job you're going for and how much it would pay.</p> <p>If you haven't chosen a target industry yet, look at the ones with the highest-paying jobs that don't require a college degree. Once, these jobs were mostly found in manufacturing, but now they're more likely to be in the &quot;skilled services industries,&quot; such as health care, finance, and information technology.</p> <p>Georgetown University lists the <a href="https://goodjobsdata.org/wp-content/uploads/Good-Jobs-States.pdf" target="_blank">top industries and occupations in each state</a> that don't require a BA; in Pennsylvania, for instance, the top industries are manufacturing and health services, and the top occupation is office and administrative support (median earnings: $51,000). You can also check the resources offered by your state development department; California, for example, lists the <a href="http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/customers/middle-skill-infographics.html" target="_blank">most in-demand middle skill occupations</a> for each region. Also think about the job's future; check <a href="https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_103.htm" target="_blank">job growth projections</a> and find out which workers may be <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/05/21/408234543/will-your-job-be-done-by-a-machine" target="_blank">replaced by robots</a>.</p> <p>Besides this online research, you should get the word on the street in your community. Ask your friends and family what type of jobs their employers have trouble filling, what those jobs are like, and what they pay. Visit your local job center and study the openings.</p> <p>Finally, consider working with a vocational counselor or career coach who could guide you. If you recently lost your job, your local workforce agency or your former employer might provide you with this kind of help for free. If not, it may be worth the money to hire one out of pocket. Make sure you find a counselor with experience in the middle-skills market &mdash; not an executive recruiter or coach &mdash; and make it clear what you want out of the relationship before you start.</p> <h2>2. Focus on fit</h2> <p>Once you have a list of promising jobs you could train for, cross out those that you know you don't have the aptitude for or would hate. If you're a couch potato, there's probably no point in trying to get certified as a personal trainer. Ask yourself which jobs could make good use of your soft skills or transferable skills from previous jobs. Take an aptitude test if you don't already know what you're best at. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-soft-skills-every-employer-values?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Soft Skills Every Employer Values</a>)</p> <h2>3. Find the right training program</h2> <p>Local research is probably your best friend here, too. If you can land an informational interview at a prospective employer, find out what certificate, associate degree, or other training they look for or require. Ask contacts who are already in your desired field where they trained and if they would recommend it.</p> <p>Perhaps the most important question you can ask about a job training program is whether it is connected with local companies that hire graduates. Programs codeveloped by hiring companies, or otherwise &quot;demand driven,&quot; produce graduates with higher employment rates.</p> <p>Having teachers who work full-time in the industry can be a plus, too; when my husband was training to be a video game artist, he ended up getting hired as a part-time game tester by one of his teachers, and that job later led to a full-time artist position.</p> <p>You should also research potential schools and programs online. Is the program recognized by a national association for the field? What do students say about the program in forums? Has the school been targeted by student lawsuits for fraud or does it have other bad press? What is the school's graduation and employment rate? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-online-certifications-worth-the-price?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Are Online Certifications Worth the Price?</a>)</p> <h2>4. Don't forget the trades</h2> <p>Deciding to become a plumber, electrician, or carpenter isn't a quick fix. It takes four years of apprenticeship, for example, to become a licensed journeyman electrician. That's after passing the union application exam, which many people spend months or years preparing for. On the other hand, you can earn while you learn; the average apprentice electrician earns around $35,000 a year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-that-pay-over-50k-and-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Jobs That Pay Over $50K and Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree</a>)</p> <h2>5. Try temping</h2> <p>Registering with one or more temporary agencies can be more than a way to make ends meet while researching your career move; it can be a way of conducting that research. Think about it: If you apply for a job or even attend a job interview, you get a very limited peek inside the company. But as a temp, you'll spend all day on the inside. You could be exposed to job roles you might not have even known about. Ask questions of everyone you work with, from the agency staff, to your on-site supervisor, to co-workers.</p> <h2>6. Look for retraining opportunities within your current company</h2> <p>If you like where you work, try to get trained for a better job within the organization. You might approach a manager about this, or you could ask human resources what education programs the company has.</p> <p>You might also discreetly talk to other managers, or browse internal job listings. I recently met someone who had been driving a forklift at a large grocery warehouse, until the company paid for her to get trained in refrigerator/freezer repair. Now she makes more money and has more job satisfaction, without ever having to interview for a new job.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-quick-ways-to-retrain-for-a-new-career&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Quick%2520Ways%2520to%2520Retrain%2520for%2520a%2520New%2520Career.jpg&amp;description=6%20Quick%20Ways%20to%20Retrain%20for%20a%20New%20Career"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Quick%20Ways%20to%20Retrain%20for%20a%20New%20Career.jpg" alt="6 Quick Ways to Retrain for a New Career" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-quick-ways-to-retrain-for-a-new-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-that-pay-over-50k-and-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree">5 Jobs That Pay Over $50K and Don&#039;t Require a Bachelor&#039;s Degree</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-escape-a-dying-industry">8 Ways to Escape a Dying Industry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-you-should-do-in-the-first-six-months-of-a-new-job">12 Things You Should Do in the First Six Months of a New Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-your-boss-wishes-youd-tell-them">7 Things Your Boss Wishes You&#039;d Tell Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-to-do-on-your-first-day-at-a-new-job">6 Things to Do on Your First Day at a New Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building apprenticeships certifications job growth middle skills new job research retraining training programs Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:00:07 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2120733 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Do If Your Employer Won't Pay You http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-your-employer-wont-pay-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-do-if-your-employer-wont-pay-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businesswoman_under_stress.jpg" alt="Businesswoman under stress" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Work is a formal contract. Employees dedicate their time and expertise to fulfill a set role or task. Employers compensate workers for their time with a monetary wage. In an ideal world, both parties profit from the arrangement.</p> <p>Unfortunately, not all bosses fulfill their end of the bargain. Company wage theft costs the U.S. workforce billions of dollars every year, according to The Economic Policy Institute. Employers have been known to shortchange employees by:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Refusing to pay them altogether.</p> </li> <li> <p>Handing over a non-valid check.</p> </li> <li> <p>Refusing to give paid breaks where legally required.</p> </li> <li> <p>Paying under the federal, state, or county minimum wage.</p> </li> <li> <p>Having employees work off the clock.</p> </li> <li> <p>Taking tips.</p> </li> </ul> <p>What do you do when you realize your boss isn't properly compensating you?</p> <h2>Document the problem</h2> <p>The first thing you should do is document the problem. Make a copy of your pay stub. If you have access to the time management software the organization uses, print the reported hours worked. Begin documenting any past or ongoing &quot;bad&quot; behavior.</p> <p>On top of that, keep track of any financial fallout you experience from the wage loss. This can include:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Missed bills.</p> </li> <li> <p>Missed loan payments.</p> </li> <li> <p>Late fees.</p> </li> <li> <p>Bank fees.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>Check in with the company</h2> <p>The next step is to check with the company. It might just be an honest mistake that can be remedied quickly.</p> <p>If you're currently an employee, talk with human resources or a manager about the problem. They can direct you to the right department if they can't help you themselves. If you're a former employee, you might try contacting a former manager, human resources, or a general contact email about pay discrepancy.</p> <p>If the company won't respond and won't pay you for all hours worked at the right wage, there are steps you can take to potentially recoup all or some of the money. There aren't, unfortunately, any one-size-fits-all solutions to this problem. There are, however, a variety of strategies you can try to force your former or current employer to compensate you properly.</p> <h2>Dealing with wage theft on a state level</h2> <p>Reporting wage theft is highly dependent on the individual state. Every state has slightly different laws and procedures to help employees report and recover stolen wages.</p> <p>First, you can file a wage claim through your state's Department of Labor. If you go this route, state department of labor investigators will look into your case.</p> <p>This may seem like the most obvious and easy route, but it can be a long journey that might be doomed to fail. Recently website Politico reported that six states had no investigators to look into wage violations, and 26 states have fewer than 10 investigators. The end result is that many individuals who report wage claim violations to their state never see their money.</p> <p>An alternate option is to file a civil complaint in court against the business. The court that the complaint is filed with depends on the monetary amount.</p> <h2>Dealing with wage theft on a federal level</h2> <p>If filing a complaint at the state level isn't a viable option, individuals can file a complaint with the Wage-Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. According to Politico, the department has about a 90 percent success rate in recovering stolen wages.</p> <p>The success rate does seem impressive, but it should be noted that the department is very selective on the cases they take on. Investigators at the department don't accept every claim that comes through the door.</p> <p>And unfortunately, even if they do take on your case, don't be surprised if they can't recover all the money that you're owed. The U.S. Department of Labor can only recover the federal minimum wage. That means if you should have been paid above the federal minimum wage, you still might be looking at a significant loss.</p> <h2>Alternate options to dealing with wage theft</h2> <p>If you belong to a labor union, take the case to union representatives. They should, at the very least, point you in the right direction. The union might even be willing to file a grievance on your behalf if they believe the case is strong enough.</p> <p>If the wage theft is widespread at the company, employees might be able to band together to file a collective action complaint. A collective action complaint allows groups of employees with similar Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) wage violations to file a complaint against the company together. A collective action complaint, unlike a class-action lawsuit, requires employees to actively sign onto the lawsuit in writing. Employees that don't consent to join the complaint won't benefit or be bound by the ruling. Collective action complaints must be filed, in most cases, within two years.</p> <p>If you're not sure of your best option, it's recommended that you consult with and possibly hire a lawyer to represent your interests. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-times-to-hire-a-lawyer-immediately?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Times to Hire a Lawyer Immediately</a>)</p> <p>In the meantime, make it a priority to switch jobs. If your employer has been flat out refusing to pay you <em>period</em>, jump ship now. Yes, you might have to go without a paycheck for a time, but you're already experiencing that now. You deserve better than an employer that has shady business practices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-signs-you-should-quit-your-job?