What I Learned from Being Overemployed…

When I was employed by two different organizations, both of whom allow me to work from the comfort of my own home. And while there are certainly some perks to this type of arrangement (no commute! pajamas all day!), there are also some things that I’ve had to learn the hard way. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned from my experience working from home.

Lesson 1: Be very strategic with your work schedules to assure all your assigned duties for both jobs are handled timely in your schedule timeblocks. Balancing two jobs can be tough, but with a little bit of strategic planning, it is possible to complete all your work on time. Here are a few tips for creating a work schedule that will help you stay organized and productive.

First, try to plan out your work hours for both jobs so that they overlap as little as possible. This way, you can focus on one task at a time without having to switch gears constantly. Second, make sure you allocate enough time for each task. If you know you need eight hours to finish a project at one job, don’t try to squeeze it into six hours at the other job. Lastly, be realistic about how much time you can actually devote to each task. There’s no use in promising yourself that you’ll work twelve hour days when you know that’s not going to happen.”

Lesson 2: Focus on the specific financial goals driving you to be overemployed.
Are you working two jobs to make ends meet? Are you finding it difficult to focus on your work when you’re also trying to take care of the household responsibilities? If so, here are some tips to help you better manage your time and stay focused on your goals. First, be realistic about how much time you can devote to each job. Second, establish specific deadlines for each job and stick to them. Third, create a schedule that outlines when you will work on each task. Fourth, keep a positive attitude and don’t get overwhelmed by the workload. Finally, take breaks when necessary and reward yourself for a job well done. By following these tips, you can effectively manage multiple jobs and achieve your goals!

Lesson 3: Establish your support system at home while you are overemployed.
With both my partner and I working full-time jobs, it can be hard to find time for each other. Adding in a third job – being a stay-at-home mom – can feel impossible. But with careful planning, a personal support system with family, and realistic goals, it is manageable. Here are some tips that have helped us make the most of our time together.

First and foremost, try to schedule regular date nights (or days) where you put everything else aside and focus on each other. Whether it’s taking a walk around the block, cooking dinner together, or just cuddling on the couch watching your favorite show, this time is essential for maintaining intimacy and connection.
Make sure you also carve out some one-on-one time with each child as well – even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes before bed reading stories or playing games. This helps them feel special and loved, which will only benefit them in the long run. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask family members for help when needed. Whether it’s watching the kids for an afternoon so you can catch up on errands or folding laundry while you take a break, they’ll likely be more than happy to lend a hand.
By following these tips we’ve been able to maintain our relationship while working two full-time jobs…and being parents! Juggling everything can be tough but it’s definitely doable with a little bit of effort.”

Lesson 4: Budget the additional funds overemployment provides wisely
Now that you have extra money coming in from your two remote jobs, it’s important to budget it wisely. Here are some tips for how to best use your additional income:
1) Determine what your priorities are and create a budget accordingly.
2) If you have any debts, focus on paying them off as quickly as possible.
3) save for rainy day fund – you never know when you might need it!
4) invest in yourself by using the money to take courses or buy materials that will help you advance in your career.
5) enjoy yourself and treat yourself to something nice every once in a while! After all, you’ve earned it!

Lesson 5: Keep your “overemployment” status private, especially from co-workers at either jobs.
The best-kept secret in the working world is having a 2nd job. Whether it’s to make extra money or just to have something to do, a 2nd job can be a great way to keep your finances stable and your days full. But one thing you need to remember is that keeping your 2nd job private is key, especially from co-workers at either job. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

1) Don’t tell anyone at your primary job about your 2nd job. This includes friends, family members, and even co-workers. The fewer people who know about it, the better. You never know who might accidentally let something slip out of curiosity or gossiping.
2) Keep your schedule for both jobs separate as much as possible. This means not overlapping shift hours, taking different days off work, etc. If people at either job start getting suspicious that you’re never around when they expect you to be, they may start asking questions that you don’t want to answer.
3) Be discreet with how often you talk about your 2nd job online or in person. Don’t post about it on social media, and try not to bring it up too often when talking with people outside of work (unless they already know). Again, the less attention you draw to it, the better.
4) Make sure any evidence of your 2nd job is hidden or removed from view if someone does ask about it unexpectedly . For example, if you have flyers for interviews or resumes lying around your house, put them away before anyone comes over; if you have a laptop open displaying an employment website while at home, close it quickly; and so forth.”

