Is Returning to the Office Really Necessary in 2022?

We will discuss the real reason some company owners and leadership are forcing people to return to the office when they can do their jobs from anywhere remotely. Here’s the first article that shed some light on this “return to the office” requirement phenomenon

Article #1 | Article #2

What is really driving the “return to the office” requirement? We will discuss the possible reasons.

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What is Quiet Firing? Ways to Figure it All Out…

In the last few weeks, we have been hearing the term “quiet quitting”. Apparently, employers want to retaliate with “quiet firing”….but what is quiet firing? We will discuss what quiet firing is…what it is not…and how it can affect you in the workplace and your career.

Reference for quiet firing:
1. Article from TheRoot.com

2. The Fox News Chicago Video

3. The FindLaw.com Constructive Dismissal = Quiet Firing

4. Bloomberg.com take on Quiet Quitting and how it relates to Quiet Firing

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Are You UnderEmployed? Do These 3 Things to Improve Your Economic Situation

Have you ever been in a job where you just feel like you’re not being paid enough? Maybe the work isn’t particularly stimulating, or your commute is brutal. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry – you’re definitely not alone. In fact, there are plenty of steps you can take to make a change. So if you’re feeling antsy about your current salary situation, read on for some tips on how to make more money. You might be surprised at just how achievable it is!

But first, let’s define what UNDEREMPLOYED means. Based on the online Merriam Webster Dictionary, underemployed : the condition in which people in a labor force are employed at less than full-time or regular jobs or at jobs inadequate with respect to their training or economic needs.

1. Obtain an IT Certification
If you’re like many people, you might be underemployed. That is, you might have a job, but it doesn’t pay very well. In order to make ends meet, you might be working two or three jobs. Or, you might be working a job that is below your skill level. If this sounds like you, then you should consider getting an IT certification. With an IT certification, you will be able to get a better paying job. And, with a better paying job, you will be able to work fewer hours. As a result, you will have more time to spend with your family and friends. So, if you’re underemployed, get an IT certification today!

2. Start a Side Hustle
It’s time to get creative and start a side hustle, if you’re underemployed. Whether you’re looking to make some extra money or simply want to keep yourself busy, there are plenty of opportunities out there for those who are willing to look for them. From starting a blog to working as a freelance writer or editor, there are numerous ways to make money from home. And with the internet, it’s easier than ever to get started. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get creative and start your own side hustle.

3. Network with People Online & Offline About Job Opportunities
In fact, nearly one in four workers in the United States are underemployed, according to a recent study. But there’s no need to despair. There are things you can do to improve your situation. One of the best things you can do is network with people about job opportunities, both online and offline. Online networking sites like LinkedIn can help you connect with potential employers and learn about new job openings. You can also attend job fairs and meet with employment counselors to learn more about available positions. So don’t give up. Get out there and start networking today. It could be the key to landing your dream job.

Underemployment is a real issue, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. There are plenty of ways for you to start earning more money and we want to help. You can start one of the suggestions of obtaining an IT certification, starting a side hustle and networking with people about better job opportunities. If you need additional assistance or just want someone to talk to, please connect with me here. I would be happy to chat with you about your options and how we can work together to improve your situation. Together, we can find a way for you to earn the income you deserve.

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New to the Job – Stand Out Positively in 3 Ways

You’re new to the job, and you want to make a good impression. It’s important to make a positive impression in your new position. Here are three (3) actions to take to stand out positively. First, be sure to show up on time and prepared for your shifts. This means having all the necessary equipment and being ready to work when your shift starts. Second, go above and beyond what’s expected of you. This could mean cleaning up around the workplace or offering to help with a project that’s outside of your normal duties. Finally, be friendly and positive with your co-workers and customers. This will help create a pleasant working environment and make you more likely to be remembered in a positive light. By following these simple tips, you can make a great impression and stand out from the rest.

A) Show Initiative

So you’ve landed a new job. Congrats! Now it’s time to show your boss what you’re made of by being the most proactive employee they’ve ever seen. But where to start? Here are a few ideas:

-Offer to help with tasks that are outside of your normal job description. If you see someone struggling with something, ask if you can lend a hand.

-Don’t be afraid to take initiative on projects. If you have an idea for something, speak up! Your boss will be impressed by your creativity and drive.

So go out there and show them what you’re made of! With a little hard work and determination, you’ll be on your way to success in no time.