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Signs You Should Quit Your Job</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhat-to-do-if-your-employer-wont-pay-you&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhat%2520to%2520Do%2520If%2520Your%2520Employer%2520Won%2527t%2520Pay%2520You.jpg&amp;description=What%20to%20Do%20If%20Your%20Employer%20Won't%20Pay%20You"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/What%20to%20Do%20If%20Your%20Employer%20Won%27t%20Pay%20You.jpg" alt="What to Do If Your Employer Won't Pay You" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-your-employer-wont-pay-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-your-paycheck-bounces">What to Do If Your Paycheck Bounces</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-absolute-worst-ways-to-ask-for-a-raise">The Absolute Worst Ways to Ask for a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-your-boss-wishes-youd-tell-them">7 Things Your Boss Wishes You&#039;d Tell Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ace-your-next-performance-review-with-these-7-tricks">Ace Your Next Performance Review With These 7 Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building boss department of labor employer Fair Labor Standards Act hiring a lawyer minimum wage rights wage theft Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:30:14 +0000 Samantha Stauf 2118486 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Things You Should Do in the First Six Months of a New Job http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-you-should-do-in-the-first-six-months-of-a-new-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-things-you-should-do-in-the-first-six-months-of-a-new-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/leading_a_great_team_to_success_0.jpg" alt="Leading a great team to success" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new job comes with a lot of excitement, trepidation, and change. While you're settling into your new role, it's easy to forget the reasons you got the job, and the things you need to do to make sure you keep it, grow, and move up the ladder. Here is a guide to the first six months on the new job, with what you should aim to achieve by month one, month three, and month six.</p> <h2>The first month</h2> <p>Some would say it's the hardest month, but that's not always true. As a newbie, you'll be cut a little slack, but after the first month you'll see that wiggle room disappear. So, take advantage of it, and do whatever you can to create an excellent impression. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-to-do-on-your-first-day-at-a-new-job?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Things to Do on Your First Day at a New Job</a>)</p> <h3>1. Establish yourself as a conscientious worker</h3> <p>First impressions last. During the first month on the job, get in early and leave late as often as you can. Never do that the other way around; you need to become a valued team member before you occasionally duck out early or stroll in a little late. You should also be making sure you cross every t and dot every i. No mistakes. No sloppy work. No excuses. Think of your first month as a trial period. During this time, you're still being tested, and you want an A. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-make-a-fantastic-first-impression?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Simple Ways to Make a Fantastic First Impression</a>)</p> <h3>2. Ask as many questions as you can</h3> <p>How do things work? Who are the people you need to know? Who are the heads of the different departments, and what do they do? What are the challenges of the company? What are the strengths? Become the most inquisitive employee you can, and take notes. Learn from the people that have been at the company for years, but remember to take some comments with caution. Jaded employees can inaccurately color your view of the company. Also, don't be afraid to watch how people do certain tasks. Ask if you can shadow them; most of the time, they'll be flattered that you want their expertise.</p> <h3>3. Find out what is expected of you</h3> <p>Job descriptions are all well and good, but once you have the position, you may find out that reality is a little different from perception. The employer may have painted a glowing picture of the company, but it might not really be all smooth sailing. Also, managers and interviewers are only human, and may have forgotten a few of your duties.</p> <p>So, make sure you sit down with your supervisor as soon as you can after starting in your new position, and find out exactly what is required of you. Do you have to submit reports, and if so, when? How will your daily duties be assessed? What standards are you required to meet? Get it all down, and if possible, get your boss to acknowledge it.</p> <h3>4. Get to know your colleagues</h3> <p>Whether you're working in a massive corporation or a mom 'n' pop shop, you need to make an effort to get to know people. Do it sooner rather than later, otherwise you may come across as anti-social or aloof.</p> <p>You don't have to be the life and soul of the department, but find the time to introduce yourself to the people you'll be working with on a regular basis. Learn about their roles, and how you can help each other out. You're not looking to make best friends, you're simply laying the foundation for a good working relationship. If possible, ask for an organization chart from human resources or your supervisor, so that you can see how you fit into the company.</p> <h3>5. Show enthusiasm and passion for your role</h3> <p>The first month may present unexpected challenges, but you have to take them all in stride. You've only been on the job around 30 days, so you really haven't had the time or experiences to become jaded and downtrodden. Remember, you are fresh blood and there will be an expectation for you to inject new life into the department. So, approach your job with zeal and energy, and try to turn every challenge into an opportunity.</p> <h2>Three months in</h2> <p>Crunchtime. The honeymoon period is over. Now, you're part of the team and should know what you're doing. By now, your employer will expect to see you start walking the talk you gave in the interview. In many ways, this is your make-it-or-break-it milestone.</p> <h3>6. Find a mentor</h3> <p>After three months, you'll have a pretty good lay of the land. Now, if you haven't already done so, you need to connect with someone that can really help you get ahead in the company.</p> <p>This is not about sucking up or finding cliques to cover your back. In fact, either of those strategies can often have a negative impact on your career. Instead, consider who the shining stars are in the company. Who are the ones leading the charge? Who has a lot of common sense and business savvy? Who is respected or admired, even if he or she is not the most popular person at work? That is someone you should be looking to for advice.</p> <h3>7. Get a feel for your performance so far</h3> <p>Some organizations insist on a performance review after three months. Some are more relaxed. If you haven't been invited to a meeting with your supervisor to discuss your progress, take the initiative and set one up.</p> <p>This is a great time to establish, on paper if possible, what the positives and negatives have been about your first 90 days. Hopefully, it's way more good than bad, but don't be afraid to ask about the latter. What can you improve? Where have you made a few missteps? Your boss will appreciate your candor, and will be more invested in you if he or she believes you genuinely want to be better.</p> <p>Set some goals, but also get down your achievements and your contributions to the company so far. This is also a great time to read your boss directly. Are you getting good vibes and positive body language? Are you hearing a lot of references to the future? This means you're becoming valued.</p> <h3>8. Begin to push boundaries</h3> <p>After three months, you should know which rules to follow, and more importantly, which rules you can bend a little. This kind of flexibility will come in handy when you want to push ideas or initiatives that have, for one reason or another, never been implemented.</p> <p>As a newcomer to the business, you will have a fresh set of eyes on problems and solutions. You also aren't weighed down by the baggage of being told no a bunch of times. You will be amazed at what can be achieved simply by not having any history with the typical negativity or cynicism that can come from years of doing things the same old ways. What's more, even if your ideas don't come to fruition, the fact that you're really trying to push boundaries and make things happen will be seen as positive.</p> <h3>9. Make your voice heard</h3> <p>It's not easy to speak up during the first few months. You're new, you don't know how a lot of things work, and you could be saying things that may sound naive, or are just uninformed due to your lack of company experience. After three months, however, you should have a good grasp of the culture, the business, and the successes and failures that have come before you. Now is the time to start speaking up and get noticed for the right reasons.</p> <p>Often the people that get the promotions aren't the brightest or the most talented &mdash; they're simply the loudest. They speak up, they say what they're thinking, and they are not a wallflower in the weekly status meeting. Do likewise. Don't speak all the time and have nothing to say, but don't stay quiet and let someone else make the point you wanted to make two days earlier. You're good at your job. You have great ideas. Now &hellip; let everyone else know that.</p> <h2>Six months in</h2> <p>By this point, you can breathe a little easier. You've been accepted, you will probably have a six-month review coming up, and you'll want to reinforce the positives you've achieved. However, this is no time to rest on your laurels.</p> <h3>10. Establish a network of professionals</h3> <p>You're settled in. You've made a name for yourself. You're comfortable with your day-to-day tasks, and have a good feeling for the place. This is the perfect time to reconnect with some of your old colleagues and professional friends, for several reasons.</p> <p>First, it never hurts to have friends in other businesses. They can help you should you ever get laid off or want to switch jobs. They can also offer valuable advice. Some of these friends may help you win new business for your new company, or give you leads that turn into great opportunities.</p> <p>Perhaps most importantly, friends who know you and what you do can really help when times get tough. After six months, the bloom will definitely have gone off the rose, and you'll start to see problems that now seem impossible to solve, or challenges that the culture make impossible to change. This network of professionals will be there for you, and could help you on those days you really need a boost.</p> <h3>11. Cement your reputation</h3> <p>You have six months of solid work behind you (hopefully). It's time to use that bank of achievements to establish yourself as an indispensable member of the team. This doesn't mean bragging or constantly bringing up your wins. What it does mean is using what you have learned to have a positive and lasting impact on other initiatives. Your contributions on certain projects can be your &quot;in&quot; to larger developments. You have proved yourself on smaller jobs, now is the time to build on that success. From the foundation you have worked hard to establish, you can start looking at the next role.</p> <h3>12. Set your sights on a raise/promotion</h3> <p>If you have worked wonders for the company, you could have built up enough validation for a raise and/or promotion even though you've only been at the company for six months. Take a look at the hierarchy, talk to the human resources department (if you have one), and find out the process and procedures involved in getting promoted or adding to your paycheck.</p> <p>It's quite possible that there is a history of some people being promoted after six months, or even less. It's also possible that there are some gaps in some departments, and you are a natural for that larger role. Scope it out. Start asking for more responsibility. Begin doing the job you want, not the one you currently have. Even if it doesn't pay off right away, you will be seen as a go-getter, and someone that is valued enough to get a raise or promotion to keep you from looking elsewhere. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F12-things-you-should-do-in-the-first-six-months-of-a-new-job&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%2520Things%2520You%2520Should%2520Do%2520in%2520the%2520First%2520Six%2520Months%2520of%2520a%2520New%2520Job.jpg&amp;description=12%20Things%20You%20Should%20Do%20in%20the%20First%20Six%20Months%20of%20a%20New%20Job"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/12%20Things%20You%20Should%20Do%20in%20the%20First%20Six%20Months%20of%20a%20New%20Job.jpg" alt="12 Things You Should Do in the First Six Months of a New Job" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-you-should-do-in-the-first-six-months-of-a-new-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/starting-a-new-job-3-rules-to-live-by">Starting a New Job: 3 Rules to Live By</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-quick-ways-to-retrain-for-a-new-career">6 Quick Ways to Retrain for a New Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-an-annual-self-review-can-boost-your-career">9 Ways an Annual Self Review Can Boost Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-types-of-people-who-will-help-grow-your-career">7 Types of People Who Will Help Grow Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building coworkers expectations first impressions goals new job performance reviews six months timeline Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:30:23 +0000 Paul Michael 2115361 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Types of People Who Will Help Grow Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/7-types-of-people-who-will-help-grow-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-types-of-people-who-will-help-grow-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/enjoying_coffee_and_good_company.jpg" alt="Enjoying coffee and good company" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The people you meet before, and during, your career can shape what kind of professional future you will have. If you meet the right people, it could lead to success after success, and a life filled with opportunity and growth.