What to Do When You’re No Longer Learning in Your Job

boredWhat do you do if you’re no longer learning in your current role?

Author: Amy Wolcott
Source: The Muse

This is a question that you’ll probably ask yourself throughout your career. And there will probably be different answers each time you explore the subject.

As we all know, learning directly correlates to growth. If you’re not growing professionally, you’re probably not getting closer to your career goals (especially if you’re trying to get a promotion).

But before you ponder what to do, you need to ask yourself why you’re no longer learning. To help you out, I’ll bucket the likely culprits into three categories: your company, your manager, or you. Continue reading


7 Ways to Make Your Work Routine Greener

greenAuthor: Jennifer Magliano
Source: TheMuse

You dutifully divide your recyclables, carry eco-friendly grocery bags, and wash your gym socks in cold water. You’re an environmental overachiever.

But once you’re out of your five-minute morning shower, you’re in work mode. And because that means getting things done yesterday, everything you know about going green goes down the drain—along with those reusable coffee grinds. That is, if you’re even making your morning joe at home.

Rushing out and grabbing your fuel en route is one of the not-so-green workday habits you can break—just by tweaking your routine a bit. You’ll reduce your impact, and keep stress and guilt at a minimum, too. Read on for easy swaps to your usual desk routine, and you’ll be going greener in no time.

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6 Tips for Talking Politics in the Office


Source: Undercover Recruiter

No matter how hard you try, politics are hard to ignore these days, and navigating tricky political talk has never been more fraught.

According to a study by VitalSmarts co-founders Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, nine out of 10 U.S. voters said the 2016 election was more polarizing and volatile than ever before – and it’s sad to say that things have only worsened since then.

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10 Monday Motivators to Get You Going in the Morning

MotivationAuthor: Maddy Foley
Source: Bustle.com

Mondays. Are. The. Worst. It is a fact known by all to be true. But a new study has shown that two things make Mondays slightly better: Music, and coffee. Not everybody likes music and coffee, though (I mean, you guys are weirdos, but that’s OK), so let’s talk about alternative Monday motivators to get you going in the morning. Because Mondays are the worst. That’s the thesis of this article. And anything that makes Mondays just a tiny bit better is worth it in my book.

Ipsos, a market media research company, recently partnered with Spotify to conduct a survey throughout the United States, Sweden, Australia, Brazil, and France about the driving forces between #MondayMotivation. Researchers found that 64 percent of respondents had little to no motivation on Mondays. To, like, function as humans. This is understandable, because… well, do I really have to say it again?

The five-day, Monday-through-Friday work week has been around since the turn of the 20th century (a mill in New England began closing so both its Jewish and Christian workers could observe the Sabbath), and since then, the practice has been adopted throughout much of the Western world — even though it’s been shown that four-day work weeks are good for us. So the next time that you’re grumpy, and groggy, and desperately wishing you could burrow back under the covers, just remember that you are in good company. A whoooole lot of people are feeling the exact same way. If you do not want to feel that way, because feeling that way is awful….

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What on Earth Are You Waiting For?

dreamAuthor: Ruby Lowe
Source: Undercover Recruiter

Are you constantly telling yourself that if things were a little different, you could do great things? Meanwhile, are other people forever telling you how much potential you harness?

If you ever find yourself daydreaming about a different career, living in a different city or traveling more, it’s time to get your motivation up off the ground and get going. We’ve all found ourselves longing for more at times, whether it’s relating to work or our personal lives. Sometimes these daydreams can seem just like that, a dream you have to pass the day; something very unbelievable and completely unrealistic. But did you know there’s a secret tip to actually getting things you want? It’s simple: just do it. 

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What President Obama’s New Overtime Rules Mean For You

president-obamaAuthor: Dave Jamieson
Source: Huffington Post

As of Tuesday night, the White House is officially rewriting the rules that determine who’s entitled to overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week.

As the vice president might say, this is a BFD.

The changes will make the rules more generous to workers, vastly growing the share of employees who have overtime rights under the law. The White House estimates they will extend overtime coverage to at least 4.2 million workers who are currently excluded. Other estimates put that number even higher.

Democrats predict these changes will give workers either bigger paychecks or more leisure time, helping restore middle-class jobs. Industry groups, meanwhile, are predicting armageddon.

You might be wondering: Will this BFD affect me?

That all depends.

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Getting Over The Hump

Hump-DayAuthor: Curt Mercadante
Source: CurtMercadante.com

It’s Wednesday … sometimes known as “Hump Day”.

If we think of the entire week as a proverbial hill, then Wednesday is almost at the tip. You really have to push to get through it but once you’re on the other side, it’s downhill from there and the weekend is on it’s way. But the question is: how do you get through Wednesdays without exploding from all of the stress? Here are 5 ways to help make hump day easier:

Have something to look forward too.

Generally, most people find Wednesdays so difficult because the next weekend is far away, yet the past weeked is already a distant memory. To get through hump day and the week in general easier, plan your weekends with meaning so that you have something to look forward to. It’s nice to just relax sometimes on weekends but you can also use it to try new things you’ve never done before.

Get your most dreaded tasks done first.

Typically on Mondays, we quickly make a mental list of to-dos for the week. As the week progresses, we tend to push the most dreaded tasks back. When Wednesdays come around, you realize you have to get to it but time is quickly running out. It’s a vicious cycle. Instead, get your most dreaded tasks done as early in the week as possible. This way, you won’t be spending the rest of the week worrying about it.

Reward yourself.

We can get stuck in monotonous routines week over week. Some things just have to be done and they’re not very fun. But make some time in the middle of the week to reward yourself. Treat yourself to a nice lunch or even just an ice cream on your way home. These little things can really make your day.

Get out of the office.

Are you the type of person that stays in your office all day long without taking a break? If so, makes Wednesdays the day to get out of the office. Breaks are crucial to productivity and can help you re-energize your mind. Take an hour for lunch and enjoy some fresh air. You’ll come back rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of the day.