7 Steps to Take Before You Ask for the Raise

If you’re thinking of asking your boss for a raise, it’s important to have a plan. Step back and think this through. Spend time to qualify your value contributions and it will be easier to convince your boss that you’re ready for that financial reward. Here are 7 Steps to Take Before you Ask for The Raise: Be consistent. Most people will occasionally give work 100%. You get noticed when you consistently make the effort, show up and give your boss your full attention. Being consistent is a discipline requiring self awareness. We talk about that later in the post. Be proud of your company. Too many employees treat their job as something they do in between vacations. Take the time to learn the mission of the company and howread more

Is Your Coworker Passive Aggressive? (and how to respond)

It’s highly unlikely that everyone likes all of their co-workers, right? There’s always going to be someone who seems to clash with others, no matter what. Unfortunately, in the workplace, we don’t have the luxury of parting ways and moving on without them. We’re stuck with them. And if they are passive aggressive, it’s even more difficult to try to find ways to make the work relationship work. Here are some signs that you’re working with someone who is passive aggressive: They are the Post-it Queen (or King) While we’ve all sent out a flippant email or two, or left annoyed sticky-notes for others when we’ve been wronged, a passive aggressive co-worker will do this to the extreme, as a way of communicating anger, but avoiding face-to-face confrontations. How toread more

5 Tips to Stop Playing SuperHero at Work

Everyone is busy. Multi-tasking is the new normal and distracted is the typical state of mind.  You probably have a ‘to do’ list with more items on it than you can achieve in the course of a day. Listen in on conversations; you will hear people complain about how much they have to do both at home and at work.Are you tensing up even before you get to work? Do you dread walking through the door? You might be suffering from super hero syndrome and overwhelm. If you have been taking on more work or feeling like you carry the responsibility of the whole department, it is time to find a new perspective. Besides you are setting yourself up for chronic stress; the consequences include multiple physical and emotional symptoms likeread more

5 Ways to Handle Passive Aggressive Colleagues

 We have all, at one time or another, encountered passive-aggressive people at work.  And it is possible you may be a little passive-aggressive at times, as well. This can happen when having direct conversations are not acceptable in the culture. If being polite is an unspoken requirement, people are likely to resort to passive aggressive forms of communication. If you regularly encounter rude comments, blame-shifting, sarcasm, procrastination and the occasional silent treatment, it can wear down you down, making it difficult to work as a team, and it creates a toxic environment. So how can you move forward in such a work environment and come out on top? Here are 5 secrets to handling passive-aggressive colleagues: Don’t retaliate with similar passive-aggressive behavior. This throws fuel on the fire. It’s canread more

Stop Settling for Mediocre Goals (Why aiming high takes less energy)

Are you settling? You want to know some of the worst advice I have ever heard in my life?  “Don't aim too high, you'll never be disappointed.” It’s difficult for me to accept that some people actually believe and live by this credo. They set average, easily achievable goals because they know that they will always be able to meet them. Unfortunately, in today’s world, average goals will never get you ahead. Nor will they inspire you. And inspiration is what  ENERGIZES you to focus and achieve your goal. Average goals will always lead to mediocre results. effort is going to follow your goal. Average goal - average effort. Although some people and business get by with mediocre results, they will never be truly successful. In order to reach theread more