</p> <p>But who are these motivational figures? Where do you find them? And what should you be looking for? Let's uncover the people who will be instrumental in helping you forge a great career path.</p> <h2>1. A great boss</h2> <p>There are good bosses, and bad bosses. The latter won't really teach you much, other than what <em>not </em>to do to be successful. Good bosses, they're fine. They motivate you, know how to build a team, and won't stab you in the back. But a great boss is another story. Most of us will be lucky enough to have at least one great boss in our lifetime, and that person's influence can change the course of your career.</p> <p>A great boss will take you under his or her wing and want you to succeed. They will share every tip and trick they have learned over the years, and become your biggest cheerleader. They may even train you to be their own replacement. Great bosses, like great teachers, leave their mark on you. Cherish your time with this person, and learn everything you can while they are still around.</p> <h2>2. Faithful friends</h2> <p>Like great bosses, genuine friends are few and far between. We have our go-to set of mates; the ones we like to go out with to a bar or baseball game. But the friend that you can trust with your secrets, worries, and plans for the future &mdash; that's a diamond in the rough.</p> <p>A friend like this will have no problem telling you that your boss is taking advantage of you, or that you're in a dead-end job that is making you miserable. On the other hand, they could give you that push you need to ask for the raise or promotion. And after a really crappy day at work, they'll help you put things in perspective and give you a much-needed emotional crutch.</p> <h2>3. Professional career counselors</h2> <p>Now, more than ever, a career counselor can be invaluable. Industries are changing, dying, and being born at a lightning-fast pace. Careers that just 10 years ago looked promising could soon be going the way of the dinosaurs, and other industries you may never even have considered are popping up left, right, and center.</p> <p>A professional career counselor cannot only help you identify these promising careers, but also give you the advice you need to climb the corporate ladder and earn a very comfortable living. There are obviously good and bad counselors out there, so do your research and check recommendations on LinkedIn. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-jobs-for-the-next-10-years?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Great Jobs for the Next 10 Years</a>)</p> <h2>4. An alumnus</h2> <p>If you went to a college, university, trade school, or any other kind of learning establishment, tap into that rich source of contacts. Many of the people you met there will have gone on to get great jobs, and will have a network of people they rely upon. Not only that, but your alumni association is also an excellent resource. The services they offer go far beyond social events and newsletters. Reach out to them and you will get advice on career choices, as well as access to business prospects and friends of the alumni who are only too happy to help.</p> <h2>5. Your family</h2> <p>The support you get from your family can be invaluable. Your family sometimes knows you better than you know yourself, and they can see through some poor career choices that you may be way too close to. Never be afraid to reach out to your family for advice; even if that means mending a few bridges from some old disputes.</p> <h2>6. Volunteers</h2> <p>This can be split into two categories. First, there are the people who run volunteer organizations. From helping feed the homeless and caring for abandoned pets, to building affordable homes and caring for local parks, your state will have many ways to volunteer. Not only will you be doing good, but the people who run these organizations will have access to a network of people that may help you in your career.</p> <p>There are also the volunteers themselves. You'd be amazed at the variety of professionals that donate their time. You could bump into the CEO of a local company, or the owner of a business you've always wanted to work for. At the very least, you may make a few new friends. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering</a>)</p> <h2>7. A mentor</h2> <p>Anyone can become a mentor. It could be a boss, a work colleague, a friend, a complete stranger you meet in a bar, or even your neighbor. It's not about who they are, but what they have to offer.</p> <p>Most of the time, this will be someone that has already been down the road you have chosen to travel, and can give you invaluable advice. It could also be someone from a completely different industry or background, but with an outlook and energy that gets you motivated to do better, and go further. Mentors are everywhere; you just have to be ready to answer when opportunity knocks.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-types-of-people-who-will-help-grow-your-career&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Types%2520of%2520People%2520Who%2520Will%2520Help%2520Grow%2520Your%2520Career.jpg&amp;description=7%20Types%20of%20People%20Who%20Will%20Help%20Grow%20Your%20Career"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Types%20of%20People%20Who%20Will%20Help%20Grow%20Your%20Career.jpg" alt="7 Types of People Who Will Help Grow Your Career" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-types-of-people-who-will-help-grow-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-you-should-do-in-the-first-six-months-of-a-new-job">12 Things You Should Do in the First Six Months of a New Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-subtle-signs-youd-make-a-good-boss">12 Subtle Signs You&#039;d Make a Good Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-moves-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grown-up">8 Career Moves That Prove You&#039;re Finally a Grown-Up</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quotes-to-inspire-your-dream-career">8 Quotes to Inspire Your Dream Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building bosses career growth coworkers family friends inspiration mentors people you meet support Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 2120289 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways an Annual Self Review Can Boost Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-an-annual-self-review-can-boost-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-an-annual-self-review-can-boost-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_working_in_her_offfice.jpg" alt="Young woman working in her office" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are formal performance reviews, and informal performance reviews. There are also self-reviews, and many of us don't take the time to sit down and do one.</p> <p>It's crucial to spend some quality time reviewing the last 12 months of your time on the job. You should evaluate your own goals and accomplishments at work just as your boss would. This will give you a chance to be honest with yourself in a way you can't be with your boss, and use that to really hit a home run when the official review comes around. Here's how you can get started.</p> <h2>1. Recognize all that you've accomplished in the last year</h2> <p>Start your annual review by poring over everything you have worked on during the last 12 months. Hopefully, you have a way to keep track of all your projects, whether it's computer files, physical files and folders, or photographs and documentation of your work. Begin in January and really take the time to go through each month carefully.</p> <p>This list will become the foundation for any kind of raise or promotion you're looking to get, and it is also a great way to boost your self-esteem and start the review on a high note. Look at everything you did. You rocked it.</p> <h2>2. Identify the goals you did not meet</h2> <p>Moving on from that list of accomplishments, you should now be able to compare it to the goals you set for yourself last year. If you didn't actively do that, take some time to write down everything you had hoped to achieve over the year.</p> <p>Now, what did you miss? What did you do, but not as well as you'd have liked? What was a priority at the start of the year, but got thrown onto the back-burner? What was simply forgotten in the chaos? Highlight these unmet goals and add them to the top of the list of goals you want to set for the coming year. Which leads nicely into the next point.</p> <h2>3. Establish new goals for the coming year</h2> <p>You've identified what you achieved, and what you didn't get around to in the previous year. Now, it's time to make a list of new goals. How has the company changed and grown over the past year? Has it created new opportunities for you? Is there more money to play with? Do you have a larger team working under you, or with you? Has there been a significant change in management, or even a merger? Has the economy or current events created issues or challenges that need to be addressed?</p> <p>Although you don't have a crystal ball, you can make some good predictions based on your own experiences and those of your colleagues. Set new goals for yourself, and don't be afraid to aim high on a few of them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-steps-to-achieving-all-your-goals?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Steps to Achieving All Your Goals</a>)</p> <h2>4. Get a good grasp of your strengths and weaknesses</h2> <p>There are two sides to every appraisal, just like there are two sides to every story. As you look at the accomplishments you have made over the year, and some of the tasks you didn't get around to completing, you should start to see a pattern. You'll be able to identify your greatest strengths based on the successes you had. You'll also be able to spot your weaknesses from the projects or initiatives that were not quite as successful.</p> <p>What were the commonalities in each case? Are you highly organized with superb attention to detail? Great. However, did this lead to being so focused on some tasks that others did not get the attention they deserved? Feel free to reach out to coworkers and friends and ask them to give it to you straight. Then, put a plan together to build on those strengths while building up your weaknesses.</p> <h2>5. Discover what you've learned since your last review</h2> <p>You've come a long way, baby. That's something you'll hear a lot when you're first starting out in your career, and rightly so. When you first enter the workplace you're very green and have a lot to learn. Within a year, you'll have developed a dizzying array of new skills. As technology changes, and industries evolve, so too will your abilities. Look at where you were this time last year, and think about what you know now that you didn't back then. It can be quite an eye opener.</p> <h2>6. Figure out which skills you want to develop</h2> <p>It's important to take a long, hard look at your current skill set to see what is missing and what needs to be developed. Are you right where you need to be for your particular position in the company? Are you seeing a lack of skills that are increasingly in demand, while having other skills that are slowly being phased out? There is no time like the present to act on this. If you're lucky, your employer will pay for classes that directly benefit the company, so talk to your human resources department. You may also be able to get grants or attend free classes in your area.</p> <h2>7. See yourself from the boss's perspective</h2> <p>This one is tough. You know yourself, but do you really know what the boss thinks of you? Look back and analyze the past year. What were your interactions with the boss like? Did you find yourself going to him or her with a lot of problems, but few solutions? Are you a bit of a chatterbox, or do you sneak in late and escape a little early? Are you a team player? Do you go above and beyond? Are you cynical, or known to be a naysayer? This kind of self-analysis isn't easy, but the self reflection can help you identify areas you need to work on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Things to Bring Up With Your Boss at Your Annual Review</a>)</p> <h2>8. Be one step ahead of the game</h2> <p>When you give yourself an annual review, you are setting yourself up for success when it's time for the boss to do your official appraisal. You'll already have answers to some of the most common questions, like, &quot;What have you achieved over the past year?&quot; or, &quot;What skills do you want to work on?&quot; You've done the thinking. You've gone through the year, and you know all of your strengths and weaknesses. You will be so tightly prepared that you may well knock the socks off your supervisor with your level of professionalism.