Sonntag, 27. August 2017

This is how you’ll get a promotion for a managing position

You are new in your job, just started working and want to reach the stars? Be in a managing position in a few years? At first, for many it may look like (good) bosses possess a special gene or some extraordinary personality traits. The truth is, they have put in vast amounts of work and also had a little bit of luck. Sadly, we can’t provide you a blueprint of how to be promoted to a managing position. We can, however, provide a few starting points that will set you on the right path. Let’s get started!

1. Build a strong professional network. By building and maintaining a strong professional network, you will find like-minded individuals that are able to relate to your challenges and worries and provide you with good advice and, most importantly, mentors. They have already arrived at the point that you want to get to in a few years and can not only give you good advice, but also point out opportunities for you that you’ve had otherwise ignored. Regularly attend (social) events from your line of work (talks, seminars, fairs etc.) and befriend the right people.

2. Always stay up to date.  A good boss always sets a good example for the team that they are leading. This means that they have to stay up to day with all news and developments pertaining to their field of work, so that they are able not only to help out their underlings in moments of need and provide solutions, but also to give new impulses. It’s only possible, if they’ll actively keep themselves up to date with news, new developments and new methods. Start doing this right now and your superiors will definitely notice and appreciate your effort and dedication. In turn, you’ll be on their radar come promotion time.

3. Don’t forget the basics of your job. You want to be the referee without knowing the rules of the game? In the same way, in order to lead a team, you must be aware of every and each detail and procedure of your daily work. Don’t be afraid to learn from other colleagues and don’t shy away from new tasks and new (and increased) responsibilities. Without solid experience, you just aren’t ready for a managing position.

4. The qualities of a manager. You won’t find the one quality of a manager, because oft he differences between positions, domains and companies. If you nevertheless are reliable, a good communicator, ready to take on responsibility and self-reflected, you are on the right way.

Mittwoch, 9. August 2017

This is how you’ll survive the hottest days at the office – the best advice against the heat

Summer also brings high temperatures with it, not even at during the night do we feel any relief. We don’t really mind all that during the summer vacation, but it can get tiring really fast during office time. When outside temperatures reach 30 or 35 degrees, it isn’t much cooler inside either. A/C units aren’t a standard yet and employers aren’t bound by law to send employees home during heatwaves. They only have to provide bearable working conditions. Seeing that companies don´t just close down their business during summer and send their employees on a vacation, here are a handful of suggestions that can make your life easier working during a summer heatwave.

1. Ventilate the office in the morning. Open all the widows in the morning, when you get to your office and let in the fresh, cool morning air before it gets hot. Then close all the windows, because later having them open won’t help at all, as only the hot air circulates. Close the windows and make use of blinds or curtains. This will keep the office protected from direct sunlight and hopefully keep the heat away as well.

2. Use a ventilator. A ventilator is no A/C unit, but it can still help cooling you down, as it supports the evaporation of sweat from your skin. But beware - point it at your forehead or neck and you’ll maximize your chances to get a cold or some sore back and neck muscles and headaches. It’s better to point the ventilator at your upper body.

3. Choose the right clothing. Wear light-colored and airy clothes made from natural fibers. They let your skin breathe and keep your body safe from overheating.

4. Drink lots of liquids. You know the rule: an adult should drink about two litres per day. During heatwaves, your body loses much more humidity than usual, so you should adjust your intake accordingly and drink up to twice as much. Don’t neglect to stay properly hydrated, as it can have all sorts of bad consequences, like headaches and drops in concentration. Stay away from caffeinated or alcoholic beverages and add water to fruit juices.

5. Cool yourself down. Place cooling pads on the nape of your neck or on your legs, as they will make the heat more tolerable. Same goes for the following trick: place your wrists under running, cold tapwater and keep them there for a few minutes. Another clever idea is filling up a spray bottle with green tea, cooling it and then using it to moisten your face and neck every now and then – try it, it’s incredibly refreshing!

6. Begin work sooner. If you can’t beat the heat, get out of it’s way! Talk with your supervisor about switching up your working hours and begin to work sooner in the morning. This way, you’ll get the best of both: working and being productive during the cooler morning hours and enjoying summer somewhere in the shade, with a drink in your hand during the afternoon.