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Be A Good Employee – Dos and Donts

A good employee should always be one step ahead of their boss and have things ready even before being asked

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We strive to be the best we can be at the places we work. Some places turn out well while others not so much. Some jobs may fit what you need in your life and some jobs you want to run away from and never look back. Ultimately in the end it is what you make of the job and how you choose to perform. If you are at a place that doesn’t seem to fit your style, then there is a chance you may not perform well. But if you want to show off your ability as a worker, then follow these dos and don’ts of being a good employee.

DOS

Do Pay Attention & Be Detail Oriented

A good employee has to be detail oriented. They are able to recognize mistakes and typos when they see it. Instead of letting it go, they correct it. Someone who is detail oriented is constantly aware of everything going on around them and not get distract from their duties. They listen and get everything asked of them, done. Practice your listening skills and double-check everything as much as possible.

Do Take Initiative

Take action on a project before being asked to do so. Good employees should always be one step ahead of their boss and have things ready even before being asked. I  admire someone who does everything ahead of time and when I finally get around to assigning a task and they tell me that it’s already done, it’s like music to my ears. Be perceptive and see what can be done ahead of time and you’ll see that your employer will be impressed.

Do Stay Organized

No one likes a disorganized individual. If your boss sees you disheveled and unorganized, it can be disastrous for your reputation. Keep your work area neat and tidy. Get all your paperwork in order. Don’t let stray paperwork be the end of you. People admire those who are on top of things and know where everything is located when asked.

Do Find Solutions To Problems

If there is an issue, do your best to rectify it. Don’t let the problems work their way to your boss. See if you can get it handled and with urgency. Bosses love not being bothered with things that they know could have been handled without them. I get annoyed when a tiny problem is addressed when it didn’t need to be. It’s a waste of time. If there is an issue at your workplace, see the best way you can get involved and nip it right then and there without having it go up the chain of command.

DONTS

Don’t Be Negative About Your Duties

Not every job is great, but that does not give you the right to complain day in and day out about your duties. Learn to stay positive and resist any temptation to be angry and negative. Employers love positive and inspiring individuals who seem to be cheerful and on top of the world. These employees bring a great vibe to the workplace and we are always searching for more of them.

Don’t Badmouth Your Co-Workers

Your co-workers are people you will have to see every day. It makes no sense to gossip about them and talk about them behind their backs. It doesn’t contribute any positive vibes. Don’t give in to other coworkers gossiping and spreading rumors. Make a conscious choice to ignore them and go about your day. Don’t spread what they say around, even if it makes for good conversation. Change the topic if you can and talk about more positive things that are happening in your lives.

Don’t Assume

A big issue that many employees face is assuming something when it’s not true. If you are unsure of doing something correctly, be sure to ask so you can get it right the first time. Don’t automatically assume that you are doing everything correctly because this can lead to time-wasting situations and not look good for anyone in the end. I’m a big advocate of making sure we do things right the first time and so we hammer out any and all questions at the very start of the project.

Don’t Brush Things Under The Rug

And finally, make sure you are not brushing things under the rug. This means that you choose to ignore a pressing problem in front of your face. If there is something wrong, make sure you take action on it. Don’t just let it persist! Make sure you correct something when it is needed to be corrected. Ignoring a problem can cause it to escalate and that is no good for everyone involved.

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How To Be A Good Manager

I think one of the greatest qualities of a good manager is having empathy.

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Going to work can be hard enough. Leading at said workplace can be even more challenging. As a manager or supervisor, you are in a leadership role where your fellow employees look up to you. It can be daunting to give orders and ensure your department runs smoothly. I’ve been running a department for several years now and my management skills still need to be honed in order to be a more effective leader. Some people are born with this natural ability to lead while others have to gain them through experience. To be a good manager, there are several qualities that one must have. This is how to be a good manager.

Be Empathetic

I think one of the greatest qualities of a good manager is having empathy. We all live hectic lives and we all face different circumstances in our positions. Your team will come to you asking for advice or favors and you have to be able to relate to their position. Without empathy, you won’t be able to build a solid relationship with your employees because you’ll make them feel like you don’t respect their worth. Having empathy shows that you truly do care about their well-being and it can allow you to connect on a more personal level.