</p> <h2>9. Give yourself positive reinforcement</h2> <p>At the end of the day, we're all way too hard on ourselves. We inflate small problems to be way bigger than they really are. We focus on all the things we said wrong. We cringe at comments we made that got more than a few raised eyebrows in meetings. But when all is said and done, we're all just trying to make a living, do a good day's work, and provide for ourselves and our loved ones. So pat yourself on the back. Seriously. Be proud of the year you've had, and the challenges you overcame. You may only do this once a year, so make the most of it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-ways-an-annual-self-review-can-boost-your-career&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Ways%2520an%2520Annual%2520Self%2520Review%2520Can%2520Boost%2520Your%2520Career.jpg&amp;description=9%20Ways%20an%20Annual%20Self%20Review%20Can%20Boost%20Your%20Career"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Ways%20an%20Annual%20Self%20Review%20Can%20Boost%20Your%20Career.jpg" alt="9 Ways an Annual Self Review Can Boost Your Career" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-an-annual-self-review-can-boost-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-you-should-do-in-the-first-six-months-of-a-new-job">12 Things You Should Do in the First Six Months of a New Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-set-career-goals-when-you-lack-direction">How to Set Career Goals When You Lack Direction</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/create-a-reverse-bucket-list-to-improve-your-money-management">Create a Reverse Bucket List to Improve Your Money Management</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-you-might-be-sabotaging-your-job">5 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building accomplishments appraisals goals job reviews performance reviews self evaluation self reflection skills strengths weaknesses Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:30:17 +0000 Paul Michael 2116587 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Manage Two Jobs (Without Burning Out) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-manage-two-jobs-without-burning-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-manage-two-jobs-without-burning-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/the_many_crumpled_papers_on_desk.jpg" alt="The many crumpled papers on desk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many households these days have two incomes. The thing is, it's not uncommon for those two income streams to come from the same person.</p> <p>If you're in that boat &mdash; working two jobs that eat up most (or all) of your time &mdash; you could be headed for burnout. When that happens, your risk your health, your mental wellbeing, and losing the money those jobs provide. Here are some tips to bring back some balance and stability to your hectic schedule.</p> <h2>You must make time for yourself</h2> <p>Just as it's important to put away a little money each month for your savings, it's equally important to tuck away some personal time as well. You may be thinking that there aren't enough hours in the day, but all work and no play is a recipe for serious burnout. When that happens, you could lose one or both of those jobs you depend on.</p> <p>Even if you just take your lunch outside and eat it in the sunshine, away from the hustle and bustle, that small act of getting a breather can really cheer you up. Ideally, you should set aside time away from both jobs so that you can destress naturally. See a movie, hang out with friends for a few hours, take a hike, ride a bike, soak in the tub, or take up a fun hobby. If you don't make some time to yourself, you are going to suffer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-signs-youre-burned-out-and-how-to-recover?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Signs You're Burned Out (and How to Recover)</a>)</p> <h2>Treat yourself when you can</h2> <p>If you are constantly working to pay bills and nothing else, you're living to work. That's no kind of existence. By working night and day on two or more jobs, but not seeing any of that hard work result in some kind of happiness, you'll resent it so much that you could have a breakdown.</p> <p>So, spend a little of that money on something that makes you genuinely happy. You don't have to run out and buy a Louis Vuitton watch or a pair of Gucci shoes. Something small and inexpensive, but wonderful for you and your state of mind, is all that you need. Maybe it's a massage or a manicure. It could be a treat from the local candy store, or a special delicacy you enjoy. You put tremendous effort and sacrifice into earning a living &mdash; you deserve to enjoy those earnings once in a while. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a>)</p> <h2>Think positive</h2> <p>Easier said than done, right? After all, what's fun about working two jobs just to make ends meet? Having said that, this is the reality you're living with. You can either do two jobs feeling miserable and hating life, or approach it with a positive state of mind.</p> <p>One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep a daily list of the good things that happened to you that day. Even if it's as simple as, &quot;Today I paid all my bills and did not get charged a late fee,&quot; it's something that lifts you up. Are you healthy? Is your family happy and doing well? Are you doing a job that is way better than other ones out there? Remember, many people are paid awful wages and cannot afford some of life's basics. In comparison, are you thriving? Find the good and write it down.</p> <h2>Release the pressure</h2> <p>Just like a pressure cooker, if you don't let off steam, you could blow. Now, how you do that will depend on what motivates you. Some people release all that pressure by working out, which is very beneficial to your health. Others party hard every Friday night. You could even take up boxing, or buy a punching bag and beat the living daylights out of it. Scream into a pillow if you have to, or find a friend to help you share your problems.</p> <p>You could also think about seeing a therapist if you can afford it. Many insurance plans offer mental health copays as low as $20. Talking it out with an objective third party can be a great way to cope with the two job burden. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a>)</p> <h2>Do whatever you can to make the jobs enjoyable</h2> <p>Again, this is not always easy. Some jobs really are awful, and that is difficult to ignore on the best of days. But if you can find ways to make either job even a little more tolerable, you'll find it easier to juggle them both.</p> <p>Can you play fun games with colleagues while you're working? For example, many copywriters in ad agencies will take bets on who can put the most ridiculous word or phrase into a piece of copy that actually gets approved. Are there challenges you can set yourself? Records you can break? Tasks that, with a slight tweak, can be made interesting, or even fun? Your job, or jobs, may suck, but a slight paradigm shift could make them much easier to tolerate.</p> <h2>Finally, keep your house in order</h2> <p>It sucks to think about housework and chores when you're busy, but it's even worse to come home to a messy house with a sink full of dishes and piles of laundry everywhere. Working two jobs gives you even less time to spend cleaning and tidying, which is a little ironic as a tidy home is essential when you're always working.</p> <p>Make a schedule and stick to it. Create a task list in order of importance and focus on that. Do tidying &quot;as you go,&quot; such as washing kitchen utensils as you're making the meal. If you live with other people, get everyone in the habit of cleaning their own plate, and get everyone to do their share. Kids are not helpless; they can certainly be helping clean up long before they are 10 years old. You can reward them with time in front of the TV, computer, or video game system if you have one. By keeping a clean house, you can actually come home and relax after a very busy and stressful day.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-manage-two-jobs-without-burning-out&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Manage%2520Two%2520Jobs%2520%2528Without%2520Burning%2520Out%2529.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Manage%20Two%20Jobs%20(Without%20Burning%20Out)"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Manage%20Two%20Jobs%20%28Without%20Burning%20Out%29.jpg" alt="How to Manage Two Jobs (Without Burning Out)" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-manage-two-jobs-without-burning-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-your-work-life-balance-is-off">9 Signs Your Work-Life Balance Is Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/here-s-why-you-shouldn-t-work-in-your-downtime">Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Work in Your Downtime</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/long-hours-and-other-employer-demands">Long Hours and Other Employer Demands</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Lifestyle burnout employment exhaustion overworked self care stress time management two jobs Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:31:18 +0000 Paul Michael 2114570 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Negotiate a Raise Out of the Blue http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-negotiate-a-raise-out-of-the-blue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-negotiate-a-raise-out-of-the-blue" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business_people_at_the_cafe_restaurant_0.jpg" alt="Business People at the Cafe Restaurant" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>I want a raise.</em> It's a thought that most people have at some point or another. After all, you're an outstanding employee. You work hard. Of course you deserve a raise.</p> <p>A yearly or biyearly raise is common, but not a guarantee. In certain instances, it may fall upon you as the employee to ask for an increase in pay.</p> <p>Raises outside the normal pay structure should be treated like salary negotiations. The more leverage you bring to the table, the higher the chance you'll get something out of the negotiation. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you build your case.</p> <h2>Consider the company</h2> <p>Before you waste time cooking up a strategy, be realistic about the organization that employs you. Is it the type of company that works hard to cultivate and keep talent? Or is there a high turnover rate with little value placed on individual contributions?</p> <p>If the company doesn't value its workers, you can certainly open the topic of a raise, but the chances of a successful negotiation may not be in your favor. After all, why pay an employee more when there are countless individuals that will do the same job for less? In these circumstance, you would be better served focusing your time on looking for a job elsewhere.</p> <p>There's also the issue of financials. Is the organization financially stable enough to give you an unplanned raise? If the company isn't in a good place, the chances of obtaining a raise might be less likely. In these instances, you should come to the table with concrete evidence of how you've exceeded expectations in your contributions to the company. It's vital that you prove that a raise will be a long-term investment that could turn the company around. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-absolute-worst-ways-to-ask-for-a-raise?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Absolute Worst Ways to Ask for a Raise</a>)</p> <h2>Consider your performance</h2> <p>Now, you must ask yourself objectively: Do you deserve a raise?</p> <p>A raise, especially an unplanned raise, is a financial investment by your employer. Before you even broach the topic, analyze your last six to eight months with the company. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Have you taken on new tasks that are outside of your normal duties?</p> </li> <li> <p>Do you outperform your coworkers?</p> </li> <li> <p>Do you consistently get verbal or written praise by management for a job well done?</p> </li> <li> <p>Do you contribute to the development and performance of coworkers?</p> </li> <li> <p>Do you earn extra financial gains for the company?</p> </li> <li> <p>Is your current wage below the normal pay for the profession in the surrounding area?</p> </li> </ul> <p>You should, ideally, be able to answer yes to at least a few of the above questions. If you can't answer yes to <em>any</em> of the questions, you probably don't have enough leverage to negotiate a raise successfully. It would be smarter to wait until you have more evidence in your corner before approaching management about a salary negotiation. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a>)</p> <h2>Preparing for a salary negotiation</h2> <p>As you prepare to ask for a raise, begin to collect evidence that you deserve one. Make a list of your noteworthy projects or accomplishments over the past year. You can write your accomplishments out in a resume, but it's not required. You should at least be able to speak about them in detail if necessary. You can start by:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Making note of any tasks that have been added to your regular duties.</p> </li> <li> <p>Listing any big projects you successfully completed or led.</p> </li> <li> <p>Quantifying above-average productivity or success.</p> </li> <li> <p>Documenting any positive remarks from individuals in management about your performance over the past year.</p> </li> </ul> <p>If you don't already know it, research what the average salary is for other professionals in your field <em>and</em> region. You don't want to try to argue that you deserve a wage equivalent to a big city salary if you work in an area with a lower cost of living and lower salaries overall. You can check Glassdoor or Salary.com for average salary stats in a number of fields and regions.