Dienstag, 28. Juli 2015

10 tips for increased motivation

We've all been there – on some days, nothing seems to work. Losing valuable working time doesn't take away any of our tasks, but it does increase the pressure we feel. We think, this is avoidable! Here are our best tips to increase your motivation and get you started again in no time.

1. Find the reason for your lack of motivation. It's usually something small. Maybe all it takes to make the impression that you are buried in work go away is to simply clear your desk.

2. Visualize the outcome of your task. Think about the contetment you will feel when you'll finish your project.

3. Remember your successes so far. After all, this is not the first difficult task that you had to solve at the office. Don't forget – success is the best motivator!

4. Decide your next step. Your task may be difficult and complicated, but it can be broken down in smaller, easier steps. And these are easier to manage.

5. Plan the next day in advance. Start your schedule with the easy tasks and the feeling of accomplishment that they give you will motivate you for the more difficult ones.

6. For starters, concentrate on your work for five minutes. Most of the time, it will be enough for you to find your usual rhythm.

7. Find a motivated colleague and work side by side. Their motivation will rub off on you.

8. Use your acting talent and pretend to be motivated. You are helping your real motivation to come to the forefront.

9. Read - not only self-help-books, but whatever you like. New ideas will inspire you and speed up your mind and thusly facilitate solution finding.

10. Choose a personal mantra. Don't worry about settling on a corny sentence, as long as it really motivates you!

Good luck!

Having the Boss as a Facebook Friend

What should you do if you get a friend request from your boss on Facebook? That’s a question that concerns more and more employees nowadays. Trouble is, the answer isn’t staring you in the face: no matter whether you accept or decline the request, it may have unpleasant professional consequences.

As an employee, you’d be well advised to think twice before you friend your co-workers or superiors on Facebook. Social media tend to influence your occupational life, and even though the divide between personal matters and those of business becomes more and more blurred, there may still be contents you would rather not share with your boss. At all events, the choice is yours in this situation. That won’t be the case any longer once you receive a Facebook friend request from your employer. It’s necessary to react, then. The question is: how to?

Employees are in a bit of a bind when they have to decide whether they should add their boss to their list of friends on Facebook. Many of them regard such a friend request as a nuisance or as an intrusion into their private lives. However, very few do actually dare to decline it because they are apprehensive of possible consequences such as losing their jobs. And even if the worst doesn’t come to pass – employers aren’t likely to take kindly to rejection, however courteously it is worded, and explaining that you only use your Facebook account for private purposes also might not prevent all negative consequences.

On the other hand, if you accept the friend request of your boss, you should always take precautions as soon as possible. Otherwise, your superior will get to see your party pictures and be able to read along when you exchange views on problems or contents with your friends. To put it briefly, your new Facebook friend will find out quite a lot about your private life, and if you call in sick, for instance, while your posts reveal that your failure to appear at work can be put down to an entirely different reason, it may even lead to your dismissal. Therefore, you should only post entries or contents that won’t get you in trouble if others see them at your place of work, or change your privacy settings at the very least.

Last but not least, all these deliberations beg the question: aren’t there any advantages to having co-workers or superiors as Facebook friends? There are some, of course. You can use your Facebook account for professional exchanges, for self-marketing or to network. It is also possible to organise projects or hold virtual ad-hoc-meetings via Facebook. Did all of your colleagues friend your boss? That may be reason enough for you to do so, too. Still, you should always consider the ramifications: taking this step will mean that your Facebook account won’t – solely – serve for your entertainment any longer. It will be used for professional purposes instead.

Dienstag, 21. Juli 2015

The diplomatic way to resign from your current job

Everything is done – you’ve mastered the application process, negotiated for the best possible salary and working conditions and the contract is ready for your signature. But there’s a catch:  you have to quit your current job. Whether you were happy with it or not, this is most probably not going to be easy.

After all, deciding to give up on your current job and start looking for a new one wasn’t easy either. The reasons for which employees choose to do so haven’t really changed over time. These are mainly the lack of perspectives, over- or under-challenging conditions, unsolved conflicts with colleagues or underpayment. It’s advisable, however, that you try first to find a solution to any of these problems, with your supervisors. A promotion, a raise or a company funded  training, as well as the new responsibilities these bring with them, are usually very good incentives for employee motivation. Ongoing conflicts with colleagues or supervisors are, however, not as easily solvable and, depending on their severity, can be grounds for a resignation.

But, after thorough deliberation, you found a new job, so now you have to let your current employer know. Of course, you have the right to resign anytime, but keep in mind that you might need your current employer’s help in the future, in the form of a recommendation. It’s in your own best interest to leave a good impression.

Talk to your employer as soon as possible and be mindful of the applicable period of notice. If possible, finish all your projects during this period or, at the very least, make sure you pass on all relevant info to your successor. Never mention the amount of your frustration with your current job, even if it may be considerable. Instead, mention that your new position allows you considerable opportunities to grow and evolve. Those are reasons any good employer will understand.

Doing all this, you ensure that you will be pleasantly remembered. And, who knows?... If the right offer comes along, you might be back some time in the future!

Dienstag, 14. Juli 2015

How to Recharge During Work

Nothing makes an overworked employee happier than calling it a day and leaving the office in the evening. The break is also surely well-deserved – but you won’t be able to enjoy it if you’re about to fall over from fatigue. Would you like to spend some quality time with your family or going out with friends? Then make sure you have the opportunity to recharge during work.

That may sound odd at first, but if you overtax yourself at your place of work, you’ll be too tired at the end of the day to do much of anything, and your employer won’t benefit from it, either. Zeal and diligence are recommendable, but you’ll only be able to do your job well in the long run if you are in peak form. That takes rest periods during the work day, so don’t hesitate to go on a break if you feel it’s necessary – and make sure you really use that time to relax.

In order to recharge your batteries, you have to interrupt work both physically and mentally. Thus, instead of checking your emails, you should leave your desk for a while, stretch and move around a bit. Get out of the office for a couple of minutes if you have the chance or open the window at least to let in some fresh air. Don’t let your thoughts circle around the tasks you still have to complete – that doesn’t contribute to relaxation in the least.

A coffee break or a joint meal is the perfect opportunity to have a chat with your colleagues. At other times, you may feel more like spending some time alone. In that case, you can also listen to relaxing music or take a newspaper, magazine or book into hand and read for a while to recharge.

Relaxation exercises and techniques also help you to get rid of pent-up stress. Just find a quiet corner where you can sit back in peace and unwind, then close your eyes and take some deep breaths, and you’ll already feel the tension leaving your body. Give it a try! Taking five minutes may already suffice to recharge, and work will go all the more smoothly afterwards.