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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Forced to Return to the Office? 3 Concrete Ways to Fight for Your Location Independence

 

If you’re one of the many people who are being forced to return to the office against their will, there are a few things you can do to make the best of the situation. First, try to create a positive mindset for yourself. Remind yourself that it’s only temporary and that you’ll be able to appreciate your time at home all the more when it’s over. Second, take advantage of the opportunities that working in an office environment provides. Use your lunch break to socialize with colleagues, or take advantage of the company’s gym membership. Finally, make sure to schedule regular check-ins with your supervisor to ensure that you’re on the same page and that your needs are being met. By following these tips, you can make the most out of a difficult situation and come out stronger on the other side. If you do not want to return to the office and still have location freedom, implement these 3 things immediately…

1. Start Applying for Remote Jobs

So you’ve finally reached the end of your rope with your current remote job because they are forcing you to return to the office. Congratulations! You’ve officially become a millennial cliche. Now it’s time to start looking for another one. The first step is to update your resume. Be sure to include all of the relevant keywords that will help you get found in a search. Then, start scouring the internet for job postings. Indeed, LinkedIn, and even Facebook can be great places to find leads.
Next, reach out to your network. Let everyone know that you’re on the hunt for a new gig. You never know who might have a lead or be able to connect you with someone who does. Finally, don’t forget to brush up on your interviewing skills. After all, you’ll need to sell yourself if you want to land the job.

2. Start an Online Business or Side Hustle

Starting an online business is a great way to take control of your career and set your own hours. But before you quit your day job and start posting on Instagram, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it’s important to have a clear vision for your business. What are your goals and objectives? What can you offer that is unique and valuable? Once you have a good understanding of your brand, you can start to build an online presence. This means creating social media accounts, a website, and other marketing materials. You should also start networking with other entrepreneurs to get some tips and advice. Finally, don’t forget to create a budget and stick to it. With careful planning and execution, you can turn your side hustle into a successful business.

3. Become Overemployed

What does that mean, you ask? Well, it means you now have more work than you can possibly handle with two (2) remote jobs which constantly running around like a chicken with its head cut off. But don’t worry, there are some things you can do to make the most of this situation. First of all, try to stay calm and organized. This may seem impossible at first, but if you can make a list of everything that needs to be done and tackle one task at a time, you’ll be surprised at how much you can get accomplished. Secondly, delegate tasks to others whenever possible. If you’re lucky enough to have colleagues or friends who are willing to help out, take advantage of that and offload some of the work onto them. Finally, learn to say no. This is probably the most important tip of all. When you’re already stretched thin, it’s tempting to say yes to every new project that comes your way. But if you want to avoid burning out, it’s important to know your limits and stick to them. Keep in mind, being overemployed can provide you with the benefit of letting go the remote job forcing people to return to the office and keep the other. It provides you with options that are normally not possible.

Location independence is a hot topic and for good reason. It can be the key to unlocking a life of freedom and flexibility. But it’s not always easy to achieve, especially if you don’t have the support system in place or working with employers that do not want to be flexible anymore. If you need additional help fighting for your location independence, connect with me at here. I’d love to chat with you about your unique situation and see how I might be able to help. If you want to work with me directly to specifically structure your career path, go here. Until then, keep up the good fight!

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4 Illegal Interview Questions & How to Handle Them…Professionally

You’re all dressed up, you’ve made it to the interview round and now there’s just one more hurdle: the questions. While some are perfectly legit, others could get you into trouble. Here are four illegal interview questions and how to respond if they come up. (Hint: It’s all about staying professional.)

Looking for a job is hard enough as it is, without running into potential roadblocks along the way – which is why knowing what illegal interview questions to watch out for is key. With that in mind, here are four of the most common ones to watch out for – along with tips on how to handle them like a pro.

So, what exactly are illegal interview questions? They are any questions that related to protected characteristics, such as race, religion, national origin, gender, age, or disability. Asking these types of questions is not only unethical – it’s also against the law.

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #1 – HOW OLD ARE YOU?

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #2 – WHAT IS YOUR SALARY HISTORY?

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #3 – DO YOU OWN A CAR?

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #4 – HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ARRESTED BEFORE?

Illegal interview questions are, unfortunately, more common than you might think. In fact, a study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that nearly 60% of employers have asked at least one illegal question during a job interview. The Fair Labor Standards Act Laws (FLSA) prohibit all types of discrimination based on gender, race and other specified protected classes. To obtain more details, click here.