</p> <h2>Be flexible during negotiations</h2> <p>When you do engage in salary negotiations, be flexible. Salary negotiations might not lead to a direct monetary raise. The company might not be prepared to invest more in personnel salaries or they might have a very strict pay structure that management doesn't have the power to override.</p> <p>Don't be afraid to explore other types of perks or benefits that the company could offer to ensure a long-term partnership. Other perks that might be negotiated are:</p> <ul> <li> <p>The ability to telecommute.</p> </li> <li> <p>A more flexible work schedule.</p> </li> <li> <p>Company-funded education or training opportunities.</p> </li> <li> <p>An increase in paid or unpaid vacation time.</p> </li> <li> <p>A new cash or share bonus.</p> </li> </ul> <p>If management cannot offer a new perk or benefit, it might be a good opportunity to move the discussion to preparing for potential promotion opportunities. It's not uncommon for management to groom interested individuals for higher level positions within the company.</p> <p>A salary negotiation, at its core, is a means to talk about how a company and individual can work together to pursue a mutually beneficial long-term partnership. Professionals who approach the conversation from that mindset have a higher chance of success and lower chance of walking away disappointed.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-negotiate-a-raise-out-of-the-blue&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Negotiate%2520a%2520Raise%2520Out%2520of%2520the%2520Blue.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Negotiate%20a%20Raise%20Out%20of%20the%20Blue"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Negotiate%20a%20Raise%20Out%20of%20the%20Blue.jpg" alt="How to Negotiate a Raise Out of the Blue" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/samantha-stauf">Samantha Stauf</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-negotiate-a-raise-out-of-the-blue">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-good-reasons-to-become-a-contractor">8 Good Reasons to Become a Contractor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/crime-scene-cleaner-and-4-other-trades-that-pay-surprisingly-well">Crime Scene Cleaner and 4 Other Trades That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-to-do-if-you-dont-make-enough-money-at-your-job">Here&#039;s What to Do if You Don&#039;t Make Enough Money at Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-times-a-higher-salary-isnt-worth-it">6 Times a Higher Salary Isn&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-you-arent-making-enough-money">6 Signs You Aren&#039;t Making Enough Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building asking for a raise benefits employment negotiations pay bump promotion salary Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:30:10 +0000 Samantha Stauf 2107893 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's What to Do if You Don't Make Enough Money at Your Job http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-to-do-if-you-dont-make-enough-money-at-your-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-what-to-do-if-you-dont-make-enough-money-at-your-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stressed_tax_kid.jpg" alt="Stressed Tax Kid" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you believe you are underpaid? Are you fed up with not earning enough? Or, is your lack of income creating financial difficulty for you and your family?</p> <p>Going to work every day and being paid less than you are worth can be emotionally and financially draining. Though you may not be able to secure the raise you think you deserve, you actually may have more control over your income than you think. Here are several things you can do if you don't make enough money at your job.</p> <h2>1. Create a list of achievements</h2> <p>Though you don't get the final say on whether you get a raise, you can take some actionable steps to bolster the process of raising your income. One way to prove to your boss that you should get a raise is to keep track of your accomplishments.</p> <p>If you don't already track your work achievements, now is the time to start. Look back on the past year or so. What stands out as impressive? Did you improve a process or system? Save the company money? Take on an additional project?</p> <p>Often, managers aren't aware of exactly how much value their employees are providing to the company. They may be impressed, or even surprised, to find out just how much you have accomplished for the company. By creating a list of achievements, you are one step closer to earning a raise.</p> <h2>2. Research salary data</h2> <p>What does someone with similar job responsibilities in your area earn? It's important to have access to up-to-date salary data when making your case for a raise.</p> <p>Every position has a going market rate. To avoid being unrealistic in what you're asking for salary-wise, do your research in advance by using websites such as Glassdoor and Payscale. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-underpaid-how-to-figure-out-what-salary-you-deserve?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Are You Underpaid? How to Figure Out What Salary You Deserve</a>)</p> <h2>3. Take on additional work</h2> <p>Could your boss use help on some additional projects? Do you have the opportunity to earn overtime? Would taking on additional work help solidify your request for a raise?</p> <p>Volunteering for additional projects often shows how serious you are about your career and helping your company succeed. And by asking for extra work, you are likely to grow your skills by working on something that isn't a typical part of your job duties.</p> <h2>4. Talk to your boss</h2> <p>Talking to your boss about your salary can be intimidating. But it doesn't have to be.</p> <p>Depending on your relationship with your boss, you may already have great rapport. Most managers expect that their employees want to be paid more, so the conversation won't be as shocking to them as you may think.</p> <p>Simply ask your boss how you can work to increase your value to the company. Sometimes, just knowing that you are interested in taking on more responsibility is the boost you need to get the salary increase you desire. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-underpaid-how-to-figure-out-what-salary-you-deserve?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a>)</p> <h2>5. Create an additional income stream</h2> <p>Creating an additional income stream outside your regular job is a great way to increase your income relatively quickly. Plus, you can typically earn money while doing something you enjoy.</p> <p>Whether you choose to sell clothing, baby-sit, start a blog, do woodworking, or something else, there is no shortage of ways to earn money on the side. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-best-side-jobs-for-fast-cash?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Best Side Jobs For Fast Cash</a>)</p> <h2>6. Slash your expenses</h2> <p>What's the quickest way to find more money in your budget? Slash your expenses.</p> <p>Take a look at your current monthly spending. What could you do without? Are there any expenses you could cut entirely? If you can't cut them out, are there at least expenses you can lower? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-spending-too-much-on-normal-expenses?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Are You Spending Too Much on &quot;Normal&quot; Expenses?</a>)</p> <h2>7. Start searching for a new job</h2> <p>What do you do if your current company won't give you an increase in pay? It might be time to start searching for a new job.</p> <p>You owe it to yourself to earn what you think you are worth. Sure, there are things you may enjoy about your current employer. But if you're not earning enough to live comfortably, it's time to see what new and better opportunities could be waiting for you elsewhere.</p> <h2>8. Save all you can</h2> <p>If you are barely making enough money to cover your bills, you will need to budget very wisely and save whatever you are able to.</p> <p>Emergencies happen, and if you aren't earning enough income to comfortably make ends meet, it will be even harder to bounce back from an unexpected expense like a leaky roof or medical bill. Prepare yourself and protect your own finances by saving everything you can in an emergency fund. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fast-ways-to-restock-an-emergency-fund-after-an-emergency?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Fast Ways to Restock an Emergency Fund After an Emergency</a>)</p> <h2>9. Network</h2> <p>You never know who could help you land your next gig. No matter where you are in your career, networking is key.</p> <p>Start by going to a few networking events in your area, or getting involved with a new organization. Don't forget to nurture your current network by keeping up with your peers and friends on social media and LinkedIn. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-networking-tips-for-people-under-40?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 10 Best Networking Tips for People Under 40</a>)</p> <h2>10. Ask for support</h2> <p>Emotional support is one of the best, but most underrated tools at your disposal. Without having someone to encourage and push you, your mental health could suffer.</p> <p>Talk to your family, friends, or partner about your finances, your goals, and your current position. Ask for their advice and let them know how they can help hold you accountable. Though it might not feel like it, everyone has gone through some financial stress in their life and can offer you some sort of emotional encouragement.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fheres-what-to-do-if-you-dont-make-enough-money-at-your-job&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHeres%2520What%2520to%2520Do%2520if%2520You%2520Dont%2520Make%2520Enough%2520Money%2520at%2520Your%2520Job.jpg&amp;description=Heres%20What%20to%20Do%20if%20You%20Dont%20Make%20Enough%20Money%20at%20Your%20Job"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Heres%20What%20to%20Do%20if%20You%20Dont%20Make%20Enough%20Money%20at%20Your%20Job.jpg" alt="Here's What to Do if You Don't Make Enough Money at Your Job" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rachel-slifka">Rachel Slifka</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-to-do-if-you-dont-make-enough-money-at-your-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-unexpected-costs-of-a-higher-paying-job-offer">4 Unexpected Costs of a Higher-Paying Job Offer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-a-raise">These 10 Words and Phrases Are Keeping You From Getting a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-build-an-emergency-fund-from-0">7 Easy Ways to Build an Emergency Fund From $0</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-sacrifices-that-will-supercharge-your-debt-payoff">8 Sacrifices That Will Supercharge Your Debt Payoff</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building cutting costs earnings emergency funds employment extra income job search paycheck to paycheck raise salary saving money Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:31:09 +0000 Rachel Slifka 2105359 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Bounce Back After a Work Mistake http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-bounce-back-after-a-work-mistake <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-bounce-back-after-a-work-mistake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/a_suprised_man_with_hand_on_his_head.jpg" alt="A surprised man with hand on his head" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You messed up at work. We've all been there. Whether it was a small error or a huge mistake, the foremost thought in your mind is, &quot;What can I do to fix this?&quot;</p> <p>If it was a genuine mistake, you should be able to make it right. It will take some work, a little pride-swallowing, and time to help the wounds heal. But you can do it. Here's how.</p> <h2>1. Acknowledge your mistake</h2> <p>This is no time to play the blame game. You also cannot run and hide from the truth, or sweep your mistake under the rug and hope it won't get noticed. It will. If you wait until your mistake is discovered, it will be much harder to recover.</p> <p>Take, for example, the true story of John (not his real name), an account manager in a London advertising agency. After a horrendous call with the client, he slammed down the phone and started berating her to the entire department. How she was clueless, a result of nepotism, didn't know the product, and various other barbs. The thing is, John had slammed the phone but had not actually hung up. She heard everything.</p> <p>He had two options at this point; say nothing and lie about it to his boss if she reported the incident; or, go straight to the boss and admit the huge screw up. John did the latter. He was rightly screamed at; this was an important client. But, by telling the boss immediately, he gave him the chance to be proactive with the client, calling her immediately to explain that John had been under intense pressure, was taking a leave of absence to recuperate, and would not be on her account again. It worked. John kept his job and the agency kept the client. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-moves-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grown-up?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Career Moves That Prove You're Finally a Grown-Up</a>)</p> <h2>2. Make a sincere apology</h2> <p>After fessing up to the mistake, the next step is to apologize to the right people for the error. Depending on the kind of company where you work and the management structure, you may be about to eat some hefty slices of humble pie.