Dienstag, 26. April 2016

The most common reasons for being fired

We oftentimes advise you about all the ways in which you can convince potential employers about your qualities and, thus, attain your dream job. But what about those who already have it? They most certainly don‘t want to jeopardize it in any way! Should any of the following sound familiar to you and remind you of your own actions – and we sincerely hope it doesn’t – start changing your ways fast and hope that nobody noticed it yet. This time, we will shed light on the most common reasons for getting fired.

Be honest: did you ever take a pen, a notebook or some other small items from your office and kept it without thinking too much about it? Or did you “borrow“ some stamps from the supplies provided by your employer because otherwise you would have never mailed that particular letter in time? Sure, they sound like small things, but the reality is that you can easily be fired for stealing from your employer. For them, the value of the items is not really the point, but rather the breach in the trust they have placed on you.

Speaking of trust – your employer also trusts that you respect your working hours and don’t miss them without a good reason. After all, the pay you receive at the end of the month covers your contractually agreed working hours. Are you regularly late for work or do you take excessively long lunch breaks? Do you also leave work noticeably sooner than your colleagues? Well, then you shouldn’t be surprised to be out of your job very soon. In case your working hours differ that dramatically from everyone else’s, take our advice and talk to your supervisor as soon as possible and negotiate a new working schedule. Only then will you be safe. Frequent sick leaves are the next red flag for your employer. Everybody gets sick at some point, of course, and in that case it is perfectly fine to stay away from work until you are healthy again. But if you frequently call in for those up to three days, for which you don’t need a doctor’s certificate, well… think again, because you could be on your way out of the company.

Do you make a lot of private calls using your office phone? It’s just as tricky as private surfing on your office computer. If you don’t overdo it, the company will probably keep quiet about it as well. But be sure that your phone and browsing history will be archived somewhere!

At the office, everybody gets fed with something at some point, nevertheless, this should not be a reason to vent during cigarette breaks or on social media, especially not if you use insulting language about your colleagues or superiors. Quite the contrary: it could get you fired! And please don’t turn to alcohol either, at least not in the office! Alcoholism is a good reason to terminate someone’s contract.

Montag, 18. April 2016

Do you know what phase of your job life cycle you are currently in?

It happens more often than not: employees are that fed up with the conditions of their current job that they don‘t see any other way out than quitting and starting in a new job. The clever ones among these are aware of the fact that even the best of jobs turns to routine at some point. Then they start looking for new opportunities and are quick to find some. What is their secret? They know what phase of their job life cycle they are currently in. Now, you can too and use this advantage to better plan your career!

According to HR specialist Jörg Stegemann, you can split the life cycle of almost any job in the following seven phases:

Phase 1 – The first days and weeks in your new job: new responsibilities and tasks, new colleagues, new superiors, new company. Everything is noticeably better than in your last job.

Phase 2 – Six to ten weeks after starting your new position, you reach a first moment of reckoning. You start being aware of some of the weak spots of your new employer and come to the conclusion, that not everything about your old one was necessarily worse by comparison.

Phase 3 – After one year of activity in the new company, you are fully integrated in the new team and your work results are getting better and better.

Phase 4 – Two to three years since your hiring have passed and you are still achieving solid results. You have mastered all aspects of your position and gained the trust of your superiors.

Phase 5 – You reach your personal best level after three to five years. You have built a solid network of contacts in your company, as well as externally.

Phase 6 – Your motivation drops noticeably and for the first time you start to question your company‘s overall strategy. A bad feeling is setting in and you seriously start considering looking for another job.

Phase 7 – You have reached the lowest level of motivation, are talking about your superiors behind their backs and conflicts with co-workers arise.

It’s obvious that even the best of jobs can make you unhappy in time. If you aren’t aware of this, it might be too late by the time you notice it and you may have difficulties finding another job with similar or even better benefits. Lack of motivation and anger won’t help you on the job market either. If you decide to pursue other career opportunities and aren’t looking to retire from your current company, you should start your search for a new job right around the time you are having your best results in the current one.

Montag, 4. April 2016

After work activities

Nowadays in-house solidarity and a good working atmosphere are gaining increasing importance for both large companies and small businesses. This makes perfectly sense since employees who love going to work are more motivated and do as a result work more efficiently. And what is the simplest yet most effective way to increase in-house solidarity and gain a good relationship with your colleagues and/or your boss? Right – after work activities! While colleagues can leisurely gossip about everything and everyone at work, productive changes or other things can be discussed with the boss in a friendly atmosphere.
JOBswype therefore polled its users in all the ten countries, where JOBswyps is active, if they do meet up with their colleagues and/or chiefs outside of the workplace.

Even though there seem to be country-specific preferences concerning the kind of the particular after work activity, it is notable that many employees are still dissociating from closer contact to their colleagues or chiefs. 
Austria is the country, where with overall 42% most of the employees seem to meet their colleagues or chiefs outside of the workplace – preferably for an after-work drink. 
Also in general it is striking that in most of the countries going on a drink seems to be the most popular way to spend time with the colleagues or the chief. 
Only in Rumania doing sports together seems to be preferred in this respect. 
Colleagues rarely go on weekend trips together whereas in Poland with overall 11% this seems to happen most from all the member countries. 
These preferences could be linked to the fact that in most of the cases a closer relationship is preferable for going on a weekend trip together whereas it is not necessary to be very close to each other for having a drink together after work. 
From that we can conclude that the average relationship to our colleagues and chiefs is good, but that really close friendships are rarely build at work.

JOBswype polled its users in March 2016.