Teach, Don’t Dictate

There’s an old Chinese proverb I love that says “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” When you are running a department, it can be quite difficult to get everyone on the same page in terms of knowing what to do. But the truth is, everyone has to start somewhere and in order to get them to your level is to teach them how to do things properly and efficiently. Begin by asking them about their workflow. Have your employees feel like they have the freedom to provide input at their workplace. Make them feel involved. Don’t tell them what to do and dictate their duties. Rather, through trial and error, guide them throughout their journey so they can learn the pieces quickly and efficiently.

Don’t Underestimate Them

I find that a lot of employees want to be at a job where they feel challenged. They want their creative juices to flow and they want to feel are appreciated for the work they’ve been putting into the job. Just because an employee is working for you, does not mean they don’t have the capabilities to take charge and lead as well. Give them control and the trust to handle more difficult assignments. The more responsibility you put on your peers, the more they’ll feel valued for their contribution.

Being a manager is challenging but highly rewarding. It can be tough balancing multiple personalities who all come from different backgrounds. The truth is, as a manager, you need to adapt to your environment. One method may not work for one employee while that same method might make another blossom into a strong asset to your company. Commit to leadership and know that just like your employees, you are growing as well and learning every step of the way.

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Saving More Money without Sacrificing Quality of Life

The easiest way to save more money is to start earning more money. You can always squeeze in time to babysit your neighbor’s kids or take up a part-time job.

Saving More Money without Sacrificing Quality of Life

It is the end of the month and you have yet again spent more than you had planned, leaving you broke until your next paycheck comes in. Many of us could do with more money in our lives but unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees. While saving money is difficult enough, one finds it hard to sacrifice their lifestyle. Who would want to start going to cheap restaurants after dinning at lavish hotels. Here are a few tips to help you save more money without sacrificing your quality of life:

Plan All Your Monthly Expenses and Make a Budget

You must be familiar with the ‘budget’. While this is a word you have been dreading, it is the only way you can stop yourself from spending excess cash. Plan all your expenses. You can set aside a handsome amount for entertainment or nights out. The key is to actually stick to the budget. Once you have already planned your expenses, it prevents you from buying something in excess or just by impulse.

Find Ways to Make More Money

The easiest way to save more money is to start earning more money. You can always squeeze in time to babysit your neighbor’s kids or take up a part-time job. The opportunities are endless. You can even work from home. If you have a certain skill, why not give online classes to people? You will not only have something productive to do on your weekends but you will also be paid for your services and it won’t even take up much of your time.

Start Doing Things Yourself

The next time your pipes get clogged or there is a bug in your computer, try to fix it yourself. There are many tutorials online and you will easily be able to find the solution to you problems in a matter of minutes. The best way to save more money without affecting your quality of life is to start developing new skills. Learn to cook at home and stop ordering so much takeout/frozen foods. Learn to sew and tailor your own clothes. You will not only be able to learn a new skill but will also be saving a lot of money in the long run.

Stop Wasting

If you want to save more money, you need to stop being so wasteful, and this includes food, electricity and water. The next time you step outside your room, make sure the lights and fans are switched off. You will not only be conserving more energy but will save more money on electricity. Make sure you immediately unplug heating appliances, such as irons, blow-dryers and hair straightners. They not only take up a lot of energy but pose a fire hazard as well. To stop wasting food, buy only what you need. Avoid buying things in bulk if you live alone. Fresh fruits and vegetables and milk get spoiled after a few days. Opt for canned or frozen vegetables if you wish to buy your staples in bulk.

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Take Your Business One Step At A Time

You will run into many difficulties along the way. Your website may crash. You may have little traction to your product

Take Your Business One Step At A Time

Starting an online business or a business of any kind is not easy. You need to have a lot of patience, passion and be kind to yourself. Starting the Self Starter Guide about a year ago has taught me a lot about being an entrepreneur. There is still a lot of things to learn, but the biggest is the fact that when you start a business, you need to take it one step at a time.