</p> <p>Your direct supervisor is the first on the list, and if you followed step one, the apology is a natural next step. Your supervisor will probably tell you just who to talk to next to make amends. If a customer was affected, you may have to reach out to them by phone or email and make a genuine apology. If other people at work were affected by your actions, they deserve an apology, too; especially if they had to work overtime to fix things, or their own job performance was impacted by what you did.</p> <p>Apologizing is certainly not easy; we all learned that in childhood. However, it's the adult thing to do, and can go a long way to making things right. But it must be completely sincere. Should any sarcasm creep in, or you look like you're making the statement at gunpoint, it can make matters worse.</p> <h2>3. Realize that very few excuses will do</h2> <p>Most of the time, a work mistake is just that. You messed up. You didn't check the right box, didn't see a glaring error, or did something that hurt the success of the company. Once you have admitted the mistake and apologized for it, don't be tempted to follow that with, &quot;However, in my defense &hellip;&quot; and an excuse.</p> <p>For example, you may have been working more hours than usual, but so have a lot of other people. Are they making mistakes, too? Maybe your new puppy is howling all night and you're not getting any sleep. Is this the company's issue? You may well be going through a tough time with your partner. Again, is your relationship the concern of the people paying your wages?</p> <p>The only good excuse is one that is impossible to fault you for: a sudden bereavement in the family; a major illness; an act of God. Other than that, keep the excuses for the schoolkids.</p> <h2>4. Do whatever you can to fix the mistake</h2> <p>You've admitted the mistake, you've apologized, and you haven't used an excuse. Now you have to clean up the mess you made. Hopefully, it's a small problem that can be resolved quickly and easily without the need for other members of staff to come to your aid. But if it's a bigger problem and you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it.</p> <p>Most people that you work with will understand the situation you're in, and if they were faced with the same issue, they'd want help from their co-workers, too. If it is going to require a lot of time and effort from these people, find a way to make it up to them. It could be as simple as bringing in breakfast one morning, or offering them any kind of favor in return.</p> <p>If the mistake became something newsworthy, address that as well. Talk to your boss about extending an interview to the newspapers and media outlets, explaining the mistake you made and absolving the company of any blame. It may require you to suck it up and look a little foolish for a while, but today's headlines are tomorrow's recycling. Whatever the mistake was, you need to make sure that the whole situation is resolved to the company's satisfaction, and that everyone is ready to move on.</p> <h2>5. Work diligently to ensure it never happens again</h2> <p>After the mistake has been rectified, the next step you must take is to identify why it happened, and take action to ensure it never happens again. Did you delegate a task to someone who was not ready for that kind of position or responsibility? Did you skip a step in the process that seemed pointless, but that proved to be essential? Was it an accident that could have been prevented if different safety measures had been implemented? Whatever the cause, it needs to be found, understood, and eliminated.</p> <p>You must also make sure the right people know about the changes you are making to stop the mistake from happening again. Run your plans by your superiors, and show them that you are being proactive in preventing this issue from ever arising again. They will appreciate your diligence, and it may also make them look at other possible issues within the company. In short, once you've got the horse back in the stable, you need to bolt that sucker tight.</p> <h2>6. Do not let one mistake change who you are</h2> <p>The dust has settled. Everything is back to normal. You're ready to get back to the daily routine &hellip; or are you? A significant mistake can have a lasting negative impact on your emotions, and you may have to work hard to overcome it.</p> <p>Remember: It was a mistake. It wasn't an act of malice, or something you did on purpose. Mistakes happen. If you are now terrified of making that mistake twice, you could become a much less effective employee. Do not let this one hiccup, even if it was a big one, get in the way of what you're capable of.</p> <p>Get back in the game and learn from that mistake without letting it bring you down. Even if it takes a visit or two to an occupational therapist, it's worth it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-ways-to-bounce-back-after-a-work-mistake&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Ways%2520to%2520Bounce%2520Back%2520After%2520a%2520Work%2520Mistake.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20to%20Bounce%20Back%20After%20a%20Work%20Mistake"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20to%20Bounce%20Back%20After%20a%20Work%20Mistake.jpg" alt="6 Ways to Bounce Back After a Work Mistake" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-bounce-back-after-a-work-mistake">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-moves-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grown-up">8 Career Moves That Prove You&#039;re Finally a Grown-Up</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-make-these-7-common-mistakes-when-choosing-a-career-path">Don&#039;t Make These 7 Common Mistakes When Choosing a Career Path</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-do-during-a-job-interview">10 Things You Should Never Do During a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-model-employee-with-this-10-point-work-etiquette-checklist">Become a Model Employee With This 10-Point Work Etiquette Checklist</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building apologizing back on track humility missteps Mistakes oversight professionalism Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:30:11 +0000 Paul Michael 2104964 at http://www.wisebread.com Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Work in Your Downtime http://www.wisebread.com/here-s-why-you-shouldn-t-work-in-your-downtime <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/here-s-why-you-shouldn-t-work-in-your-downtime" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired_woman_in_the_office.jpg" alt="Tired woman in the office" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Americans are known workaholics. We rarely bat an eye at working more than 40 hours per week, or skipping a few vacation days for the year, or answering emails from home on a Saturday.</p> <p>Working when we should be unwinding helps us get stuff done, right? Not really. In fact, while you might feel like you&rsquo;re &ldquo;getting ahead,&rdquo; you may actually be harming yourself, your company, and the U.S. economy. And when you think of it that way, it&rsquo;s pretty much your patriotic duty to close your laptop and turn on Stranger Things, stat.</p> <p>Here are the main reasons working during your off hours is bad for you.</p> <h2>1. It can ruin your career in the long run</h2> <p>Working more than 40 hours a week can lead to burnout, pushing you to leave your job sooner than you planned. A 2017 survey by Kronos Incorporated and Future Workplace showed that human resources professionals cited burnout &mdash; with after-hours work as one of the leading causes &mdash; as the top reason for employee turnover. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-signs-youre-burned-out-and-how-to-recover?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Signs You're Burned Out (and How to Recover)</a>)</p> <h2>2. It makes you less productive</h2> <p>Many studies have shown that overtime hours are less productive than regular hours. It&rsquo;s not a new idea; Henry Ford is reported to have cut his employees&rsquo; workweek down to 40 hours in order to maximize productivity. An analysis published by the International Game Developers Association posited that &ldquo;at approximately eight 60-hour weeks, the total work done is the same as what would have been done in eight 40-hour weeks.&rdquo; They would know; the video game industry is famous for subjecting workers to endless periods of crunchtime.</p> <p>But most of those studies analyze workers clocking time at the office or in a factory. Does productivity also benefit from putting away your work email and refusing work phone calls over the weekend? Yes, according to research by a Harvard professor working with Boston Consulting Group, who forced hard-driving consultants to take &ldquo;predictable time off&rdquo; even during busy times. At the end of multiple months-long experiments, the consultants reported that they had been able to deliver a better product to their clients with regularly enforced nights off from phone calls and emails.</p> <h2>3. It can break your heart &mdash; literally</h2> <p>A recent study published in European Heart Journal found that &ldquo;compared to people who worked a normal week of between 35 to 40 hours, those who worked 55 hours or more were approximately 40 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation during the following 10 years.&rdquo; Researchers adjusted for factors such as age, obesity, and smoking. Atrial fibrillation contributes to both stroke and heart failure.</p> <p>A Centers for Disease Control report linked working too many hours to other physical problems, such as unhealthy weight gain, increased alcohol use, increased smoking, and overall increased mortality. That&rsquo;s right: You can literally work yourself to death, with a relatively modest amount of extra hours.</p> <h2>4. And it can break your soul</h2> <p>A 2015 study of Korean workers linked working more than 52 hours per week with an increase in suicidal thoughts.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not just the number of hours worked that is burning people out: A 2016 study by Lehigh University revealed that employees who are expected to answer work emails after hours experience more &ldquo;emotional exhaustion&rdquo; &mdash; caused just as much by the anticipation that email could arrive at any time as by the actual time spent answering them.</p> <h2>5. It&rsquo;s lowering your IQ</h2> <p>Believe it or not, a 2016 Australian study found that, for people over 40, cognitive ability declines after just 25 hours of work a week. That means if you&rsquo;re putting in 40 hours in the office, and another two hours in the evening, your performance should start declining sometime around Wednesday.</p> <p>Even worse, putting in extra time may actually be shrinking your brain. If answering those late-night emails is stressing you out &mdash; and why wouldn&rsquo;t it? &mdash; that chronic stress can lead to a decrease in brain volume and cognitive impairment, Yale researchers have found.</p> <h2>6. It&rsquo;s ruining your family life</h2> <p>According to a 2015 work-life balance survey, more than half of 9-to-5 workers say that answering work emails and texts has ruined their familial meals. Nearly 40 percent say poor work-life balance is completely wrecking their time with family and friends. Another 40 percent of respondents claim they've missed life events such as weddings and birthdays due to work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-your-work-life-balance-is-off?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Signs Your Work-Life Balance Is Off</a>)</p> <h2>7. It&rsquo;s also also terrible for your company&rsquo;s bottom line</h2> <p>Most workers say they work during off hours because of company expectations &mdash; but those companies may be shooting themselves in the foot. Not only are they losing out due to decreasing productivity rates and increasing turnover, they&rsquo;re also costing themselves money. Think about all of the health issues mentioned earlier that can be brought on by stress. Companies that don&rsquo;t respect their employees&rsquo; work-life balance will end up paying for it with higher health insurance premiums and more employee absences.</p> <h2>8. You need your sleep</h2> <p>Business leaders surveyed by consultancy McKinsey reported that the expectation that they&rsquo;d always be available to answer emails and phone calls prevented them from getting adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation leads to almost every problem on this list, and what&rsquo;s more, it&rsquo;s dangerous at work: The National Sleep Foundation reports that sleepy workers are 70 percent more likely to be involved in an accident. A Swedish study even found that workers with sleep problems were twice as likely to die in workplace accidents.</p> <h2>9. It takes opportunity away from others</h2> <p>Helicopter parents deny their kids the chance to develop independence by being constantly available to help. Are you a helicopter boss or coworker? If you are completely unavailable while on vacation or a day off, the staff covering for you will have to make decisions without you, giving them the chance to grow. If you make yourself constantly available, you could be stunting that growth.</p> <h2>10. It makes you gain weight</h2> <p>Anyone who ever pulled an all-nighter in college knows that when we&rsquo;re sleep deprived, we make terrible food choices. There are scientific reasons for that, but for me, I just know that if I can&rsquo;t have my cozy bed, I deserve All. The. Chocolate.