Would you go to a networking event wearing a mask that obscures your face? Hand out business cards that have no name or contact information on them? No, of course not! Unfortunately, more and more people are doing this sort of thing every day when they change their LinkedIn privacy settings to Anonymous. Why do this? The common misconception is that it allows you to search for a new job when you already have one, and nobody will be the wiser. Sorry to say it, but this logic falls flat.
When I was 25, I started in my first professional position after graduate school, as an assistant at a financial institution. I was the primary line of contact for 3000+ clients, and 2 pension plans, and I had 16 phone lines that came straight to my desk. It was busy at the slowest times of year, and between processing trades, communicating with clients, and translating “investment speak” into something recognizable to those not in the industry, I was working 50 hours on a standard week. So one day when in the midst of 10 tasks that were all deemed “rush rush rush!” my junior Investment Professional told me that she wanted me to stuff 2000+ envelopes with promotional materials and mail them by the end of the week, I blurted out the first word that came to mind: “NO!” Obviously not my best career move, and yes, I got a huge dressing down, but my point in sharing the story is that sometimes you really can’t accomplish everything and you need to say no. Here are some tips for handling those situations with tact:
Starbucks recently announced a tuition subsidy program to help employees complete their undergraduate degree. Fantastic news for those just starting out, but what if you already have a degree and you're looking to advance your career, or move into a different field? The mistake that many people make is in believing that they have to choose between their job and continuing their education or skill development. If you find yourself in that position, here are five things to consider before making your decision:
It might seem counter-intuitive, but studies have shown that if you want to be more productive, you should take some time off work. Ahhh if only it were that easy! Many employers offer paid time off (PTO) as part of the benefits package, but set roadblocks to actually accessing that time. Or perhaps you work in an industry where you wear your overtime hours like a badge of pride. Whatever the case may be, you’ll need to recharge your batteries if you want to avoid burnout.