Lesson 6: Celebrate your small financial milestones while being overemployed.
What’s the best way to make money feel like less of a grind? Celebrate your small financial milestones along the way! As someone who’s juggling two remote jobs, I know that every little bit helps. Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate your own small wins.

Whether it’s saving up for a rainy day fund or paying off debt, every step in the right direction is something to be proud of. So take a moment to pat yourself on the back and enjoy your accomplishments! Small victories add up over time, so keep up the good work. 🙂

Lesson 7: Get some rest!
I’d encourage anyone who has the opportunity to work remotely, even if it’s just for a little while. It really opens your eyes to how much you can get done outside of a traditional office setting – and that there are so many opportunities out there if you’re willing to look for them. If you’re thinking about making the switch to working remotely full-time, I say go for it! Just be prepared to put in a little extra effort upfront to make sure everything runs smoothly.

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When Treating Employees Bad…Goes Left

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1. Was the employer or the employee in the wrong?
2. What can we learn from this story?
3. My HR perspective on this entire situation and how this could have been avoided.
4. My perspective as a Career Coach how you need to deal with an employer like this.

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Is The Great Resignation is Going On? 3 Reasons Why it’s Still Happening

The Great Resignation: Still Going Strong

It’s been a little over a year since the Great Resignation first began. For those of you who don’t know, the Great Resignation is when employees across various industries start quitting their jobs en masse in pursuit of other opportunities. The resignation wave started in late 2019 and has continued unabated ever since. So, is the Great Resignation still going on? Let’s take a look.

The answer, quite simply, is yes. If anything, the Great Resignation appears to be picking up steam. In the last quarter of 2020 alone, nearly 4% of workers across all industries resigned from their jobs. That might not sound like much, but it represents a significant increase from previous quarters. And it’s not just low-level employees who are resigning; senior managers and executives are quitting at an increasing rate as well.

1. Toxic Work Environment
So, what’s the deal with this so-called “Great Resignation?” You might be asking yourself. Well, let’s just say that it’s not for the faint of heart. If you’re considering quitting your job because of a toxic work environment, here are a few things you should keep in mind. First of all, it’s important to have a solid plan in place. What will you do after you resign? What are your financial obligations? What are your long-term career goals? Once you have a good understanding of your situation, you can start to put together a game plan. Secondly, remember that resigning is not a decision to be made lightly. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons before making any decisions. Finally, don’t forget that you’re not alone. There are plenty of people who have gone through the same thing and come out the other side successfully. If you’re feeling lost or uncertain, reach out to a trusted friend or family member for support. Whatever you do, don’t let a toxic work environment get the best of you.
Second, businesses have become more flexible in recent years. Thanks to advances in technology, more and more businesses are allowing employees to work remotely or on a flexible schedule. This has made it easier for people to quit their jobs and start their own businesses or pursue other ventures.

2. Employee Found Better Job Opportunities with More Flexibility
It’s official- the Great Resignation is still going strong. Every day, more and more people are deciding that they’ve had enough of the traditional 9-5 grind and are instead opting for jobs that offer more flexibility and a better work-life balance. And who can blame them? With the technological advances of the past few years, there’s no reason why we should all be stuck in a office from 9 to 5. So if you’re thinking about joining the ranks of the Great Resigners, here are a few things you should do first.

First, take some time to assess your skills and experience. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What kind of work do you see yourself doing in the long term? Once you have a good understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, it will be easier to identify which jobs would be a good fit for you.

Next, start doing your research. There are lots of different job options out there, so take some time to explore all of your options. What kinds of jobs are available in your field? What kinds of companies are hiring? What kind of salary can you expect to earn? The more you know about your options, the easier it will be to find a job that’s right for you.

Finally, don’t be afraid to seize opportunity when it comes knocking. The Great Resignation is still going strong, but that doesn’t mean it will last forever. So if you find a job that seems like a good fit, don’t hesitate to apply. Who knows? You might just be the next Great Resigner.

3. Employees Don’t Like the Job Anymore
It seems like the Great Resignation is still going strong. Employees everywhere are getting fed up with their jobs and are quitting in droves. If you’re one of those people who are thinking about quitting, there are a few things you should do first. First, make sure you have another job lined up. There’s nothing worse than quitting your job and then being unemployed. Second, give your notice in a professional way. Don’t just leave a nasty note for your boss – that’s just childish. Third, make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you leave. Give your employer plenty of notice so they can find a replacement for you, and make sure you tie up any loose ends before you go. And finally, don’t forget to enjoy your last few days at work. after all, once you quit, you’ll never be able to come back!