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also the decrease in physical activity. If you&rsquo;ve been sitting at your desk for eight hours, plus an hour or more in your car to get to work and back, you should be using a good chunk of your remaining waking hours to be active. If you end up sitting in front of your home computer catching up on your team&rsquo;s Slack channel, you&rsquo;re missing out on active time.</p> <p>Working during your off hours also cuts into time for preparing healthy meals. And if you find yourself actually eating your dinner in front of your computer, so much the worse. Research shows that when we are distracted by a screen while we eat, we&rsquo;re more likely to snack later.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhere-s-why-you-shouldn-t-work-in-your-downtime&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHere%25E2%2580%2599s%2520Why%2520You%2520Shouldn%25E2%2580%2599t%2520Work%2520in%2520Your%2520Downtime.jpg&amp;description=Here%E2%80%99s%20Why%20You%20Shouldn%E2%80%99t%20Work%20in%20Your%20Downtime"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Here%E2%80%99s%20Why%20You%20Shouldn%E2%80%99t%20Work%20in%20Your%20Downtime.jpg" alt="Here&rsquo;s Why You Shouldn&rsquo;t Work in Your Downtime" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/here-s-why-you-shouldn-t-work-in-your-downtime">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-manage-two-jobs-without-burning-out">How to Manage Two Jobs (Without Burning Out)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-habits-to-take-to-work">10 Healthy Habits to Take to Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-your-work-life-balance-is-off">9 Signs Your Work-Life Balance Is Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-ways-to-make-spring-break-all-about-self-care">10 Affordable Ways to Make Spring Break All About Self-Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips">10 Ways to Get More Out of Business Trips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Health and Beauty burnout downtime health problems mental health overtime overworked productivity time off work life balance Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:30:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2102252 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Be Successful as a First-Time Manager http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-successful-as-a-first-time-manager <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-be-successful-as-a-first-time-manager" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/it_is_settled_then.jpg" alt="It&#039;s settled then" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Congratulations: You have just been promoted to a management position. While you're figuring out your next steps, and how to spend that raise, take a few minutes to make sure you don't turn your first managerial position into your last. The job can be daunting, but by making the right moves early on, you can be a roaring success.</p> <h2>Spend more time listening than speaking</h2> <p>When you first enter your new role as a manager, you may be tempted to let your staff know as much as you can about yourself and your agenda. Don't go in that direction. Instead, focus on listening to people, and make sure you take it all in.</p> <p>Schedule one-on-one sessions with each of your direct reports. Ask what their pain points are. Identify the major positives and negatives that they encounter on a weekly basis, and ask them what ideas they have to deal with the biggest challenges they face. Chances are, they've had much longer to think about them, and provide a solution, than you've had.</p> <p>What's more, let your staff know that you are always ready to listen. This is not just a &quot;new boss&quot; thing, but the beginning of a relationship that will be beneficial for everyone. And when you start to act on the information you've been receiving, your staff will know that you really did listen. This will make you stand out as someone who follows through. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-skill-can-make-you-a-better-boss?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This One Skill Can Make You a Better Boss</a>)</p> <h2>Communicate your ground rules and management style early</h2> <p>Some managers are laid back. Others are methodical. Some managers like to keep things casual and conversational. Others go by the book and have strict rules. Whatever your management style may be, let your employees know.</p> <p>For example, a former manager may have been extremely strict, requiring reports at specific times throughout the week, and running meetings by the book. If you're more of an easygoing manager, tell the staff. It will make them feel at ease.</p> <p>On the other hand, a previous manager may have wanted the staff to challenge their authority, ask questions often, and work autonomously. If that's not your style, tell them as soon as possible. If they have been used to challenging directives, and that really bugs you, they'll be unknowingly ticking you off. But if you communicate your management style early on, they have no excuses later.</p> <h2>Do not be tempted to clean house</h2> <p>Whenever a new manager starts, there are fears of layoffs, and those fears are not without good reason. A lot of bad managers come into a new environment and want to surround themselves with people they know. They will quickly look into the possibility of getting rid of certain employees, and replacing them with their own hires. This happens a lot regardless of the industry you're in. Do not be one of those managers.</p> <p>Now, there may be issues with some people on the staff. Over the course of your first few months, you will figure that out. Hopefully you can correct those issues. If you can't, and those staff members are not performing as you'd like, or are disruptive to the department, talk to human resources about next steps. But make it fair, and make it known to your team that you did everything you could to turn the situation around for those employees.</p> <h2>Make positive changes as early as possible</h2> <p>They're often called &quot;easy wins&quot; or &quot;early wins,&quot; and they are action items that are easy to fix. If you have been promoted from within the department, you may already know what the issues are. They could be as simple as a broken microwave in the break room, or one of those daily meetings that lasts an hour and makes everyone miserable.</p> <p>Identify the low-hanging fruit and grab it quickly. By making these simple but much-appreciated fixes early on in your tenure, you will be seen as a go-getter and a problem solver. You've made an impact. Things are changing, and changing for the better. Morale will improve immediately, giving you time to tackle the bigger issues that will require significantly more work on your part.</p> <h2>Don't try and do everything yourself</h2> <p>You have just gone through a significant career shift. You're no longer a regular employee, you're a manager that has a staff of employees. It is now your job to spend time focusing on the bigger picture, and leave the smaller tasks to the professionals you manage. This can be very tough, especially if you were good at what you did and want to make sure it gets done your way.</p> <p>For example, let's say you're a graphic designer in an advertising agency, and have been promoted to creative director. As a graphic designer, you were very hands on. You sat in front of a computer and sketch pad, designing, editing, and producing work for clients. As the creative director, you must now step back. As tempting as it may be to move the designer out of the way and do it yourself, that's no longer your job. You need to provide feedback and let the staff figure it out. Hire smart people, then get out of their way.</p> <h2>Only make promises you can keep</h2> <p>You're new to the job. You're probably nervous, especially during your first few weeks. And on top of all that, you're going to hear about problems from the staff. Perhaps there's a particular project or process that everyone finds painful to work on. Maybe there's an issue with a supplier. There's also the eternal issue of pay raises, promotions, and benefits.</p> <p>Whatever you do, don't try and win a popularity contest by promising to fix all of the issues, or offer incredible incentives that you cannot actually provide. Sure, in the short term, it'll make you flavor of the month. Pay raises for everyone? No more weekends and late nights? Extra vacation days? Everyone will be over the moon. You may genuinely want to give the staff all of those awesome things. But what if you can't? What if you are making promises that your company cannot keep? What if those decisions are completely out of your control?</p> <p>The short term gain of happy staff will be trounced by the incredible disappointment, and distrust of you, in the long term. You can promise to look into those issues, but only offer solutions when you know 100 percent that you can follow through.</p> <h2>Remember: You're not supposed to know everything</h2> <p>As a manager, you have stepped into a leadership role, and that means you call more of the shots. However, just because you are now in a position of authority, it does not mean that you're the smartest person in the room. And if you openly admit this in a professional way, you will garner more respect than if you pretend to know about every aspect of the company.</p> <p>By all means tell the staff your strengths, but point out any knowledge gaps you have. If you are new to the company, or the department, it's only natural that you'll need to be brought up to speed on certain information. And even if you are promoted within the department, your new role comes with responsibilities you have never had before. If you want to hit the ground running, ask about the things you don't know about, and your team will be more than happy to assist you. If you're a good manager, they'll want you to succeed.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-be-successful-as-a-first-time-manager&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Be%2520Successful%2520as%2520a%2520First-Time%2520Manager%2520%25281%2529.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Be%20Successful%20as%20a%20First-Time%20Manager"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Be%20Successful%20as%20a%20First-Time%20Manager%20%281%29.jpg" alt="How to Be Successful as a First-Time Manager" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-successful-as-a-first-time-manager">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-subtle-signs-youd-make-a-good-boss">12 Subtle Signs You&#039;d Make a Good Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-skill-can-make-you-a-better-boss">This One Skill Can Make You a Better Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-youre-making-all-the-right-career-moves">9 Signs You&#039;re Making All the Right Career Moves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-your-boss-wishes-youd-tell-them">7 Things Your Boss Wishes You&#039;d Tell Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-free-ways-to-impress-your-boss">10 Free Ways to Impress Your Boss</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building bosses climbing the ladder empathy employees leadership management managers morale promotions Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:30:09 +0000 Paul Michael 2091002 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways Workaholism Is Costing You Money http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-workaholism-is-costing-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-workaholism-is-costing-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_feeling_tired.jpg" alt="Man feeling tired" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Putting in long hours on the job doesn't have to be a bad thing. If you truly love what you do for a living, working at it passionately can help advance your career, build an important business, help others succeed, and even make you happy.</p> <p>But there's a line every worker can cross when burning the midnight oil starts to wreak havoc on their finances. These are some of the ways working too much can be a problem for your money.</p> <h2>1. You probably overpay for last-minute meals</h2> <p>When you work nonstop, eating is often an afterthought &mdash; which is why you end up shelling out extra money for things that you don't have time to fix for yourself, like takeout food and drinks. These quick bites add up fast. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household spent $3,008 on restaurant and takeout meals in 2015. If you had more time in your schedule to pack a lunch from home, imagine how much money you could be keeping in your pocket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-the-takeout-meal-cycle-and-save?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Stop the Takeout Meal Cycle and Save</a>)</p> <h2>2. Your medical costs can increase</h2> <p>Patients with one or more chronic conditions account for 86 percent of health care spending by American citizens, their insurance companies, and government programs. As of 2017, U.S. total annual health care costs topped $3.4 trillion.</p> <p>You're wondering what this has to do with you? Well, if you're putting in too many hours behind a desk, chances are you're also guilty of some seriously unhealthy habits: not sleeping enough, drinking too much coffee, eating irregularly, and not exercising, just to name a few. When these habits are compounded over time, it can set you up for any number of chronic health issues that aren't cheap to manage.</p> <p>From obesity, to diabetes, to heart disease, sacrificing your health for your job is almost guaranteed to empty your wallet. According to eHealthInsurance.com, in 2016 the average annual deductible for unsubsidized individual health insurance plans was $4,358, and the average deductible for family plans was $7,983. Once you've managed to develop a chronic condition, you're more likely to have to hit that deductible earlier in the year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-handle-a-massive-medical-bill?