You will run into many difficulties along the way. Your website may crash. You may have little traction to your product. People are filing complaints about your service. Running a business is challenging and many people are not prepared to endure the many obstacles that they will face. How you cope under the pressure and the stress will determine how successful your business will become. Understand that facing issues with your business is normal for any new start­ups. Be prepared to adapt to the situations at hand and find creative ways to problem solve.

Many people will give up when they can’t seem to overcome the issues that plague them. They feel like their business is a failure and is not worth any further time and effort in getting it done. But the best businesses often take the longest to form. They encounter a lot of strife, but their owners never give up. They persevere. You need to take a good look at your business model, your passion and determine whether you want to continue giving it you all and dedicate yourself to never giving up. If you want to achieve your dreams, you must never succumb to the problems you face.

Taking your business one step at a time requires a lot of patience. Be mindful that your business will not skyrocket in a matter of a few weeks. In fact, it can take years for it to grow into a behemoth of a product/site. If there is an issue that arises, take it one step at a time to address the problem. Find a way to solve it. Once solved, you’ll know how to fix it the next time it happens again. Learn about running a business every step of the way. Better yourself. Train your mind to be patient with everything.

The advice of taking your business one step at a time is one of the best advice that one will receive. We are often the hardest on ourselves when a business is not going as fast as one would like. People think that starting a business is a sign of immediate success, but that is not true. You have to be ready for a lot of ups and downs but the more your endure and the more you realize that things will not come quickly, the chance that your business will succeed is more likely. Have fun with your business and remember to take it one step at a time.

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Use LinkedIn Effectively

In short, Facebook is for pleasure while LinkedIn is for work.

Use LinkedIn Effectively

Do you consider yourself an effective networker? If this is the case, then I am sure you have heard of the success known as LinkedIn. It is dubbed the social media for working professionals and is a valuable resource to use in order to land the job of your dreams. If you do not have a LinkedIn profile then I highly suggest you start one now and read on how you can use it effectively.

Unlike Facebook, the working networking website, LinkedIn, kind of falls under a different category. While Facebook is seen more as a place where you can create social dialog and bring a community together, LinkedIn focuses on the work environment and produces an environment where employers can find viable employees. In short, Facebook is for pleasure while LinkedIn is for work.

When you start a LinkedIn account, it can be frightening as to how much of your past you will need to refer back to. This is because, in order to use LinkedIn effectively, you need to make sure your profile is fully complete. Employers want to see a full history of your employment; where you went to school; what organizations you were part of; your volunteer experience and the requirements going on. The best candidates are the ones that can make their profile stand out.

Make sure to be active on LinkedIn. This means actively liking people in your network for a post they contribute or congratulating others on a new job. The more active you are on LinkedIn, the more you will stand out in your community. People want engagement and look for others who also take the networking website more seriously. By increasing your presence, you broaden your chances of being recognized by others who are just as active.

Many people post articles relating to the workforce on LinkedIn. This is valuable because it can provide tips to improve yourself as an individual and make you stronger as an employee. We should all try to identify our weaknesses and find ways of overcoming them. Reading job development stories and learning about the current state of affairs increases our brain bank and provides us with the next steps to becoming a better individual.

Using LinkedIn effectively requires effort. You need to take the networking website seriously and be willing to be active and engaging. It is a site that has wide potential for employers in securing a strong employee and for you to make important long-lasting connections. Make it a point to yourself that you want to stand out on this site and in doing so, it can lead to new opportunities for you in the future.

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Important To Network Professionally

You never know where your next job will be so it is crucial that you maintain relations with your coworkers because they may be the key to your next gig.

Important To Network Professionally

Before I started to writing this article, I sent a message on Google Chat to a friend I’ve worked with on a previous project. We were great co-workers during our time together but once the job ended, we drifted apart. It was because we were on bad terms, but rather we became too busy leading our own lives that we put less effort into our connection. I thought about him this morning and decided to send this message and funny enough, it felt exhilarating. Even though he has not responded, the fact that I reached out made me feel good. It also reminded me of how important it is to network with people from your past because it can potentially lead to long-lasting relationships in the future.