4. Employees Don’t Want to Work…Period!
What’s the deal with employees these days? It seems like they just don’t want to work. Every day, more and more people are quitting their jobs and leaving the workforce altogether. Some say it’s because they’re tired of being undervalued and overworked. Others say it’s because they just don’t find meaning in their work anymore. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that the great resignation is still going strong. So what can employers do to combat this trend? For starters, they can try to create a more positive work environment. This means providing fair wages, reasonable hours, and meaningful work. Additionally, employers should focus on building relationships with their employees. After all, people are more likely to stick around if they feel valued and appreciated. Ultimately, it’s up to employers to make the workplace somewhere employees actually want to be. Otherwise, they’ll just keep voting with their feet.

There’s no question about it: the Great Resignation is still going strong. Every day, thousands of people across the country resign from their jobs in pursuit of new opportunities. So if you’re thinking about resigning from your job, you’re certainly not alone!

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Workplace Storytime – Hypocrites at Work

Have you ever worked with someone who was two-faced? You know, the kind of person who is all sweetness and light when the boss is around, but a real nightmare when they’re not? Well, these people are called hypocrites, and they can be found in every workplace. From the office gossip to the brown-noser, hypocrites come in all shapes and sizes. So how do you deal with them?

Well, first of all, it’s important to remember that not everyone is going to like you. And that’s okay. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone at work, but you should try to be professional. If someone is being a hypocrite, simply ignore them. Don’t engage in gossip or backstabbing yourself – that will only make you look bad. And if all else fails, talk to your boss about the situation. They may not be aware of what’s going on, and they’ll definitely want to know if there’s someone in the office who isn’t being team player.

There are four (4) things you can learn from the hypocrites at work. They are for you remain professional, use your own brain and not engage in group think, cover yourself with documentation (aka CYA) and how they can negatively impact company morale.

1. Remain Professional
If you’re working with a bunch of hypocrites, it can be tough to stay professional. After all, they’re the ones who are supposed to be setting the example! But no matter how difficult it may be, it’s important to remain polite and respectful. After all, you never know when you might need their help. Just remember: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!

2. Use Your Own Brain – Do Not Engage in Group Think
Hypocrites at work are in cliques. Do your best to avoid them. If you can’t avoid them, do your best to outshine them. Show them up with your work ethic and dedication. Let them know that you’re not going to put up with their crap. They might try to bring you down, but don’t let them. You’re better than that. And eventually, they’ll get bored of trying to bring you down and they’ll move on to someone else. So just keep doing your thing and don’t worry about the hypocrites. They’re not worth your time or energy because they participate in group-think activities. They either share similar opinions on things or share the narrative of the leader of the hypocrite group. Either way, focus your energy on getting your work done with excellence.

3. Cover Yourself with Documentation (aka CYA)
At some point in your career, you’re bound to run into a hypocrite. Maybe they’re the one who is always preaching about being honest but is the first to throw someone under the bus. Or maybe they’re the colleague who is quick to take credit for other people’s work. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to be prepared for these situations. After all, hypocrites can be dangerous to your career.

The best way to deal with a hypocrite at work is to have documentation to back up your claims. If you have emails or memos that prove you did the work, then you can use that as evidence. This way, when the hypocrite tries to sabotage you, you can show everyone what really happened. And if worst comes to worst and you do get caught in the crossfire, at least you know you did everything you could to defend yourself.

4. Hypocrites Negatively Impact Company Morale & Overall Culture
What ever happened to the golden rule? You know, the one that says treat others how you want to be treated? It seems like a lot of people in the workforce today have forgotten that age-old adage. Instead, they practice what I like to call the “do as I say, not as I do” method. These are the same people who are quick to point out when someone else makes a mistake, but turn a blind eye when they’re the ones in the wrong. They’re self-righteous and think they’re always right, even when they’re blatantly wrong. And worst of all, they’re hypocrites.

Unfortunately, hypocrites are everywhere, and they can have a negative impact on company morale and overall culture. Their actions (or lack thereof) can breed mistrust and resentment among employees. And when there’s no trust or respect, it’s hard to get anything done.

It can be tough to deal with hypocrites, especially when they’re in our own workplace. But there are ways to handle them that can minimize the damage they do and even help us learn a thing or two. If you need additional help dealing with hypocrites at work or want to share your workplace story with me, connect with me here. I’d love to hear your story and offer some advice to help you deal with those hypocrites without driving yourself crazy.

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