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Handle a Massive Medical Bill</a>)</p> <h2>3. Your family life can crumble</h2> <p>It seems obvious that people who work too much have less time to spend with their families. But if your job is ruining your marriage and affecting your relationship with your kids, I'll let you in on a secret &mdash; divorce isn't cheap.</p> <p>Don't believe me? Sure, it's possible to have an amicable, uncontested divorce where both parties agree on everything. But the average divorce in the United States costs between $15,000 and $20,000. Most divorce spending is attributed to attorney's fees, but you'll also encounter court fees, costs related to real estate divisions, education fees (parental education is required in some states), and costs of neutral evaluations.</p> <p>That's not even counting the additional cost of housing that you'll face once split, or child care. Child care can be a <em>significant </em>expense, although costs vary greatly depending on where you live.</p> <h2>4. You eat unreimbursed business costs</h2> <p>From travel expenses to at-home office costs, anything that isn't reimbursed by your employer, or written off on your taxes, is a loss.</p> <p>Did you upgrade to business-level internet services at home to ensure that you're never without high-speed connectivity? That's a business cost. Do you need an expensive mobile data and voice plan to keep pace with work demands? That's a loss unless your business is covering it. How much of your driving is related to business (outside of a regular daily commute)? Documents? Website costs? These expenses aren't cheap, and they add up quickly.</p> <h2>5. Your career may stall if you can't delegate (or finish anything)</h2> <p>What's the point of working your butt off if you aren't making any career advancement? Some people have a tendency to tackle all the work themselves, partly because they don't know how to say no, and partly because working is in some ways an addiction.</p> <p>The problems arise when you hope to climb the corporate ladder. A good manager knows how and when to delegate, how to support a team, and how much pressure is enough to get the best work from underlings. A manager who <em>can't </em>properly delegate tasks and manage time can alienate coworkers (who don't get a chance to pitch in on important projects) and people who report to them (who feel the need to suffer under mountains of work in order to keep up appearances).</p> <p>Even though it may seem like doing everything yourself is better for your career, it's often the opposite. If your insistence on being <em>The One</em> prevents you from getting promoted and moving into a higher-paying position, your tendencies to overwork are hurting your earning potential, not helping it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</a>)</p> <h2>6. You have to outsource everything else</h2> <p>Delegating tasks at work is one thing &mdash; that's part of ensuring that all work is done on time and ensures even distribution of labor. But what about your unpaid work &mdash; the work of maintaining everything else around you? Are you paying someone else to:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Do your laundry?</p> </li> <li> <p>Clean your house?</p> </li> <li> <p>Mow your lawn?</p> </li> <li> <p>Care for your children?</p> </li> <li> <p>Vacuum your car?</p> </li> <li> <p>Run errands?</p> </li> </ul> <p>If so, this is costing you big-time. There are some home-related tasks that <em>should</em> be done by professionals (electrical work comes to mind), and if you really hate mowing the lawn or vacuuming, it's fine to pay someone else to do it if you can afford it. But if you're outsourcing every single task around the house because you're never home or free to do them yourself, you're throwing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars away per year.</p> <h2>Evaluate your work-life balance</h2> <p>Every few months, take a good hard look at the hours you spend and whether you are devoting enough time to the nonwork parts of your life. There's no magic number that fits for everyone. You have to decide what works for you and your loved ones. But do check in regularly, to evaluate your goals and consider your priorities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-your-work-life-balance-is-off?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Signs Your Work-Life Balance Is Off</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-ways-workaholism-is-costing-you-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Ways%2520Workaholism%2520Is%2520Costing%2520You%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20Workaholism%20Is%20Costing%20You%20Money"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20Workaholism%20Is%20Costing%20You%20Money.jpg" alt="6 Ways Workaholism Is Costing You Money" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-workaholism-is-costing-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-saving-money-is-harder-today">Why Saving Money Is Harder Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-age-to-buy-long-term-care-insurance">The Best Age to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-financial-stability-after-divorce">How to Build Financial Stability After Divorce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-new-reasons-you-need-an-emergency-fund">4 New Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-complacency-is-keeps-you-from-financial-security">How Complacency Keeps You From Financial Security</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Career Building business costs disease divorce expenses Fast Food health care overworked Takeout workaholic Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:08 +0000 Andrea Karim 2090382 at http://www.wisebread.com Don't Make These 7 Common Mistakes When Choosing a Career Path http://www.wisebread.com/dont-make-these-7-common-mistakes-when-choosing-a-career-path <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-make-these-7-common-mistakes-when-choosing-a-career-path" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/confused_manager_in_cafe.jpg" alt="Confused manager in cafe" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Choosing a career is no easy task. Deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life is tough to say the least. What if you make the wrong choice? What if you choose something that makes you miserable, or leads to stress and money worries? What if something terrible happens to that industry?</p> <p>There are so many <em>what-ifs</em> when it comes to choosing a career. But if you avoid making these big mistakes, you should be in a good position to make a wise choice.</p> <h2>1. Ignoring signs of industry decline</h2> <p>Industries come and industries go. At one time, there was a thriving buggy whip industry, but it disappeared when the automobile became popular. Sign painters used to get plenty of business until machine-cut vinyl and large-scale printing replaced that industry. Very few career choices are bulletproof, and you need to look to the future to see if the industry you want to be in has a good chance of being around in 20 years' time.</p> <p>For example, mortgage brokering took a big hit during the Great Recession and the number of people working in that profession fell nearly 45 percent in the decade between 2007 and 2017. While the housing market bounced back after the subprime mortgage crisis, regulations have changed the industry for good and made it harder for mortgage brokers to earn the kind of money they used to make.</p> <p>Do some research. Look at industry trends. Is yours growing, staying steady, or in decline? An unwanted career switch could be in the cards in five to 10 years if you're not careful. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-escape-a-dying-industry?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Ways to Escape a Dying Industry</a>)</p> <h2>2. Choosing money before anything else</h2> <p>They say money can't buy happiness. Tell that to all the people struggling to pay bills and put food on the table. However, while money &mdash; and the security it brings &mdash; are major considerations for any career path, they shouldn't be the only aspect you focus on.</p> <p>Taking a job purely for the money sends you down a path that will almost certainly result in unhappiness. We spend the majority of our lives working, and if you are miserable for that amount of time, you will have wasted your life. Sure, you'll have a nice car, big house, and fancy clothes, but if you spend every day hating the job that provides those things, you won't get much enjoyment out of them.</p> <p>Strike a balance between decent pay and a fulfilling career. You may make a little less money, but you'll be better for it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-times-a-higher-salary-isnt-worth-it?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Times a Higher Salary Isn't Worth It</a>)</p> <h2>3. Taking a job with limited prospects for growth</h2> <p>In most industries, there are ladders to climb. You start off on the bottom rung, you work hard, pay your dues, and climb to the top. Corporate America is a prime example of that, with people coming in as junior managers and rising all the way to senior vice president, or even CEO.</p> <p>However, that may not be the case for your industry, and you must be sure you're OK with that. Are you going to be content with a career that does not have those promotions and power shifts? Are you going to struggle to get pay raises in an industry with a flat career path? If you're driven and want rewards for your hard work, you should reconsider any industry that won't give you those opportunities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-high-paying-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 High-Paying Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago</a>)</p> <h2>4. Doing what your parents want you to do</h2> <p>There's a certain amount of pressure that comes from upholding the traditions of the &quot;family business.&quot; Your father was a mechanic, his father was a mechanic, your two brothers are mechanics &hellip; so you'll be a mechanic. From military careers and law, to plumbing and real estate, there are thousands, if not millions, of people who have simply followed in the footsteps of their parents. And a good portion regret it.</p> <p>Is that what you really want to do? Will it make you happy? Are you doing it just to make Mom and Dad happy? Remember, this is your life, and you only get one shot at it. Follow your passion.</p> <h2>5. Picking something at random</h2> <p>&quot;I don't know what to do, but this looks OK. I can always switch careers later.&quot; Does that sound familiar? Do you have friends or relatives who have said that, and now they're stuck in a career they cannot stand, but can't get out of?</p> <p>It happens a lot. People take a job because it's convenient, pays the bills, and gets them something to put on their resume. But then they get experience in that industry, which leads to a raise or promotion. They acquire more skills that are specific to that career path, excluding them from other industries.</p> <p>As time goes on, the range of careers that are viable becomes smaller and smaller, until it finally dawns on them: They're in this for life. Sometimes you have to take a job you know you're not passionate about for a while. But set a deadline for yourself, focus on deciding what you really want to do, and get out before that temporary job turns into a lifetime profession. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-its-never-too-late-for-a-career-change?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Reasons It's Never Too Late for a Career Change</a>)</p> <h2>6. Waiting for the &quot;perfect&quot; career</h2> <p>While you don't want to take a job for the wrong reasons, you also don't want to exclude yourself from good opportunities just because they're not quite perfect. There's a line in <em>National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation</em> about the chronically unemployed Cousin Eddie that always gets a laugh: &quot;Catherine says he's been holding out for a management position.&quot;</p> <p>It's obviously ridiculous, but for some people, it rings true. They do not want to jump into anything unless it is the absolute perfect fit for them. No compromise. No wiggle room. It either checks every single box, or it's not good enough.</p> <p>This thinking can lead to disappointment and frustration, and at some point, you may pass on a great career because it isn't 100 percent &quot;right.&quot; No career is. Those people earning millions a year on Wall Street have issues with their careers. Nothing is perfect. As long as there are way more positives than negatives, you're doing well.</p> <h2>7. Assuming you need a natural talent to enter a certain career</h2> <p>There are skills that people just seem to be born with: artists and designers, mathematicians, musicians, and so on. However, never forget the famous words of George McFly in <em>Back to the Future</em>: &quot;If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.&quot;</p> <p>Do not close off certain fields because you don't know the first thing about them. Do they interest you? Does the idea of working in that profession make you feel excited? Well, find a way to make it happen. Take the classes. Put in the hard work. Give it everything you've got. Believe in yourself, and you will find that there is almost no career you cannot take on.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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