“What IS Your Passion?”

When figuring out what kind of impact you want your career to have on you and the world, the one question everyone asks is, “What is your passion?” If you find yourself overwhelmed by this enormous question, wondering what your one true passion is and how you can possibly turn it into a full time gig, you’re not alone.

This is a big, expansive question, what IS your passion?? You may easily have a hundred and one answers, or, you may struggle to even come up with one. Let’s break down this question to get a clearer idea of who you are, what you want, and what you do and don’t like doing. Whether you’re starting fresh or looking for more satisfaction in your current role, there are a few more useful questions you should be asking yourself to find your direction.

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Harsh Truths About Being A Manager

Stepping into a management role for the first time is not all glitz and glam. Becoming a successful manager and leader is a challenge of its own. You will need to continuously build on and strengthen your skills in order to best serve your staff. Give yourself weekly goals aimed at building up your leadership abilities to successfully manage your individual employees and shape them into a cohesive team.

 

Be aware that being a manager is more than simply delegating tasks, you will need to put in a lot of hard work. Before you dive into being the all-star leader of your organization’s needs, there are a few harsh truths you’ll need to open your eyes to. Not everyone is cut out for management, so read this to avoid setting yourself up for shocking disappointment and frustration.

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Managers Need Time Off Too!

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a manager or leader is to forget about yourself. While taking time off from work might seem difficult or down right impossible, managers absolutely need to and should take time off. Whether it’s a long weekend here and there or a full 1-2 week vacation, it’s in the best interest of your mental and physical health to schedule some time off!

Taking time away from work to recharge can help you become a better leader by improving your focus and drive. It’s important to plan ahead and prepare yourself and your staff for your time away, so how can you keep on top of your busy schedule while also taking time off for yourself?

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Cost Of Caregiving On Employees

In the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, we often forget the reality of our employee’s and colleague’s responsibilities outside of work. Whether these responsibilities are to an elder relative or to their dependent children, approximately 43.5 million Americans are currently providing unpaid or informal caregiving. Your employees and colleagues are finding it more difficult to balance successful career development while fulfilling their caregiving responsibilities.

Employers need to take into consideration the caretaker benefits they can offer employees. Joseph B. Fuller, Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, states “The costs associated with voluntary turnover and lost productivity driven by caretaking duties are much more substantial than employers take into account.”

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How To Tell A Coworker They’ve Made A Mistake

A fellow coworker comes to you and asks you to review their completed project. You take a glance and there is a problem, and it’s a big one. There’s not just a missing data slide or a few misspelled words, but the whole project is wrong and definitely needs to be re-done.

You absolutely need to tell them there are errors or discrepancies. You don’t want to sound like a “know-it-all” or come across condescending but you just can’t let them proceed with a project that completely missed the mark.

So, exactly how do you tell them they are wrong? Whether it’s your office BFF, a new hire, or even your supervisor, there are a few tips on how to handle this potentially difficult conversation.

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When An Employee Gives Notice

California is an at will employment state, meaning employers and employees can end employment at a moment’s notice. When it comes time for an employee to resign, it is usually a simple process in which the employee gives their notice with an end date.

But, what if you receive just a verbal resignation from an employee you clearly will not miss? Receiving this resignation can leave you jumping for joy, however, you’ll want to withhold from celebrating until you have received written confirmation with an agreed upon end date! Once a team member gives notice, it’s time to partner with HR so you can systematically navigate the resignation process to avoid any road bumps along the way.

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Foster Career Development In Your Staff

When one of your best employees gives notice out of left field, you’ll certainly be wondering why. As it usually turns out, they had been thinking about it for months and consulting with friends and family. The one person they should have clued into that conversation was YOU, their manager. 

Their decision to leave could have potentially been avoided with a real conversation on whether they felt valued or if they felt they had the potential to grow within their role at your company. Unfortunately, this is a crucial conversation managers and employees completely drop the ball on.

LinkedIn research points out that one of the main reasons people quit their job is lack of career advancement; because they feel like they’re unable to do so in their current role. A recent Alight workforce study reports that 78% of employees expect managers to discuss career and learning opportunities with them and that shockingly only 37% of employees feel managers do this well. What do you do when your team members feel like they can’t talk about career development? Block out the time in your already-packed schedule to sit each one down for a real conversation about it.

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Everyone Is Jumping Ship, Should I follow?

Amidst the ever evolving workforce landscape, it’s not uncommon for people to change jobs. But when does it become cause for alarm when a few people leaving turns into a stampede of colleagues headed for the door?

If it seems your company is frequently losing strong team members, it may be time for you to evaluate your situation and ask yourself some key questions. It may be concerning to see colleagues you respect leave, but their departure should not immediately instigate a red flag warning for you. There are an array of factors to consider before making the decision to jump ship or to stay the course.

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The Truth About Open Office Floor Plans

You might think the perfect way to entice your team to be more collaborative is to remove cubicles and provide a trendy open floor plan environment. Creating a more accessible and communicative platform to spark innovation through connectivity would theoretically lead the business to success.

Traditionally, office spaces have consisted of little neighborhoods of personal cubicles since their invention in the 1960s. One of the more recent reinventions of the workplace has been the open office floor plan. These are wide open spaces filled with long community tables, typically with a standing desk section, where everyone can see and hear each other.

With approximately 70% of organizations currently incorporating the open office floor plan into their workplaces with 40% dedicated to communal use, you will want to pause before you jump in line. We urge you to consider the increasing amount of statistics that point out the truly toxic downsides of this widely-incorporated trend.

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What You Can Do If You’re Not A Good Culture Fit

Changing jobs is exciting and stressful. After accepting an offer and settling into a new routine, you may be one of the many people who struggle to adapt to a new company culture. You are familiar with your coworkers, understand the dynamics of the company and everyone’s responsibilities, and you can even navigate the supply room without getting lost! You seem to be getting the hang of things, however, something seems to be leaving you anxious. This is normal. After all, you will certainly face new challenges, learn new methods of doing things, and figure out how to best work with your coworkers in any new position. If, after a month or two, you’re worried that you may not be blending well with the company’s culture, you’re not alone!

Perhaps the reality of the culture is not aligned with what you had expected it to be. You may be feeling disappointed if you thrive in a collaborative environment but most of your colleagues want to work heads down with headphones in. Maybe you’re the introvert finding yourself overwhelmed in a bustling open floor plan office. Sometimes when faced with change we can feel defeated, but with a few tips and a little practice you can find your stride and adjust successfully. So, what can you do if you feel like you’re not fitting into the office culture at your new job?

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