B) Ask Key Questions

Now it’s time to ask some key questions to get yourself up to speed. What are the company’s core values? What is the dress code? What are the expectations for overtime? Asking these questions now will help you hit the ground running and avoid any unwelcome surprises down the road. And if you’re ever unsure about something, just ask. It’s better to ask and seem like a rookie than to not ask and look like an idiot. So go ahead and ask away – your new colleagues will be happy to help you out.

C) Come in 30 Minutes Early to Increase Your Learning Curve

One of the best pieces of advice for those who are new to the job is to come in early. This not only shows your boss that you’re dedicated, but it also allows you to learn the ropes faster. You can use this time to familiarize yourself with the company’s systems and procedures, and to get to know your co-workers. Additionally, coming in early gives you a chance to get started on your work before the distractions of the day set in. So if you’re looking to make a good impression and hit the ground running, be sure to arrive at your new job a little bit.

It can be daunting when starting a new job, but remember that you have the opportunity to make a positive impact. We hope these tips will provide some guidance as you begin your journey with your new team. If you need additional help or want to connect with me directly, don’t hesitate to reach out here. I wish you all the best in your new role!

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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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Start Looking for Another Job If….

If these situations start happening at your job…then it’s time to look for another career opportunity

Situations like…
1. Teaching other people (new or old) in your department your primary and secondary duties of the job

2. Your workload has decreased significantly

3. The timeline for established assignments has decreased

4. Request for documented daily activities in 15/30/60 minute increments to be sent to your manager over a specified period of time.

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Employment Law Case Reviews – Overtime Pay Violation

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How to Get a Job While You Still Have One – 3 Strategies To Use Discreetly

So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.

So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.

So, you’re unhappy with your current job and you’re ready to move on. But finding a new job can be a full-time job in itself, and you can’t exactly quit your old job before you have a new one lined up. So how can you find the time to job hunt while still holding down your current gig?

Here are a few tips:

1. Set aside some time each day to job hunt. Even if it’s just 30 minutes, this will help you make progress without feeling overwhelmed. Don’t let your boss catch you slacking off. If you’re spending too much time on your personal laptop during work hours, your boss is bound to notice. So try to do most of your job hunting during your lunch break or after work.

2. Save 1-3 Paid Time Off (PTO) or Vacation days to use for interviews. You never know how long an interview will last and it may impede on your work day significantly, so it is always best to be prepared with using your requested paid days off for interviews.

3. Keep your job search confidential and private. There’s no need to tell your manager(s), supervisor(s) co-workers that you’re looking for a new job. It could backfire quickly! Only notify your direct leader AFTER YOU HAVE SECURED A VIABLE OFFER THAT PAYS YOU MORE MONEY! Not only is it none of their business until the appropriate time. You must be strategic with how you maneuver this process. Unfortunately, you have some petty leaders (managers, supervisors or directors) who will terminate you just because they find out you are looking for other opportunities before you are ready to let the job go.

The job search process can be daunting, but it’s important to remember that you have options. While it may seem like your only choice is to quit your current job and start fresh, there are other ways to go about things. If you need additional help navigating the job search process or want someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through, connect with me here. I would be happy to offer my support and advice. Good luck in your job search!

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Need A Resume in 2022? 3 Ways to Use It Efficiently

Resumes will still be needed in the year 2022. In fact, they may even be more important than they are today. The reason is simple: as the world becomes more competitive, employers will be looking for any advantage they can find. A well-written resume can give you the edge you need to stand out from the crowd.

In 2022, resumes will still be an essential career tool. Though technology is constantly changing and evolving, individuals in the workforce are still relying on traditional resume formats to present their skills and qualifications to potential employers. Furthermore, given the rapidly-changing job market and the need for constant professional development, it is more important than ever to have a versatile resume that can be easily adapted to suit different roles and industries.

One effective way to use resumes most efficiently is by tailoring them specifically for each job you apply for. Not only does this help you to emphasize your most relevant skills and experiences, but it also shows employers that you have done your research and understand what they are looking for in a candidate. Additionally, investing time in updating your resume periodically will help ensure that it stays relevant and up-to-date.

Whether incorporating new achievements or tidying up old information, taking the time to regularly revise your resume can go a long way towards securing you the job of your dreams. So whether you’re just starting out in your career or are a seasoned professional looking to switch fields, don’t underestimate the power of a good resume!

With a little effort, you can make sure your resume is ready to help you get ahead in 2022. So start writing today…but If you want me to help you write your next resume then go here to get started with me.

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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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