One of the reasons it is important to network professionally is for you to advance your career. The people you meet in the workforce can help you land future gigs. They may know people who are working in a field that may interest you. They can recommend you to who they know and give you a good start in the process. The people who I have worked with in the past have gotten me year-long freelance jobs that have provided me with a good source of income. You never know where your next job will be so it is crucial that you maintain relations with your coworkers because they may be the key to your next gig.

By connecting and maintaining a relationship with people, you can make new friends. People are social beings and we want to find people we can identify with. You do not want to live a life where you are alone in this world and do not have someone you can rely on. Going into work and meeting new people, especially those who have different values, can open your eyes to the diversity of our world. You may end up finding someone who you completely identify with and can become great friends and will be there with you for the long term. Without networking skills, you might not be able to find such people.

Networking helps improve your social skills and increases your presence in the community. By networking with others, you are putting yourself out there for the world to see. You are overcoming any social anxieties you have and making sure that people see you as a sociable and approachable individual. It is important to stand out in the community because you should be recognized for your abilities and traits. People want to know who you are and if you don’t make an effort to be social, then you might come across as standoffish and unapproachable.

Networking is a fundamental aspect of being in a community. We need to find people to engage with us and when we do find those people, we need to make an earnest effort to continue maintaining those relations. People too often give up on their past connections. But dedicate yourself to making that effort and you’ll soon realize that it can open a lot of doors for you. It is important to network professionally to keep yourself relevant in the world and in your group of friends. Don’t disappear from people.

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Why I Go To Toastmasters

Toastmasters is an organization that unites a community together and helps you improve your public speaking skills.

Why I Go To Toastmasters

Going to Toastmasters has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in recent years. It is an organization I have heard about multiple times but never committed to until this past year. As I became more determined to better myself and develop into a stronger individual, I found that Toastmasters would need to play an essential role. Going to Toastmasters helps improve your public speaking skills and shape you into a charismatic and fearless leader.

Toastmasters is an organization that unites a community together and helps you improve your public speaking skills. It has been around for many years and many of its members have vouched for its effective results. As a member for the last year and a half, I can personally say that Toastmasters is not a scam organization and they do their best to help accomplish your goals.

During every Toastmasters meeting, there are a number of pre-determined people who be giving a speech. The speech topic is chosen by the individual but at the same time they are guided by a manual that all members receive at the start of their membership. One by one, each person gives a speech and would later be evaluated by a fellow member. The evaluation provides a way for the speech giver to receive constructive feedback so they can improve themselves for the next speech they give.

During each Toastmasters meeting, besides the speech and the evaluation, there are other times when the members of the meeting get to be interactive. Table Topics, for example, is an impromptu 1-2 minute speech where members are chosen are random to come up to the front of the room and deliver the speech. It can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience due to the unpredictability of the question, but it teaches you to cope with being put on the spot and learn how to stay calm and collective in that situation.

The benefits of going to Toastmasters is numerous. Besides being able to improve your public speaking, the sense of community is apparent. People from around your neighborhood are gathering and putting themselves in the public eye and showing that they are not afraid of public speaking. The level of encouragement from each member is significant. People want you to succeed and improve. They don’t want to see you fail. In addition, by listening to speeches, you become inspired by what people write and find new tricks that you can implement into your own writing.

By going to Toastmasters to improve your public speaking, you will  start to notice the benefits of being a good public speaker. Not only do most jobs require an individual to be able to speak publicly and clearly, but being a socially dynamic individual improves your standing in your company. Public speaking allows you to build your confidence and makes you more noticeable in the workforce. You demonstrate leadership by being able to be firm in the point you want to say and people can feel you are reliable, based on your public speaking abilities. There are many more benefits to being a public speaker but if wanting to be more respected is crucial to you, then Toastmasters can help.

There are many branches around the country and it is a matter of taking the time to search for the one that fits your neighborhood and schedule. If you go to www.toastmasters.org, you will see an option to search for local Toastmasters in your vicinity. It is important to improve ourselves and going to Toastmasters to improve your public speaking skills, can be a great start.

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