Fortunately, there are ways to handle illegal interview questions professionally. If you’re ever put in this situation, here’s what you should do:

1. Thank the interviewer for their time and say that you’re not comfortable answering the question because they may be illegal based on FLSA practices.
2. Always start of with the question, “how is this question relevant to the job?“.
3. Respond with a general answer that doesn’t provide any specific information about your protected characteristic. For example, if you’re asked about your religion, you could say that you respect all religions and believe that everyone has the right to practice their own faith.
4. Redirect the conversation back to your qualifications for the job.
5. If the interviewer persists, politely end the interview and contact an attorney or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for consultation.

Although you can never be too prepared for an interview, having a general understanding of what is and isn’t appropriate to ask will help ease your mind. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being asked an illegal questions, don’t panic. Stay calm and collected and remember that it is more important to maintain professionalism than to jeopardize your career. Finally, if you need additional help or have any questions about how to handle a difficult interview situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to me here. I would be happy to offer my assistance!

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Workplace StoryTime – Manager’s ideas 💡 were stolen by company

The lesson in this story…patent your ideas, trademark your name and processes and copyright your written documents to have the right to use your ideas wherever you want. It provides freedom.

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Best Career Change Action Steps #5

Making a career change is no small task. It can be difficult to know where to start, or even where to turn for advice. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

In this series, we’ll outline the best steps you can take to make a successful career change action steps. Today we’re discussing Step 5…Apply…Apply….Apply! Deliberate Action is key when it comes to making a career change, so make sure you take the time to get your ducks in a row before beginning your journey.

First, check out Steps 1 – 4 to get the beginning steps.

Step #1 | Step #2 | Step #3 | Step #4 |

Congratulations on making it to the end of our 5-Action Steps to changing careers! As a recap, we’ve covered identifying your transferable skills, doing some market research, creating a plan of action, and getting started. The final step is staying motivated and taking action throughout your journey. This can be tricky when the process seems daunting or you encounter setbacks along the way. That’s where a support system comes in handy. Friends and family can provide encouragement, but for more tailored advice and accountability, consider working with a career coach or mentor. I can help you stay focused on your goals while providing guidance and resources along the way. For additional help with your career transition, work with me directly here.

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Best Career Change Action – Step #2

Does the idea of a career change fill you with dread, or are you excited for a new opportunity? If you’re stuck in a dead-end job, it might be time to consider making a change. But where do you even start? Here is Step #2 of Career Change Series. You can also find the link for Step #1 below.

Step #1 | Step #2 | Step #3 | Step #4 | Step #5

That’s it for this action step! Check out the rest of the Career Change Action Steps Series to learn more about making a career change. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for some extra help along the way, reach out to us here and we’ll be happy to chat with you about your options.

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StoryTime Career Series – Episode 2: Toxic Work Environment

This is second of the StoryTime Series on my podcast and YouTube channel sharing stories of all of our experiences in the world of careers, jobs, contract work, independent consulting and business interactions. In the second episode, I share one of my experiences while working in a toxic environment. The names, dates and other information were kept confidential to protect the innocent or guilty party.

The objective is the learn and grow from our professional and personal experiences to become a better version of ourselves, professionally. This particular story hits home and taught me so much about myself and the level of restraint I earned during that time. If it wasn’t for a great friend talking me off the proverbial ledge on a weekly basis, I probably would have been arrested for physical assaults and verbal altercations. The tension was thick and my stress level went through the roof! I am grateful to have survived it without loosing my composure.

What did I learn from this experience?

I learned that people and their preconceived notions are so strong, it allowed them to spread malicious lies about other people’s character. Keep in mind, they never took the time to get to know the individual but somehow felt entitled to assume things about people. Needless to say, the very sword those people intended to injury others, they ended up falling the same swords.

I learned corporations set up “certain people” for failure. For example, training some employees on the 25% – 30% of their duties while training other employees on 90% of their duties. They followed up by measuring each employee’s job performance without the same level of detailed training. So the employee with 30% of the training will never perform at the level of the employee that received 90% of the training. When questioned about why the training levels are different when the expectation of performance is the same, you receive responses like “training is a privilege“.

I learned that we all have a choice with the work environment we choose to spend our time. In my case, this employer terminated me for job performance, when I received less than 50% of the necessary training to be successful. It was the second termination from a job that I felt relief! The relief of not ever setting foot in that toxic environment.

If you find yourself having to self-talk your way into the doors of your job every morning…just so you don’t want the entire place to explode while you’re on a lunch break…It’s time to get a concrete career plan specifically tailored to you leaving that toxic environment for GOOD! Start by grabbing my eBook, “From Clueless Teenager to Consummate Professional”, 7 Steps to Cultivating the Career and Economic Life You Want here. It will help you cultivate your exit plan and career strategy. While you’re at it, grab my FREE DREAM Career Guide specifically formulated to help you document your Career Strategy step by step.

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